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LOS ANGELES —Adult star Vicky Vette has filed a lawsuit against RapidShare A.G. claiming the company repeatedly uploaded her content and provided it free to web surfers.
Vette said she is the first major adult star to file a lawsuit against RapidShare.The suit was filed in Los Angeles County.
According to Vette's attorney, Michael Kernan, the suit centers around Vette's right of publicity. Kernan said that under California law, any actor has the right to protect their name and likeness. RapidShare, Kernan said, is illegally using Vette's likeness and content to sell memberships to its sites.
"RapidShare is trying to redefine itself as a Google, when in fact it is more like Napster and making a profit out of selling pirated content. It's downloading copyright protected material," Kernan said.
One section of the proposed digital copyright treaty says that immunity from lawsuits would be granted to Internet providers "disabling access" to pirated material and adopting a policy dealing with unauthorized "transmission of materials protected by copyright." If the ISPs choose not to do so, they could face legal liability.
German royalties collector chalks up big win
File hosting service Rapidshare has been fined €24m by a German court and ordered to filter online content more effectively.
German royalties collector GEMA, which brought the case against the company, had called on the Regional Court in Hamburg to order Rapidshare to prohibit around 5,000 music tracks from being made available online.
"The judgment states that the hosting service itself is now responsible for making sure that none of the music tracks concerned are distributed via its platform in the future," according to a GEMA statement (in German).
"This means that the copyright holder is no longer required to perform the ongoing and complex checks."
Additionally, the court ruled that Rapidshare and other file sharing sites had not taken enough preventative measures to halt copyright breaches taking place via the service.
"The judgment... marks a milestone in GEMA's efforts to combat the illegal use of music works on the internet," said the organisation's CEO Harald Heker.
"GEMA will continue to do everything it can to shield its members from online piracy. We are confident that in this way we will be able to reduce the illegal use of the GEMA repertoire on the internet to a negligible level."
Rapidshare could not immediately be reached for comment at time of writing. ® Original article here
In Germany, the file-hosting service Rapidshare has handed over the personal details of alleged copyright infringers to several major record labels. The information is used to pursue legal action against the Rapidshare users and at least one alleged uploader saw his house raided.
Like many new releases, Metallica’s latest album “Death Magnetic” was uploaded to the popular file hosting service Rapidshare one day prior to its official release date last year. Since users don’t broadcast their IP-address or distribute files to the public directly though Rapidshare, it came as a surprise when the police raided the house of an uploader a few weeks ago.
At first it was unclear how the identity of the uploader was revealed, but today German news outlet Gulli said it had found out that this was likely to be accomplished by creative use of paragraph 101 of German copyright law. It turns out that several record labels are using this to take legal action against those who share music on Rapidshare.
Previously the paragraph was only used by rights holders to get the personal details of those who share copyrighted works on file-sharing networks. It basically enables the copyright holders to get “permission” from a civil judge to ask ISPs to disclose the personal details of a user behind a certain IP. Now, however, this also seems to be the case for file-hosting services such as Rapidshare, which is based in Germany.
This of course opens up the possibility for rights holders to go after a wide range of file-hosting services and potentially even BitTorrent sites. Indeed, everyone who now uploads a torrent file to a site hosted in Germany is at risk of having his personal details revealed. Although it will be impossible to prove that the uploader actually seeded the file it might be seen as assisting in copyright infringement.
Pretty much all torrent sites keep track of the IP-addresses of their (.torrent) uploaders, and if the rights holders can get the IP-address of people who upload to file-hosting services such as Rapidshare, they can easily extend this to BitTorrent sites hosted in Germany. A dream come true for copyright holders, but a nightmare for the privacy of Internet users.
Too bad for Metallica’s Lars Ulrich who only just started sharing files himself...
SAN FRANCISCO RealNetworks says it wants to help increase DVD sales by allowing people to copy their movie discs. Hollywood studios say that idea will only hurt their already struggling business. The two sides square off in a federal court here on Friday to determine who prevails.
