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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    Mike Masnick (profile), 26 Jul 2010 @ 11:51am

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    LOL! Whatever, Mike... And what about all the questions you didn't answer?

    Joe. I responded to your questions. Rather than admit you were wrong, you did "LOL". And then you complain when I treat you as a child?

    I did not call you out because I thought you were "young." There are high school kids on this site who appear to have a better grasp of copyright law than you do. Age has nothing to do with it. And nice bragging about your house and car. No one cares if you were Bill Gates and went to law school for the sheer joy of it (yeah, right). The simple fact is that you came barging in here with a bunch of claims that displayed an ignorance of copyright law, economics, business models and history. And people called you on it.

    Whatever. I've got better things to do with my life than debate an idiot like you.


    Funny statement from someone who demanded I write law school final exam essays on all of his questions, and when I didn't do so within a few hours (even as he has been unable to respond to detailed critiques of his own false claims -- again, I point you to Karl's comments on this post: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100715/17561610237.shtml), to then respond to me answering your questions by saying you have better things to do with your life than debate an "idiot" like me, displays a really impressive level of hubris.

    You may discover, when you get into a real court room, that judges and opposing counsel don't respond well to calling them idiots or statements like "snore" and "LOL." If I call you kiddo it's for your behavior, not your age.

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