New Github DMCA Policy Gives Alleged Infringers a Second Chance

Github says it has made significant changes to the way it handles DMCA takedown notices. In an effort to boost transparency, the collaborative code repository says that whenever possible alleged infringers will get a chance to put things right before their content is taken down.

Leaked TPP Draft Reveals Tough Anti-Piracy Measures

Today Wikileaks released a new draft of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The intellectual property chapter covers a wide range of issues, from increased ISP liability, through extended copyright terms to criminalizing non-commercial piracy.

Pre-Release Music Pirate Pleads Guilty in Landmark Case

A second defendant has pleaded guilty following a private copyright infringement prosecution initiated by music group BPI. In the most notable case of its type ever brought in the UK, the man will be sentenced next month for distributing more than 8,000 pre-release tracks.

Freedom-Friendly Iceland Blocks The Pirate Bay

A music rights group has become the first organization to successfully force a copyright-focused website blockade in freedom-friendly Iceland. Following a District Court ruling, ISPs including Vodafone must now block The Pirate Bay and Deildu, Iceland's largest private torrent site.

Google Removes Pirate Bay Search Box and Links

After making headlines all over the Internet Google has decided to take down the sitelinks search box for The Pirate Bay. Perhaps worried that it may increase complaints from copyright holders, similar search boxes for other torrent sites have also been removed.

Pirates Become Biggest Political Party in Local Czech Election

The Czech Pirate Party has booked several surprise wins in the local elections. The party gathered 5.3% of the total vote in the capital city of Prague and became the biggest political party in Mariánské lázně, with 21%. As a result, there is a good chance that the city may…

Teen Pirates Pay For Movies More Often Than Non-Pirates

A new study carried out in Australia has found that most 12-17 year-old teens are not online pirates, with around 74% abstaining from the habit. However, those that do consume illegally tend to buy, rent and visit the movies more often than their non-pirating counterparts.

Anti-Piracy Group Plans to Block In Excess of 100 Sites

An anti-piracy outfit 'blockaded' by the Pirate Party last week in Austria has revealed its expanded plans for website blocking. The Hollywood-affiliated group says it will strive for blocks of sites numbering "in the low three digits" while applying to the court for more effective blocking technical solutions.

TVMC Battles Popcorn Time Via Google Play

While Popcorn Time continues to have its ups and downs, a new release aiming to muscle in on the famous app's patch has hit the Google Play marketplace. The team behind TVMC is billing the XBMC/Kodi based app as a safer alternative to Popcorn Time, but its availability via Google…

Popcorn Time Under “Legal Investigation,” Switches Domain

The Popcorn Time fork formally known as Time4Popcorn has permanently moved to a new domain name. The EURid registry told the developers that the original is under legal investigation, a matter that will take weeks to resolve. As a result of the domain troubles other forks have picked up in…

“Megaupload’s Imaginary Copyright Crimes Should be Dismissed”

The U.S. Government is trying to get their hands on the assets of Kim Dotcom and his fellow defendants through a civil lawsuit, claiming that they are the proceeds of crime. Megaupload's legal team is striking back against these allegations and informs the court that the Government's case is built…

Police Drop Charges Against Industrial-Scale ‘Pirate’

A raid and subsequent arrest hailed by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit as one of their most significant yet has taken an unexpected twist. After being accused of masterminding an "industrial scale" sports streaming operation, a UK man has had all of the charges against him dropped.