p2p news / p2pnet: Hollywood has never been shy about throwing its weight about in other countries, usually using the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) as its tool.
It tried to foist the strictly American Digital Millennium Copyright Act) on Canadians, and now it’s threatening a Toronto man who just happens to be the guy behind IsoHunt, already in the MPAA’s sights
“Gary Fung is being sued by the Motion Picture Association of America, which says he is purposely violating film copyrights,” says the CBC.
But, “Fung says he doesn’t steal movies. IsoHunt is a search engine that uses BitTorrent technology so people can find video files that are somewhere on the internet.
“His Los Angeles-based lawyer, Ira Rothken, says the studios’ case is weak because Fung does not distribute copyrighted files – he simply tells you how to find them.”
Rothken is also acting for Torrentspy.com and says the MPAA’s Dean Garfield bribed a hacker with $15,000 to break into the site’s dbase.
Rumours that Dean also tried to commission a Google hack to enable the MPAA to lodge charges against the search engine giant should be discounted.
Meanwhile, “We not going to run, we not going to shut down, and even if they manage to shut us down there’s no way to stop the technology and no way for them to stop the internet,” CBC Television has Fung saying.
“What I see is, basically, the internet taking over phone networks and TV and movies and music, all forms of media.”
(Thanks again, Jazz, and thanks Luvie)
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