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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous, 31 Jan 2015 @ 4:58pm

    I ♥ Pirate Bay

    I haven't used popcorn time yet myself but I am thinking about it and why. I pay for Netflix, so I am not a pirate, but often Netflix, TimeWarner Cable on demand doesn't update with the latest movies fast enough, and who wants to pay $5 a movie for a one night rental anyways when I can just google look for torrents, or movies and stream them for example (Not download) technically I could still put on a third party recorder and break anti piracy laws by recording my computer screen, but my point is Streaming Movies, should be legit just as sync tube.

    If you don't like piracy of Music, Games, or Movies, Please keep them all to yourself do something like.

    . Body search everyone who enters the theater even playing your copyrighted movie for (Cellphones, or anything that can record.)

    . Make people sign a real life document legally binding contract before going inside.

    Why do you honestly think Hackers go after companies like Sony, I wont say I support illegal crimes, but my honest opinion some of these companies deserve what they get for being jerks to the consumers, and I am glad someone who had the skills actually stood up for George Hotz, and being against piracy, when I buy my PS3, PS4, Any hardware I will do what I please with it unless you make me sign a legally binding contract at the time of the purchase you have no right to tell me I can't modify my hardware which I legally can do what I want with.

    Thanks, Keep Torrents, and Internet streaming alive, and not like I am a free-loader of stuff either I have thousands of dollars worth of digital content purchased, but I am not running out to buy $50 DVD's or Blu Ray when its the digital age no one uses that crap anymore, and no one wants to pay $5 or $8 Plus Tax on the Time Warner Cable Bill or whatever for an on demand movie for one night I don't, now perhaps if I was streaming the movie to all my friends on the internet as well maybe like on sync tube.

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