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Bogus Takedown Notice Lands $150k Settlement In Australian Court

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the let-the-dingos-eat-her dept.

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Fluffeh writes "Richard Bell, an Australian Film Maker, on a fellowship in New York, produced and directed approximately 18 hours of raw footage for a film with the help of an assistant called Tanya Steele and paid her for these services. Ms Steele, through her American lawyers, sent letters to Mr Bell and his agent claiming that she owned the copyright in the footage and demanding that the trailer be removed from the Internet. She also caused the Vimeo website to remove the trailer. In response, Bell went to the (Australian) courts, which declared him the owner of the copyright in the film, and deemed Steele's threats "unjustifiable". Bell then asked for damages. These were granted in the latest judgment because Bell had lost the opportunity to sell some of his works, which typically cost tens of thousands of dollars, as a result of Steels' threats. The Australian judge awarded over $150,000 in damages plus another $23,000 costs against her."

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refreshing! (5, Interesting)

v1 (525388) | about 2 years ago | (#39603617)

Now THAT is how copyright law is supposed to work! So refreshing to see it actually properly applied.

Re:refreshing! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603813)

Actually what's more refreshing is that for a change, a foreign court was granted jurisdiction in America, rather than the other way around. And no-one got to be deported in the process!

Re:refreshing! (2)

jamstar7 (694492) | about 2 years ago | (#39604033)

Not to worry, the chick can turn around, sell 'her' copyright to a studio here in the States, then that studio will take the guy to court and bankrupt his great great grandkids.

Re:refreshing! (2)

c0lo (1497653) | about 2 years ago | (#39604325)

Not to worry, the chick can turn around, sell 'her' copyright to a studio here in the States, then that studio will take the guy to court and bankrupt his great great grandkids.

Following this judgment, she has nothing that she owns to sell. I bet the studios will stay quite far from her.

Re:refreshing! (2)

jamstar7 (694492) | about 2 years ago | (#39604563)

Except that the judgement was in Australia, and she can still press 'her' copyright claims here in the US.

Re:refreshing! (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604647)

Think you will find there is a whole raft of Copyright treaties between Australia and the US. She can certainly take further legal Action, but the Australian court decision will be in effect for both countries.

Re:refreshing! (4, Insightful)

jamstar7 (694492) | about 2 years ago | (#39605909)

Dude, we're talking about the US here. You know, the country that says 'All your IP is belong to us'?

Re:refreshing! (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#39605131)

well.. tell that to youtube. it's still blocking blackfellas guide to nyc.

you see, you don't actually need to own the copyright to sell the copyright! all you have to do is convince the buyer that you have the copyright. and you can takedown just about anything by just saying you have copyright.

Re:refreshing! (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about 2 years ago | (#39605965)

well.. tell that to youtube. it's still blocking blackfellas guide to nyc.

you see, you don't actually need to own the copyright to sell the copyright! all you have to do is convince the buyer that you have the copyright. and you can takedown just about anything by just saying you have copyright.

I only see that youtube blocks it, but not acting as a buyer. Do you have info that youtube paid something to Tanya Steel? If so, may I kindly ask you to table it?

Re:refreshing! (1)

Pelekophori (1045104) | about 2 years ago | (#39604529)

Actually what's more refreshing is that for a change, a foreign court was granted jurisdiction in America, rather than the other way around. And no-one got to be deported in the process!

i dunno, throwing in a few deportees in the other direction might help bring about a sense of proportion about the merits of copyright law uber alles.

Umm, but.. (5, Insightful)

Weezul (52464) | about 2 years ago | (#39603897)

Try this against sound exchange. lol

Fine, copyright law works between two nobodies. Ain't never seen it "work" whenever anyone big got involved.

Re:Umm, but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39605617)

It works when the copyright abusing idiot is on the other side of the globe and files suit in the wrong country.

