Adventures in Copyright: Hackers Edition

Whether you like it or not, we will be continuing our Adventures in Copyright posts right on into 2010. This morning brings news of a more literal for
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Whether you like it or not, we will be continuing our Adventures in Copyright posts right on into 2010. This morning brings news of a more literal for
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Whether you like it or not, we will be continuing our Adventures in Copyright posts right on into 2010. This morning brings news of a more literal form of infringement, filed by none other than Condé Nast. Who are they battling, you ask? An internet hacker—which is vaguely ironic given the company's somewhat tepid relationship with the web for so many years. They filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Manhattan claiming that an unauthorized user (identified only by IP address) had gotten into their system in September and downloaded thousands of files, including ones from Vogue, GQ, Lucky, and Teen Vogue. In November, GQ cover images ended up on a blog called FashionZag, though there is no indication from what we've read that they are alleging the blog's writer to be the hacker. But the site was asked earlier this year to take down the cover shots. The issues are obviously readily available to all now, so it may be hard to measure what impact the alleged hacker may have had and we're not sure what sort of damages are being sought. Nonetheless, it is interesting. We're sure the Condé legal department has filed countless copyright suits over the years, but we do have to wonder when they started really paying attention to the internet. Will wonders never cease?