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Submission + - Prenda Copyright Lawyers Arrested and Charged ( 1

the simurgh writes: Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars from alleged BitTorrent pirates, through threats of embarrassment and leaving misery and poor defendants made poorer in its wake, and authorities asking how to stop their flagrant abuse of the system. FINALLY, The duo of Paul Hansmeier and John Steele finally have been charged with the crimes of conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, and perjury. Today, this and other evidence was presented in a criminal indictment filed in the Minnesota District Court.

Submission + - Ohio Man Who Recorded Fatal Accident Scene Sentenced to Jail ( 1

the simurgh writes: An Ohio man who recorded very horrible stomach turning cellphone video of a car crash that killed one teen and critically injured a second has been sentenced to a total of 30 days in jail

The judge who sentenced Paul Pelton a 41-year-old man yesterday,for vehicle trespass and disorderly conduct says he wishes he could have given him more beyond the maximum penalty under the law. Prosecutors said during the trial, that Pelton opened a door of the vehicle after it had wrecked "to continue recording" while others tried to help the two teens. Police said Pelton can be heard on the video insulting the teens calling them "idiots."

Pelton's attorneys said in court proceedings and filings that he "only opened the door because another bystander asked what was in the backseat." Pelton's defense attorney says "he (Pelton) realizes what he did was insensitive but added that it doesn't make him a criminal.

yet another showing by the broken legal system to censor our rights and punish moral failings with jail time.

Submission + - FBI wants Pirate Bay logs for criminal investigation into copyright trolls. (

the simurgh writes: It has been revealed today that In the past few months, two of the Pirate Bay co-founders have been repeatedly questioned by Swedish authorities, acting on behalf of the FBI. the internet now has clear evidence that Prenda is indeed being investigated by the US Government for uploading their own copyrighted content in torrents placed onto The Pirate Bay, for the sole purpose of creating a honeypot trap to sue over pirated downloads. the full story is included in the link below

Submission + - - Best Online Journal Site for Open Access Journals (

SatheeshSurthani writes: American Research Journals Publishing is an academic publisher of open access journals. It also publishes academic books and conference proceedings. ARJONLINE currently has more than 200 open access journals in the areas of Earth.
AMERICAN RESEARCH JOURNALS (ARJ) is a leader in the field of publication of research and academic journals with global dimensions. With the ability to scale globally we cater to the needs of both academicians and research scholars across multiple continents. ARJ has the highest standards for unique, innovative, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and international contributions form authors of vast diversity in their pursuit of reaching a global audience.

Submission + - man arrested for refusing to stop filming police (

the simurgh writes: A man who claims to be an independent journalist films has been arrested by New Jersey police officers for his refusal to give in to their demands for his video camera. In most cases such as this, the authorities immediately jump to defend the outrageous behavior of the officer. In this case, however, it is different. the citizen and his camera were released. Moreover, Ocean County prosecutor told the local NBC affiliate: "It would be my opinion that we'll probably be dismissing the charge."

Submission + - Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

rossgneumann writes: Porn production companies are currently engaged in a scorched earth copyright infringement campaign against torrenting sites with URLs containing specific keywords—say, “thrust” or “glob-watcher.” Github is getting caught in the crossfire. Several Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints filed to Google by companies representing various porn companies in the last month alone have resulted in dozens of legitimate Github URLs being removed from the search engine’s results, TorrentFreak first reported.

Submission + - Sony Accused of Pirating Music in The Interview (

the simurgh writes: As the controversy surrounding Sony's handling of it's hack, the movie The Interview and it's aftermath continues, a singer is claiming that after failing to reach terms with Sony, the company put her music in the movie anyway. Yoon Mi-rae (real name Natasha Shanta Reid) is a US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label. she and her label claim that her track we learned that the track 'Pay Day' has been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts. So, while Sony is trying to destroy the internet to combat piracy, it’s now facing copyright infringement allegations of its own.

Submission + - Sony Paid Millions to "Rogue" Piracy Sites ( 1

the simurgh writes: Stopping money flowing into the pockets of 'pirate' sites has been one of Sony's top goals in it's war on the 'pirates', but it's something that's honestly can't be done and is damaging american freedoms in their attempts. In fact, despite sony's claims to the otherwise, it's so complex and hard to tell a legitimate site from 'rogue site' that during the first five months of 2014 Sony paid for almost two million ad impressions on "rogue" sites.

Submission + - AirAsia Flight Loses Contact With Air Traffic Control (

iONiUM writes: As reported by many news sources, yet another plane has lost contact during a trip.

This comes on the heels of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which is still missing, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which was shot down.

The question has to be asked: is airline travel still safe, especially within Asia? And, why has the news completely forgot about flight 370?

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