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), 25 Jul 2010 @ 5:11pm

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    I also think I'm a pretty smart guy, I'm at the top of my class, the judge I work for values my intellect, and I don't run away from fights. If anything, I've shown my ability and desire to back up my assertions with research and authority.

    The only citation I've seen from you is one other people pointed you to, which you then quoted but did so in a way to suggest that this backed the idea that copyright was needed and was somehow reputable research, when it was a simple statement from a judge that had no relation at all to any research or historical insight that suggested copyright was needed.

    Not to mention your repeated reliance on circular logic and requiring other commentators and Mike to act as your dancing monkey because you're bored and want some help with your IP law studies but can't be bothered to do the research yourself. Instead, demand other people always give you citations even if you never give any yourself and make what are obviously incorrect assertions even without appeals to authority, citations and only a basic knowledge in copyright history.

    In the past few days, I've called Mike out three times without a single response from him.

    a) Mike does this as part of a job.

    b) It's the weekend. Like a lot people on the weekend, Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays are days off work and to do other things than your job, especially if they involve bowing to demands by random commentators.

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