Usenet Community FTD Not Guilty For Linking To Content... But For Promoting Uploads

from the hmm dept

We found it a bit troubling earlier this year when a Dutch court found that Usenet community FTD was guilty of copyright infringement because its users merely linked to Usenet locations where unauthorized copies of movies resided. An appeals court has now apparently reversed much of that decision -- noting that just linking to infringing works is not infringement, and that downloading for personal use is also not infringement. However, it oddly still kept the injunction on FTD because it claimed that FTD promoted unauthorized uploads, saying that most "spotters" (who point out where the files are) also are uploaders. Of course, as we had noted recently, the movie studio's "evidence" on this was that one of its own investigators uploaded and spotted a film.


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    NAMELESS.ONE, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 2:16am

    so by this ruling

    that guy that killed people with a hammer , Canadian tire is now guilty of promoting murder

    add your own example thats about as mentally challenged as the entire ruling.

     

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    NAMELESS.ONE, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 2:16am

    p.s. this is a direct shot at the judical bench

    YOUR IDIOTS

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Nov 17th, 2010 @ 3:50am

    Linking is an incorrect term, as there were no actual links on the website to the offending files, not even to the nzb index files.

    What this was, was a place were people could tell others that a certain file was spotted on Usenet. And then discuss the finds, such as rate its quality.

    Often the spotters were also the ones who uploaded the files, but that upload was not done through any of FTDs services. As FTD doesn't offer any such service.

     

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    IronM@sk, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 4:10am

    Re: p.s. this is a direct shot at the judical bench

    MY IDIOTS?

     

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    abc gum, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 4:56am

    Shoot the messenger?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 5:00am

    Don't know what they're thinking

    Yeah, there are a lot of idiots out there.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 5:28am

    Re: p.s. this is a direct shot at the judical bench

    What about MY idiots?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 5:55am

    Thousands of Usenet refugees go to LimewireP(the P is for pirate) or worst they have to go to Facebook :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 7:51am

    You're doing it wrong. It's MY ID10T5....

    fixed that for you

     

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    The eejit (profile), Nov 17th, 2010 @ 8:12am

    Re: You're doing it wrong. It's MY ID10T5....

    now YOU'RE doing it wrong. 17'5 [\/]/\1 11>1075.

    Also, who's betting the judge was paid to leave that in? :p

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 17th, 2010 @ 9:39am

    Re: Re: p.s. this is a direct shot at the judical bench

    Who is idiots?

     

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