Re:refreshing! (3, Insightful)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#39604073)

Yeah, they rule against some random person with no money or political influence, but not the mega-corporations that are doing the REAL damage. So brave of them...

Re:refreshing! (3, Informative)

Eskarel (565631) | about 2 years ago | (#39605851)

Actually, our version of the MPAA and RIAA got their asses handed to them when they tried to claim one of the local ISPs was responsible for infringement by its users. There have been political rumblings to try and change that situation, but nothing much has come of it. For all that we get a few loony ideas out of the government every once in a while(like the filter which has sort of disappeared into the ether since its grand architect got shafted and the balance of power in the senate stopped relying on the religious right for a vote) the courts are actually pretty good over here.

Oddly enough, for a country with no official bill of rights or even codified freedom of speech, we have a lot more freedom down here than the US does. Our government is slightly more repressive, but they also keep our corporations much more in line so we don't have the oligarchy the US has and which the bill of rights doesn't protect you from. On balance folks have more rights here, even if none of them are written down.

Re:refreshing! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39605967)

It's not "our version" of the MPAA and RIAA. AFACT is a front for the MPAA and that's a fact.

Re:refreshing! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604135)

It's worth noting that if there were no copyright law then Tanya Steele wouldn't have been able to cause damage in the first place.

If a person has a gun and goes around shooting people for fun and, one day, is shot by one of their targets, then it's natural to feel a low-level sense of justice but I wouldn't go around saying "Now that is how guns are supposed to work".

Re:refreshing! (1)

rHBa (976986) | about 2 years ago | (#39606467)

If a person has a car and goes around running people over for fun and, one day, is run over by one of their targets, then it's natural to feel a low-level sense of justice but I wouldn't go around saying "Now that is how cars are supposed to work".

FTFY.

Re:refreshing! (2)

Pigeon451 (958201) | about 2 years ago | (#39606651)

What a ridiculous statement. Copyright law in some form is required. Otherwise people could go sell other peoples pictures, movies and music without ever paying a cent to make it, with no compensation to the original artists.

Only on slashdot would this get modded up...

Re:refreshing! (0)

sir-gold (949031) | about 2 years ago | (#39606989)

Sounds to me like that would be a GOOD thing. What would be the value of a COPY of a piece of art, if everyone is allowed to sell them?

The value stops being in the actual item (cd, dvd, painting-copy etc) and starts being more about the actual experience, like seeing a band in concert, or owning an original art piece from an artist that is actually still alive. This in contrast to the current system, where every penny you spend on media goes towards buying yet another yacht or vacation home for the great-grandson of the con-artist who cheated the original artist out of the rights to his work, while the original artist ends up dying penny-less in an unmarked grave.

Re:refreshing! (2)

del_diablo (1747634) | about 2 years ago | (#39607787)

Copyright laws was invented to deal with plagiarism, in a age where just going to the next town was a extremely horrible and long adventure. If somebody claimed to be the author of your book, and sold it, he could also claim all the honour, awards, and money.
Copyright laws is still needed to deal with this, but the 1800's copyright laws are overengineered for a problem it is no longer adressing.

Re:refreshing! (3, Informative)

starworks5 (139327) | about 2 years ago | (#39604581)

Actually its not!

His 'evidence' consisted of sworn statements of his buddies, and the presumption that he would have sold more paintings. Furthermore the Australian court case said that she hadn't pursued it in court, however she actually filed a lawsuit in NYC, who knows if she or he actually served each other however.

Re:refreshing! (4, Informative)

starworks5 (139327) | about 2 years ago | (#39604629)

I suspect he is a complete liar
here are the paintings he claims are up to $60,000 a piece (what a joke)
http://www.kooriweb.org/bell/art.html
http://www.milanigallery.com.au/artwork/her-thous-shalt-not
I've had way better pieces custom made (oil on canvas portraits) for a fraction of the price
here are his real market prices
http://www.findartinfo.com/search/listprices.asp?keyword=113297
And then he claims in one website to have spent $80k on legal services, the court found he only spent $23k on lawyer fees at a rate of $500 /hr

Re:refreshing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604803)

The fuck he does acrylic on canvas?

