Todd Ramos isn't very smart is he? Todd Ramos didn't bother to put the time into looking at the site he wanted to scare into doing his bidding. Todd Ramos, if he had been good at his job, would have noticed the sheer number of people who hate junk SEO "wizards" and know how the system works better than he does. Todd Ramos should have figured out, once it is on the internet just because he hits delete doesn't make it cease to exist. Todd Ramos should find a new line of work, because pissing off the people on TechDirt is stupid, going after BoingBoing is colossally stupid. Todd Ramos can claim he can manage anything, but really should consider that he is over-matched here. Todd Ramos pisses off people who make the series of tubes work, and thinks he'll be fine. Todd Ramos, isn't that the guy I heard that story involving goats about? Todd Ramos who is working for BayBrook might finally get enough people annoyed with the antics to have a much closer look taken at this story and amplify the negative thoughts of his client and himself. Todd Ramos is working hard to end his career and ruin his clients.
Well done Todd Ramos, the internet salutes you destroying your business and taking down your clients at the same time.
Oh and because I learned it on BoingBoing... Todd Ramos, christ what an asshole.
Is the sky blue? Is water wet? Such are the levels of mystery involved in these cases.
While one can argue that it is a herculean effort to attempt to whack-a-mole to take all of the copies out there, that is how the system is supposed to work. Google doesn't host the files, so sending them notices accomplishes nothing beyond being able to claim Google isn't doing enough. Trying anything else might hurt their bottom line, so it is easier to allow the content to remain out there and increase their profit stream from pursuing IP addresses and demanding payment from the name on the bill who might not be the guilty party.
They do this while it is clear from the downloads there is demand to see this movie now, rather than in 6-8 months when the sacred window release chart says it is the right time to launch it at a high price. They talk about the millions they are losing, because they refuse to compete in the market and satisfy consumer demand. They are stuck in the old days of making money at each tier of release, even as more and more people are moving away from that model. They pray that cord cutting is a fad that will not catch on, because then they might need to shift the model and actually compete as the releases might no longer be staggered and the consumer might see something else they will pay to watch instead.
"A&M has employees who actively watch for trademark violations" And here I thought their job was to educate people and give them a degree. How much of the revenue collected form their trademarks lowers the costs for students?
Lutz testified on the stand in GAND that AF Holdings was never paid and was broke. He has moved onto another area and started a new trust... waiting for that shoe to drop.
This means every cent ever collected for the alleged client was never given to the client. There was no accounting of the funds and adds some credibility to the financials that Gibbs submitted to Judge Wrights court.
So Prenda is no more and magically penniless as the sanctions roll in. AF Holdings is broke. And all of the lawyers are trying to claim they had nothing to do with any of this.
There is much worse than comingling the clients funds into the business accounts.
Expect Lutz to get worried and make noise soon, they are trying to throw another local under the bus again and AFH is no longer represented in GAND and was told directly in person by the Judge they needed a lawyer when they return to continue the sanctions hearing. Who knows by then maybe they will find the original signed assignments no one is able to find.
Remember these are the same legal minds that gave us - Any fraud on the court is moot now. & - Should ignore the CA ruling because Gay Marriage & Hackers. & - We didn't do this, and even if we did so what?
The wheels on the justice go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the justice go round and round AND GRINDS THEM INTO A FINE POWDER REALLY SLOWLY!
Don't mind me one the one hand happy to see them sanctioned, YET AGAIN, on the other it saddens me that more thunderbolts have now rained down from the various courts with current and appeal cases before them.
Judge Wright sent notes to lots of places, Other Judges have sent more notes.... And if IP address hits are to be believed they are looking at the massive amounts of data available online about the Pretendateers...
American's don't like it! Understatement... they do tend to get really pissed off when the law is broken by those who are supposed to champion it. When they violate the law to "win" at all costs, it isn't winning.
Anyone else so not shocked by this? It is human nature to want to learn more about things, and despite rules people seem to be flexible about those rules if they can justify it in their minds.
Of course if a 'hacker' does it, it is a huge incident with all sorts of coverage and hundreds of years detention threatened... when an authority figure does it, we always have to wait for the investigation and it is downplayed.
Once again we are left wondering why those given authority face less than a regular citizen doing the exact same thing. Justice is supposed to be blind, and yet it is always caught peeking and looking away when it might have to find against a cog of its own system. Perhaps if we had some of those awesome enhancements that are used to double sentences against those in the low court automatically applied when someone in a position of power abuses the system we might be able to impress upon them they are not actually above the law.