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 @ 1:46pm

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

    "thereby making himself look better as the "get tough on crime" candidate during the next election cycle."

    Right now its not the next election cycle, it is just a blatant chicago IL style abuse of power in front of the public.

    I am not worried about this. I spent a couple days after work going through surveys that are being or have been done by the IP industries over the past 6 months. They all have the same we are asking questions on behalf of the monopoly media industry feel to them. Basically talking at consumers and not worrying about what consumers want. They are asking all the wrong questions.

    This not wanting to hear what consumers want is going to lead to poor planning on the part of DOJ, dept of IPE, and the white house staff.

    "The cynical abuse of power is a cornerstone of "the American way"."

    Yeah I agree ... esp for chicago politicians.

    On a side note. I am not sure if obama has lost control of the people he put in place, is on Xanax and being led around by the nose by California based interests, just plain self defeating, or if he is trying to destroy the media and content industry. Perhaps its a combination. Only time will tell.

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