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Tech Giants Want to Punish DMCA Takedown Abusers

The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, has published an extensive research paper on the future of copyright in the digital landscape. One of the main suggestions is to extent current copyright law, so that senders of wrongful DMCA takedown notices face serious legal consequences. Show More Summary

Piracy: Hollywood’s Losing a Few Pounds, Who Cares?

Following news this week that a man is facing a custodial sentence after potentially defrauding the movie industry out of £120m, FACT Director General Kieron Sharp has been confronted with an uncomfortable truth. According to listeners contacting the BBC, the public has little sympathy with Hollywood. Show More Summary

T-Mobile Refuses to Block The Pirate Bay

The Austrian branch of T-Mobile is refusing to block access to The Pirate Bay and several other popular torrent sites. T-Mobile was asked to do so by a local music rights group, who want the ISP to voluntarily follow a court order that was issued against rival Internet provider A1. Show More Summary

Aussie Piracy Notices Delayed But Lawsuits Are Coming

As ISPs and rightsholders continue to fight over who will pay for Australia's "three strikes" anti-piracy regime, there is still no sign of when the program will begin. Nevertheless, Village Roadshow co-founder Graham Burke is already looking ahead - to the day when his company starts suing Aussie downloaders. Show More Summary

Streaming Site Operator Accused of £120m ‘Piracy Fraud’

A man from Northern Ireland has been accused of being part of an operation which could have defrauded the film industry out of £120m. Paul Mahoney, 30, who has pleaded guilty, allegedly made £300,000 from advertising revenue on several sites, including the now-defunct streaming portal FastPassTV. Show More Summary

Megaupload Wants U.S. Govt to Buy and Store its Servers

Megaupload's legal team is asking the court to preserve essential evidence hosted on its seized servers. The data is at risk of being destroyed and Kim Dotcom's lawyers argue that the authorities should buy the servers and transfer them to a safe facility where they can be preserved at the Government's cost. Show More Summary

UK Police ‘Hijack’ Ads on 251 Pirate Sites

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveals that City of London Police have targeted the ad revenue of 251 suspected pirate sites, replacing their banners with anti-piracy messaging. The police won't reveal the domain names as that would raise their profiles, but the most prominent pirate sites are believed to be included. Show More Summary

75,000 Popcorn Time Users in Crosshairs of Anti-Piracy Group

The Norwegian division of Rights Alliance says it has gathered data on tens of thousands of Popcorn Time users and is now considering its next steps. A change in the law allows the Hollywood affiliated anti-piracy group to monitor suspected Internet users and it is now warning of "a surprise in the mail" this fall. Show More Summary

Former Megaupload User Asks Court to Return His Files

Millions of users lost access to their personal files when Megaupload was raided, and after nearly four years their files are still stashed away in a Virginia warehouse. The company that owns the servers wants to get rid of them, so former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin has once again asked the court if he can have his files back. Show More Summary

Pirate Music Site Op Pleads Guilty, Faces Five Years in Prison

A man who operated websites offering unauthorized copies of music has pleaded guilty to several copyright infringement offenses. Rocky P. Ouprasith, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., operated the popular sites RockDizMusic and RockDizFile. He now faces up to five years in federal prison when he is sentenced later this year. Show More Summary

uTorrent Explores Options to Make Users Pay

The uTorrent team may switch to a new revenue model where it will ask users for money. The company says it will test several alternatives during the weeks and months to come but ensures that there will options for every budget. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

This Anti-Piracy Campaign Will Leave You Speechless

Anti-piracy campaigns come in all shapes and sizes and usually aim to prod the public into action. To capture the imagination they are often provocative, but just how far is too far? A new campaign for Virgin Radio is currently testing those boundaries to an extent rarely - if ever - seen before. Show More Summary

Torrent Trackers Ban Windows 10 Over Privacy Concerns

The level of Windows 10 paranoia reached new heights this week when reports suggested that Microsoft would wipe torrents and pirated software from people's hard drives. Nonsense, of course, but all the recent privacy concerns were enough to have the operating system banned from several torrent trackers. Show More Summary

Takedown Resistant ‘Hydra Proxy’ Launches to Beat Censorship

One year ago UK police noisily took down Immunicity, a site dedicated to providing access to blocked websites. To mark this anniversary a new platform titled Hydra Proxy has launched with the aim of providing a takedown resistant service for all. Show More Summary

MPAA Seeks New Global Anti-Piracy Vice President

The MPAA is seeking an individual to assist with the execution of its global anti-piracy strategies. Among other things, the new Vice President, Global Content Protection will be required to develop and manage relationships with high-level law enforcement officials around the world. Show More Summary

Spotify: Piracy May Surge Without a Freemium Option

Spotify is generally considered to be a piracy killer. Thanks to the company's ad-supported free tier it guarantees a smooth transition from the dark corners of the Internet to a fully licensed service. However, Spotify is now warning that without its freemium option, piracy may surge once again. Show More Summary

UK Piracy Police Asked Domain Registrars to Shut Down 317 Sites

Since its launch two years ago, the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has requested domain name registrars to suspend 317 pirate sites. A lot of requests were denied, but police say they don't know how many. Show More Summary

Court Orders 20 Big Piracy Sites Blocked in Denmark

Following a complaint filed by anti-piracy group Rights Alliance, 20 leading 'pirate' sites will soon be blocked in Denmark. The blocking order, handed down yesterday by a district court, will be respected by the country's leading ISPs following the signing of a piracy code of conduct in 2014. Show More Summary

Dallas Buyers Club Wants to Interrogate Suspected Pirates

The movie studio behind the movie Dallas Buyers Club continues to hunt alleged copyright infringers in the United States. In a new court filing the company explains the measures it takes identify the true pirates. As part of this strategy...Show More Summary

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