As per usual, the MPAA is doing what they, and the RIAA, do best: Suing people.
This time, the head on the chopping block is TorrentSpy, a website that doesn't host, but does link to torrents that include pirated games, music, and - you guessed it- movies!
Ironically, part of the case the MPAA is presenting is based on email data that was *stolen
* from torrentspy and sold to the MPAA for $15,000!
Robert Anderson, a former business associate of one of TorrentSpy's founders, acknowledged "hacking" into the company's e-mail systems and rigging it so he would receive a copy of all outgoing and incoming e-mail correspondence. He later sold the information to the MPAA for $15,000.
The judge apparently ruled that because the email wasn't technically intercepted- that is to say, it reached it's destination- it didn't violate the federal Wiretap Act.
Interestingly, the MPAA continues to contradict its own moral high-ground, taking part in corporate espionage - and again, publically violating copyright
. (Paying for an unauthorized copy of somebody else's intellectual data.)
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||Riev_Mordred @ 10/08/07
"Also of interest on /. was in the UK, in which a company is being sued because its employees listen to the radio loudly at work, constituting a "Public Performance", which is against copyright"
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