Russian Communist party recently introduced a bill allowing to administratively block any pages that have information on "illegal" (i.e. not pre-negotiated with authorities) upcoming meetings and rallies.
Probably because 100 years ago they had a permit for the 1917 Communist Revolution.
You guys are lucky you can't read Russian. Because the army of trolls on the Russian sites push the idea that since Google is under the NSA thumb, it has recently replaced the satellite images in the area in order to discredit the impeccable evidence.
I'm horrified of the idea of Techdirt trolls learning about the International Forum Troll Exchange Program.
I called this guy Severo and told him he is funny.
You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?
I said "sorry, wrong number/actor/character" and hung up.
Blackmail is an act, often a crime, involving unjustified threats to make a gain or cause loss to another unless a demand is met. It may be defined as coercion involving threats of physical harm, threat of criminal prosecution, or threats for the purposes of taking the person's money or property.
Needless to say I would not bother to disturb the old manure if I was not annoyed by these cowardly attempt to silence me.
It's a bit more complicated and totally different than it appears in Malibu's pleadings and motions.
In the nutshell, the show is run by the Germans (Guardaley), and XArt's role was meant to be minimal, but the pornographers are being dragged into the mess more and more deeply as of late.
About three years ago Guardaley's marketers found some adult plaintiffs and lawyers to form a shakedown outfit.
Producers were promised easy money: "just let us to use your copyrights, and you'll get monthly checks" (believed to be about 10% of the proceeds). Lawyers would receive some cut too, and the Germans would get the lion share. According to the latest revelations in an Elf-Man cases (same foreign puppeteers: APMC is a Guardaley's shell, just like Excipio or IPP iInternational),
Page 7 of that agreement includes redacted portions, but does otherwise indicate that any recoveries from APMC’s enforcement campaign would be allocated first to APMC’s costs, and then “the remaining monies shall be distributed as follows: (a) The appointed Attorney’s and litigation [REDACTED IN ORIGINAL], (b) The appointed forensic IT expert costs [REDACTED IN ORIGINAL], (c) The RIGHTS OWNER shall receive [REDACTED IN ORIGINAL].” In other words, it appears that APMC as the investigator and financier of the litigation has a direct and contingent stake in it.
So, while on paper the trolls are white and fuzzy (Lipscomb even managed to make Judge Baylson declare that he is not a troll), the Lipscomb/Malibu outfit is not much better than Prenda, and is premised on the same things: Orwellian statutory damages in copyright, strict liability, stigma related to porn, inherent unfairness of the civil jurisprudence (it costs more to defend than to settle), and so on.
Trolls adapt, and as we expose their sleaze (and as the case law is VERY slowly but surely patches the loopholes), things for XArt are not as easy as the pornographers expected them to be. XArt's principals can't just turn the lawsuit machine off, so they are now forced to allocate time and effort to play their puppet role (not to mention unwanted attention to their operations that are not exactly kosher from the law standpoint). I suspect that if they had a magical chance to start it all over, they would say "no thanks."
Hope it answered your question to some extent. There is still a lot ow white spots in the picture, but we are getting there. I have big expectations from the July 30 hearing in Maryland.