Man sued for using bogus YouTube takedowns to get address for swatting
- YouTube is suing a Nebraska man the company says has blatantly abused its copyright takedown process.
- Brady allegedly made fraudulent takedown notices against YouTube videos from at least three well-known Minecraft streamers.
- According to YouTube, Brady filed several fraudulent copyright notices against another YouTuber with whom he was "engaged in some sort of online dispute." The YouTuber responded with a formal counter-notice stating that the content wasn't infringing—a move that allows the content to be reinstated.
- But YouTube says it does have compelling evidence that Brady was responsible for the fraudulent takedown notices.
- Section 512(f) of the DMCA says that anyone who "knowingly materially misrepresents" that content is infringing in a takedown notice is liable for costs they impose on both accused infringers and platform owners.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation argued that the music was clearly allowed under copyright's fair use doctrine—and that Universal Music should be held liable for submitting a takedown request anyway.
Russian company accused of attempting to interfere in the 2016 election could face trial in April
- Washington (CNN) - Concord Management and Consulting, the Russian company charged with attempting to interfere in the 2016 election, is poised to go to trial in April 2020, a full year after the end of the Mueller investigation.
- The company's defense lawyers and prosecutors from the DC US Attorney's office suggested that date during a court hearing Tuesday morning.
- Eric Dubelier, a defense attorney for Concord, said he hadn't thought through whether the court should use a written questionnaire to suss out potential jurors' biases before they gather for the trial.
- He can't tell if potential jurors will come to court knowing Russia interfered in the 2016 election, or if they have no idea about the Russian interference investigated by Mueller, he said.
Joe Biden goes all in on electability
- On that last line, a series of bar graphs pop up on screen, showing a variety of polls where Biden is beating Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups.
- The ad, which started running Tuesday morning, comes on the heels of the most blatant appeal to electability yet from the Biden camp.
- Primary voters don't tend to cast strategic votes with an eye toward the general election.
- The one obvious problem for Biden is that if voters come to believe that while he is the best person to beat Trump, he's not the only person who can do it.
- But it also showed Biden's main rivals for the nomination -- Sanders, Warren and California Sen. Kamala Harris -- also all leading Trump by between 6 and 9 points.
Justice Dept. tells Supreme Court decision to end DACA was lawful
- Washington (CNN) - The Justice Department told the Supreme Court late Monday night that the Trump administration acted lawfully when it decided in 2017 to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.
- As things stand, two nationwide preliminary injunctions issued by lower courts have forced DHS to continue to allow renewals in the program for nearly two years.
- Courts agreed and issued nationwide injunctions that allowed renewals in the program to continue.
- The Trump administration appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, and last June, the justices agreed to hear the appeal for the upcoming term.
- At issue before the Supreme Court is not the legality of the program but how the administration decided to wind it down.
Cryptocurrency fraudsters beg courts to return their luxury items, judge says no
- Two cryptocurrency fraudsters in Canada are asking the courts to give their stuff back claiming the order to seize their assets had been granted improperly.
- Lisa Angela Cheng and Kevin Patrick Hobbs were facing a civil forfeiture lawsuit after allegedly running a $22 million (CAD$30 million) cryptocurrency fraud.
- The pair subsequently had their assets seized including two Range Rover SUVs, bank funds, and a luxury house that recently went on sale for $5.9 million (CAD$7.8 million).
- Naturally, the duo took a disliking to this and sought to set aside the order which prevents them from selling their assets, arguing that it had been improperly granted as their lawyers weren’t present in court at the time.
- Court documents claimed the pair ran a “blockchain services company” called Vanbex, which raised funds in cryptocurrency and fiat with apparently no intention to develop the FUEL token.
A father walked into a sheriff's office and reportedly told a dispatcher he killed someone. The victim was his daughter
- Joshua Lee Burgess, 32, told the dispatcher he was there to turn himself in after killing someone in his Monroe home, about 20 miles southeast of Charlotte, according to a news release from the Union County Sheriff's Office.
- The sheriff's office identified the victim as Burgess' daughter, 15-year-old Zaria Joshalyn Burgess, who had been visiting his home over the weekend, the release said.
- Officials said in court Monday that Burgess strangled the teen before slitting her throat but did not elaborate on what led up to the crime, CNN affiliate WSOC reported.
- A reporter for the news station said there was a gasp when the allegations were detailed by officials in court.
- Zaria's cousin Dytaysha Wadsworth described the teen to WSOC as friendly.
- He's being held on a charge of first degree murder with no bond, according to the Union County Sheriff's Office website.
Cristiano Ronaldo admits paying $375,000 in 2010 to settle sexual assault claim
- Mayorga's lawsuit, which was refiled in federal court, asks the court to invalidate the 2010 agreement on the grounds that Ronaldo and his legal team took advantage of her fragile emotional state to coerce her into signing it.
- Ronaldo's motion argues that Nevada's statute of limitations and the confidentiality agreement bar Mayorga's latest claims.
- Weeks later, when she named him in a police interview, a detective told her that she would face retaliation and her actions would be portrayed as extortion attempts, according to the lawsuit.
- Ronaldo argues that the allegations are time-barred by Nevada's statute of limitations and that Mayorga's actions after the encounter undermine her claims that she was unable to advocate for herself.
- Her complaint says that she named Ronaldo weeks later in a police interview, but a detective told her that she would face retaliation.
Chicago man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill people at women's reproductive health clinic
- Around August 13, the FBI learned that a user on iFunny had posted a threat, according to court papers.
- In the post, Sheikh allegedly wrote: "I am done with my state and thier (sic) bullsh*t abortion laws and allowing innocrnt (sic) kids to be slaughtered for the so called 'womans (sic) right,'" according to an FBI affidavit.
- Sheikh told FBI agents he thought they had come because of a "joke" he posted on iFunny, court papers said.
- Sheikh referenced the arrest of Justin Olsen, an 18-year-old Ohio man who was charged this month with threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer, a criminal complaint said.
- Olsen posted a threat to assault federal law enforcement investigators and discussed the 1993 Waco siege on iFunny in June, an affidavit said.
Adnan Syed's lawyers file petition for Supreme Court to take up 'Serial' case
- Washington (CNN) - Lawyers for Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the focus of the first season of the popular "Serial" podcast, filed a petition Monday asking the Supreme Court to take up the case.
- The petition -- which joins thousands of cases petitioned to the Supreme Court every year -- requests that the justices reverse a ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals from March that refused to grant Syed a new trial as he serves a life sentence in the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999.
- Justin Brown and Catherine Stetson along with other lawyers at the Washington law firm Hogan Lovells, states that that basis for the Supreme Court to take up the case rests on the "straightforward legal issue" of ineffective counsel provided by Syed's trial attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, who is deceased.
- A jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted Syed of first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment on February 25, 2000.
They called you a troll, deal with it—court slaps down libel lawsuit
- Numerous critics labeled ATL a patent troll, and in 2016 the firm sued several of them in New Hampshire state courts, arguing that the label was defamatory.
- On Friday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court dismissed ATL's lawsuit.
- New Hampshire's Supreme Court ruled that calling someone a "troll" was just such a statement of opinion—and so it can't be defamatory.
- In late 2016, ATL sued the ABA, CUNA, Stier, and other critics, arguing that the troll label—as well as claims that ATL is engaged in a "shakedown" and "extortion"—were defamatory.
- Similar reasoning applied to statements by the American Bar Association, Bob Stier, and his law firm, the court concluded.
- If trolls sue for defamation in other states, the defendants will be able to cite the New Hampshire precedent in their defense, making it more likely that they'll ultimately prevail.