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Why We Will Not Be Registering easyDNS.SUCKS - blog.easydns.org
If you're not immersed in the naming business you may find the jargon in it hard to understand. The basic upshot is this: the IPC believes that the mechanisms that were enacted to protect trademark holders during the deluge of new TLD rollouts are being gamed by the .SUCKS TLD operator to extort inflated fees from trademark holders.


(via Nelson)
shakedown  business  internet  domains  dns  easydns  dot-sucks  scams  tlds  trademarks  ip 
april 2015 by jm
Intellectual Ventures' Evil Knows No Bounds: Buys Patent AmEx Donated For Public Good... And Starts Suing
The problem with software patents, part XVII.
So you have a situation where even when the original patent holder donated the patent for "the public good," sooner or later, an obnoxious patent troll like IV comes along and turns it into a weapon.
Again: AmEx patented those little numbers on your credit card, and then for the good of the industry and consumer protection donated the patent to a non-profit, who promised not to enforce the patent against banks... and then proceeded to sell the patent to Intellectual Ventures who is now suing banks over it.
intellectual-ventures  scams  patents  swpats  shakedown  banking  cvv  american-express  banks  amex  cmaf 
october 2013 by jm
Meet the nice-guy lawyers who want $1,000 per worker for using scanners | Ars Technica
Great investigative journalism, interviewing the legal team behind the current big patent-troll shakedown; that on scanning documents with a button press, using a scanner attached to a network. They express whole-hearted belief in the legality of their actions, unsurprisingly -- they're exactly what you think they'd be like (via Nelson)
via:nelson  ethics  business  legal  patents  swpats  patent-trolls  texas  shakedown 
april 2013 by jm
The Patent Protection Racket
Joel On Software weighs in (via Tony Finch):
The fastest growing industry in the US right now, even during this time of slow economic growth, is probably the patent troll protection racket industry.
joel-on-software  patents  swpats  shakedown  extortion  us-politics  patent-trolls  via:fanf 
april 2013 by jm
CEO Of Internet Provider Sonic.net: We Delete User Logs After Two Weeks. Your Internet Provider Should, Too. - Forbes
"what we saw was a shift towards customers being made part of a business model that involved–I don’t know if extortion is the right word–but embarassment for gain. An individual would download a movie, using bittorrent, and infringe copyright. And that might be our customer, like Bob Smith who owns a Sonic.net account, or it might be their spouse, or it might be their child. Or it might be one of his three roommates in a loft in San Francisco, who Bob is not responsible for, and who rent out their loft on AirBnB and have couch surfers and buddies from college and so on and open Wifi.

When lawyers asked us for these users’ information, some of our customers I spoke with said “Oh yeah, crap, they caught me,” and were willing to admit they engaged in piracy and pay a settlement. But in other cases, it turned out the roommate did it, or no one would admit to doing it. But they would pay the settlement anyway. Because no one wants to be named in the public record in a case from So-And-So Productions vs. 1,600 names including Bob Smith for downloading a film called “Don’t Tell My Wife I B—F—— The Babysitter.”

AG: Is that a real title?

DJ: Yes. I’ve read about cases where a lawyer was doing this for the movie “The Expendables,” and 5% of people settled. So then he switched to representing someone with an embarassing porn title, and like 30% of people paid.

It seemed like half the time, the customer wasn’t the one right one, but they rolled over because it would be very embarassing. And I think that’s an abuse of process. I was unwilling to become part of that business model. In many cases the lawyers never pursued the case, and it was all bluster. But under that threat, you pay."
interview  isps  freedom  copyright  internet  shakedown  lawyers  sonic.net  data-retention  via:oisin 
june 2012 by jm
McGarr Solicitors' sternly-worded letter to Newspaper Licencing Ireland Ltd
In response to a letter received by a charity, warning of dire penalties for 'reproducing copyright content without permission', since doing so 'is theft'. It gets better, since in correspondence they were then informed that “a licence is required to link directly to an online article even without uploading any of the content directly onto your own website”. Looking forward to seeing how this one plays out...
law  ireland  scams  shakedown  copyright  nli  licensing  linking  hyperlinks 
may 2012 by jm
Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent', says law body
'Following complaints to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Davenport Lyons now stands accused of deliberately ignoring concerns over the standard of its evidence. It matched IP addresses captured from movie and videogame BitTorrent swarms with customer records obtained from ISPs by court order. David Gore and Brian Miller, two Davenport Lyons partners, will face disciplinary proceedings in March.'
piracy  three-strikes  uk  law  solicitors  bittorrent  filesharing  shakedown  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
The result of the IMRO & music blogger meeting | Nialler9 Music Blog
upshot: IMRO will think about it and get back to Nialler et al; in the meantime, everyone operates as before. one to keep an eye on, even if you're not Irish; this will play out overseas soon too. Good call getting Simon McGarr along
music  mp3  shakedown  imro  nialler9  ip  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
article on the IMRO-vs-blogs LOEL spat
by an ex-Hot-Press staffer. interesting: Hot Press 'also publish MQ, the IMRO members’ periodical.' well, that would explain a lot
hot-press  ireland  music  mp3  loel  imro  shakedown  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
the torture garden: On Hot Press and My Place In The Real Economy
it seems Hot Press have come up with some Paul-McGuinness-esque pro-IMRO one-sided turdery masquerading as journalism. shock me
imro  shakedown  hot-press  tat  journalism  ireland  dublin  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Two bands pull out of IMRO show in blog protest
fair play to The Cast Of Cheers and Mia Sparrow, cancelling their show in response to IMRO's actions
imro  shakedown  bands  music  ireland  the-cast-of-cheers  the-richter-collective  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Irish music blogs under attack over royalties | Music | guardian.co.uk
'If IMRO goes ahead with its plan, targeting music blogs around the world, there will soon be legions of frustrated bloggers. And it will be much worse if other regional publishers follow suit.'
imro  ireland  guardian  news  blogs  music  mp3  shakedown  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
On The Record » “This music blogger IMRO licence thing”
Jim Carroll's blog post on the IMRO mp3blog shakedown. Comment thread has some good stuff from Irish music heads
imro  mp3  blogs  music  ireland  jim-carroll  shakedown  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
IMRO propose massive increase in indie cinema fees
what are they up to? '1 per cent levy on the gross box-office takings of every cinema in the country ... Smaller cinema operators who attended a meeting ... said the proposal amounted in some cases to a five to sevenfold increase on their existing royalties payments.'
imro  wtf  cinema  movies  ireland  shakedown  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Nialler9's getting the IMRO shakedown
Irish music blogs apparently need to pay a minimum of EUR150/year to the collection agency for "making copyrighted music available online" -- and they intend to ask _all_ sites who offer music, Irish or not, to pay this fee (!)
imro  shakedown  nialler9  ireland  music  mp3  blogs  blogging  from delicious
april 2010 by jm

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