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    Techdirt Interview of Ira Rothken
    -Discussion of Ira Rothken's career handling internet copyright cases

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    -US abuse of power in taking down Megaupload
    -No such thing as criminal secondary copyright infringement
    -The Prosecution is politically motivated 

    Ira Rothken presentation at e-discovery seminar (excerpt)
    - discussion of technical-legal factors to consider in determining whether e-discovery related data is "not reasonably accessible"
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      60 Minutes Interview of Ira Rothken by Bob Simon regarding government abuse of Kim Dotcom

      New Megaupload/Kim Dotcom Whitepaper

      Megaupload General Legal Points

      Ira Rothken interview with CNBC on the Kim Dotcom case

      For updates on the Megaupload/Kim Dotcom case please visit our special case update section

      Kim Dotcom, Steve Wozniak, Ira Rothken

      Read what Steve Wozniak thinks about Kim Dotcom and the Megaupload case in this CNET News.com article 

       

       

       

       

      Ira P. Rothken on Bloomberg 

      Bloomberg Interview with Ira P. Rothken on the Megaupload/Kim Dotcom case discussing Court Order finding illegal government conduct

       

       

       

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      Our firm emphasizes intellectual property litigation (including trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents), internet law, startups, complex business litigation, class actions, videogame law, business law, blockchain law, employment litigation, consumer protection litigation, and personal injury/tort litigation. We are actively involved in cutting edge electronic discovery ("e-discovery") matters and Ira P. Rothken is an active member of the Sedona Conference and maintains a blog at Moredata.com on electronic discovery and evidence issues for legal professionals. Here is a CNET News Story Profiling Ira P. Rothken's Career Protecting Internet Technology Companies.

      We Have Assisted in the Startup of Some of the Most Successful E-Commerce and Electronic Entertainment Companies in the World

      Ira P. RothkenIn addition to our robust litigation practice we assist electronic entertainment, high technology, and e-commerce companies in their business, startup, and legal transactions. For example, since the inception of the "commercialized" internet in the mid 1990s, we have represented some of the largest and most successful web sites in the world on a huge range of matters from startup issues to risk reduction strategies to e-commerce policies and agreements. In many instances we were called upon to handle issues where there was no clear precedent and thus we had to innovate a solution.

      We have also helped start numerous successful electronic entertainment and videogame companies including Nihilistic Software, Pandemic Games, Telltale, and Arenanet. Ira P. Rothken, a member of IGDA, has spoken multiple times on how to start a videogame development company at the Computer Game Developers Conference (CGDC). Here is a sample of videogame development transactions in which we assisted our clients:


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      Monday
      Feb102003

      Microsoft and others sued over shrinkwrap licenses

      A California woman is suing Microsoft, Symantec and some software retailers, claiming the companies "concocted a scheme" to mislead consumers by requiring them to consent to software licensing agreements they haven't read. The suit, filed Friday in Marin County Superior Court in San Rafael, Calif., was filed on behalf of all Californians who've bought software including Norton Antivirus 2002, Norton Systemworks and Windows XP Upgrade.

      The consumer lawsuit claims that people who didn't accept the terms of the "EULA" (End User License Agreement) cannot return the "opened" software to the stores. According to the suit, the plaintiff tried to return the Microsoft and Symantec software to CompUSA after refusing to consent to the licensing terms. However, CompUSA refused to take the software back, saying the packages had been opened, according to the complaint.

      Friday
      Jun072002

      Consumers fight back in ReplayTV case

      Consumers, including Craig Newmark (founder of Craigs List), file suit in Federal Court against the Major Movie Studios and ask the Court to declare that they are not infringing on Copyrights by skipping commercials with their Digital Video Recorders in Newmark v. Turner et al (ReplayTV case). The Rothken Law Firm and EFF are serving as co-counsel for the consumer plantiffs in the case.

      Friday
      May242002

      DoubleClick settles consumer privacy class action

      Over a dozen separate federal and state suits had been filed against the New York-based Internet advertising company charging that it invaded users' privacy, the first such lawsuit was filed in California by the Rothken Law Firm. The suits were later consolidated into a single federal suit, which was settled in March. A final settlement was approved Tuesday by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Federal District Court in Manhattan. Among the terms of the deal, DoubleClick is required to create an easy-to-read privacy policy the better protects user privacy rights.

      Included in the terms of the settlement are rules that require DoubleClick to do the following:

      • Create a privacy policy that is easy to read, outlines the company's use of cookies and pixel tags, and explains its online ad servicing service.

      • Launch 300 million banner ads on sites across the Internet that explain how consumers can protect their privacy, opt out of having a DoubleClick ad server cookie placed on their computers and how cookies are used and data is collected.

      • Purge various user information that the company has collected on consumers on a regular basis, and

      • Hire an accounting firm to audit its compliance with the terms.

      Wednesday
      Sep122001

      Sunncomm cloques music CDs

      Sunncomm and Music City records are sued in California for allegedly using cloquing 'DRM" technology on Music CDs, without proper notice, to impair functionality and prevent consumers from copying songs to their MP3 players.

      Monday
      Mar192001

      MP3 search engine defends itself against the RIAA

      MP3Board search engine defends itself against allegations from the RIAA and Major Recording Studios regarding the issue of whether or not mere passive hyperlinking arising out of Internet search engine results can constitute secondary copyright infringement in Arista Records et al. v. MP3Board, Inc./ MP3Board, Inc. v. RIAA.