Elderly Hawaiin Man Says He Is Wrongfully Indicted
In a state-wide crackdown conducted by Hawaiin police recently on its residents for downloading illegal movies, a 72-year-old Kailua man is being sued for downloading pirated movies. However, he has denied the claim as “absolutely absurd” and said that he has being wrongfully accused.
“I’ve never illegally downloaded anything … or even legally! I use my computer for email, games, news and that’s about it,” John J. Harding said. “It was kind of overwhelming because I’ve never downloaded anything in my life, and a movie, it’s crazy!” Harding added.
A local attorney has been hired by movie companies to hunt down alleged offenders. However, some are of the view that innocent people are being targeted by movie companies.
In the month of June, Harding received a letter from local attorney, Kerry Culpepper, that accused him of downloading a movie and also listed Harding’s IP address for having over 1,000 other pirated downloads. Culpepper works for the rightsholders of movies such as ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice.’
Culpepper asked the Hawaii Federal Court for a subpoena, which ordered the associated Internet provider to disclose the details of the customers who downloaded illegally at IP addresses that he tracked down. Although Harding was one of them, it’s possible someone else may have used his internet service.
The accusation came as a shock to Harding, who said that he never downloads anything, which means it is likely that someone else may have been using his internet service.
“I know definitely that I’m not guilty and my wife is not guilty. So what’s going on? Did somebody hack us?” Harding said. “Is somebody out there actively hacking us? How they do that and go about doing that, I have no idea.”
The settlement requests sent by the attorney to the exposed users’ states, “Our firm is authorized to accept the sum of $3,900 as full settlement for our client’s claims. This offer will expire on 7/31/2017. Thereafter, our client will accept no less than the sum of $4,900 to settle this matter, but this increased settlement offer will expire on 8/7/2017.”
However, the elderly man was not interested in accepting the offer. “The tone of the letter was basically, pay up or we’re coming after you,” Harding said. “It’s absurd. Absolutely absurd.”
Culpepper said damages go up to $150,000 per illegal download and said the letter was not just a scare ploy.
“I have to strike a balance between getting the attention of the subscriber, but not causing too much stress, and I believe that my letters strike that balance,” Culpepper said.
Adding further, Culpepper said that people who feel that they have been wrongfully indicted need to contact his office.
“This is similar to a car stolen. If your car was stolen and your car hit someone or did some damage, initially the victim would look to see who was the owner of the car,” he said. “You would probably tell them, someone stole my car. That time, that person would try to find the person who stole your car.”
In the past, Culpepper said that he has accepted lower settlements and sometimes apology letters instead of payment.
“We’re not trying to bankrupt people or take food from the mouths of struggling people. The purpose of this campaign is to deter piracy,” he said.
While Harding is not planning to hire an attorney due to expenses, on the other hand, Culpepper is advising people not to ignore his letters.
“The worst thing that could happen would be someone who is not responsible for this becoming a named defendant.”
Jonathan Yunger, vice president of Millennium Media, the parent company of one of the complainants, said they are not after people’s money. They want people to take piracy very seriously and stop downloading illegally content.
Source: Hawaii News Now
Salman Khan launches Bina Kak’s book Silent Sentinels Of Ranthambhore
Bollywood actor Salman Khan launched photographer Bina Kak’s book Silent Sentinels Of Ranthambhore on 13 December, terming it a “great book”.
“I think it is a great book because I have seen all the pictures much before they have released. All the pictures are really nice and beautiful,” he said in a media interaction.
Katrina Kaif, Salim Khan, Helen, Salman Khan, Baba Siddique, Priya Dutt and many more also attended the book launch.
Salman also said that every time, his movie is nearing release, Kak comes out with a book.
“I don’t understand whether we are here promoting Tiger Zinda Hai or her book.
“It had happened earlier, I was doing Sultan with Ali Abbas Zafar, we were planning on going to Ranthambhore, at that time Bina issued a book on a tiger named Sultan, but the plan didn’t work out. Now Tiger Zinda Hai is coming and her book is also releasing at the same time,” he said.
Salman also shared yet another funny story concerning Kak.
“Every time Bina Kak visits a jungle, my life turns into a mess. She sends me 50 photographs every day. So I am like this is good, incredible, I would send her long messages but, in time, it went from ‘very nice’ to ‘nice’ and then ‘hmm’ and eventually I would send her only ‘K’,” he added.
Salman Khan will be next seen in Tiger Zinda Hai opposite Katrina. The film, helmed by Zafar, releases on 22 December.
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Bey Logan, consulting producer on Weinstein’s film Shanghai, accused of sexual misconduct
According to a report by Variety, a Hong Kong-based film executive Bey Logan, who has had professional and personal relationship with the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, has been accused of sexual misconduct.
Hong Kong’s HK01, in one of its detailed investigative reports around the #MeToo campaign, had first brought the news of Logan’s misconduct when an unnamed actress alleged that Logan was an accomplice as well as a participant in many instances of sexual misconduct.
It was reported that Logan, who is also a martial arts expert, would harass actresses on and off the sets. In addition to that it is also alleged that he sent actresses to Harvey Weisnstein’s hotel room whenever he was in the city where acts of sexual misconduct were forced upon those actresses.
A total of seven women have reported against Logan to HK01. One of these actresses happen to be the Indonesian-Chinese actress Sable Yu who was the lead actress in the film Snowblade that was helmed by Logan himself. She said he had told her during the film’s production that sleeping with Weinstein would only open better opportunities. Also, she was subjected to sexual assault by him which ranged from walking naked to completely inappropriate moves.
However, Logan maintained that “many of the accusations made against me are either untrue or taken out of context. I categorically deny any criminal wrongdoing. I have never forced myself on a woman.” He further added that he will “now step back and take time to reflect on my behavior and the values which I should uphold.”
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