Not In The Cards (Re: Frank Barnako's Internet Daily: Internet goes lowercase at Wired News)
R. A. Hettinga
rah at shipwright.com
Mon Aug 16 17:37:18 PDT 2004
At 10:51 PM -0400 8/16/04, CBS MarketWatch wrote:
>NOT IN THE CARDS
>Credit card companies may have one less thing to worry about online:
>being held liable for copyright infringements by customers, even when
>said activity involves a card transaction.
>So ruled U.S. District Judge James Ware, freeing Visa, MasterCard and
>other payment-related defendants from having to take responsibility for
>sales of images pirated from Perfect 10, an adult entertainment venture
>in Beverly Hills, Calif.
>Perfect 10 had sued the payment processors in an effort to recoup the
>proceeds from unauthorized sales of Perfect 10's copyrighted material.
>"The ability to process credit cards does not directly assist the
>allegedly infringing Web sites in copying plaintiff's works," Ware said
>in a ruling handed down last week. "Defendants do not provide the means
>for distributing those works to others, nor do they provide bandwidth or
>storage space with which to transfer or store the works."
R. A. Hettinga <mailto: rah at ibuc.com>
The Internet Bearer Underwriting Corporation <http://www.ibuc.com/>
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