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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jul 2010 @ 7:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "If authors weren't being stimulated by copyright to create their works, then why are they choosing to copyright their works? They don't have to copyright their works, right? But they choose to."

    They don't choose to. A work is copyrighted as soon as it is created. If content creators had to choose to copyright works (through registration for example), it would solve a lot of problems.

    Furthermore, the second argument has no value. You could give me an incentive to breath by paying me a dollar for each breath I take, and I would gladly take you up on that offer, but the whole arrangement misses the point because I was breathing before you made the offer and I would have continued to breath even if you hadn't. There is no justification for providing incentives that go beyond the minimum necessary to spur progress in the arts.

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