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Stream-Ripper Operator Rejects Record Labels’ Piracy ‘Hysteria’ in Court

Postby MrFredPFL » Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:09 am

Story :

Last year, a group of prominent record labels filed a piracy lawsuit against the Russian operator of YouTube-ripping sites and

The labels hoped to shut the sites down, but this effort backfired.

In January, US District Court Judge Claude M. Hilton dismissed the case due to a lack of jurisdiction. The Virginia Court carefully reviewed how the sites operate and found no evidence that they purposefully targeted either Virginia or the United States.

The sites are not seen as highly interactive and their interaction with users could not be classified as commercial, the Court concluded. Since the site owner didn’t purposefully target Virginia, the Court ruled that it doesn’t have jurisdiction over the operator.

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