I'm going to refrain from criticizing him, but I don't think there's any way his stuff is going for the same, or more than Michael Whelean.

Re:refreshing! (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#39605313)

he's not a complete liar.

sure, his paintings look like crap. the film shakes and the trailer is boring. but the skill isn't the point, it's the message that he's aboriginal. I wouldn't pay for that but many people have and he's been making a lot of works apparently, not surprising that a lot of them don't cost that much.

if anything, that findartinfo seems like a fraud. no fucking way paying four bucks a day for browsing, what do they think they are? the best porn site on the net?

Re:refreshing! (2)

aristedes (732532) | about 2 years ago | (#39605523)

I will not comment on your superior art knowledge and ability to price artwork over the internet. However I rather like his work. This one is particularly interesting: http://www.milanigallery.com.au/artwork/little-johnny [milanigallery.com.au] (although the context is probably not obvious to anyone outside Australia).

However, you are wrong about the way legal fees are calculated by Australian courts. They have a schedule of fees which can be claimed by the victor in a case. This schedule is fixed and has little to do with the actual costs incurred. Typically 30-50% of actual costs will be recoverable, and in this case I can imagine that he may have engaged specialist international contract and intellectual property lawyers with knowledge of US law.

Re:refreshing! (1)

Hentes (2461350) | about 2 years ago | (#39605619)

The difficult thing in fine art is not creating the works but selling them to the upper class. Everyone can paint a few lines with text on it, but it takes a real artist to sell them for thousands.

Re:refreshing! (4, Insightful)

hairyfish (1653411) | about 2 years ago | (#39605623)

here are the paintings he claims are up to $60,000 a piece (what a joke) http://www.kooriweb.org/bell/art.html [kooriweb.org] http://www.milanigallery.com.au/artwork/her-thous-shalt-not [milanigallery.com.au] I've had way better pieces custom made (oil on canvas portraits) for a fraction of the price

Since when has art been valued with any sort of logic? I can take you to any gallery in any country and show plenty of art that "isn't worth it".

Re:refreshing! (1)

amix (226257) | about 2 years ago | (#39606383)

You do realize, that the very list, you mentioned, has objects he sold around USD 20.000 ? He is one of the most popular/famous Australian contemporary artists. That sets his price.

Hate to break it to you but (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604623)

This is an example of the courts throwing things the other way every once in awhile to keep everyone guessing and everyone knowing they are still a player.

This is not snow rolling down a hill in avalanche conditions.

Just goes to show (5, Insightful)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | about 2 years ago | (#39603619)

Don't file bogus lawsuits unless you're a big corporation suing somebody too poor to sue back.

Re:Just goes to show (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39608385)

Australian courts have no authority to say weather anything in bogus or not.

Important facts about Mr. Bell (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603629)

He is a real ding-dong.

Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (5, Informative)

thomasinx (643997) | about 2 years ago | (#39603635)

A settlement involves an agreement between two parties. Nothing of the sort happened here. The Australian court said this woman had to pay the money. Thats a "judgment". Its quite irritating that immediately after this verdict, the relisted trailer on YouTube got blocked by the same person again...

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603669)

If I were Mr. Bell, at $150,000/pop, I would let her block my YouTube account as many times as she wanted.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (3, Interesting)

sl149q (1537343) | about 2 years ago | (#39603939)

DMCA takedowns should have a built-in cost to the issuer. Issue a cheque for $X when the notice is sent. $X is returned if they subsequently prove the copyright is valid.

$X does not have to be very large (even a couple hundred dollars) as its just meant to defray the costs of processing the takedown iff it was not valid. And to make massive numbers of invalid notices costs something (currently the only cost is their lawyer to draft and issue them.)

