Zediva thought it had things all figured out. Allow users to rent a DVD player in a data center someplace with a hot new release movie in the slot, then stream them the output from the DVD player. Zediva claimed that was no different than the consumer renting the disc themselves. The courts didn’t agree and have now upheld a preliminary injunction and shut Zediva down for good. The company has also been ordered to pay the MPAA $1.8 million.
We wouldn't have thought that the “For Dummies” series of how-to books would have been in such hot demand online, but publisher Wiley and Sons has filed a mass p2p lawsuit alleging that its copyrighted work has been infringed. The case, filed in a New York federal court alleges that 27 John Does (identified only by IP address) shared several “dummies” books, although Wiley’s popular “BitTorrent for Dummies” was not on the list.
Sweden is no stranger to file sharing cases, but a case that has just gotten underway in the country is a real outlier. A Swedish woman, aged 58, is accused of sharing over 45,000 music tracks online. The staggering scale of this case has the prosecution talking about a possible jail sentence.
A Belgian appeals court has ordered two Belgian ISPs to begin blocking The Pirate Bay or face fines. The ruling comes after a two year long court battle that originally had the ISPs protected from forced filtering. Now the ISPs have 14 days to comply with the ruling, but The Priate Bay says there is no reason for concern.
The Hurt Locker is known in BitTorrent circles as more than just an Oscar winning blockbuster, but also the poster child for movie industry lawsuits. The maker of the film, Voltage Pictures, has been working alongside the U.S. Copyright Group to pursue over 24,583 IP address across almost a dozen ISP’s. Up until recently the lawsuit has only been expanding, but now suddenly the folks over at TorrentFreak are reporting that all but 2,300 of the defendants are being dropped from the case.
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday dealt an almost mortal blow (more on the “almost” after the jump) to former hackintosh vendor Psystar’s remaining chances of a comeback in its legal battle against Apple. Dismissing Psystar’s appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a 2009 district court decision to award Apple a permanent injunction against Psystar’s infringement of Mac OS X.
Nearly the entire internet has been railing against a certain international treaty called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) since details were leaked in 2008. After the backlash, the language of the document was toned down and some more onerous requirements were dropped. Now ACTA-light is heading for a signing ceremony this weekend.
Remember Joel Tenebaum? He's a 28-year-old graduate student at Boston University pursuing a physics PhD. He's also enjoying a little more than 15 minutes of fame for fighting the RIAA in a copyright case in which Mr. Tenebaum was originally ordered to pay $675,00, a amount that was later reduced to $67,500 before a federal appeals court on Friday reinstated the original verdict.
File hosting and sharing service, Hotfile was sued earlier this year by a consortium of copyright holders including Warner Bros, Disney, and Fox. The MPAA recently scored a victory when it was ruled that Hotfile has to divulge user details. Now Hotfile is firing back, accusing Warner of abusing the anti-piracy takedown tool built into the service.
An overanxious copyright lawyer (or troll, depending on your perspective) was a little too haphazard in his attempts to discover the identities of alleged file sharers and bully them into settling out of court. His name is Evan Stone, and if you punch that into Google, you'll find a list of URLs related to a porn actor who shares the same name. That's somewhat ironic, in that both Evan Stones have been making a name for themselves in adult films, but in completely different ways.