Archive for: July, 2013

Bang With Friends app sued for copyright infringement by Zynga

Zynga claim that the app’s name abuses the ‘With Friends’ moniker they use for their family-friendly games. Bloomberg reports that Zynga are accusing the app’s developers of selecting “the name Bang With Friends for its casual sex matchmaking app with Zynga’s game trademarks fully in mind.”

Launched in January, Bang With Friends works by signing into Facebook. Users select the friends they’re “interested” in and if those lucky individuals have also installed the app and already selected them, then both parties are sent an email.

Forbes writer Kashmir Hill has already pointed out that the app doesn’t live up to its own promises of anonymity, as users who go to add the app on Facebook will be told if any friends of theirs have.

Until recently the founders of the app had chosen to be anonymous, though in June this year, CEO Colin Hodge was interviewed by Business Insider. Hodge revealed that the app currently has more than 1.1 million users and has created more than 200,000 “successful matches.”

Hodge says he simply wants to “make dating more honest and a lot more simple.”

Casual sex app ‘Bang With Friends’ sued for copyright infringement by Zynga – The Independent
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Copyright Matters: Copyright Conversations with the United Kingdom

The following was written by Mark DesMeules of American Continental Group

On Monday, the U.S. Copyright Office hosted a Copyright Matters program titled Copyright Conversations with the United Kingdom: A View from Across the PondThe program featured a dialogue between Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights, and John Alty, Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the United Kingdom. The conversation also included several senior Copyright Office officials, UK IPO Director of International Policy Neil Feinson, and Deputy Director of International Policy Adam Williams. The officials discussed the copyright policy issues that are currently being faced by both countries, including: orphan works, extended collective licensing, small claims, and recent efforts in both countries to modernize their copyright legal systems for the digital age. The event was well attended with a number of individuals from both policy and industry.

John Alty emphasized a rapid shift to digital in the UK, noting the increasingly digital shift seen in UK publishing firms. With the transformation, however, comes the issue of digital licensing — a matter where the general sentiment is that the system is inefficient and expensive for “small value – large volume” hauls. The issue of increasing the efficiency of collective licensing is one that the UK is hoping to address. The private sector has taking the lead on this initiative. An industry group in the UK that includes actors from all sides of copyright has launched the CopyrightHub, a website that provides users with a jargon-free map for navigating and acquiring licenses for copyrighted goods. The hub was first suggested in the influential Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth that was released in 2011, where Cardiff University Professor Ian Hargreaves recommended the creation of a digital copyright exchange.

Since the release of the Hargreaves Review, Alty’s office has been in listening mode, taking in comments from stakeholders. Key issues that have been raised amongst copyright holders and users include the need to access copyright more easily in a controlled environment and how to address orphan works. The CopyrightHub covers the former, and the recently passed Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act addresses the latter. The Act, which achieved royal ascent in the UK in April, opens up orphan works for use by third parties, provided they have conducted a diligent, but unsuccessful search for the owner. Photographers in the country have expressed anger over the new provision.

Alty said that while online infringement continues to be an issue, UK research is showing that piracy rates have stabilized. The hope is to see a downward trend, which is being facilitated by a copyright alert system and the creation of an intellectual property crime unit in London that focuses on serious infringement (peer-to-peer downloading both domestically and internationally). The IPO has also been working on bringing small claims to justice, with a big picture focus on ensuring a well functioning copyright system. Working with the EU in its examination of copyright has been a priority of the UK as well, especially as debate intensifies around issues of copyright. The UK will put out its own framework for EU copyright later this year; the IPO is currently soliciting comments on its pending framework. Alty stated further that the UK looks forward to working with U.S. industry and officials on the matter.

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Pursuing Copyright Infringement is Now Cheaper and Easier for UK Photogs

Pursuing Copyright Infringement is Now Cheaper and Easier for UK Photogs copyright

Photographers based in the UK now have an easier and cheaper legal path to take if they discover someone infringing upon their copyrights. Chris Cheesman of Amateur Photographer writes that photographers can now receive do-it-yourself justice without having to hire a lawyer:

Intellectual property disputes can now be resolved using the ‘small claims track’ in the Patents County Court (PCC), following a Government announcement of a ‘simpler and easier’ system last month. Photographers can pursue damages for breach of copyright, for up to £5,000, without even appointing a solicitor, unlike before where they may have been put off by a potentially long, and expensive, legal fight.

Furthermore, the damages limit may rise to £10,000 under Ministry of Justice proposals, possibly as early as next year. Crucially, under the new system, photographers can avoid the prospect of a lengthy court battle and the fear of having to pay the legal fees of the successful party if they lose.

Apparently the US Government is currently looking into doing something similar.

Photo Copyright Boost Set to Open Online ‘Floodgates’ [Amateur Photographer via Photo.net]

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Woman Sues Best Buy Over Photos on Revenge Porn Site

MT. CLEMENS, Mich. — A woman sued Best Buy, alleging employees obtained explicit photos of her from her cell phone and posted them on UGotPosted.com, once again putting the revenge porn site under fire.

Identified only as Jane Doe, the plaintiff said that she dropped off her phone at Best Buy to be repaired on March 22 and picked it up five days later.

When Doe awoke on the morning of April 5, she said found she had 67 new friend requests. By the end of the day, the number of requests reached more than 300. A friend called the plaintiff and told her she was on the website UGotPosted.com, the complaint says.

“Plaintiff went to the website, where she found the six suggestive photographs of herself, including a nude photo of her breast, which had been on her phone,” the complaint says.

The website’s owners, Eric Chanson, his parents and Kevin Bollaert, were not charged as defendants in the case. UGotPosted is at the center of several unrelated lawsuits, including at least two allegations of distributing child pornography.

Doe claims that the photos exist only on her phone and that the Best Boy employees invaded her privacy to retrieve them. She has accused Best Buy of negligence for allowing them to do it.

Doe is seeking damages, stating that the incident caused her depression, embarrassment, anxiety and loss of earnings. She is being represented by attorney Scott Batey.

UGotPosted and similar websites generally profit through aggregation and distribution of sexually explicit photos of unwitting men and women sent in by ex-lovers.

The photos are often accompanied by the victim’s personal information and links to their social media pages. On UGotPosted, pictures are organized by state.

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