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Will Music Piracy settlement of $50m ends up on artists?

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
We are talking about big piracy fines here when the owner of a music hacking portal selling pirated downloadable materials agreed to pay settlements for the damages cause to various artists – but will part of it goes to the artists themselves? Read this story:

BBC reported: The owner of piracy site Isohunt has agreed to settle a music industry group lawsuit for $50m (£38m). Gary Fung announced the settlement with Music Canada via a blog published at the weekend. Isohunt was shut down in 2013, when Mr Fung agreed to pay $110m to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). One researcher said the cases could set a “worrying” precedent for those who run sites that may link to pirated content.

A court order associated with the decision details the fees as follows: 55m Canadian dollars in damages, C$10m in “punitive, exemplary and aggravated damages” and a further C$1m to cover legal costs. The total amounts to 50m US dollars. The case dates from a legal order sent in May 2008 by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), now known as Music Canada.

It added: Previously, Mr Fung had promised users that he would not disclose their data – including email and IP addresses – during legal proceedings. “I’ve kept my word regarding users’ privacy,” he wrote. Isohunt did not host pirated media, but rather provided users with a directory of sources from where illegal files could be downloaded. The same model is used by The Pirate Bay, which is currently blocked in the UK. It’s possible that cases like this could set a “worrying” precedent for social media websites, according to Ben Zevenbergen, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute. “Think of social media websites like Facebook where everyone shares their favourite songs with their friends – would these services need to employ full-time copyright police?” he said. He added: “Further, I truly wonder whether a penny of these fines ends up on artists’ royalty checks, but I highly doubt it.”


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Small Claim Case is an Option for Many Lawsuits

By: Elena Grace Flores

Wikimania 2006 lawyer panel
Wikimania 2006 lawyer panel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Handling apartments fro rent is not that easy – especially when tenants fail to pay the rent for a period of time. Filing law suits is also not cheap. Aside from paying the acceptance fee of the lawyer, you are bound to pay him or her the appearance fee every time the court summons the people involved in the case or during every hearing. Good thing that I visited our Baranggay Secretary and she recommended to file a Small Claim Case instead for the court to order the sheriff to eject the delinquent tenants if settlements are not made. Good thing that my lawyer already served the Demand Letter which is also a requirement. It is beneficial to know this:

Small claim case filed with metropolitan or municipal trial courts

By: Persida Acosta

Dear PAO,
My sister, who is working in the US, lent P75,000 to a family friend when she went home to the Philippines for a vacation. The debt remained unpaid for one year after the agreed date of payment. We consulted our friends and they advised us to file a small claim case.

Since there’s no shortcut for all lawsuits, the important thing is to be able to minimize expenses during the process because it can take a year to be resolved. This is better than bearing the substantial lawyer fees and for the unsettled debts that the soon to be ejected tenants will leave behind. Note that this is worth doing if collectibles will not exceed 100,000 Pesos. Filing fee at the present time is Php 2,700.

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