Bypassing the DMCA (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604017)

So what happens when the target just changes to an outside-the-USA host to avoid filing counter-claim to the DMCA? The person who reported the violation is left without their contact info to pursue further legal action... (as I see it, the main purpose of the DMCA is to get access to the infringer's legal name/address, which they must provide to legally get the contnet back online). Plus, what about copyright holders who can't afford to keep paying this theoretical DMCA takedown cost when it gets eaten?

I speak as an open source developer who has used the DMCA to take down scammers who were violating the terms of the MIT license on my code (they basically stripped the entire copyright notice).

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | about 2 years ago | (#39604861)

So normal people who get infringed on copyright need to take a loan or something similar (I don't have a couple hundred dollars which I could lose against better lawers) - but large companies who make billions a year - they just might be able to afford it. Cost of doing buisiness.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603683)

going against a jude like that? Not a good idea...

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603747)

Hey jude.....take a sad song, and make it better.....

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (0, Troll)

interval1066 (668936) | about 2 years ago | (#39603779)

Right, that judge will take 2 seconds to smell out Bell as someone whose abusing the system. Best to take what good will the judge has awarded hom and move on. I'm amazed by the balls that bitch hangs. I'd be incredibly pissed off if an ex-assistant tried to rip off my blood and sweat like that.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (2)

manu0601 (2221348) | about 2 years ago | (#39603843)

Right, that judge will take 2 seconds to smell out Bell as someone whose abusing the system

I am confused, isn't it Steel that abused the system, and Bell was the victim?

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603875)

Based on the scenario described, ie: "let her take down his website as many times as she wants at 150k/pop", that isn't an abuse.

If he was FORCING her to do that, or telling her to go ahead and go against what the court ruled previously - repeatedly - then that would be an abuse. If she keeps on blocking something that she's been told she doesn't own already, that's her own stupidity, and it's been judged to be a 150k mistake.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (2)

gstrickler (920733) | about 2 years ago | (#39603713)

This is why it's important that intermediaries such as YouTube honor a proper DMCA Counter notice, and reinstate the material until a court orders otherwise.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (2)

russotto (537200) | about 2 years ago | (#39603921)

DMCA is worse than useless. Mr. Bell would have to accept US jurisdiction (the Australian judgement is useless)... and the video would remain down for the duration of the case.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (1)

gstrickler (920733) | about 2 years ago | (#39603963)

Agreed. But right now, it's the bad law we have, and until it's repealed or replaced, we have to live with it.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (1)

russotto (537200) | about 2 years ago | (#39604101)

Agreed. But right now, it's the bad law we have, and until it's repealed or replaced, we have to live with it.

Which just means losing, over and over and over again.

It's not going to be repealed. It'll only be replaced by something worse.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (2)

gstrickler (920733) | about 2 years ago | (#39604129)

So, your solution is to keep the bad law we have AND have it implemented poorly as well?

I have no idea what you're arguing for/against. I simply pointed out that under DMCA, it's important that intermediaries honor all proper counter notice claims by reinstating the material until a court rules otherwise.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (1)

russotto (537200) | about 2 years ago | (#39604177)

I'm saying it's a waste of effort or worse to jump through the DMCA's hoops when you can't win anyway. End of the day, the video remains taken down because you can't answer in US court (because you're in another country, or because the other guy has better lawyers)

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (1)

gstrickler (920733) | about 2 years ago | (#39604331)

Which doesn't happen if they are required to honor a proper counter notice, which is exactly what I stated in the first place. A proper counter notice should result in the material being restored until a court rules otherwise. Then you don't have this silly BS of it being taking down a second time unless a court has already ruled.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (1)

russotto (537200) | about 2 years ago | (#39604511)

Nope, the DMCA states exactly the opposite: a proper counternotice allows the service provider to restore the material until they are notified that a lawsuit will be filed. Once they are notified the lawsuit will be filed, the material goes down and stays down until the court rules otherwise.

