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  • Feb 5th, 2016 @ 7:26pm

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    Again Hollywood is pressuring a company to do what it has been unable to do thru their country restrictive licensing agreements.

    Hollywood wants to have control and keep it thru the guise of copyright reinforcement when in reality it is all about money derived from the restriction of content.

    If Hollywood priced it fairly and stop cumbersome restriction of content with the Geo location restrictions, maybe people wouldn't have the need for VPN's to get around the Geo location restriction to use the services like Nextflix that they paid for.

    But alas Hollywood has learned nothing from the Likes of Napster and online streaming services, they still cling to the day when they controlled the distribution, production and venue for where the public could get their content despite their record profits and claims of how without copyright enforcement and geo restriction licensing deals they will lose millions

  • Jan 28th, 2016 @ 5:59pm

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    Roca and it;s people in charge honestly must be somewhat delusional in their attempts to silence their critics thru lawsuits. As these cases drag on and on, all they have to show for their efforts is a high legal bill and attention to their brand that they were trying to avoid in the first place.

    Roca has done exceptionally the wrong things to avoid attention thru the use of force of legal might. It seems every step they have taken has gone against them.

    The fact that Roca brought more attention to themselves and their product, just goes to show you how bad a strategy this was in my opinion, I would have to think their chief strategist was someone named Wylie E. Coyote , but even Wylie was smart enough to walk away when the going got tough.

    Roca much like Suburban Express will live on in infamy for the attention it brought to itself and it's product that many folks had never even heard of, but now know of and would be wary of going near.

  • Jan 28th, 2016 @ 12:10pm

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    " During the second week of December, as part of its Warrant Redemption Program, Vigilant Solutions sent several warrant notices – on behalf of our law enforcement partners – in error to citizens across the state of Texas. A technical error caused us to send warrant notices to the wrong recipients. "

    " These types of mistakes are not acceptable and we deeply apologize to those who received the warrant correspondence in error and to our law enforcement customers. "


    Customers? Don't they mean victims?

  • Jan 26th, 2016 @ 2:51pm

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    In my opinion the problem with this case Malibu has is that their so called proprietary tracking software or magic box can only give them so much information such as the IP and the torrent client used to download the file and date and times.

    One would have to think that inst a whole lot to go on ( Malibu seems to think it's a lot to go on ) so they launch phase two once they get their subpoena granted to get the ISP details for the IP address and the customer information.

    This is where Malibu's "Investigation" starts to try to assemble anything they can find about the ISP subscriber thru social media accounts ( Twitter, Instagram, Facebook ) and try and hoover up any information they can use such as a movie you liked or went and saw, a song, tv show you liked, if you bought any electronics and posted comments or pictures about any of those subjects, what you do at work, what you do at home where you live and have lived who you work for and what you do for them.

    This is all gathered up and then they work thru it and try and assemble what they consider evidence to back up their claim that you or someone in your house downloaded their copyrighted work.

    It is all gamed at helping them if you deny being the infringer. Then they can say, well Bob has shown that he likes movies and he likes this or that kind of movie. Or Bob had indicated he only has a laptop but in the pictures on twitter he is using an IPad at some point.

    And heaven forbid if you have a torrent client, then they will really pour it on to say well Bob is well versed in using torrent and downloading them and someone at bobs house used a torrent client to download our clients movies.

    So in my opinion when Malibu runs up against someone who denies downloading their movies, what do they do, they try and point to missing devices and devices that weren't turned over and spoilation in the defendant wiped their computer or failed to turn over all devices and other levels of histrionics that they can add to salvage their case

    Malibu then takes any of those above mentioned things and basically tells the court this in a motion. As for Paige's expert report, it seems to be in my opinion more full of assumptions than any hard evidence of infringement. No Malibu movies found or traces of them, no infringement one would believe.

    The trolls are loathe to walk away empty handed, they try and stay in as long as they can in hopes of wringing some cash out of the poor ISP[ subscriber, and if Malibu fails to do that and thinks they are in trouble they ask the court to dismiss the case and no award the defendant any fees.