The case is ostensibly about RealDVD, a $30 software program that allows users to save digital copies of Hollywood DVDs to their computers — a capability the movie industry strenuously objects to, worrying that it will stimulate piracy and undermine the budding market for digital downloads.
But the outcome of the trial, set against the backdrop of plummeting DVD sales, could also have more far-reaching effects on the future capabilities of the DVD player — a device connected to millions of television sets.
Before it started making RealDVD software for computers, Real was also developing DVD-saving software that it hoped to license to manufacturers of DVD players, according to the company’s executives and legal filings in the case.
That software, which the company refers to by its internal name, Facet, would allow companies like Sony, Samsung and Toshiba to sell DVD players capable of making digital copies of all discs, even movie DVDs that have anticopying software, called C.S.S.
The owners of those devices could save copies of their DVDs to watch later — much as people use digital video recorders like TiVo to save live television programs.
Real has built a prototype of a Facet device that runs on the Linux operating system, which is used in many digital set-top boxes. The device can hold about 70 movies, which take up to 20 minutes to copy.
RealNetworks executives have said they were inspired by Kaleidescape, a Sunnyvale, Calif., company that makes high-end DVD players (the price is more than $10,000) that can save hundreds of movies on a hard drive. Kaleidescape was challenged by the DVD Copy Control Association, which administers the C.S.S. encryption, but won. Read more
New feature allows for adding of torrents to profile
By Edward Duncan at AVN Business
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The Pirate Bay wants to plunder Facebook with file-sharing. The BitTorrent tracker site has launched a new feature that allows Facebook users to add torrent listings to their profiles.
The move has already drawn the ire of Europe's International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Facebook was not available for comment.
According to TorrentFreak, the new torrent-adding program, "Share on Facebook" takes just one click to place a favorite torrent on one's profile page. A viewer can than click on the torrent listing and if a torrent client is already in place, downloading begins automatically without visiting the Pirate Bay site.
The verdict in the recent Pirate Bay trial, accusing the site of perpetuating illegal file-sharing, is yet to be delivered. Meanwhile, the new add-to-Facebook feature follows recent news that the site is also offering a privacy service called IPRED, designed to foil the tracking of ISP addresses, keeping them anonymous.
Pirate Bay co-owner Peter Sunde said he hasn't seen complaints over the new site feature, but also added such complaints are quickly deleted.
However IFPI has complained elsewhere, telling Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten if the new feature is used to offer copyrighted torrent links, then it's a violation and illegal in Switzerland, citing a similar case over the site ShareReactor. There's little doubt rights holders will have the same reaction in most other nations.
While it could be argued that Facebook users may list perfectly legal torrents to personal content they wish to share, the concern is the floodgates will open wider for rampant sharing of pirated content.
TorrentFreak reports that two weeks ago the Brazilian recording industry pressure brought the closure of Google social network page Orkut, boasting nearly a million members. But a new group quickly took its place.
Pirate Bay's Sunde added that his site did not ask Facebook for permission to offer the new feature.
"They monitor their portal every day - they should have noticed it long ago," he said.
Read the original article at AVN Business
19 January 2009 13:10 by Rich "vurbal" Fiscus
The RIAA is no stranger to outlandish legal arguments in P2P copyright infringement cases. This isn't particularly surprising given that they've very successfully avoided arguing most of them in court, preferring instead to use the obstacle of expensive litigation to frighten defendants into settling. But sometimes a judge gets the chanceto shine a light on their creative readings of thelaw. In one such case a federal judge has denied the RIAA's claim for damages on the grounds that they must first prove their losses.
It seems like an obvious enough point. For example, it's a long established tenet of contract law that you can't sue for losses over a deal you might have made with someone. And if someone steals physical merchandise you can't get restitution from a list of what you think was probably stolen. But music, movie, and software conglomerates have always characterized every free download of a copyrighted work as a lost sale.
