Record Labels Sue Russian Facebook Over Large-Scale Piracy

After numerous warnings the music industry has run out of patience with vKontakte, Russia's equivalent of Facebook. Demanding more than $1 million in damages, this week Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music each filed separate lawsuits in Russia, accusing the social network site of facilitating large-scale copyright infringement.

Court Orders ISPs to Unblock “Pirate” Site

The Court of Appeals in Rome, Italy, has recalled a blocking order against the video streaming site Filmakerz.org, arguing that it was too broad. In its order the Court specified that partial blocking of a specific URL is preferred over site-wide bans, and that copyright-infringing sites must have a for-profit…

Police Prepare to Place Banner Ads on Pirate Sites

As police, copyright holders and advertising companies work together to reduce revenue to sites allegedly engaged in copyright infringement, a new tactic has emerged. According to the Federation Against Copyright Theft, police are working to influence consumer behavior by placing ads on the sites themselves.

Saudi Arabia Government Blocks The Pirate Bay (and More)

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture and Information has blocked access to The Pirate Bay, for reasons yet unknown. In addition to the notorious torrent site, Torrentz.eu, Rarbg and possibly several others are blocked too. As always, local users are already discussing ways to work around the restrictions.

EZTV Fights Piracy By Going Much Further Than Google

In its biggest makeover in half a decade, the world's most popular TV torrent site EZTV has implemented a revolutionary anti-piracy program. But while its operators were led to believe its transformation into a Google-like operation would solve most copyright issues, things appear to be getting worse.

Civil Rights Lawyer To Fight U.S. Govt. in Internet Piracy Case

Two individuals accused of millions of dollars worth of Android piracy signed plea agreements with the U.S. Government last week, but at least one other defendant has different things in mind. With the hiring of a "much-feared civil rights lawyer", the former operator of Applanet is going on the offensive…