Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:30:41 +0000
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:30:41 +0000
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 Internet accounts of repeat copyright infringers, will come at a high cost, the organization says.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:32:54 +0000
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 Dutch movie company on the letterhead has nothing to do with the campaign, which turns out to be an elaborate scam.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:06:53 +0000
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 torrent, streaming, and direct download sites.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:28:46 +0000
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Economy Bill amendment that would've given the UK government the power to impose an anti-piracy code on Google has been withdrawn.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 in parliament, law lords were split over whether it will achieve its aims.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:46:36 +0000
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.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:15:15 +0000
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 his company to store certain data, a clear hindrance to innovation and productivity.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:44:32 +0000
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% of URLs it was asked to take down last month didn't even exist in its search indexes.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:36:28 +0000
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 that automated piracy filters are the way forward.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:57:11 +0000
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, bringing the total for the last four months to 290 sites.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:53:01 +0000
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.