In a decision related to the criminal copyright case against Daniel Dove, Chief United States District Judge James P Jones noted "The downloaders in this case could have purchased songs over the Internet, rented movies, borrowed DVDs from the local library, or purchased CDs or DVDs at the full purchase price. But the victims have not made any attempt to assess how many Elite Torrents downloaders would have used these various alternatives or no alternative at
He was referring to requests from both the RIAA and movie studio Lionsgate Entertainment in which each asked for restitution based on some interesting calculations. Judge Jones agreed that the RIAA "provides proof that 183 sound recording albums were transferred through Dove’s server a combined total of 17,281 times" but questioned the claim that "member companies suffered economic loss in the amount of $124,768.82." Among other problems he pointed out "RIAA only proves that the first 20 albums are held by record labels that are RIAA members; there is no such proof as to the remaining 163 albums."
Lionsgate didn't fare any better. Although they were able to provide the actual number of copyrighted works involved which they owned, they then used an assumption that every title was downloaded an equal number of times to "prove" how many times their copyright was infringed on and that number to calculate lost sales.
The judge was also critical of the prosecutors for backing the RIAA and Lionsgate damage claims. "there is no direct evidence that each unlawful distribution of an RIAA member company’s album through the Elite Torrents network diverted a sale from that company,” he noted. He added "The government finds RIAA’s estimated losses reasonable because it calculates loss based on only 20 of the 183 albums in the Elite Torrents tracker database, but there is no suggested logical basis for making the calculation based on 20 albums as opposed to 1 or 100 albums."
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Citing thousands of file-sharing violation investigations that will take too much of its time, the General Prosecutor’s Office of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia has said they will no longer prosecute misdemeanor file-sharing and will instead only prosecute "commercial-scale" file-sharing.
In an interview with Jetzt.de, Axel Steel of the office says a "commercial file-sharer is someone who shares over €3,000 of material". He feels that songs are worth one euro a piece and movies are worth €15. That is exactly the way it should be, not $10,000 USD a song, or whatever the RIAA feels like charging per song.
Of course you are steal breaking the law if you pirate music but the Prosecutor’s office does not have the man power to prosecute the expected 50,000 violations for 2008.
The official then went on to compare marijuana to file sharing saying "both are very popular among youths...it is illegal to consume it, but people do it anyway, and the authorities can’t be bothered in frying smaller fish as it’s a waste of time and resources. Going after the big distributors is the way to go."
original article here at afterdawn.com
By GRANT GROSS, IDG News Service\Washington Bureau, IDG Published: June 27, 2008
A former administrator at EliteTorrents.org has been convicted of conspiracy and felony copyright infringement in a Virginia court, the first time in the U.S. that a peer-to-peer user has been convicted by a jury of copyright infringement, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed Friday.
Daniel Dove, 26, formerly of Clintwood, Virginia, faces a maximum sentence in prison for his participation in EliteTorrents.org, a Web site that specialized in releasing copyright works without authorization, the DOJ said. EliteTorrents, which ceased operating in May 2005, used BitTorrent peer-to-peer technology to distribute pirated copies of movies, software, music and video games, the DOJ said.
A jury in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia was presented with evidence that Dove was an administrator of a small group of EliteTorrents members known as "Uploaders," who were responsible for supplying pirated content to the group.
Dove recruited members who had high-speed Internet connections, usually at least 50 times faster than a typical high-speed residential Internet connection, to become Uploaders, the DOJ said. Dove operated a high-speed server, which he used to distribute pirated content to the Uploaders, the agency said in a press release.
Dove's conviction is the eighth plea or conviction resulting from Operation D-Elite, a nationwide federal crackdown against the illegal distribution of copyrighted movies, software, games and music over P2P networks using BitTorrent, the DOJ said.
Operation D-Elite targeted leading members of EliteTorrents. At its height, EliteTorrents attracted more than 125,000 members and distributed about 700 movies, which were downloaded a total of 1.1 million times, the DOJ said. In many cases, digital works were available on EliteTorrents before they were released to the public, the DOJ said.
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