Re:Shouldn't it be "Judgment"? (1)

LocalH (28506) | about 2 years ago | (#39604541)

Yeah, but it would be up to her to file suit again, and given the Australian case, I'm pretty sure that could be used, not as binding precedent but of proof that Bell indeed is the copyright holder. At this point either she has a ton of money that she wants to burn or she's just trying to screw him over for whatever reason (maybe she wanted to fuck and he rebuked her? Pure speculation, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were true). Either way, she'll end up getting burnt and he should prevail, given that he already has once.

Working links to the video (1)

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) | about 2 years ago | (#39604899)

From the top links from Google's video search:

Blackfella's Guide to New York - The Age [theage.com.au]

Blackfella's Guide to New York - Brisbane Times [brisbanetimes.com.au]

Blackfella's Guide to New York - The Sydney Morning Herald [smh.com.au]

Apparently they all come from the same source, but well, let's look if Miss Tanya Steele now have the courtesy of showing herself in australian courts if she wants it removed from their servers.

Copyright in the film. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603643)

So what WAS the copyright in the film? Was he videotaping a pepsi can or something? I presumed the woman was claiming copyright of the film, but the blurb repeatedly states there is some copyright IN the footage; not the footage itself?

Re:Copyright in the film. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603699)

It wasnt a film, it was a porno. And she wasn't the "assistant", she was a co-star (the other co-star being a donkey).

Re:Copyright in the film. (2)

LocalH (28506) | about 2 years ago | (#39604549)

18 hours of raws for a porno? U mad bro?

Re:Copyright in the film. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39605461)

After 18 hours, she would certainly be raw.

Anti-vaxxers abusing DCMA takedown process (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603691)

While we're at it....

Noted woo-woo and anti-vaccination crank, Meryl Dorey of the AVN (Australian Anti-Vaccination Network), uses blizzards of fake DCMA takedown notices to harass and annoy people criticising her harmful propaganda, and gets away with it, ostensibly because despite being American, she's out of reach of the US courts, because she lives in Australia.

Does this mean that karma will catch up with this idiot too?

Re:Anti-vaxxers abusing DCMA takedown process (4, Informative)

stephanruby (542433) | about 2 years ago | (#39604199)

Does this mean that karma will catch up with this idiot too?

Not necessarily. In your case, her victims would have to prove that they lost money as a result. Did they?

In this case of Steele vs. Bell, I know that everyone is making light of the amount of money he won, but this guy Bell really didn't have any problem proving that he was already making $150,000 selling his paintings in just a few of months, so the amount he was awarded is probably just a very conservative estimate of what he could have earned if she had not prevented him from appearing at an art show, and blocked the online promotion of his movie showcasing his story.

But wait, there's more... (2)

e9th (652576) | about 2 years ago | (#39603745)

One of the comments to the Techdirt FA links to a lawsuit [rfcexpress.com] Steele filed against Bell in US Federal Court last December. Unfortunately, it costs money to get much in the way of details, but apparently it hasn't been resolved yet.

Re:But wait, there's more... (2)

martin-boundary (547041) | about 2 years ago | (#39603957)

One thing I'm wondering is...

As Bell is Australian, did he have the right to operate a business in the US on his visa? This is one of those questionable issues facing foreign startups a lot. If he couldn't legally operate a business in the US, who's responsible for and owns the video footage? I assume Steele considers herself the American partner who actually has all those rights? IANAL and all that.

Re:But wait, there's more... (1)

e9th (652576) | about 2 years ago | (#39604077)

All that's needed to drag this thing out until someone goes broke/dies is for the US court to decide that the copyright belongs to Steele.

Re:But wait, there's more... (3, Interesting)

tibit (1762298) | about 2 years ago | (#39604095)

A visa is a document that entitles you to cross the border, nothing more, nothing less. It doesn't need much to do with what's your immigration status once you're in the country.

