Anti-Piracy Group So Desperate To Go After Popcorn Time That It Threatens A Blog Software Maker

from the no,-it-doesn't-make-any-sense dept

We’ve seen, over the years, how copyright holders and anti-piracy organizations have continually moved up and down the stack in trying to shut off access to things they don’t like. They’ve sued users for sharing, as well as companies and individuals who build tools that can be used for infringement, of course. Those were the obvious ones. But, lately, they’ve been targeting hosting providers, registrars, ISPs and ad networks as well. And, apparently, now some are so desperate that they’re going after totally unrelated software providers. At least that appears to be the case in Greece, where the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AEPI), sent an angry threat letter to John O’Nolan, who created Ghost, an open source blogging system. Why go after Ghost? Well, apparently because one of the more popular forks of the Popcorn Time streaming system has a blog that uses Ghost. Ghost doesn’t host it. Popcorn Time is just using its software. It would take one hell of a ridiculous interpretation of secondary liability to put any liability on Ghost. It would be like going after BIC because someone at Napster wrote notes using one of their pens. But such is the ridiculous state of the anti-piracy world today, where such moves seem sensible.

Filed Under: , , , , , ,
Companies: aepi

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Anti-Piracy Group So Desperate To Go After Popcorn Time That It Threatens A Blog Software Maker”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
31 Comments
Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

They just can’t seem to go after the direct infringer.

In all fairness, they did sort of try that earlier on. At which point they discovered that locating the right person to go after is hard, generates a lot of bad publicity, isn’t very efficient, and generates a bunch of legal fees for very little in return seeing as the people they’re going after usually don’t have much money. So they stopped doing that to focus on sites and services instead.

John Fenderson (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

In all fairness, while they did make a brief foray into suing individuals as you describe, their history prior to the internet is chock full of focusing on products and services that they feel threatened by rather than the people who are actually engaging in copyright violations.

Look at their reaction to the cassette tape, VCRs, and DATs. What they’re doing on the internet is just continuing their long tradition harming innocent bystanders in as attempt to maximize revenue.

ricebowl (profile) says:

Baby steps

I wonder how long it’ll be before they get bored with all these baby steps, and finally take the issue head on by suing the church (or, rather, religions in this case) as a proxy for God? After all, God gave us free will (broadly-speaking), which directly led to us having a knowledge of good and evil, and allowing us the choice to pursue evil of our own volition. Therefore, surely, the ultimate responsibility must lie in the hands of the Almighty for both negligence (allowing piracy to happen at all) and for inducing piracy (by granting/allowing the knowledge of evil, and permitting its pursuit).

Huggo Algerno says:

Anti- piracy

This term has always bothered me since that is not at all what they are, what they really are, are Privateers State sanctioned pirates used to interdict enemies commerce.

“We’ve seen, over the years, how copyright holders and Privateer organizations have continually moved up and down the stack in trying to shut off access to things they don’t like.”

Sounds better and is more accurate I think.

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Anti- piracy

Anti- piracy
This term has always bothered me since that is not at all what they are, what they really are, are Privateers State sanctioned pirates used to interdict enemies commerce.

They’re really pro-piracy, because if piracy ceased to exist, they would be out of a job. Eliminating piracy is the last thing they would want to do.

John Fenderson (profile) says:

Even worse

I took a quick look at that blog and couldn’t find a single instance of anything remotely like copyright violation happening there.

So it’s even worse than chasing the maker of undeniably legitimate software for an unrelated person’s use of that software. The blog in question isn’t even arguably violating copyright in the first place.

Anonymous Coward says:

add in it’s so desperate to NOT have to do anything similar to what Popcorn Time does, ie Not want to compete!!
any way that these bloody industries can go, anything they can do to prevent having to join the digital age, they will try! it costs a whole hell of a lot more to keep spending out but getting nothing in, so when will there be this necessary change of mind?

John Fenderson (profile) says:

Re: Actually, this is standard practice

Well, at least there’s some kind of logical connection there (however tenuous). The manufacturers of the parts of an airplane could conceivably have had a fault in their product that contributed to the crash.

In the case of the maker of blog software, there isn’t even that much of a connection, though.

Coyne Tibbets (profile) says:

Seems straightforward

Seems like a straightforward rule to determine who to punish. Let’s see…

1. Everyone uses Microsoft Windows. (Well, not everyone, but close.)
2. That means Microsoft Windows is used by murderers, druggies, robbers, politicians, rapists, and investment banks.
3. So Microsoft is responsible for all that crime!

No wonder we have so much crime! We need to lock up Microsoft!

Or, on the other hand, we could recognize the idea that software companies are responsible for how the users employ their software as: The. Dumbest. Idea. Ever.

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

I’m waiting for the next chapter where they claim it is all googles fault because its all on the internet and google is the internet.

I wonder if anyone has ever pointed out to the courts & legislators that these groups have no actual understanding of the technology they are constantly blaming for everything.

How much of courts time is wasted on these idiotic claims that have no good faith basis to be brought?

That One Guy (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I wonder if anyone has ever pointed out to the courts & legislators that these groups have no actual understanding of the technology they are constantly blaming for everything.

It would be a waste of time to do so, because more often than not, the courts and legislators don’t understand the tech either, and have absolutely no interest in doing so.

Anonymous Coward says:

I ♥ Pirate Bay

I haven’t used popcorn time yet myself but I am thinking about it and why. I pay for Netflix, so I am not a pirate, but often Netflix, TimeWarner Cable on demand doesn’t update with the latest movies fast enough, and who wants to pay $5 a movie for a one night rental anyways when I can just google look for torrents, or movies and stream them for example (Not download) technically I could still put on a third party recorder and break anti piracy laws by recording my computer screen, but my point is Streaming Movies, should be legit just as sync tube.

If you don’t like piracy of Music, Games, or Movies, Please keep them all to yourself do something like.

. Body search everyone who enters the theater even playing your copyrighted movie for (Cellphones, or anything that can record.)

. Make people sign a real life document legally binding contract before going inside.

Why do you honestly think Hackers go after companies like Sony, I wont say I support illegal crimes, but my honest opinion some of these companies deserve what they get for being jerks to the consumers, and I am glad someone who had the skills actually stood up for George Hotz, and being against piracy, when I buy my PS3, PS4, Any hardware I will do what I please with it unless you make me sign a legally binding contract at the time of the purchase you have no right to tell me I can’t modify my hardware which I legally can do what I want with.

Thanks, Keep Torrents, and Internet streaming alive, and not like I am a free-loader of stuff either I have thousands of dollars worth of digital content purchased, but I am not running out to buy $50 DVD’s or Blu Ray when its the digital age no one uses that crap anymore, and no one wants to pay $5 or $8 Plus Tax on the Time Warner Cable Bill or whatever for an on demand movie for one night I don’t, now perhaps if I was streaming the movie to all my friends on the internet as well maybe like on sync tube.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...
Loading...