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+ - UMG v Grooveshark settled, no money judgment against individuals

Submitted by NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: UMG's case against Grooveshark, which was scheduled to go to trial Monday, has been settled. Under the terms of the settlement (PDF), (a) a $50 million judgment is being entered against Grooveshark, (b) the company is shutting down operations, and (c) no money judgment at all is being entered against the individual defendants.

Comment: Re:Human Shield? (Score 1) 160

by JoelKatz (#49553197) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

Do you see how that position is 100% inconsistent with your original argument? By the logic of your original argument, a US company hosting a site for a US customer should be able to completely ignore UK law. But your original argument was that if they did so, they have no right to complain if that causes bad things to happen.

You wind up having to argue that every hosting provider everywhere in the world should take note of any content they may have that might be deemed unlawful or inappropriate in any jurisdiction and somehow segregate it. That's the total opposite of "each different country should be to follow its laws", that's, "everyone has to follow every country's laws".

Comment: Re:CloudFlare *threatened* to disconnect the proxy (Score 1) 160

by JoelKatz (#49552687) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

It is absolutely NOT the responsibility of a US company to follow North Korean law just because people from North Korea access their Internet services.

You're projecting when you say that, "Only the fucking Americans think their law applies to the whole world." You're the one arguing that a US company servicing US customers should follow the law of every single country from which they could possibly find their Internet site accessed.

Comment: Re:Human Shield? (Score 1) 160

by JoelKatz (#49550227) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

The thing is, there's no such thing as an "infringing site". This is a site that the UK has decided should be blocked from people in their jurisdiction. Next Germany may decide to block access to sites that deny the Holocaust and China may decide to block sites that advocate Taiwanese independence. Then the US will want to block sites that have gambling. And on and on it goes.

Comment: Yay (Score 1) 72

by JoelKatz (#49476907) Attached to: New Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Fix Coming Later This Month

I'm looking forward to pulling all my mSATA EVOs out of their RAID controllers, inserting them one at a time into a spare PC with one mSATA slot, and upgrading their firmware. The last update (which also rewrites all data) took over two hours per drive, and it looks like this next one is going to take just as long. Anybody want to spend a really boring weekend with me?

The EVO's are still the only 1TB mSATA drive, so not a lot of choices.

Comment: Re:And this is why corporations don't trust the GP (Score 1) 225

by JoelKatz (#49427779) Attached to: How Ubiquiti Networks Is Creatively Violating the GPL

Actually, their profit is in the software. Their hardware isn't significantly different from everyone else's hardware. The reason most people buy their hardware is because their software makes that hardware very easy to monitor and manage. With routers, just like with phones, good software sells hardware.

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If you allocated F(t) seconds of ripple credit (in HRS) for every user with flair class ( F = { (60,0) , (50, 10), (40, 20), (30,30), (20,40), (10,50), (0,0), {other,0} } ) what is your expected value of this offer?

Comment: Re:I can't find the commercial speech section (Score 1) 239

It's a huge defense. The difference between commercial and hobby/recreational activity is whether the primary motivation is making money or relaxation/recreation. Showing that the amounts of money made are very, very small strengthens the argument that it's a hobby/recreational activity rather than a commercial activity.

Comment: Most IP cameras (Score 1) 263

Any IP camera that provides a URL to return the current still frame as a JPEG can be easily used for this. Write a script to grab the screenshot periodically and stick it in the directory where the web server can find it, or the script can proceed to FTP it to its rightful destination.

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