June 13th, 2008

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Will The RIAA Sue Judge Kozinski For Sharing MP3s?

While judge Alex Kozinski is getting a ton of press for accidentally sharing pornographic images from his webserver, Justin Levine notes that the report concerning what was on the server also found music MP3s from musicians like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Weird Al Yankovic. Levine wonders if the RIAA will now sue this federal judge as well. In fact, things could get tricky in that some research suggests not only was Kozinski storing MP3s, he may have actively been sharing some of those MP3s as well. That same link mentions that in one of many copyright infringement lawsuits concerning the company Perfect 10, Kozinski wrote a dissenting opinion suggesting that facilitating copyright infringement should be seen as infringement as well:

"When it comes to traffic in material that violates the Copyright Act, the policy of the United States is embedded in the FBI warning we see at the start of every lawfully purchased or rented video: Infringers are to be stopped and prosecuted."

There's a lot more involved in his opinion, which really focuses on credit card companies profiting from infringement -- but considering how he much he writes against those who help others infringe, it's probably not a wise idea that he was out there sharing music files himself.

However, to be fair, as the details come out, this whole thing is quite clearly a witch hunt by someone who seriously dislikes the judge. As we noted when the story broke, it's perfectly ridiculous to try to suggest this makes him any less qualified to judge cases. And, indeed, as the details come out about the content on his server, it's becoming clear that it is, as he noted "funny" stuff. It's all basically the sort of silly viral content that gets passed around all the time, much more for the amusement factor than any sort of titillation.

This post certainly isn't to slam Kozinski, who seems like a genuinely thoughtful judge -- with a sense of humor to boot (he famously nominated himself for a mocking "Judicial Hottie" contest run by a blog, noting: "While I think the list of female candidates is excellent, the list of male candidates is, frankly, lacking. And what it's lacking is me.... I have it on very good authority that discerning females and gay men find graying, pudgy, middle-aged men with an accent close to Gov. Schwarzenegger's almost totally irresistible." The fact that he was also sharing MP3s, again, is just yet another reminder that, contrary to the entertainment's claim that "education" will solve music sharing, many people just think it's perfectly natural and reasonable to share a song with some friends.

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SilverJet re-opening?!? Yippie!!!

10 June 2008, for immediate release:
Nigel Atkinson and Mark Fry, the Joint Administrators of Silverjet plc
Principal terms agreed with Kingplace Ltd. to acquire and relaunch Silverjet

Completion expected by 13 June 2008

Nigel Atkinson and Mark Fry of Begbies Traynor, joint administrators for Silverjet plc and its subsidiaries, confirm that the principal terms have been agreed with Kingplace Ltd. to acquire and relaunch Silverjet, subject to contractual completion which is expected by 13 June 2008.

Mark Fry, senior partner from Begbies Traynor and joint administrator for Silverjet commented:

“We are pleased to have agreed principal terms with Kingplace to relaunch the airline. This agreement is excellent news for the Company’s suppliers, staff and loyal customers.”

Ian Ilsley, Chairman of Heritage and a Director of Kingplace comments:

"Kingplace can confirm that it has agreed terms with Begbies Traynor to acquire Silverjet. If these negotiations are successful, we expect to take on all of the existing staff, to honour Silverjet’s existing customers’ tickets and see Silverjet return to the skies in a matter of weeks.”

Lawrence Hunt, Chief Executive of Silverjet comments:

“I am personally delighted that we now have the necessary backing from a long term investor to relaunch Silverjet. We have received fantastic support from our staff, customers and partners in helping us put this deal together. We will be working around the clock to launch our New York and Dubai services as quickly as possible and we will make an announcement about the date for re-launching our services in due course.”

The re-launch of the airline service is subject to regulatory approval.

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For further information, please contact: www.begbies-traynor.com
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Notes to Editors:

About Begbies Traynor: Begbies Traynor is part of Begbies Traynor Group plc, a specialist professional services organisation providing independent professional advice and solutions to businesses, financial institutions, the accountancy professions and individuals in the areas of corporate finance, recovery, investigation, risk management, commercial finance and
specialist tax advice. It is listed on AIM (Ticker: BEG.L).

About Silverjet plc: Silverjet plc is a business class, low fare, long haul airline operator which was admitted to AIM in May 2006. Its shares were suspended on 23 May 2008 and, on 30 May 2008, it suspended all operations and was put into administration. Silverjet is the winner of the Sunday Times Award for Best Airline 2007, two Conde Nast Traveller Awards in 2007, one for Favourite Business Class Only Airline and one for Design and Innovation and Best Airline Website 2007 awarded by Travolution.

About Kingplace: Kingplace is registered in Ireland and managed by Heritage Cie S.A., a Geneva trust and management company. The offer by Kingplace is being made on behalf of private clients.