Bad news for Dotcom. His lawyer Ira Rothken loses major case¬†in US on copyright infringement. Dotcom’s is more serious as his is¬†criminal, not civil case.
A major Hollywood court win against the IsoHunt torrent site has been upheld on appeal. In a¬†ruling¬†(PDF)¬†issued this morning, a three-judge panel found that IsoHunt and its founder Gary Fung had illegally induced users to swap copyrighted files.
After seven years of litigation, the site may finally have to adopt some serious filtering. Fung was first sued by Columbia Pictures in 2006,¬†lost¬†his case in 2009, and was slapped with a strongly worded¬†injunction¬†in 2010. That injunction allowed content companies to submit long lists of search terms to Fung that he was supposed to filter for. However, despite Fung’s court losses, IsoHunt today doesn’t appear to be functionally very different from the site that the entertainment industry objected to back in 2006.¬†Searches¬†for copyrighted¬†material¬†readily turn up lists of files with names that strongly suggest they are infringing.
Even if you interpret the data in a light favorable to IsoHunt, there’s no question that the site’s main use was to trade copyrighted material, the judges wrote.
Oh deary, deary me. ¬†This doesn’t look good. ¬†The same legal test, when applied to Kimbo’s child porn, movie and music storage service, won’t put his case in a better spot.
Source: Ars Technica