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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Publisher of Links to Legitimate Sports Broadcast Got Fined

Publisher of Links to Legitimate Sports Broadcast Got Fined

Publisher of Links to Legitimate Sports Broadcast Got Fined

Added: Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
An individual who had linked to 2 hockey games streamed live by the Canal Plus, was ruled guilty of copyright violation. The man has found the unprotected links to the video on the broadcaster’s official website. Ordinarily, the links would cost money to be viewed, so a District Court ruled that the fact of publishing such links online equals to a copyright infringement.

Three years ago a Swedish citizen drew the attention of TV broadcaster Canal Plus. He originally ran a forum for hockey fans where they could discuss the live hockey games, usually broadcasted for money by this TV channel.

Meanwhile, the broadcast’s website was structured in such way that it was easy for many to watch the videos for free once they knew the direct URL to the games. The matter was that the service simply provided the open URLs to those users who opted to pay for the games. However, as the URLs were completely unprotected, users could pass them onto everyone else. What is more interesting, back in 2007 the TV channel used the same link again and again for all of its hockey videos.

It happened twice, in October 2007 and November 2007, that the service has got a confirmation that around 25 consumers were using that fan forum’s facility of a live chat at the moment when its founder posted the direct links of the videos online. As you can guess, the broadcaster wasn’t amused at all.

When accusing the individual, the channel said that his actions were an assault on all the operations of pay online broadcast services. Canal Plus claimed that by publishing direct URLs to the sports videos streamed by the broadcaster’s site, he had illicitly made them available to the users.

The lawsuit resulted in the District Court ruling that the forum owner was guilty of copyright violation, even though they completely failed to prove that anyone at all used those URLs or watched the videos. The man was ordered to pay a fine of around $520 plus around $1,750 in compensation to the TV channel.

Of course, these fines at least sound reasonable, being laughably small by American standards, but on the other hand, such District Court’s ruling could send shivers down the spine of any other website owner, realizing that his service also links to a media source, even if it is a legitimate outlet, but doesn’t satisfy its wishes.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

November 16th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-11-17 03:32:39)
fusseltier avatarthere is no justice, only the big businesses have rights anymore.

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