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February 23, 2012 Radio New Zealand
-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 

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"
- More information can be found here 

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    Featured Current Events

    60 Minutes Interview of Ira Rothken by Bob Simon regarding government abuse of Kim Dotcom

    New Megaupload/Kim Dotcom Whitepaper

    Megaupload General Legal Points

    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





    Our firm emphasizes intellectual property litigation (including trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents), internet law, 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 as evidenced in our "News" section below we assist electronic entertainment, high technology, and e-commerce companies in their business 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:



    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.


    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


    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.


    Ninth Circuit Hears Isohunt Copyright Appeal

    Last week the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the Isohunt copyright appeal against the major motion picture studios. The main issue on appeal is whether or not Isohunt, a bit-torrent search engine, could be held secondarily liable for copyright infringement under an inducement theory without proof of causation. You can listen to the oral argument below. Ira P. Rothken argued on behalf of Isohunt.

     IsoHunt MPAA hearing


    Important Message Regarding SONY Data Breach Class Action

    As we are sure you understand, given that over 70 million individuals are impacted by the Sony Playstation Network security breach or disablement, the Rothken Law Firm is receiving numerous calls and thousands of emails requesting information, offering assistance and/or providing further factual support. During this time period we urge you to continue to pay attention to directions from Sony.

    In the meantime we are continuing our investigation. To assist us in this process, you may (but are not required to) fill out the intake form on our Law Firm website.  This would expedite our ability to compile contacts and prepare communications in an efficient manner.  Please indicate “Sony Class Action” in the subject line, then use the text box for describing your experience, including, but not limited to, whether you have suffered any fraudulent use of your credit information you attribute to the Sony data breach, and stating any specific questions you may have. Do not include sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, and security questions in your communications with us - we will never ask you for such information. You will also find links to news articles regarding the case on this page including below.

    There is nothing that you need to do at present to be involved with this litigation.  In the event we reach a settlement with Sony or obtain a judgment on behalf of the Class, there will be a notification process supervised by the Court, at which time all potential Class members will have the opportunity to consider the terms of the settlement or judgment and decide whether he or she wishes to be included or excluded or objects to the settlement. 

    Please take whatever steps you deem necessary and appropriate to protect your own personal and financial information and to guard against identity theft.  Some recommendations from PC WORLD include:

    1.    Be wary of people calling or e-mailing you asking for extra information such as your Social Security number or other personal information

    2.    Monitor your credit card for suspicious activity or consider canceling it and getting a new one

    3.    Review your online passwords to see whether you are using the same password and login ID across multiple accounts. If, for example, your PSN and e-mail logins are the same, change your e-mail address password immediately. Of course, for an extra layer of protection, you may consider changing your security questions and challenge responses on other sites.