You can own and operate a business in the U.S. even without a visa -- obviously, because a visa is to cross the border and that's it. You can also own and operate such a business without having any immigration status. Heck, you can even without ever having to set foot in the U.S. None of it is illegal. Now, being employed by or rendering services for said U.S. business while also being on the U.S. soil, that's what requires appropriate status with DHS (fka INS).

Re:But wait, there's more... (1)

Pelekophori (1045104) | about 2 years ago | (#39604571)

A visa is a document that entitles you to cross the border,

Strictly speaking a visa is a document that helps you present yourself to an immigration officer at the border. There's a presumption that he/she will let you cross the border, but no entitlement.

Re:But wait, there's more... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604237)

There are a couple of well-published English authors who wrote books while in the US as it was one of the few professions open to them as non-citizens.

Re:But wait, there's more... (1)

Aaron B Lingwood (1288412) | about 2 years ago | (#39604483)

did he have the right to operate a business in the US on his visa?

He wasn't operating a business in the US. He was selling no product and offering no service while in the US. Besides, one can operate a business without any visa.

Re:But wait, there's more... (1)

sugar and acid (88555) | about 2 years ago | (#39605783)

He was an artist on a fellowship in new york. The statement of a fellowship tends to suggest he was paid by some organisation, which means he probably came in on a j1 or j2 visa status. This is a short term working visa for visiting artist, academics and performers. Ie if you are on a sabbatical to a us university from europe, or you are a touring musician or an artist working as an artist in the states you get one of these types of visa fairly easily.

mad respect (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603775)

mad respect to the Aussies

I just don't get it? (5, Interesting)

Grayhand (2610049) | about 2 years ago | (#39603867)

I come out of the film industry and my saying is "some one always gets greedy". I told this to my expartner on my last film and he claimed that wasn't the case. Just to prove my point he stole the film literally from my home and to this day it's gone unfinished and is effectively worthless. I've seen it happen time after time that some one involved gets greedy and often the films get shelved because of it so no one benefits. The oddest thing it tends to be the person least involved that thinks they deserve it all which is what happened to me. On my previous film an actor sued the distributor because he thought he should get a share of the profits in spite of the fact the film broke even and his contract didn't grant him profits. He lost the first lawsuit and got a $25,000 judgement against him so what did he do? He sued a second time and lost again. It's shocking how greedy people get when they think they can make a quick buck.

Re:I just don't get it? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603953)

Clare Torry was awarded half copyright and something in "an undisclosed settlement" for her contribution in Pink Floyd's A Great Gig in the Sky even though she initially did it as work for hire and was paid 30 for it years earlier. The PF case is a little different and that Clare was eventually awarded the 1/2 copyright, this case sounds like the performer is just assuming she has 1/2 copyright.

http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/1006.shtml [freelanceuk.com]

Re:I just don't get it? (1)

wisty (1335733) | about 2 years ago | (#39604353)

It sounds like Clare Torry *claimed* half the rights, but settled for "an undisclosed sum".

Re:I just don't get it? (1)

stephanruby (542433) | about 2 years ago | (#39604087)

I come out of the film industry and my saying is "some one always gets greedy". I told this to my expartner on my last film and he claimed that wasn't the case. Just to prove my point he stole the film literally from my home and to this day it's gone unfinished and is effectively worthless.

It sounds like you *both* got greedy, otherwise one of you would have just given the right to the other to keep on working on the film and publish it (promising not to sue him/her).

Not that there is anything wrong with that, greed is actually a very natural and understandable human emotion under some circumstances.

Re:I just don't get it? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604729)

Greed: An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

Wanting to get paid for your work is not greed.

I'm confused... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39603979)

False copyright claims happen all the time in the USA.

I've even had my own work removed due to someones copyright claim. And the lawyer told me i'm mostly SHIT OUT OF LUCK all the way around.

So a penalty for false claims only happens when its some individual and not a company shotgunning all content they can find?

