UK Police and PRS Shutdown Karaoke Torrent Site

The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and copyright and royalty group PRS for Music have teamed up for what appears to be a first-of-its-kind action. Arresting a 46-year-old man, this week police shutdown one of the Internet's few karaoke-focused BitTorrent trackers.

Mega Ponders Legal Action in Response to Damaging Paypal Ban

Two weeks ago PayPal closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega, citing pressure from Visa and MasterCard. The ban has undoubtedly hurt Mega's business, and CEO Graham Gaylard is in Europe to discuss possible legal repercussions against a report that's partly responsible for the ban

France’s New Online Piracy Battle Prepares For Launch

French Minister of Culture Fleur Pellerin has presented the country's new framework for dealing with online piracy. In addition to the graduated response system and site blocking, draining the financial resources of pirate sites will become a priority through greater cooperation with advertisers and payment processors.

Music Industry Demands Action Against “Pirate” Domain Names

Pressure is mounting on companies that provide domain name services to alleged pirate sites. Following in the footsteps of Hollywood and the U.S. Government, the music industry is now demanding strict anti-piracy measures. The EFF, however, notes that companies are not obliged to take action without a valid court order.

Ebook Library Punishes Anti-Piracy Outfit For Wrongful DMCA Notices

The Ultimate Ebook Library, TUEBL, is taking countermeasures against anti-piracy company MUSO for continued abuse of its DMCA takedown process. The ebook site is demanding the payment of a $150 fine, while threatening to ban MUSO's IP-addresses and restore previously removed books if the company fails to comply.

Rightscorp Hemorrhages Cash, Profit from Piracy Remains Elusive

The 'revolutionary' business model employed by the Internet pirate-chasers of Rightscorp Inc. is driving the company deeper into trouble with each passing year. Despite claims of protecting record copyrights and receiving settlements from record numbers of infringers, the company has just recorded a loss of $3.4 million for 2014.

UK ISPs Quietly Block Sites That List Pirate Bay Proxies

The UK website blocking bonanza has started to move in a dubious direction. Several Internet providers are now blocking access to websites that provide a list of Pirate Bay proxies. The sites in question do not host or link to any infringing material themselves and are purely informational.

Sky Will Hand Over Customer Data in Movie Piracy Case

The UK's second largest ISP is about to hand over the personal details of customers to a company known for demanding cash from alleged file-sharers. Sky Broadband says it will hand over the names and addresses of subscribers to TCYK LLC and warns customers that the movie company will probably…

Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Secrets Must Be Revealed, Court Rules

All records that are part of the now-closed case between Hotfile and the MPAA will be unsealed in the interests of the public. In a decision that will be a disappointment to the industry group, U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Williams declined a request from the MPAA who wanted to…

Movie Group To “Kill Piracy” By Not Releasing Movies For Months

There have been some radical solutions to online piracy in recent years but one coming out of India today is perhaps the most 'ambitious' so far. The Tamil Film Producer's Council says it is in discussion to stop releasing all films for at least three months which means that pirates…

Aussie Anti-Piracy Plans Boost Demand for Anonymous VPNs

Australians' interest in VPN services has skyrocketed after local ISPs announced plans for a three-strikes anti-piracy system. With potential lawsuits against consumers on the table, many subscribers are now planning ahead to stay on the safe side.