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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

    September 26, 2012 NewstalkNZ
    -Illegal Gov spying on Kim Dotcom
    -Case should be dismissed in the interests of justice
    -Trail of Gov illegality
    -Hollywood's involvement
    -Unfair procedures 

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    - discussion of technical-legal factors to consider in determining whether e-discovery related data is "not reasonably accessible"
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      Bloomberg Interview with Ira P. Rothken on the Megaupload/Kim Dotcom case discussing Court Order finding illegal government conduct

       

       

       

      ABOUT US

      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, 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
      Dec122011

      Megaupload Sues UMG to Stop Alleged Sham DMCA Takedown Notices

      Megaupload Ltd, a leading internet cloud storage company, filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California, to stop Universal Music Group (UMG) from sending alleged sham DMCA notices to YouTube and others. The Complaint alleges that UMG sent DMCA notices to YouTube and other similar internet services providers representing that the "Megaupload Video" was infringing on copyrights when the true facts are that the Megaupload Video was an original work owned by Megaupload.

      According to the complaint the Megaupload Video includes appearances from multiple celebrities speaking or singing about Megaupload including: Will.i.amP DiddyKim KardashianChris BrownKanye WestLil John, Jamie FoxxMary J BligeFloyd Mayweather, and more. The complaint alleges that written agreements were signed by all those involved in the production or appearing in the video.

      The complaint alleges that "...it appears as though UMG permits recording artists to exercise their views and free speech only when UMG agrees with such speech. The type of wrongful behavior alleged against UMG and Defendants herein is exactly the type of behavior that the DMCA Sec 512(f) was designed to remedy."

      Megaupload is asking the court for injunctive relief to stop the alleged UMG misconduct and for damages according to proof. You can read a copy of the complaint here.

      Here are news stories on the Megaupload Video - UMG litigation from the New York Times and Wired.

      Friday
      Dec022011

      Rothken Law Firm Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Carrier IQ Regarding Alleged Cell Phone Data Privacy Intrusion

      The Rothken Law Firm on behalf of an alleged nationwide class of consumers is suing Carrier IQ over the alleged installation of hidden software on select mobile phones that siphon off data without sufficient consumer notice and consent. The Federal lawsuit requests monetary damages and injunctive relief. If you believe you have been adversely impacted you may submit information via our Contact Us form to assist in our investigation. Read CNET news coverage of the Carrier IQ controversy.

      Thursday
      Nov172011

      New Booz Research Report Shows That Copyright Centric Regulation Chills Investments In High Technology Startups

      The well known management consulting firm of Booz & Co. published a research report today that tends to demonstrate that Copyright centric regulations like SOPA/PROTECT IP have a chilling effect on angel and venture capital investment in high technology startups.

      More than 70% of angel investors reported they would be deterred from investing in high technology companies if anti-piracy regulations against “user uploaded” websites were increased.

      The Rothken Law Firm did assist Booz in the study as indicated in the report.

      You can read the Booz report here.

      Friday
      Sep162011

      Sony Playstation Network Revised Terms of Use

      A Forbes contributor writes that Sony has attempted to bind consumers to an arbitration clause and a class action waiver in revised Terms of Use that purports to cover the Playstation Network.

      According to the Forbes story:

      "It’s a slap in the face to consumers already weary of the company’s practices, as they’re essentially saying they could have another privacy breaching screw-up like the hack, and you wouldn’t have recourse against them in the form of a class action lawsuit. There’s currently a lawsuit filed against Sony for the hacking breach by the Rothken law firm on behalf of the 77 million customers affected, but this does not fall under these new terms of service, and will be going forward."

      You can read the entire Forbes story here.

      See related story from the ABA Journal: First Lawsuit Filed Over Sony Playstation Data Breach

      Friday
      Jun102011

      U.S. Banks Come Under Pressure from Regulators to Improve Network Security

      Citigroup said that it suffered a security breach in the bank's network impacting the data of about 200,000 credit-card holders in North America. Allegedly the bank waited more than a month before making the full extent of the breach public, drawing criticism from Regulators and lawyers.

      U.S. Representative Mary Bono Mack is preparing legislation to ensure faster notification to customers, her spokesman told Reuters.

      Ira Rothken, a San Francisco-based attorney who represents plaintiffs in hacking cases, said his firm is investigating whether the information compromised in the Citi breach has led to any secondary intrusions against impacted customers.

      "If a bank can't keep data secure, it's going to have a chilling effect not only on the banking industry, but on ecommerce," Rothken said.

      The full story from Reuters can be found here.