Scary UFC Copyright Propaganda Matters to Everyone

You're probably thinking, I don't watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship, why should I care about what they have to say? Well, when a world leader in PPV can obtain a website's member list and set about threatening to sue each and every one of them for simply viewing an unauthorized…

Paris Censors Street Artist Who Criticized Anti-Piracy Law

City workers in Paris have been instructed to remove political messages from street art this week, including several paintings protesting against local anti-piracy law 'Hadopi'. The irony of the situation is that an artist's work is being censored because it criticizes a law that's supposed to protect artists.

BSA Offers Facebook Users Cash If They Rat On Software Pirates

The Business Software Alliance, a trade group representing Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, is offering hard cash to Facebook users who report businesses that use unlicensed software. The anti-piracy group is running an ad-campaign luring people with the prospect of a "free" ski-trip.

Putlocker Rebrands as Firedrive, User Files Remain Intact

Putlocker, one of the world's most popular online storage services, disappeared this week without warning. In its place appeared a brand new site with a whole new look, leaving previous users of the service in a state of confusion. With Putlocker again cited as a notorious market in this week's…

Most Europeans Download and Stream Pirated Movies

Nearly 70% of all Europeans download or stream films for free, a new study from the European Commission reveals. The high costs of legal alternatives such as movie tickets and DVDs are the main justification, with release lags and limited availability also among the top reasons.

Australian Government Signals Online Piracy Crackdown

In a speech earlier today, Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis signaled a looming government crackdown on Internet piracy. In addition to a "three strikes" graduated response mechanism targeting Internet subscribers, Brandis indicated that ISPs could be forced to block websites that allow users to download or stream content without permission.

Nintendo Wants to Block Pirate Websites and Punish Game Pirates

Nintendo has asked the U.S. Government to put pressure on foreign countries to do a better job at tackling online piracy. The game company says it's suffering "huge losses" and calls for blocking of file-sharing websites and criminal prosecution against those who pirate games or facilitate copyright infringement.

Hyperlinking is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

Does publishing a hyperlink to freely available content amount to an illegal communication to the public and therefore a breach of creator's copyrights under European law? After examining a case referred to it by Sweden's Court of Appeal, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled today that…

Court Orders Domain Termination of Unauthorized Music Site

Following legal action initiated by a subsidiary of Warner Music, a Russian court has not only ordered an unauthorized music site's owner to pay damages for copyright infringement, but has handed down a first-of-its-kind ruling to terminate the site's domain name. As the owner of the Spotify-like operation signals his…

Pirate Bay Case Goes to Supreme Court Again

Former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde will file another appeal at the Swedish Supreme Court. He hopes that after several new EU rulings, the Court will agree that he cannot be held responsible for copyright infringements carried out by users of The Pirate Bay. Thus far, Sunde has yet to…

US Government Targets Pirate Bay and Other “Notorious” Sites

The US Government has today classified some of the largest websites as notorious piracy venues. The USTR list draws heavily on recommendations from copyright holders and includes popular torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay and cloud-hosting service RapidShare. DVD ripping software vendor Aiseesoft is also mentioned, even though its…

Record Labels Ask Court to Force ISP to Disconnect Music Pirates

The world's largest record labels have gone to court to force Ireland's second largest Internet service provider to take action against file-sharers. Following a failed bid three-and-a-half years ago, Sony, Universal and Warner are back with fresh action against UPC, demanding that the ISP implements a three-strikes-and-you're-out approach to its…