Anti-Piracy Group So Desperate To Go After Popcorn Time That It Threatens A Blog Software Maker

from the no,-it-doesn't-make-any-sense dept

We've seen, over the years, how copyright holders and anti-piracy organizations have continually moved up and down the stack in trying to shut off access to things they don't like. They've sued users for sharing, as well as companies and individuals who build tools that can be used for infringement, of course. Those were the obvious ones. But, lately, they've been targeting hosting providers, registrars, ISPs and ad networks as well. And, apparently, now some are so desperate that they're going after totally unrelated software providers. At least that appears to be the case in Greece, where the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AEPI), sent an angry threat letter to John O'Nolan, who created Ghost, an open source blogging system. Why go after Ghost? Well, apparently because one of the more popular forks of the Popcorn Time streaming system has a blog that uses Ghost. Ghost doesn't host it. Popcorn Time is just using its software. It would take one hell of a ridiculous interpretation of secondary liability to put any liability on Ghost. It would be like going after BIC because someone at Napster wrote notes using one of their pens. But such is the ridiculous state of the anti-piracy world today, where such moves seem sensible.
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Filed Under: blog, copyright, ghost, greece, john o'nolan, popcorn time, takedowns
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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Jan 2015 @ 10:23am

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    They just can't seem to go after the direct infringer.


    In all fairness, they did sort of try that earlier on. At which point they discovered that locating the right person to go after is hard, generates a lot of bad publicity, isn't very efficient, and generates a bunch of legal fees for very little in return seeing as the people they're going after usually don't have much money. So they stopped doing that to focus on sites and services instead.

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