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Supreme Court Rejects InternetMovies.com's Appeal
May 3, 2005
Thomas Mennecke
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On April 19, 2004, Slyck reported Internetmovies.com was appealing their case to the United States Supreme Court. At issue was Internetmovies' desire to sue the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) for the site's brief closure in 2001.

Internetmovies.com's President, Michael Jay Rossi, claims the MPAA falsely accused his site of enabling movie piracy. In addition, he alleges the MPAA falsely accused him in 2001 of providing movies that did not yet exist, such as "Lord of the Ring, Return of the King."

Michael Jay Rossi insists his site is a mere online magazine, with no pirated movies available.

Never the less, the MPAA was successful in forcing the site to close for a short period of time. During that time, Mr. Rossi claimed his business suffered not only great financial loss, but also damaged Internetmovies.com's reputation. He decided to sue the MPAA, however was rejected by the Hawaiian District Court and the 9th District Court of Appeals.

His last chance was an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. He announced his appeal in mid-April of this year.

Hopeful the Supreme Court would recognize Internetmovies' "wrongful shutdown", there was optimism surround this appeal. However, this optimism would be short lived as the Supreme Court announced on Monday they would not entertain Mr. Rossi's appeal. From the Internetmovies' press release:

"The Supreme Court has denied to hear the case InternetMovies.com (Rossi) vs. Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), setting the stage for continued subjective interpretation of the good faith belief provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This decision sets the standard to threaten web site owners and unrelenting shut downs prompted from copyright holders accusing alleged copyright violations without reasonable investigation."

Mr. Rossi believes the "good faith belief" provision of the DMCA was too loosely interpreted because the original court that grated the MPAA's shut down did not full investigate his site. His logic being, if they did fully investigate rather than simply believing the MPAA, it would have been discovered there were no pirated movies available.

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Entertainment Industry :: MPAA

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