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Swedish Internet Users Face New Wave of Piracy Cash Demands

After fighting off one wave of copyright trolls last year, Sweden thought that would be the end of the cash demands. But a new wave is about to hit the country, involving British, German and Danish companies. Pulling the strings behind...Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Measures Shouldn’t Stifle Free Speech, EFF Says

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned the Copyright Office that aggressive copyright enforcement policies could stifle innovation, free speech, and other basic human rights. Anti-piracy filters, website blockades, and terminating...Show More Summary

Movie Company Issues Warning Over Fake “Piracy” Fines

Automated piracy fines and settlement letters have become a serious threat in several countries. This week several Dutch Internet users received a letter in the mail, asking them to pay a small "settlement" to avoid worse. However, the...Show More Summary

Dozens of Pirate Sites Targeted in New Aussie Crackdown

As Australians get used to the idea of The Pirate Bay being blocked by ISPs, more obstacles are on their way. Movie company Village Roadshow has initiated new legal action, targeting dozens of domains belonging to some of the most popular...Show More Summary

Lawmakers Won’t Force Google to Police Piracy but Doubt Voluntary Code

A Digital Economy Bill amendment that would've given the UK government the power to impose an anti-piracy code on Google has been withdrawn. Instead, the voluntary agreement announced this week will be given a chance to do its job, but...Show More Summary

Warner Bros. Settles With Company That Leaked Oscar Screeners

Warner Bros. has reportedly settled its lawsuit against a talent agency it accused of running a pirate movie platform. Innovative Artists allegedly ripped DVD screeners and streamed them to associates via Google servers, something which led to movies ending up on torrent sites. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Google: With No Fair Use, It’s More Difficult to Innovate

Unlike the United States where 'fair use' exemptions are entrenched in law, Australia has only a limited "fair dealing" arrangement. As a result, Google's head of copyright William Patry says that Australia wouldn't be a safe place for...Show More Summary

Google: 99.95% of Recent ‘Trusted’ DMCA Notices Were Bogus

In comments submitted to a U.S. Copyright Office consultation, Google has given the DMCA a vote of support, despite widespread abuse. Noting that the law allows for innovation and agreements with content creators, Google says that 99.95%...Show More Summary

Music Industry Wants Piracy Filters, No Takedown Whack-a-Mole

A group of prominent music groups including the RIAA has asked the Copyright Office to help solve the "broken" and "ineffective" DMCA law. The current takedown provision results in a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, they say, arguing...Show More Summary

Italy Blocks 290 ‘Pirate’ Movie & TV Show Domains in 4 Months

Authorities in Italy are continuing a huge crackdown on sites involved in the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content. This week the domains of another 41 platforms offering first-run movies, TV shows, and live sports were targeted,...Show More Summary

Court: Hosting A Pirate Site Doesn’t Equal Copyright Infringement

A Federal Court in California ruled that Steadfast is not automatically liable for hosting an alleged pirate website. In a tentative order favoring the Chicago-based hosting provider, Judge Wu fails to see sufficient evidence to support a secondary liability claim. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

“We Won’t Block Pirate Bay,” Swedish Telecoms Giant Says

Last week's landmark ruling compelling a Swedish ISP to block The Pirate Bay won't spread quickly, despite copyright holders' wishes. Telecoms giant Telia says that the ruling does not apply to them, so connectivity to the site will continue unless a court orders otherwise. Show More Summary

Online Piracy Can Boost Comic Book Sales, Research Finds

A new academic study shows that piracy can have a positive effect on comic book sales under some conditions. The empirical research, which zooms in on Japanese Manga comics, suggests that sales of ongoing comics dip when pirated versions...Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom Extradition to Go Ahead, But Not on Copyright Grounds

The New Zealand High Court today ruled that Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, but it won't be on copyright grounds. After months of deliberation, Justice Murray Gilbert agreed with the US Government's position that this is a fraud case at its core, an offense that is extraditable. Show More Summary

Search Engines and Rightsholders Sign Landmark Anti-Piracy Deal

After well over half a decade of backroom meetings facilitated by the UK Government, search engines and major rightsholder groups have signed an anti-piracy agreement. Both sides agreed on a deal in which search engines will delist and demote pirated content, faster and more effectively than before. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 02/20/17

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Doctor Strange' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Moana'. 'Arrival' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Brave: A Privacy Focused Browser With Built-in Torrent Streaming

Brave is a new privacy and security focused web browser with built-in support for torrent downloading and streaming. The browser allows seasoned downloaders and complete novices to get their torrent fix instantly, without any hassle. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Pirate Site With No Traffic Attracts 49m Mainly Bogus DMCA Notices

It's likely you've never heard of mp3toys.xyz since the site has very little traffic. However, thanks to a bungling anti-piracy outfit, the site is now the second most complained about 'pirate' site on the Internet, with Google receiving...Show More Summary

Is Megaupload’s ‘Crime’ a Common Cloud Hosting Practice?

Five years ago the US Government launched a criminal case against Megaupload and several of its former employees. One of the main allegations in the indictment is that the site only deleted links to copyright-infringing material, not the actual files. Show More Summary

Kids Shouldn’t Use the Internet, Russia’s Site-Blocking Chief Says

The head of Rozcomnadzor, the body that oversees website-blocking in Russia, made a shocking statement this week. According to Alexander Zharov, children under ten years of age shouldn't use the Internet, and there's "nothing good" about...Show More Summary

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