3 Count: Beauty and the Sharebeast

3 Count: Beauty and the Sharebeast Image

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1: Dept. of Justice shutters Sharebeast, the Largest US-based Filesharing Service

First off today, Nathan Mattise at Ars Technica reports that, on Friday, the Department of Justice shuttered the site Sharebeast, along with related domains, saying that the site was involved in piracy of music, sports and TV shows.

The site made the news back in May when it became the primary host of a leaked Kanye West album. The site’s Twitter feed also promoted tracks available from other musicians.

The site has been widely called the largest U.S.-based file hosting site but now it is down completely, replaced with the familiar DOJ and FBI logos saying that the site has been seized.

2: Kim Dotcom Extradition Hearing to go Ahead September 21 After Latest Arguments Rejected

Next up today, John Weeks at the New Zealand Herald reports that Kim Dotcom and others who worked on Megaupload have failed in their bid to further delay their extradition hearing, which is set to take place on September 21.

Dotcom and his colleagues were arrested and their site shuttered in January 2012 following joint action by U.S. and New Zealand authorities on allegations of copyright infringement and money laundering. Dotcom, who lives in New Zealand, is facing extradition to the U.S. but a planned hearing has been repeatedly delayed due to various issues with the case.

Kim Dotcom had asked for another delay, this time to get experts on cloud storage from the U.S. to offer testimony. However, the appeals court ruled that Dotcom failed to prove the need for the testimony and that the hearing should go on as neither party would be denied their remedies under the law.

3: Showtime Sues to Block Pirated Mayweather-Berto Streams

Finally today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that Showtime has filed a lawsuit against a site that had announced it was hosting a live stream of the Mayweather vs. Berto fight, seeking an injunction barring the site from streaming.

The site involved went down shortly after the lawsuit was filed, even though the judge did not rule on the injunction. Showtime also sought to take over the domain name for the site, mayweathervsandrebertolivestream.com, but the judge has not ruled on that either.

The move was similar to steps taken ahead of the earlier Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. Though the move did block several sites from streaming the fight, other pirated streams were still available online.


That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.

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