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“The law’s on our side, right?”

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If you bust out the heavy legal artillery in an attempt to stop the march of time rather than addressing the challenge from a business standpoint, don’t be surprised when someone uses the same weapons on you:

    A U.S. federal court has cleared the way for Kazaa file-sharing software owner Sharman Networks to sue the entertainment industry for copyright infringement, Sharman said on Friday.

    Sharman, targeted by studios and record companies because its software is used to trade music and video files, has sought to turn the tables on the industry, accusing it of misusing Kazaa software to invade users’ privacy and send corrupt files and threatening messages.

    Studios and record companies had asked the court to throw out Sharman’s countersuit, but U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles declined to do so. [REuters]

This is called karma and is hilarious if nothing else.

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.
  • Do copyright lawyers ever lack for work or money? Speaking of karma, where do lawyers fall in the grand scheme of things? Are they to blame for having constructed and perpetuated these legal contests? Or are they just fulfilling a duty and making a living?

  • Eric Olsen

    Somewhere in between, I would guess. lawyers serve a real purpose and it’s better if a problem can be resolved using the legal system than by, say dueling, But lawyers also contribute another layer to problems that they don’t do anything much to help solve. I.e.: my ex-wife’s lawyer sure as hell fucked up what was a reasonably amicable and fair set of agreements regarding our divorce, and in the name of “protecting his client” created problems that linger to this day (over 13 years later). And that is certainly not unusual.

  • this is also hilarious. I hope sharman networks wins, just to see how the industry counters.