Microsoft: We’ve Always Had Freemium, It’s Called Piracy

New comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella suggest that luring people in with zero-cost products is of great interest to the company. However, while services such as OneDrive are free with premium options by design, Nadella says Microsoft has long had a freemium business model, but one that was forced…

4shared Demands Retraction Over Misleading Piracy Report

Popular file-hosting service 4shared has criticized a "defamatory" report in which it was branded a "shadowy cyberlocker." 4shared explains that it takes extensive measures to deter pirates and is now demanding a public retraction of the damaging report.

Kim Dotcom Must Reveal Everything He Owns to Hollywood

Kim Dotcom has failed in a bid to keep his personal finances a secret from Hollywood. They will now be revealed to the studios, but the public will remain in the dark. In a separate High Court ruling, Dotcom was refused a judicial review after being denied access to documents…

The Soaring Financial Cost of Blocking Pirate Sites

How much does it cost copyright holders and ISPs when pirate sites are blocked in the UK? Until now the sums involved have remained largely in the dark but a High Court order has shone some unexpected light on the process. The figures make uncomfortable reading, and could be about…

Jennifer Lawrence Gets Google to Censor Leaked Pictures, Sort Of

Like many other "hacked" celebrities, Jennifer Lawrence is not happy that her leaked nudes are being distributed freely on the Internet. To deal with the fallout she sent her lawyers after sites helping to distribute the photos. This includes Google, who took action this week after a careful inspection of…

Uploaded.net Liable For Failing to Delete Copyright Content

Uploaded.net has been found liable for not deleting copyright content in a timely manner. An anti-piracy company informed the file-hoster of the infringement via email, but Uploaded claimed not have been aware of the notice. The Regional Court of Hamburg has now ruled that Uploaded is liable, even if no…

United States Hosts Most Pirate Sites, UK Crime Report Finds

The latest UK IP Crime Report reveals that significant progress is being made in the fight against online piracy but still many challenges remain. One of the main problems traces back to U.S. hosting companies, who according to the report give shelter to most of the investigated pirate sites.

High Court Orders ISPs to Block Counterfeiting Websites

In a landmark ruling handed down this morning the High Court has ordered several of the UK's leading ISPs to block websites dealing in counterfeit products. The decision follows legal action by Richemont, the owner of several luxury brands including Cartier and Montblanc.