Thursday, March 17, 2005

MPAA Sues England Based BitTorrent Hub Owner

The MPAA has sued the England based owner of a BitTorrent hub, who says he's going to put up a fight. He realises that the LokiTorrent debacle has made people more than a little suspicious about such claims: "Loki kind of ruined it for people like me, but I am going to appeal for legal advice on the web site". He may need some, because the MPAA seems pretty confident about their trans-Atlantic lawsuit:
"Though you may currently be located in the United Kingdom, you will be subject to the jurisdiction of the United State federal court by virtue of your engaging in BitTorrent activities through a US Internet Service Provider, among other reasons."
It will be interesting to see how the MPAA will tackle the jurisdiction issue involved. Not just concerning the site, which was already shut down by the owner last December, but also towards the his actual (physical) prosecution. Since recently there is an Australian precedent on copyright infringement extradition, but it seems the MPAA will have a hard time to get their hands on the owner. And he will have a hard time traveling to the US, I imagine.

(Note that the story takes some disputed claims for granted, like: "P2P networks, which are generally considered legal".)


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