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Portuguese iPod news site closes, content thieves blamed

iPodPortugal.com, a Portuguese-language member of the iLounge Around the World network of web sites, and “the first and most complete Portuguese website related to the iPod culture,” announced that it would cease publication today due to alleged massive-scale theft of its content by a competing publication. According to Nuno Henriques of iPodPortugal, the decision to stop providing iPod news to the Portuguese community was made after a rip-off artist cloned his site’s original content, then refused to delete it. “It’s a shame we had to do this,” said Henriques, “but we had no choice… You can’t imagine how frustrating it is to keep a site up to date, wasting precious time of yours and then some jerk just copies everything.” iPodPortugal said that it will keep its Portuguese-language discussion forum open for the benefit of its community; iLounge extends its respect and support to iPodPortugal’s editors and readers.

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1

How about iLounge gathers up all the writers for other non-English iPod websites and creates a localized iLounge? Similarly to Engadget.

Posted by Kevin on April 11, 2006 at 4:53 PM (CDT)

2

can they not take any legal action

Posted by JeremytheIndian on April 11, 2006 at 5:25 PM (CDT)

3

in Portugal, they have “xtok” as thief, in USA, they have bill palmer. iLounge should sue some of these con men out of existance, take away all their money for all of the stories and ideas they have stolen.

Posted by chester on April 11, 2006 at 5:30 PM (CDT)

4

Well, I’m portuguese, I love iPods and all things Apple, and I actually haven’t heard about that site, but I can say I’m very displeased with these news anyway… I don’t really know what kind of legal action they could take, but if I was the owner of that site, I’d sure find a way to solve the problem. Too bad they didn’t bother to do that (or maybe they did, but to no avail). *sigh*

Posted by Mainyehc in Lisbon, Portugal on April 11, 2006 at 5:39 PM (CDT)

5

Legal action is tough to nearly impossible when you talk about international intellectual property theft. We have a site selling copyrighted graphics, and someone who purchased proceeded to port the graphics for use with his program. That’s not cool or remotely legal.

His host site doesn’t care, and why should he care at all, when we’re in a different country and can’t afford to proceed with legal action. This guy actually cuts into our earnings, and he does it simply because he can.

It’s just how it is on the net. It’s easier for bullies to be bullies.

At least the leech site in question for this site will have a harder time leeching content. :)

Posted by cyberg00se on April 11, 2006 at 6:18 PM (CDT)

6

Thanks for the support guys!
It’s really a shame we have to cease activity. I frkn hate this kind of stuff. Ripping off all our work…...

Posted by Nuno Henriques on April 11, 2006 at 7:02 PM (CDT)

7

i’m a friend of Nuno and iPodPortugal and all i can say is that it’s to bad for someone who dedicate’s his precious time doin’ something he loves to see its work plagiarized by a bunch of kids… hope to see ya soon with iPodPortugal back again…

Posted by macdanny on April 11, 2006 at 7:36 PM (CDT)

8

International Law has to cover this, and the problem has become so large, with entire sites being based on stolen content (e.g. ebaumsworld) that their ought to be a system that can deal with these issues quickly.

Of course, it’s not on any of the representative’s radars yet.

Posted by Ethan Duffy on April 12, 2006 at 7:01 AM (CDT)

9

I cant believe someone who steal ipod news. Wierd eh?

Posted by Betty Koyle on April 12, 2006 at 7:34 AM (CDT)

10

Wierd?!! hehehe… in portugal everything is possible…

Posted by macdanny on April 12, 2006 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

11

My irony meter just exploded.

Posted by Terence Roll on April 15, 2006 at 9:42 PM (CDT)

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