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.

Filed Under: blog, copyright, ghost, greece, john o'nolan, popcorn time, takedowns
Companies: aepi

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    ricebowl (profile), 30 Jan 2015 @ 9:50am

    Baby steps

    I wonder how long it'll be before they get bored with all these baby steps, and finally take the issue head on by suing the church (or, rather, religions in this case) as a proxy for God? After all, God gave us free will (broadly-speaking), which directly led to us having a knowledge of good and evil, and allowing us the choice to pursue evil of our own volition. Therefore, surely, the ultimate responsibility must lie in the hands of the Almighty for both negligence (allowing piracy to happen at all) and for inducing piracy (by granting/allowing the knowledge of evil, and permitting its pursuit).

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