Dotcom’s Mega Removes Legal Files Citing Bogus DMCA Requests

In recent days thousands of files have been removed from Kim Dotcom's Mega, some based on bogus (DMCA) takedown notices. In some cases it takes just minutes before Mega disables access to users' files, claiming they've received a takedown notice from a copyright holder. Ironically, Mega also removed access to…

Russia Wants To Fine Websites For Poor Copyright Takedowns

The Russian government is proposing a fresh approach to the way website operators and service providers are expected to handle copyright takedowns. In a draft law the Ministry of Culture says that takedowns should be executed very quickly and failure to meet the deadlines will result in cash fines, 90…

3D Printing Can Turbocharge Mashup Culture

This is a guest post by Public Knowledge Vice President Michael Weinberg — Mashups are one of the great art forms of our time.  Although remixes, mashups, sampling, and collage predate the internet by decades (if not centuries), easy, accessible digital tools have allowed anyone to remix videos, music, and…

CBS and CNET Protest Looming BitTorrent Client Ban

CBS and CNET have asked a Californian federal court not to grant a ban on the distribution of file-sharing software through Download.com. They responded to a request for a preliminary injunction from a coalition of artists and billionaire Alki David who claim that CBS induces piracy. According to the media…

First Kiwi File-Sharer Guilty, But Lack of Evidence Kills Large Fines

New Zealand's Copyright Tribunal has handed down its first penalty to an Internet subscriber accused of downloading and sharing music without permission. While the case is a victory for the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, the details make it a rather hollow one. All attempts by the music industry…

TPB AFK: Parliamentary Immunity for The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay documentary TPB AFK will be officially released next week, but director Simon Klose decided to release another teaser a few hours ago. In the 2 minute clip Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde talks about their ongoing hosting troubles. In 2010 Hollywood obtained yet another injunction which requited…

University of Illinois Disconnects Pirating Students, Staffer Asked To Leave

The University of Illinois is taking complaints from copyright holders very seriously by disconnecting pirating students' Internet connections upon the first warning. After being sanctioned by a hearing officer students are allowed to come back online, but after the third strike they lose their Internet access permanently. University employees are…

Pirate Bay Founder Could Be Prosecuted For Hacking “Within a Month”

A Swedish prosecutor says that in a month's time he hopes to bring charges against Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm who is alleged to have hacked into an IT company working for Sweden's tax authority. Gottfrid's mother Kristina says that considering the huge resources committed to the investigation so far,…