Posts Tagged ‘legal’

LG Manual Details Piracy…

February 8, 2010

LG may well find itself in some trouble with studios after its user manuals were found to contain details of how to watch illegally downloaded material on LG’s hardware.

Seems like a bit of a misstep...

The whole kafuffle stems from the release of a line of HDTV’s from LG that boast USB ports, allowing users to plug external storage directly into their displays and watch any content that they’ve got stored on those drives directly on their LG TV. Of course, the assumption might be that such content has been legally obtained, but LG’s own manual doesn’t seem too fussy, showing pirated content in its diagrams of the functionality.

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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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PlayStation 3 Hack Released

January 27, 2010

It seems that the recently revealed hack for Sony’s PlayStation 3 has now been released to the web at large through the medium of the hacker, George “Geohot” Hotz’, blog.

With many questioning the veracity of Hotz’ claim that he had managed to hack the PlayStation 3, or simply to what extent that hack might be useful, it seems that the most sensible move would be to simply release the hack into the wild and see just what the community at large can do with it. Still, it’s well worth keeping in mind that this is the same man who originally managed to hack the iPhone.

Perhaps the most detailed (without being so complex as to be practically incomprehensible) writeup on the first exploit to hit the PS3 has come from Eurogamer.net, which quickly points out that,

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Mass Effect 2 Sees Vast Pre-Release Piracy

January 26, 2010

It seems that Bioware’s upcoming sequel to its hit science-fiction RPG, Mass Effect, has been leaked to bittorrent sites, with many users rushing to illegally download the game before its release.

Mass Effect feels the mass downloading effect 😦

Word comes via TorrentFreak of the leak, which has apparently resulted in an inordinate amount of illegal downloads. Indeed, the figure was initially reported to be “more than 300,000” to be somewhere in the process of downloading or having already downloaded the game illegally. This is thanks, in no small part, to the fact that the first Mass Effect game managed to win such critical acclaim for itself.

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Google Under Fire from Publishers Again

January 19, 2010

Google’s seemingly endless war with publishers is set to continue as they now face “antitrust complaints” in Germany from newspaper and magazine publishers who want the company to pay them for using article snippets in its web news service and search results.

German publishers are the latest in a long line to complain about Google’s use of article snippets

A statement from Google revealed that the very Bond-sounding German Federal Cartel Office had also informed it of separate but related complaints from a Microsoft subsidiary, Ciao, and a Berlin-based online mapping company, Euro-Cities.

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Possible Five Years for Phishing Scam Chief

January 15, 2010

After our earlier post on the DarkMarket scammer being locked up for being a very naughty boy, we continue the ‘internet bad boys heading for the slammer’ theme with a story of how ‘shit just got real’ for Cornel Ionut Tonita, a Romanian national who is facing five years in a US prison for a phishing operation.

How Will Smith and Martin Lawrence might have looked when ‘taking down’ Cornel Ionut Tonita.

Tonita pleaded guilty to a charge related to a phishing scam that sought to defraud customers of banks such as Citibank and Wells Fargo, and of websites such as eBay.

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Google Stops Censoring in China

January 13, 2010

In a very surprising turnaround indeed, it seems that Google has apparently decided it’s time to stick it to the man and has announced that it will no longer be censoring content in China.

Indeed, according to Google’s own blog on the subject indicates that the company is very much aware of the fact that it could be forced out of the Chinese market by such a decision, but has proceeded regardless. Indeed, according to the blog post from Google’s senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer, Dave Drummond, it seems that the folks at Google are not only well aware of that potential outcome, but don’t seem too scared of it. Drummond also takes time to talk about what precipitated the move.

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Lord Lucas to Rescue Google News?

January 12, 2010

Search engines may well get immunity from UK copyright infringement laws thanks to a proposed amendment to the Digital Economy Bill. Conservative peer, Lord Lucas – which really is an awesome title – has put forward the amendment (entitled, ‘Protection of search engines from liability for copyright infringement’) to the recently announced Bill and the important bit reads as follows:

The Digital Economy Bill smackdown happens next Tuesday

“Every provider of a publicly accessible website shall be presumed to give a standing and non-exclusive licence to providers of search engine services to make a copy of some or all of the content of that website, for the purpose only of providing said search engine services…”

Lord Lucas, who in December compared P2P sites with sharing a newspaper, also added that, “A provider of search engine services who acts in accordance with this section shall not be liable for any breach of copyright…”

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Google’s Chinese Apology Up in the Air

January 12, 2010

Planned negotiations to end a copyright row between Google and a group of Chinese writers have been postponed, leaving a formal apology hanging in the air. The China Daily – which is always lying around the Komplett offices – has reported that Erik Hartmann, Google Book’s “top negotiator in China”, called his counterpart Zhang Hongbo, deputy director of China Written Works Copyright Society (CWWCS) early on  Tuesday morning (Chinese time) and said Google wanted to postpone the negotiations which were due to happen only a few hours later.

Google Books aren't apologising just yet to some very angry Chinese authors

Zhang said that Hartmann had not explained the “exact reason” for all of this, while it had been assumed that today would see a formal apology via press conference after Google had apparently backed down and agreed to hand over a list of books it has scanned in recent years by Chinese authors. The works were digitized without the permission of the Chinese authors in question and in an effort to placate them Hartmann, who runs the Asia-Pacific division of Google Books, had written a letter of apology to 8,000 members the China Writers’ Association over the weekend.

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