3 Count: Jurisdictional Battles

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1: Russian Stream-Ripper Formally Takes His Copyright Dispute to US Supreme Court, and Says the Majors Should Support That Move

First off today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that the operators behind two Russian stream ripping sites have filed a petition to have the Supreme Court hear their case.

Tofig Kurbanov was sued in the United States by the major record labels for his role in operating two stream ripping sites. Both Kurbanov and his sites are based out of Russia and, because of that, he successfully got the case tossed at the District Court level on jurisdictional grounds. However, Fourth Circuit reinstated the case noting that the site is heavily used by U.S. visitors.

That sent the case back to the lower court for reconsideration. However, Kurbanov has asked the court for an opportunity to pause the case pending a petition to the Supreme Court. That petition has now been filed and lawyers for Kurbanov have expressed optimism the court will take the case as such jurisdictional issues impact a large number of cases dealing with online legal disputes.

2: ‘Only a Fool’: Judge Knocks Back Last-Minute Bid From Clive Palmer

Next up today, Lane Sainty at News.com.au reports that Australian businessman and former politician has failed in a bid to delay a trial over his use of the Twisted Sister song We’re Not Gonna Take It in a campaign ad.

Palmer attempted to delay the trial saying that he did not want to give testimony over videoconferencing because he felt the case was an attempt to attach his character. Instead, he said he wanted to be cross-examined in person and asked for a lengthy delay in the trial to allow for that to happen.

However, the judge declined that noting that the timeline for reopening was up in the air and there was no guarantees an in-person trial would be possible at any particular point. As such, the trial remains scheduled for October 19.

3: Study: Smart TVs Raise Piracy and Privacy Concerns

Finally today, Advanced Television reports that a new study from Hub Entertainment Research finds that, with the rise of smart TVs comes concerns about both privacy and piracy as users both worry about how their data is being used and have greater access to pirate services.

According to the survey, some 87 percent of users are worried about how their data is used and some 71 percent are aware that smart TVs can track such data. On the piracy side, some 35% of users admitted to pirating content and an addition 3% dit not admit it but use pirate sites or apps. Also, 24% of users are active pirates, having done so in the past six months.

Interestingly, about half of active pirates had received a warning letter about their piracy but only 45% of those actually stopped. Password sharing is also a major concern as 35% of users admitted to it.

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