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$17,000 compensation goes to wrongfully accused ‘pirate’

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A man who was accused of pirating Adam Sandler movie, The Cobbler, has been awarded $17,000 by an Oregon judge in compensation for the aggressive tactics by the production company that tried to take him to court. The monetary award will cover the man’s legal fees accrued throughout the process, as …

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Kim Dotcom claims he’s been under unlawful surveillance

MegaUpload founder and perpetual courtroom denizen, Kim Dotcom, still finds himself battling with unknown forces. This time he’s claiming that a camera placed in a hotel room opposite his apartment was pointed directly at him. Although official claims are that it was filming the nearby harbour, it has since been …

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VR could let jurors visit virtual crime scenes

The HTC Vive might soon be used for something much more important than gaming: criminal trials. Based on research by Staffordshire University, jurors may soon be taken on virtual tours of crime scenes, in order to give them a better understanding of different aspects of a case. The research was funded …

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Kim Dotcom is still battling to get his money back

Kim Dotcom, the founder of Mega, MegaUpload, Baboom and the Internet Party, has been in and out of court for over four years now, hoping to avoid being sent to the U.S. to stand trial for various charges relating to his long-shut-down file locker operation. While he looks set to …

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Accused movie pirates in U.S. can receive free legal counsel

Although its much less of a common tactic today than it once was, some movie distributors still like to target individual downloaders and attempt to have them pay through the nose for pirating a single movie. Considering defending yourself can be an expensive practice, one judge in the U.S. has …

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Facebook ordered to stop tracking visitors in Belgium

Facebook, Google, Yahoo, all of these companies make their money by tracking their users, figuring out information on them based on algorithms and search choices and displaying adverts to them from partner companies. That’s all well and good for most governments and courts, but Belgium isn’t happy that Facebook is …

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U.S. asks judge throw out Kim Dotcom evidence, gets declined

The United States government has thrown its weight around during the extradition trial of legally embattled file locker founder Kim Dotcom, with a request sent to the judge presiding over the trial to throw out all evidence provided by Dotcom’s defence. Announcing however that he wants a “fair extradition,” the …

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Kim Dotcom begins extradition defence

Larger than life internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has been in the sights of U.S. and New Zealand authorities for years as they attempted to deport him to America to face charges of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and money laundering. While he managed to postpone the necessary extradition trial for …

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Court orders Google to expose eBook pirate

Media companies are constantly trying to gain access to user information in their fight against online pirates and from time to time, courts do sympathize with them. This week, a Dutch court has ordered Google to hand over the personal details of a user who put pirated eBooks up on …

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Apple wins appeal in patent case against Samsung

Apple has won an appeal in its never-ending lawsuit against Samsung. The latest victory on Apple’s part could mean that Samsung will either have to make changes to or stop selling some of its older Galaxy smartphones and tablets. A US court of appeals made the ruling on Thursday and …

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Dotcom is trying to delay his extradition trial, again

Kim Dotcom has spent nearly four years avoiding, delaying and attempting to have thrown out, his extradition trial. The court date, if met, would see him and his fellow MegaUpload defendants legally battling to not be sent to the US to face charges related to the running of his file …

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T-Mobile Austria refuses request to block Pirate Bay

In a continuing trend that shows ISPs on the continent have more backbone than all of the big ones in the UK, T-Mobile Austria has refused a request from a copyright lobby group to voluntarily block The Pirate Bay and a number of other sites, after a rival ISP was …

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Canada makes it illegal to file erroneous copyright claims

After a recent law was passed in Canada that forced ISPs to send copyright infringement notices to their customers, copyright lobby groups have been jumping on the bandwagon and also firing off notices of their own. However, some have been using it as an opportunity to try and extort money …

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Kim Dotcom 2012 mansion raid deemed legal by Supreme Court

It seems ridiculous at this point, but Kim Dotcom is still awaiting his extradition trial, despite the fact that he was originally arrested almost three years ago, during a 20th January raid on his mansion. In the raid’s aftermath, we learned that helicopters and heavily armed (though oddly not armoured) …

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Kim Dotcom on his bail continuance

Last week saw MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom heading back to court to answer questions on whether he had breached his bail requirements, which prevent him from contacting the other defendants in his MegaUpload case. While all seemed well for him after the hearing, it was only today that he was …

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Dutch ISPs continue to fight lobby groups in court

When most internet service providers were faced with an order from their country’s respective high court to block torrent search site The Pirate Bay, they gave in and made that site slightly more difficult for their customers to access. Not so in the Netherlands though, where two high profile ISPs, …

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Judge halts Megaupload civil suits

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has been legally embattled for almost two and a half years. Originally arrested during a raid on his mansion back in January 2012, he’s been fighting his extradition from New Zealand ever since. In recent months however, he’s won a few legal skirmishes, enough so that …

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