Can The Operators Of A Site Targeted By Homeland Security Crowdsource A Defense?

from the legal-long-shots dept

We've already covered the bizarre story of Homeland Security effectively working for Disney in seizing some domains of sites that were used to file share movies (way, way, way outside of Homeland Security's mandate), and covered the sneaky attempt to defend those moves by conflating copyright infringement online with counterfeit drugs being sold online. It's also still not clear that Homeland Security even has the legal right to seize those domains as it did. Now, one of those sites targeted by Homeland Security, NinjaVideo is trying to fight back, and appears to be trying to crowdsource a legal defense fund to handle the fight. I honestly don't know anything about NinjaVideo or what the site did, so I have no idea if it has a strong or weak case. I also do wonder how many people will really step up and support the site -- though if many do it could make for an interesting case study on its own as well. Either way, it's worth watching to see how successful the site is in raising money for its fight -- and then in the legal fight itself.

Filed Under: copyright, crowdsource, homeland security
Companies: ninjavideo


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    Hephaestus (profile), 24 Jul 2010 @ 8:37am

    Grins and giggles in the land of government oppression ... or ... The US government -vs- the little guy

    Neat technique though. Find a small site with limited assets. Raid it. Seize their assets so they can't fight a legal battle. Put them between a rock and a hard place. Make them plead out so you can use this for publicity, and to show how the big bad pirates are actually guilty.

    In the past this propaganda technique actually worked really well. With access to the news being limited to newspapers, radio, and TV. One minor problem, at this point in history, we are no longer limited to a media system spoon fed information by the government. We have the internet and all the applications that allow us to communicate and find what we are looking for, twitter, facebook, e-mail, IM, websites, blogs, google, etc.

    Historically the US government -vs- the little guy took a long time to cause enough dissent for the government to take the hint and back off. Right now we are at a point where a sizable chunk of the population feels the government is only interested in big business, doesn't care what the citizens of the US think, is becoming oppressive, and is trampling on our constitutional rights. This give the population of the US a very short fuse. Combine the short fuse, with our ability to communicate, two years left on a one term president, and you have a disaster waiting to happen for the office of IP enforcement and the content providers.

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