DVDStation site 'disabled'

DVDStation, the website that was offering to copy customers' DVDs for a fee, has been taken down by its host ISP, Canadian-based Netfirms.

DVDStation, the website that was offering to copy customers' DVDs for a fee, has been taken down by its host ISP, Canadian-based Netfirms.

DVDStation claimed to be operating within the legal framework of the Copyright Act by offering to copy DVDs, PlayStation and PC games as well as CDs, so long as customers could prove legal ownership of the disks.

"[Under] Section 117 of the US Copyright Law and section 80 of nz [sic] law ... you are entitled to this service by law". The site's legal terms and conditions also claimed that "if you do not own the product and agree to our conditions it is FRAUD".

Ken Moon, partner with Auckland law firm AJ Park says section 80 of New Zealand's Copyright Act does allow for limited backups to be made, but not to the extent that DVDStation is suggesting and certainly not of copyright material such as DVD movies.

"Section 80 gives an exemption to make a back up copy of a 'computer program' and that's all."

Attempts to contact Netfirms have gone unanswered. However, the DVDStation site is no longer accessible, with the home page replaced with a message from Netfirms saying "The website you have requested has been disabled".

After online commentator Bruce Simpson questioned the site's owner, he received threats not only of legal action but also a denial of service attack. Simpson, whose site is housed in the US, referred the matter to the FBI.

Before its removal the site had changed its front page to include Simpson's email address and required users to register to use any of the services beyond that point.

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