    The sad thing is, the courts let the trolls use them to achieve their settlements goal. As one of the ,most prolific copyright trolls Malibu knows that the chance they get hit with costs is a very small percentage to what they will rake in thru settlements.

    I believe Malibu has filed somewhere around 4000+ copyright lawsuits, and even if they took in $3500.00 from just 2000 of the lawsuits filed... do the math and that's a nice chunk of change for little cost

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 @ 1:30am

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    If anyone wonders how far the MPAA will go to manufacture a case and use Government to do it's bidding while they pull the strings like a marionette, you really just have to look at what the MPAA tried to do with Google.

    The MPAA went to great lengths to get Mississippi state Attorney General Jim Hood to go after Google by using his offices investigative and subpoena powers to "investigate" Google for aiding and abetting copyright infringement...then it leaked thru the Sony hack that the MPAA had a law firm they use draft up the letter and the subpoena for Hood to send to Google, and all the while the MPAA stayed in the shadows.

    The MPAA has very dirty hands in the Google case and in Dotcom's case, and has demonstrated that they will go to great lengths to get politicians and governments ( both foreign and domestic ) to do what they have been unable and unwilling to do.

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 @ 1:29am

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    I don't believe anyone is surprised by this at all.the amount of political interference by the US Government and back channels used by the US DOJ to pressure New Zealand to arrest and get Dotcom held and extradited has been extraordinary.

    The MPAA and Hollywood have been after Dotcom and Mega-upload for years, and while they haven't been able to get Dotcom and Mega-upload thru civil actions, they dreamed up a way to get him criminally which is what we have seen so far.

    How the US Government and it's DOJ has become the legal arm of the MPAA & RIAA is frightening. The MPAA & Hollywood have gone to great lengths to stretch US Copyright law to extend past Americas borders and have it apply to non citizens of the US in other countries.

    Am I a Dotcom fan, not entirely but this case has bordered on the insanity level. The fact that Hollywood has roped the US Government, the US DOJ and the New Zealand government into being it's private prosecution and has twisted US copyright laws and criminal law to manufacture a criminal case is asinine

    The US DOJ has even picked Judge Liam O'Grady to handle this case ( For those who don't know is well connected to Hollywood ). O'Grady gave us the wonderful Cox vs. Rightscorp ruling and that ruling showed that O'Grady still isn't able to be impartial and rule according to law and forget his days when he worked for Hollywood.

    Dotcom has the right to face his accusers and have his case heard, but the amount of histrionics thrown around in this whole farce of get Dotcom by any means necessary is plain wrong.

    The amount of taxpayers money that the US Government and the New Zealand government has spent on this case has to be in the tens of millions of dollars already and I would have to think is far past any financial losses that the MPAA claims Hollywood suffered ( and the way Hollywood makes up their damage claims can we even trust them when we do get a number, it's already been proven that Hollywood likes to throw around big numbers in a win of a lawsuit like they did in the Hotfile case that are not what they really received in the settlement from the case )

    Dotcom has had the decked stacked against him from day one when this farce started and it will continue to be this way when he arrives on american soil.for this trial. It is amazing how far a private group has gone to turn a civil matter into a criminal matter and all with taxpayer dollars being spent.

    This case will drag on and on and on because the US Government can not say "not our problem" to their Hollywood backers and that this is a civil court issue, and the fact that they have managed to manufacture a criminal case on non U.S citizens is nothing less than frightening.

  • Nov 18th, 2015 @ 2:33am

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    Am I a fan of red light camera and photo radar, no I am not. It's due to the fact that most cities are not pitched on the safety that these devices are alleged to encourage, it's the fact that these cities are pitched on the revenues from these devices they can make.

    In the city I live in photo radar and red light camera is used more here than in any other city in my country. In fact our city has lowered the threshold as to when a speeding ticket is issued to within a 1 to 3 difference over the posted 50 speed limit, that revenues went up from 10.3 million to 45.8 million dollars a year.

    Yet the claim is always how it is about safety and we need people to slow down in school zones and in neighborhoods. If you look at where these locations are set up though, you will see it is no where near any of those locations of where they stated the speed needs to be controlled.

