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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Nik Ritchie about The Dirty, his revenge porn site, and Weiner

While the sleaze moguls behind IsAnybodyUp and IsAnybodyDown, the now-defunct websites where bitter lovers uploaded shameful nudes of their exes for all the world to see, continue to battle California’s legislation over banning revenge porn sites, another Internet jerkoff jockey forges ahead in the race to win the royal crown of Internet deebag. And he does it with honor and dignity, apparently.

Nik Ritchie, the man behind Arizona’s revenge site The Dirty, is having a moment after breaking this week’s story about NYC mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner’s latest cyber fap fest. When 23-year-old Sydney Leathers of Princeton, Indiana, contacted Ritchie with pics and information about her 2012 online sex affair with Weiner, the raspy-voiced owner of the website didn’t quite believe her. Because, you know, he has the name and reputation of his website to consider. He can’t just publish anything. This is a revenge porn site, for cryin’ out loud. There is protocol, dammit. Or so he explained during an interview with CNN on Wednesday night.

“She was a fan of the site. She confided in me,” Nik Ritchie told CNN correspondent Donny Deutsch. “I told her to send me all the information, all the screenshots. I didn’t believe her at first … and I did my homework … and I ran with the story.”

In the interview (below), the revenge porn site owner took jabs at Weiner for the candidate’s disgusting behavior, and, on Thursday, Ritchie posted the uncensored, unblurred photos of Weiner’s penis “because New York deserves better leadership than this,” he said. A pretty high-falutin’ stance for a guy who publishes user-generated shots of randoms’ ex-girlfriends’ hoo-hahs to dish out the moral judgment. Wouldn’t you say?

“We spent the weekend just connecting the dots, and I drilled her,” Sherlock continues. “I basically said, ‘you gotta convince me if you’re gonna convince America.’ And she came forward, and I believed her. And I said ‘I’ll put my neck on the line and put this on’ And the rest is history.”

Good thing your rep’s still in check, bro. Meanwhile, the issue with Weiner is not the sexting itself, but how he’s handling it— his dodgy answers about “timeline” this and “therapy” that; hiding behind his wife in a press conference that smacked of an awkward hostage video. And all the while muttering to the press how he’s “glad these things are behind us” — it’s sort of ironic that a man so anxious to show off his cock to strangers isn’t willing to put his balls on the table for those who might vote the man into office.

But, despite the heavy flak Weiner has endured in the last 48 hours, the latest Marist Poll (results below), conducted on Wednesday, shows that he’s behind — but not that behind — in the mayoral race. Trailing Christine Quinn by just nine points, Weiner still holds a solid second place in this thing. Who knows if he still has a shot at a runoff for the September primary. If only he could buck up and learn a lesson or two from men on higher ground like Ritchie.

  • 25% Christine Quinn
  • 16% Anthony Weiner
  • 14% Bill de Blasio
  • 14% Bill Thompson
  • 7% John Liu
  • 2% Erick Salgado
  • 1% Sal Albanese
  • 2% Other
  • 19% Undecided

h/t @HyperVocal and Gawker

The guy behind The Dirty runs his revenge porn site with dignity – Death and Taxes
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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]

Image credit: Photo illustration based on 365:11:9 Gavel by easylocum

Source credit: Pursuing Copyright Infringement is Now Cheaper and Easier for UK Photogs – PetaPixel

Pursuing Copyright Infringement is Now Cheaper and Easier for UK Photogs

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Revenge porn bill proves problematic to some

Feminist activist Stephanie Guthrie has devoted much of her work to ending revenge porn, or revenge pornography.

Now, she’s concerned about a private member’s bill that could make spreading intimate images without the subject’s consent illegal.

“Sexual crimes tend to be undercharged, underprosecuted, underconvicted,” says the faculty member of Toronto’s Academy of the Impossible. “[But] we can’t just throw the rights of the accused out the window.” The bill, put forward by NDP Member of Parliament Robert Chisholm, was read in the House last Wednesday. It was a response to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, who killed herself after allegedly being sexually assaulted and then having photos of her rape spread by her peers and classmates.

The proposed legislation fills a much-discussed gap in the criminal code. It would have already been illegal to share a sexualized likeness of Parsons under existing child pornography statutes. But for adult victims of revenge porn—where a sexual image is shared without consent, often for the purpose of humiliation or intimidation—there is little legal recourse.

Under the terms of the bill, if someone can’t prove that he or she was permitted to share the image, then the intent in spreading the photo can be presumed malicious. “I’m happy that consent seems to be the crux of the legislation,” Guthrie says. But she’s concerned the bill steps on the constitutional presumption of innocence until a court rules otherwise. “I’d really like to see the issue of consent and the issue of malicious intent considered related, but separate.”
Chisholm isn’t too concerned: the bill can still be refined by parliamentary experts.The Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Member of Parliament says he wants to “make sure people recognize that

If they’re going to continue with these types of actions…there’s going to be consequences. It doesn’t matter if you do it with your own hands or do it over the internet—you can’t hide.

” Chisholm hopes his proposal will at least inspire similar legislation from the government when parliament reconvenes.

Revenge porn bill problematic – The Coast Halifax (blog)

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‘Storage Wars’ Star Brandi Passante Wins “Revenge Porn” Lawsuit…$750

After suing a porn provocateur because he posted her nude video on his revenge porn site, the A&E reality star was granted just $750.

brandi passanteStorage Wars star Brandi Passante has received damages after suing porn distributor Hunter Moore. The sum? A mere $750.

Passante sued last fall when Moore posted a nude video on his website,, claiming the woman featured was Passante.

In the lawsuit, $2.5 million was demanded, but a federal judge says that amount can’t be justified. However, Moore will likely have to pick up Passante’s legal bill. A $2.5 million lawsuit and she was only granted $750?? That is insulting to say the least…

Moore and IsAnyoneUp became known for revenge porn or “stalker porn,” in which pornographic images and videos, usually submitted without the subjects’ permission, are posted alongside subjects’ Facebook pictures. In addition, he posted a link to the subjects’ Facebook profile. Moore received a cease and desist order from Facebook in 2011 and shut down the site in April 2012.

He then took IsAnyoneUp to Tumblr and Twitter. In October, he posted a video on Tumblr captioned “brandie [sic] from storage wars.”

Passante learned of the video via Twitter, where she received messages such as “Can’t wait to see more of the video,” and “Love the pics.”

The video was “fabricated,” Passante claimed. Fearing her family would see it, the reality TV star said she suffered anxiety, lost sleep and physical illness. She sued for Lanham Act violations, defamation, invasion of privacy, consumer fraud and more, and filed a motion for a default judgment when Moore didn’t put up much of a defense.

In a ruling earlier this month, U.S. District Judge James Selna notes that in a default motion, the factual allegations in the complaint are taken as true, with the exception of those regarding damages. Judge Seina finds Moore liable, but adds that Passante has not provided enough evidentiary support to justify $2.5 million in claimed damages. Passante did get the judge to prohibit Moore from distributing the video or pictures after weighing the reputational damage she will face. And the defendant’s behavior will mean he’ll be paying Passante’s lawyers.

As the judge says, “Defendant’s conduct prior to and following the entry of the preliminary injunction renders this case exceptional. He discontinued his scofflaw ways only after the Court issued a bench warrant to compel his compliance with the preliminary injunction. The Court agrees that Plaintiff is entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs under the Lanham Act based on Defendant’s trademark infringement.”

Moore, in response to the decision, tweeted, “what should I write on the check in the memo line for that bitch who sued me.”

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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, 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, 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. the rest