European court rules against the Pirate Bay

Torrent websites have long been a bone of contention when it comes to the rules and regulations involving copyright infringement. However, what can be considered as a blow to the torrent sites like the Pirate Bay, the European Court has ruled that even though the torrent websites might not be hosting the files by themselves, but still by looking at the copyright laws, it has directly held responsible sites like the Pirate Bay of infringing copyrights. The ruling was passed by the European Court of Justice on June 15. Sites like the Pirate Bay allow the users to download the copyrighted material including movies as well as audio files directly from each others computers. While they might not also handle the files themselves but they facilitate the sharing of these files, which the court ruled that is akin to copyright infringement. The court also stated that since they filter the data and delete the inactive torrents, that can be considered as a facilitation of copyright infringement. The ruling puts an end to a 7-year-old struggle which started with the rest of the founders as well as the blocking and seizing of the domain name. One of the founders was also arrested on November 2014 when he was trying to enter Thailand. The struggle for various countries against the copyright infringement with the help of the Internet continues. Most of the developed economies like the United States as well as the United Kingdom and Australia are already struggling to enforce the copyright infringement laws for the people who are downloading these directly from the Internet. While there have been quite...

Controversial adoption bill signed into law by Texas Governor

The governor of Texas Greg Abbott recently created a law relating to adoption which gives the power to the adoption agencies to reject the placement of a child in a family or in a foster care or home which goes against the religious beliefs of the adoption agencies. The bill was passed in May and it was converted into a law soon thereafter. Rights groups are already up in arms against this law by the Texas State. They believe that this particular law would be used in order to thwart the LGBT parents from adopting children. This law can also go against the parents were from the minority community. Even though the sponsor of the bill, James Frank, denies any such a loop holes being there in the bill, the rights groups are still skeptical about the bill. Due to the ongoing cases in the Supreme Court, the rights of the same-sex couples are already under threat. The precedent of such cases is the case of the lesbian couple, who are against the decision of the Mississippi court which had ruled that she is not a legal parent. Similarly, in February in South Carolina, both same-sex parents were only allowed to get the birth certificate of the child they had adopted after the intervention of a federal judge. In another example, in December 2016 a judge in Arkansas appalled the judgment that only the biological parents can be named in the birth certificate of the child. This was actually a big blow to the rights of the same-sex parents. However, in another judgment in August of 2016, the top...