And The Movie File-Sharing Capital of The World Is….

New data collected by piracy monitoring firm MarkMonitor shows that the latest Hollywood blockbusters are most frequently shared from Russia, with America and Italy trailing behind. Per capita the results are completely different. Here the United Arab Emirates is in the lead, followed by Israel and Estonia.

Foul!!! Sony Orders Google to Censor The World Cup

This week an anti-piracy company reportedly working for Sony has tried to put an end to all the World Cup fun. In a wild series of complaints to Google, dozens of legitimate companies including ESPN, EA Sports, The BBC, Business Insider, Symantec and even FIFA itself have been accused of…

Dotcom’s Disruptive Music Service First to Support FLAC Streaming

After several years of development, Kim Dotcom's much-anticipated music streaming platform Baboom is gearing up for its public release. Baboom aims to disrupt the music industry by closing the bridge between artists and fans. This includes a higher revenue share for artists and free music streaming in a lossless format…

EU Commission Set to Unveil New Anti-Piracy Action Plans

The EU Commission will next week announce new strategies for dealing with online piracy and counterfeiting. These non-legislative measures will include an EU action plan aimed at fighting IP infringement, plus a strategy to protect and enforce IP rights in third countries. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the aim is to "follow the…

RIAA Reported 50 Million Pirate Links to Google

The RIAA has reached a new milestone in its ongoing efforts to get pirated content removed from the Internet. This week, the music industry group reported their 50 millionth URL to Google. Despite the search engine's swift removal policy, the RIAA sees pirated files reappearing almost immediately, calling it a…

Digital Content Online Should Be Free, Children Say

A new survey of young children and adults has found consensus on what should be charged for content online. In both groups, 49% said that people should be able to download content they want for free, with a quarter of 16-24 year olds stating that file-sharing was the only way…

MPAA Offers $20,000 Grants For “Unbiased” Piracy Research

The MPAA is inviting academics to pitch research proposals that aim to provide insight into the copyright challenges faced by the movie industry in the digital age. Researchers are being offered a $20,000 grant for projects that address various piracy related topics, including the impact of copyright law and the…

“Ignorant” Movie Boss & “Lying” ISP Fight Publicly Over Piracy

Disputes on the issue of piracy are commonplace, but it's much more interesting when they spill over into the public arena. Thanks to an argument between a movie studio and ISP, each former rivals in one of the world's biggest copyright liability disputes, the bitterness over BitTorrent downloads is now…

Court Hands Google a Worldwide Site Blocking Injunction

In what is being viewed as an over-broad action with serious implications, a Canadian court has ordered Google to completely block a group of websites from its worldwide search results. The ruling was handed down despite Google's protestations that the court has no jurisdiction over Google locally or in the…

Torrent Domain Suspensions Damage Credibility, Registry Says

When the police coerce registrars to suspend domain names there are a series of damaging knock-on effects, Iceland's top domain registry says. ISNIC says that it's difficult to repair the kind of damage suspensions cause to the credibility of top-level domains, something that could be avoided through better understanding of…

Flixtor Finds Anti-Piracy Investigator on Its Doorstep, Shuts Down

Flixtor, a popular Popcorn Time-inspired movie streaming application, has shut down after an investigator from the MPAA's Motion Picture Association Canada showed up on the developer's doorstep. The torrent search engine TorrentLookup.com, which was maintained by the same team, was also pulled offline voluntarily.