This case involves a company that produced proprietary web content bearing its registered trademark. The company protected its content through copyright registrations, however, it continually faced infringement on Internet sites that hosted stolen content. The company spent enormous time and resources attempting to provide notice of infringement and hold parties responsible for infringement activity. It was eventually forced to look to domestic companies which provide Internet services to pirate sites without terminating them as repeat infringers. It was alleged that the internet service providers are aware of the infringement taking place on these sites, are able to stop it, but choose not to. An expert in computer science and internet architecture was sought to break down these technical concepts into plain English to assist the jury in understanding the issues of the case.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Can you describe your expertise in computer science as it relates to this case?
- 2. Are you familiar with these types of infringement practices? Please explain.
Expert Witness Response E-008768
I have been doing technical, academic, and research work in the field of communications, internet, and distributed computing since the mid-1980s. I worked on internet traffic optimization, content delivery networks, client-server architectures, virtualization, and fusion of the internet with mobile data networks. I am very familiar with these technical issues. It is technically possible to selectively allow or deny specific content sites onto a DNS. Interestingly, a few web performance and security companies have decided to stop supporting inflammatory websites recently.