Re:I'm confused... (2)

hemo_jr (1122113) | about 2 years ago | (#39604061)

Sounds like you have a lazy lawyer.

You have the right to sue for actual and punitive damages. And if you use copyright math, those damages can be astronomical.

BOO !! WE DONT NEED NO COPYRIGHT !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604003)

Copyright is just another way the man screws you !! If it's digital, it's FREE !! Copy it as you will, as you want, as you can !! Nothing is lost !! And God Bless America !!

Dingoes (1)

theweatherelectric (2007596) | about 2 years ago | (#39604113)

from the let-the-dingos-eat-her dept.

The plural of dingo is dingoes, not dingos.

Re:Dingoes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604381)

Tell us more about dingoes, do they eat potatoes?

Re:Dingoes (4, Funny)

SecurityGuy (217807) | about 2 years ago | (#39604539)

Duh. They eat babies. Even I know that and I'm not Australian.

Re:Dingoes (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604645)

And you are no Dan Quayle. I knew Dan Quayle. And he could spell Dingoes. Just not Potato.

Re:Dingoes (1)

NoMaster (142776) | about 2 years ago | (#39604787)

Both the OED and Macquarie (the standard dictionary of Australian English) list both -oes and -os as acceptable for the plural form.

Re:Dingoes (1)

Xtifr (1323) | about 2 years ago | (#39604871)

The facts are not relevant to the true grammar nazi! It's more important to look smart than to be right. Anyway, the running-dog lackey dictionaries are all in the pay of the evil liberal prescriptivists, and don't follow the proper definitions that I learned from some random guy or mis-educated high-school teacher.

Re:Dingoes (1)

Eskarel (565631) | about 2 years ago | (#39605875)

It's also not a particularly funny joke anymore as she's been acquitted and all indications are that the current re-examination will list the kid's cause of death as a dingo attack.

It was a joke because it was believed to be a lame excuse to cover up a murder, this is no longer believed to have been the case.

Lawsuits are 1 way options for lawyers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39604367)

If you win, they get paid.

If you lose, they walk away unscathed.

You get stuck with the counter-judgement - not them!

That's why greedy lawyers encourage everyone to sue.

Re:Lawsuits are 1 way options for lawyers (1)

MickLinux (579158) | about 2 years ago | (#39605639)

Ah, for the good old days of trial by battle. Then you KNEW your lawyer would give you his best. Just, not everyone could afford a lawyer. Maybe we ought to have court-assigned lawyers AND trial by battle. (Just kidding)

Dupe from 30 March; story from 16 March. (0)

1u3hr (530656) | about 2 years ago | (#39604479)

Australian Federal Court Awards Damages To Artist For False Copyright Claim [slashdot.org]
Posted by Soulskill on Fri Mar 30, '12 10:08 PM
from the it's-a-start dept.
  New submitter BarryHaworth writes
"In a decision handed down earlier this month, the Australian Federal Court awarded damages to Aboriginal artist Richard Bell over a false claim of copyright infringement. The claim related to a take-down notice claiming copyright infringement from film footage used in a trailer for a film being made by the artist. The court declared Mr. Bell the owner of the copyright and awarded him $147,000 in damages for lost sales of paintings and catalogues. At time of writing, YouTube does not appear to have caught up with the decision."

------
Exactly the same story.
Both reference the judgement made 16 March, no new developments.

You get more timely news from the Pony Express.

Oh my god (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | about 2 years ago | (#39604841)

$150,000 for blocking http://media.smh.com.au/entertainment/trailer-park/blackfellas-guide-to-new-york--trailer-3148656.html [smh.com.au] ???

It looks like something made by a sincere but completely untalented college freshman.

Taken Down again on You Tube (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39605751)

At the end of the article, it states that the trailer is available again on You Tube and gives a link. However when you go to that link, there's a takedown message saying that the video is no longer available per the copyright owner Tanya Steele.

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