OK, so you know I like to play word games.  I’m actually writing about a family, the Borings.  Of course, if they really lived up to their name, I wouldn’t be writing about them, would I?

Apparently, they’re very private people.  They live in a secluded house on a private road in Pittsburgh.  Along comes the Google Maps Street View team, running their 360° cameras, up the road they (allegedly) don’t know is a private road, and shoot video of the road and the house.  The Boring family finds out, freaks out, and gets their lawyers out.  They sue Google for tresspassing, invasion of privacy, and a few other serious-sounding charges.  The court eventually threw out the case, essentially because (1) they platintiff simply didn’t make a strong enough case for compensation, and (2) Google actually has a system in place to request images of a person’s house be removed from their website, but they chose to sue instead of use it (Google did remove the content when asked nicely).

I strongly believe people need a mechanism like law suits to fight injustice, but this is a prime example of why the system doesn’t work better.  It’s clogged up with cases like this.  You can read more about this case here.

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Musak is delcaring bankruptcy.  My favorite comment on that site is

The real question is how did they get in debt to the tune of $100 to $500 million and still only have $50,000 in assets? What did they spend it all on? I have a hard time believing the Muzak head honchos know how to party hard enough to burn that much money.

I kinda agree. I don’t see in that artice (or this one on thestreet.com) where all the money went.  The only thing I can think of is changed to the copyright laws making them pay artists (or someone else in that food chain) more money.  According to this article, they’re not down yet.  They’re still going to function as normal during the process.

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The short version: An anti-piracy group in Lithuania that was threatening to sue all the BitTorrent websites for millions of dollars, changed their name, but forgot to buy the new matching domain name, and wackyness ensued when one of the larger BitTorrent sites in Lithuania bought the domain name.  A $20 mistake they’ll never make again 😉

This article from TorrentFreak covers all the gorey details.  The best part is, there have been several cases in Lithuania of people buying domain names matching the names of large organizations who failed to do so, and in every single case where the organization tried to sue to get control of it, they lost.  As it should be.

How can a company that is totally focused on issues around the internet be so internet non-savvy?  Whether you think BitTorrents are good or bad, you gotta feel good about that aspect of the story/

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