    Rather we see it in high traffic high volume locations were they are playing the odds, knowing that is lets say 55k cars are going thru such and such a location a day, they are going to get a certain percentage of driver over that 50 speed limit.

    If they used theses were they said they would and for what they said, I'd be fine with it, but when they are abusing these devices and doing nothing more than playing the odds to gain revenue, then I have an issue with it.

    The potential for abuse is ripe and these machines are not infalliable, and the companies and police departments are loathe to give up information on the technical specs to fight a ticket in court because they know the technology is not perfect by any stretch.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015 @ 3:20pm

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    With the labels history of wacky accounting much like the movie industry has the same accounting issues, I believe the artists will get next to nothing.

    How many times have artists sued their labels due to not getting their fair share of profits from their music. The labels like to have control of the money and they are very loathe to give it up, history has proven that.

  • Oct 21st, 2015 @ 12:17pm

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    Someone tell her that she is a perfect candidate for a PR job at Rightscorp or Suburban Express.

    I sense there is a lot of synergy's where she'd fit right in at either organisation.

  • Oct 19th, 2015 @ 9:15am

    Re: ... come again?

    You left out the fact that cable co's have been jacking up rates constantly while telling the customer "you cant have this without taking that, oh and that will cost you more".

    Not to mention all the other little ways they can nickle and dime you for other things on your bill.

    Cable is much like the movie and music industry's have been to loathe to give up that lucrative and captive consumer cash stream they used to have monopolies on and way too resistant to change with the times and consumer demands.

    Is the demand still there, sure it is, but it isn't what it used to be and it will go further down hill as more people can get their media delivered thru other means at much better costs and in a more convenient way.

  • Oct 19th, 2015 @ 9:08am

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    "We think behaviors could change once the so-called millennials start having families,” said Glenn B. Enoch, senior vice president for audience insights at Nielsen. New parents’ desire for better programming for their children will help drive them to cable, media executives have predicted."

    Wow! Someone tell the cable execs to tell Mr.Rourke and Tattoo I said hello while they are at Fantasy Island.

    Because that's really the only way I can see how the Cable Exec's believe that cord cutting will stop.

  • Aug 24th, 2015 @ 9:00am

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    Only in Quebec. Bad enough that the Quebec government has language police ( no really, they do ) who will act on a complaint from the member of the public if you see too much English in a sign or say restaurant menu or if the french isn't predominately bigger than the English on the sign.

    The let's try to get muslim's to not be so muslim thing has been brewing for a while now. The funny thing is though, if you speak English in Quebec, there are francophones who will get mad and tell you to speak french first. Even though a lot of people in Quebec speak both languages.

    So in Quebec, they seem to have this idea that the rest of Canada discriminates against them for being french and wanting to speak that first and English second, couldn't be further from the truth.

    It's policies like this and Quebec's attitude towards non francophone's that we are discriminating against them, when it really is the other way around.

    This policy just furthers that point.

  • Aug 18th, 2015 @ 1:26pm

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    Much like Hollywood's beloved movie and music flacks like the MPAA and RIAA love to scream how the sky is falling and tons of people in their industries are on the verge of being jobless or already jobless, the statistics prove other wise.

    So it would safe to assume that much like Disney, the MPAA & RIAA like the world of make believe too.

  • Aug 18th, 2015 @ 1:19pm

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    So really what you have here is a Federal Court District where the Judges have gone Rogue and are tailoring the law to favorably fit Plaintiffs that sue companies in their courts.

    I always thought the requirements to be a judge is that you act honestly and are impartial to the cases that are before you and you rule according to law.

    It is more than obvious to anyone that has followed any of the cases that get filed in the Eastern District of Texas, that it is time for the Judges that sit in the Eastern District to be fired and removed from the bench.

    When you decide that you need not follow the rule of law and your impartiality is in question that signals it is time for sweeping changes to the Eastern District of Texas judiciary as they are now part of the problem instead of being the solution.

    If your a defendant in the Eastern District of Texas you have the deck stacked against you from the onset, and this is only due to the fact that the Judges there have gone rogue and decided that fair and impartial rulings from it's courts are far and few for those defendants who would have the belief arguments would be given fair weight under the law and rules of court.

