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Prominent Legal Experts Rally Behind Megaupload

A group of prominent legal experts, including the Cato Institute, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Institute for Justice have come out in support of Megaupload and Kim Dotcom. The groups urge the appeals court...Show More Summary

Censoring Pirate Sites is Counterproductive, Research Finds

A new study has found that blocking access to torrent and linking sites results in the opposite effect. Instead of driving people towards legal websites and services, many of the blocked sites simply move to other domain names where they enjoy a significant and sustained boost in traffic. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Damages Debt Doubles, No One Pays a Penny

The four individuals convicted of operating The Pirate Bay were all ordered to pay copyright holders millions in damages but to date none have paid a penny. Pirate Bay financier and former multi-millionaire Carl Lundström isn't running to Hollywood with a sack of cash either. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Warns Users Against Malware and Scams

Popcorn Time has issued a warning against scammers who abuse the popular brand to trap people into downloading malware or paying for access. To guide users in the right direction and prevent future complaints, the developers are sharing some handy tips and tricks. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.

TPP: U.S. May Not Force DMCA on Other Countries

A recently leaked copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership's 'Intellectual Property' chapter has revealed a United States prepared to accept intermediary liability frameworks already in place in some partner nations. This means that countries like Canada, for example, would not have to adopt a DMCA-style process. Show More Summary

TPP: U.S. May Accept Partners’ Own ISP Liability Frameworks

A recently leaked copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership's 'Intellectual Property' chapter has revealed a United States prepared to accept intermediary liability frameworks already in place in some partner nations. This means that countries like Canada, for example, would not have to adopt a DMCA-style process. Show More Summary

David Guetta: Piracy Brings Fans to My Concerts

For more than a decade piracy has been a hot topic in the music industry. While some of the major labels have tried to eliminate the problem by taking pirates to court, others prefer a more positive approach. DJ and producer David Guetta says that the industry should embrace piracy, noting that it helps him to sell out concerts. Show More Summary

Israeli Court Lifts Ineffective Popcorn Time Ban

Israeli Internet providers are no longer required to block access to Popcorn Time websites. A District Court has lifted a preliminary injunction arguing that access restrictions are ineffective. The decision is a major disappointment for the local anti-piracy outfit ZIRA, which was also ordered to pay the legal fees of one of the ISPs. Show More Summary

‘Pirate’ Site Admin Ordered to Pay Hollywood $12.8m

The operator of a forum which linked to Hollywood movies, TV shows, music and software has been hit with a massive claim for damages. After previously being sentenced to one year in jail, the 26-year-old must now pay Hollywood at least $12.8m plus a further $4.4m to a pair of music groups and software giant Microsoft. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Was Worth Doing Prison Time For, Co-Founder Says

A few weeks after his release from Swedish prison, Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij returned to his home in Laos. Today he shares some thoughts on his time in prison as well as the future that lies ahead. Looking back, Neij concludes that considering the circumstances TPB was well worth doing time for. Show More Summary

Private Copying and UK Copyright Law – Not Dead Yet

Earlier this month several music industry organizations in the UK won a judicial review which renders the Government's decision to allow copying for personal use unlawful. Following this unexpected decision are UK citizens now breaking...Show More Summary

Court Drops Innocent Cox Subscribers From Piracy Lawsuit

Internet provider Cox is not required to hand over the personal details of several subscribers, a federal court in Virginia has ruled. The customers in question simply couldn't be guilty of copyright infringement because they had no Cox subscription at the time of the alleged offense. Show More Summary

Major Streaming Sites Must Be Blocked, Court Rules

After a prolonged legal battle, last year several leading Austrian ISPs were ordered to block major streaming sites Movie4K.to and Kinox.to. All but one of the ISPs appealed but now the Supreme Court has not only ruled against them, but ordered them to pick up the cost of blocking sites in the future. Show More Summary

Police Let Seized ‘Pirate’ Domains Expire, Some Up For Sale

A range of domains seized from 'pirate' sites by the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit have been released back into the wild. After displaying a banner declaring them criminal operations and racking up millions of hits, many domains are up for grabs once more while others display ads. Show More Summary

FBI Wants Pirate Bay Logs to Expose Copyright Trolls

Over the past months two Pirate Bay co-founders have been questioned by Swedish police, acting on behalf of the FBI. The officers were looking for information on Pirate Bay backups and logs as part of an investigation into the honeypot scheme of the notorious Prenda copyright trolls. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Blamed For Movie Streaming Piracy Explosion

Norway, a country that has reportedly all but eradicated music piracy, is reportedly facing a new piracy crisis. After a study found that the illegal streaming of movies and TV shows has doubled in a year, entertainment industry groups are now threatening to take action against users of Popcorn Time. Show More Summary

Tech Giants Oppose Broad Anti-Piracy Injunctions

The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, is protesting a broad injunction that would require search engines, ISPs and hosting companies to stop linking to or offering services to several "pirate" sites. Show More Summary

YouTube Doesn’t Have To Police Piracy Proactively, Court Rules

A court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that YouTube is not required to actively monitor user uploads for pirated content. The court found that YouTube is not liable for what users upload, but did stress that Google's video platform has to do more to combat copyright infringement. Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Lawfirm Defrauded Rightsholders Out of Millions

A lawfirm well known for its anti-piracy activities defrauded its entertainment industry clients out of millions, an investigation has found. Following an independent study by auditing company Deloitte, it's been revealed that an owner of the Johan Schlüter Law Firm illegally pocketed at least $15m. Show More Summary

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