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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    Modplan (profile), 23 Jul 2010 @ 6:05pm

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    Now it works. It may be better to contact them directly, but AFAIK about how Ninjavideo worked:

    All content was stored externally, usually on the likes of Megaupload. Using some fancy schmancy tricks (a java applet), the streaming they provided could get the content from there.

    There may have been a more direct relationship with uploaders, especially due to the higher effort they put in to getting shows up as quickly as possible and in good quality, but it may be better to ask them directly if they're able to talk about it.

    The site had advertising on it, and accepted donations from users (who would then get special mention and higher priority in the forums with site isues, and they're user name turned yellow).

    The site branched out into other areas - they actually promoted a few artists through the site (one called Lowkey in particular I think), produced a comic via its forums and held one or 2 other forum focused things.

    That's AFAIK. There's a whole bunch more stuff around what's going on now here: http://www.ninjavideoforum.net/viewforum.php?id=71

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