    The fact that the Higher courts have admonished the Eastern District of Texas and their rulings only further serves to note that it is time to clean out the Judges who have decided that you can buy a favorably ruling from a judges in the Eastern District of Texas

  • Aug 11th, 2015 @ 3:49pm

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    Remember that the Judge had Steele, Hansmeier and Duffy submit to the court their financials from an accountant when they were pleading poverty.

    While Steele was whining how he couldn't pay, he somehow managed to have the funds to add a pool, spa and deck to his Miami area home.

    Funny how someone who couldn't afford to pay up could afford to do a renovation like that.

  • Aug 11th, 2015 @ 3:40pm

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    Here RICO, here boy....Dinner Time!!!

  • May 12th, 2015 @ 4:06pm

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    Rightscorp knew of the ruling in the District of Columbia before either of these cases took place and knew that in that ruling the court forbid the RIAA to get a subpoena for ISP subscriber information.

    Rightscorp Robert Steele has flat out said that Rightscorp disagreed with the District Of Columbia's ruling and they have flaunted ever since then to be able to get ISP subscriber information to entail their settlement/extortion letters for cash.

    Does anyone really believe that Rightscorp is going to stop sending out letters and that they are actually going to go to court with evidence submitted to get a court to grant them ISP subscriber information? I doubt it.

    It would cost Rightscorp a minimum $300.00 in filing fees, and then they have to submit evidence to get a court to approve that.

    Rightscorp's business model is to do this cheaply to obtain cheap and fast settlements, no way are they going to start hiring lawyers and submitting evidence, that would kill them off and they are already in deep red ink.

    Look for the clowns from Rightscorp to continue on with the extortion/settlelment business as usual, court ruling be damned

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 5:40pm

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    I have said this before and I will say it again :

    It never has been about protection of ones copyrighted work, it is revenue generation under the guise of copyright enforcement. Plain and simple

  • Apr 17th, 2015 @ 10:18am

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    If you ever wondered how trolls abuse the DCMA act, Rightscorp and the torrent trolls are showing us just how easy abusing the DCMA for profit is.

    The fact that the way Rightscorp is getting subpoenas for ISP subscribers via the DCMA which courts have already said was illegal.

    Rightscorp has said they believe the court go it wrong, so they know they are obtaining these subpoenas for ISP subscribers information illegally, but they choose to break the law knowingly in order to trolls for cash.

    Rightscorp is no better than a collection agency, in fact that may be worse, it's like they are dialing for dollars hoping someone, anyone will agree to their shakedown collection methods and give them money to go away which of course they never do.

    Rightscorp is like that family member who you loan money to, and then a day later are back for more and more and more and even though you say "this is the last time" they still try to hit you up for a few more dollars.

    The fact that Rightscorp is manipulating the DCMA process is abusing the telecommunications act and outright misleading people just goes to show you what a scummy operation this is.

    I didnt think there was anyone who could make collection agencies look bad, but we have a new champion in Rightscorp

  • Apr 17th, 2015 @ 10:18am

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    If you ever wondered how trolls abuse the DCMA act, Rightscorp and the torrent trolls are showing us just how easy abusing the DCMA for profit is.

    The fact that the way Rightscorp is getting subpoenas for ISP subscribers via the DCMA which courts have already said was illegal.

    Rightscorp has said they believe the court go it wrong, so they know they are obtaining these subpoenas for ISP subscribers information illegally, but they choose to break the law knowingly in order to trolls for cash.

    Rightscorp is no better than a collection agency, in fact that may be worse, it's like they are dialing for dollars hoping someone, anyone will agree to their shakedown collection methods and give them money to go away which of course they never do.

    Rightscorp is like that family member who you loan money to, and then a day later are back for more and more and more and even though you say "this is the last time" they still try to hit you up for a few more dollars.

    The fact that Rightscorp is manipulating the DCMA process is abusing the telecommunications act and outright misleading people just goes to show you what a scummy operation this is.

    I didnt think there was anyone who could make collection agencies look bad, but we have a new champion in Rightscorp

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