“Rogue” Video Site Refuses to Pay Record $42m Piracy Fine

A video service labeled a "rogue site" by the United States Trade Representative was formally presented with a $42m copyright fine yesterday, but already a face-off has begun. China-based QVOD is allowed to appeal the record-breaking decision by local authorities but in the meantime must pay the fine anyway, something…

Spotify Wants to Convert More Music Pirates

The popularity of music streaming services has grown explosively in recent years. There are many competing services around, but there's also a huge untapped market of people who pirate music. In the years to come Spotify hopes to convert a large chunk of the latter group into paying consumers.

Hundreds of Paid Informants Help to Rat Out Software Pirates

The paid informants program of the Business Software Alliance, a trade group representing Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, is a great success. The group recruits informants through Facebook and other venues, offering them hard cash in return for a successful tip. According to a BSA executive, this approach has put a…

Movie Boss Loses the Plot Over ISP Piracy Liability

The fight between a movie studio and an Australian ISP has today taken another odd turn. Village Roadshow's co-CEO now suggests that iiNet must take responsibility for piracy in the same way a car manufacturer apparently would if one of its vehicles killed someone while being driven by a customer.…

‘Failed’ Piracy Letters Should Escalate to Fines & Jail, MP Says

UK ISPs have agreed to send their customers warning letters when they pirate movies, music and TV shows, but before the scheme starts thoughts are turning to its potential failure. The Prime Minister's IP advisor says 'VCAP' needs to be followed by something more enforceable, including disconnections, fines and jail…

Dotcom’s Internet Party Wants to Abolish “Geo Blocking” Restrictions

Kim Dotcom's Internet Party has proposed drastic changes to New Zealand's "outdated" copyright law. One of the key proposals is to legalize the circumvention of geo-blocking restrictions, so that Hollywood has an incentive to release content globally. In addition, the party also wants to get rid of Internet disconnections under…

Respect for File-Sharers’ Privacy Keeps Swiss on US Watch List

A 2010 decision by Switzerland's highest court to acknowledge the privacy rights of file-sharers effectively outlawed the tracking of BitTorrent users. That position means that the country occupies the new 2014 Watch List of the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus on Capitol Hill along with other problem nations China, Russia…

MPAA Targets Reddit Community Over Movie Piracy

The MPAA has asked Google to remove a Reddit community from its search results over piracy concerns. The movie industry group lists the "FullLengthFilms" subreddit in a recent takedown request, alongside several notorious pirate sites. Thus far Google has refused to take the page down, and Reddit hasn't taken any…

YouTube Terminates Top Indian News Network For Infringement

ZeeNews, which claims to be India’s largest news network with 140 million viewers, has this morning received the ultimate punishment from YouTube. The network's account has been terminated following "multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement" and that could mean there's no hope of a recovery.

UK ISPs Quietly Block More Torrent Site Proxies

Several UK Internet providers have quietly added a list of new domains to their secretive anti-piracy blocklists. TorrentFreak was able to confirm that several popular torrent site proxies were added over the past weekend. However, the blocked domains have been quickly replaced by new ones, continuing the cat-and-mouse game that…

BREIN Takes Pirate Bay Blocking Case to the Supreme Court

Anti-piracy group BREIN is refusing to back down in its attempts to have The Pirate Bay blocked in the Netherlands. After a big legal defeat in January, the Hollywood-backed group is now taking its case against a pair of local ISPs all the way to the Supreme Court. Both intend…

Large-Scale TV Show Piracy Blocking Request Heads to Court

A lawsuit hitting the Moscow City Court next month is aiming to deal with TV show piracy on a much broader basis than case-by-case takedowns. Brought by the local distributor of 15 shows including Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, the suit will aim to purge a wide range of…