Will 2013 be the year that the Supreme Court of the United States accepts an illegal music downloading case? If K.A.D. Camara has anything to say about it, then “yes,” it will be. For about five years, K.A.D. Camara has represented Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a music “pirate” sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally obtaining – via the Internet – 24 songs. After years of litigation, Camara filed a writ of certiorari, with hopes that the highest court in the land will debate and decide on whether or not the financial awards handed down in illegal downloading lawsuits are [...]
“Tokyo Cougar Creampies” is the adult film that Doe 2,057 was allegedly accused of downloading illegally; the rub is that Doe 2,057 is blind and doesn’t make a point of downloading pornos. “To be honest, it’s a little ridiculous. My movie-watching ability is nonexistent. My kids watch movies, but they are 4 and 6, so they don’t watch porn either. Well, hopefully they don’t,” he explained.
Sigh. Yet another example of why the on-going witch-hunt for online copyright infringers is ill-conceived.
On The War Path For BitTorrent Abusers
In March 2010, the lawfirm of Dunlop, Grubb and Weaver unleashed their [...]
Music industry executives are on a warpath. Their targets: any individual who downloads and streams tunes illegally.
To ensure label-friendly laws are passed, industry suits have filled campaign coffers, employed hundreds of lobbyists and actively developed advanced anti-copying technology. But if Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) is correct in his analysis, some of the new piracy-deterrent measures may actually be illegal.
The Audio Home Recording Act
In 1992, the U.S. Government passed the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA). A ground-breaking copyright law, AHRA stipulated a government-imposed royalty on devices and media. Under the Act, recording companies are federally entitled to royalties on blank media, [...]