Posts Tagged ‘judge’

Facebook Profile Sees Drunk Driver Imprisoned

February 1, 2010

A dubiously titled Facebook photo has led to the imprisonment of 17-year-old Ashley Sullivan who, thanks to her Facebook photos, was refused “youthful offender” status.

Word comes from BuffaloNews that Sullivan pleaded guilty to”criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated” after a car crash that killed her boyfriend. One month later, Sullivan is reported to have gone to Florida, during which trip she uploaded photos to her Facebook page, fairly simply titled “Drunk in Florida.”

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France to Disconnect Illegal Downloaders

January 4, 2010

France’s controversial new law covering the disconnection of internet users found to be guilty of illegally downloading copyrighted material is now in effect.

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According to the BBC’s article on the law, those who are found to be illegally downloading content will initially be sent an email to warn them to cease their illicit activities. Those who continue to flaunt the law will be sent a plain-old snail-mail letter to inform them of their position. Should that fail to convince users to stop downloading, they’ll be brought before a judge and face either a fine or potential disconnection.

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Court Rules iPods Don’t Deafen

December 31, 2009

Apple has won an appeal to an earlier ruling in its favour against the claim that the its iPod hardware was responsible for hearing loss among those who listen to the device at high volumes.

According to TechRadar, the case was levelled by two claimants who asserted that the iPod line range is “defective,” in that it allows user to listen to their various media at volumes in excess of those determined to be safe for sustained listening. David Thompson, the judge involved in the case issued a statement, in which he pointed out that,

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Pirate Bay Appeal Judge Works for Spotify…

September 22, 2009

The judge originally selected for the appeal of the trial that saw The Pirate Bay’s four founders has been found to be compromised, just a touch, by his involvement in the fast growing Spotify music service.

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TorrentFreak is reporting that, when the Pirate Bay was brought to court for the mass copyright infringement it was party to, it alleged that the judge ruling against them had been a member of pro-copyright groups. When the Pirate Bay asked for a retrial, it was instead granted an appeal However, it has since turned out that the appeal, scheduled for November, might not go ahead.

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Mininova Ordered to Remove Copyrighted Torrents

August 27, 2009

A Dutch judge has ordered the brains behind Mininova to remove all copyrighted torrents from the search engine or face a heft €5 million in fines.

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With The Pirate Bay taking some serious hits in the last two months, the fact that this latest attack hits the less popular torrent search engine Mininova could be an indication of what’s to come later. The only real question now is whether or not this kind of anti-piracy policy will continue, hitting all of the major torrent searches or if it will stop with The Pirate Bay and Mininova.

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The Pirate Bay Denied Retrial

June 26, 2009

In what’s beginning to look like a pretty dreadful week for internet pirates, Swedish based The Pirate Bay has been denied its requested appeal to its copyright infringement trail.

It's both sad and strangely fitting that the ship appears to be sinking now...

It's both sad and strangely fitting that the ship appears to be sinking now...

Naturally this is bad news, but it’s also an interesting turn of events. The reasoning behind The Pirate Bay’s move for a retrial had been based on the discovery (after the case had come to a close) that the judge had been a member of prominent pro-copyright groups. Moreover, not just a member but on the board of directors of one such group, lobbying for harsher copyright laws, a fact that we might well understand to colour his judgement just a touch against groups like The Pirate Bay. The only problem now is that the court of appeals has ruled unanimously that the judge in the previous trial was not biased… which leaves fairly few avenues for the infamous pirates.

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