Hollywood-style Sting Nabs Alleged Pirate Kingpin

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In early June 2012, Lohan crashed a rented porsche into the back of a dump truck. Though police are still investigating, they cleared the actress of being intoxicated. Demi Lovato Demi Lovato’s career began at the age of 7, when she was cast alongside BFF Selena Gomez on “Barney & Friends.” In 2007, she hit it big with the Disney Channel original movie “Camp Rock” starring opposite the Jonas Brothers. The success of the movie led to a staring role as Sonny on the Disney show “Sonny With a Chance.” Demi Lovato Things publicly took a turn for the worse for Demi Lovato in October 2010, when she underwent treatment for a “physical and emotional issue.” The decision to head to rehab was prompted by a physical altercation with one of the Jonas Brothers’ backup dancers, who told the Disney star’s management about some of Lovato’s dangerous behavior. After three months of treatment, Demi returned to the spotlight and opened up about her battles with bulimia and cutting, and being diagnosed as bipolar. Lovato has been extremely open about her issues, and admitted she was abusing drugs as a way to self-medicate. In an MTV documentary, the singer continued to share her struggle with fans and admitted she’s still in process of recovery. Mitchel Musso Mitchel Musso made his film debut in the 2004 movie “Secondhand Lions,” and got his big break as Oliver Oken on Disney’s “Hannah Montana,” later voicing Jeremy Johnson on “Phineas and Ferb.” Mitchel Musso Former “Hannah Montana” star Mitchel Musso was arrested on October 16, 2011, and charged with two counts of drunk driving. The 20-year-old actor, who currently stars on Disney’s “Pair of Kings” and lends his voice to the Disney cartoon series “Phineas and Ferb,” was pulled over after he failed to slow down for police officers who were directing traffic. When given a breathalyzer test Musso blew well above the 0.08 percent BAC limit. If convicted on both counts, Musso faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. But as TMZ notes, first-time DUI offenders in LA County aren’t sentenced to jail time unless there are aggravating circumstances, which in this case there are not.

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of Commerce hearing on a long-in-the-works green paper on proposed copyright policy for the digital age. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which is organizing the hearing and has been operating on fee reserves to stay open, had aimed for an Oct. 30 hearing but moved it to Dec. 12 to avoid complications from the shutdown. Among the most contentious of issues is the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act , which was crafted in 1998, when Google was still in its infancy and social media meant throwing a party to watch the Seinfeld finale. The safe harbor provision allows Internet providers, search engines and other tech firms to escape liability when users post pirated content on their platforms, provided such content is promptly removed when providers get a takedown notice, or if they are otherwise warned by some kind of red flag that indicates infringing activity. This safe harbor provision is, generally speaking, something Internet providers and search engines dont want lawmakers to touch. While providers may complain that they are inundated by takedown requests Google says it receives more than a million each week to put the provision on the table risks ending up with something that saddles Internet sites with additional liability. In fact, when the green paper was unveiled, Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Assn., a trade group formed in 2012 that includes Google, Facebook and Amazon among its members, said existing law works very well. In a statement to Variety, he said that the DMCA continues to fulfill its intended purpose of facilitating the growth and development of the Internet and the Web. In contrast, Hollywood and lobbying orgs representing other content creators complain that the safe harbor provision forces them into playing endless whacka-mole; even after enlisting their own monitoring services to find infringing content and send out takedown notices, they say piracy is still growing. While Beckerman warned that the green paper would be used by some interest groups as a call for new laws addressing online infringement, that prospect seems unlikely, not just because of the government shutdown, but because of skittishness among lawmakers to start anything like the unprecedented protest that sidelined the last major piece of antipiracy legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has launched a series of hearings with an eye toward revising copyright laws, but that process could take years, and undoubtedly would be contentious when and if it comes to revisiting the DMCA. The authors of the green paper recognized this, and have proposed that rather than pursue legislation, the tech and content industries should come up with their own set of best practices for identifying takedown notices.

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Hollywood-style sting nabs alleged pirate kingpin AP 4:44 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 In this undated handout photo provided by the Belgian government, the Belgian ship Pompei, owned by De Nul, is shown in unidentified waters. (Photo: Belgian Government) Mohamed Abdi Hassan was charged with hijacking a Belgian ship He was baited with a promise of a movie about piracy Prosecutor: Hassan is one of the most ‘important and infamous’ pirates SHARE 60 CONNECT 28 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE BRUSSELS (AP) The alleged pirate kingpin thought he was going work in the movies. Instead he landed in jail. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured from Somalia to Belgium with promises of work on a documentary about high-seas crime that would “mirror his life as a pirate,” federal prosecutor Johan Delmulle said Monday. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan ended up behind bars, nabbed as he landed Saturday at Brussels airport. “(He’s) one of the most important and infamous kingpin pirate leaders, responsible for the hijacking of dozens of commercial vessels from 2008 to 2013,” Delmulle said. Abdi Hassan whose nickname, Afweyne, means “Big Mouth” was charged with hijacking the Belgian dredger Pompei and kidnapping its nine-member crew in 2009, Delmulle said. The Pompei’s crew was released after 10 weeks in captivity when the ship’s owner paid a reported $3 million ransom. Belgium caught two pirates involved in the hijacking, convicted them and sentenced them to nine and 10 years in prison. But prosecutors still wanted the ringleaders. “Too often, these people remain beyond reach while they let others do the dirty work,” Delmulle told reporters. Malaysian authorities almost captured the reclusive Adbi Hassan in April 2012, but a document from the Somali transitional government let him slip back home, according to a U.N.

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