Court Lifts Overbroad “Piracy” Blockade of Mega and Other Sites

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Mega and several other file-hosting services are accessible in Italy once again after a negotiated settlement with local law enforcement. Another unnamed site had to appeal its blockade in court but won its case after the court ruled that partial blocking of a specific URL is preferred over site-wide bans.

Finland Wants to Kill Crowdsourced Copyright Law

The future of copyright amendments crowdsourced by the Finnish public appear to be in doubt. The citizen-drafted proposals, which received 50,000 signatures, seek to decriminalize file-sharing, but Finland's Education and Culture Committee now wants to reject the historic initiative.

Miramax Demands Payment From Kill Bill Pirates

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Movie distributor Miramax is demanding cash from users of The Pirate Bay said to have downloaded movies including Tarantino's Kill Bill. The initiative is part of a partnership with anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, who will be hoping the effort helps to reverse a collapsing stock price.

Google Adds Custom Search Box For The Pirate Bay, and Others

Google's new and improved sitelinks section has introduced a novel feature that could prove unintentionally popular with Pirate Bay fans. Alongside the same feature for other sites, the search engine now displays a custom Pirate Bay search box complete with related AutoComplete suggestions. Needless to say, copyright holders are not…

NetNames Anti-Piracy Chief Moves to IFPI

The former Director of Piracy and Counterfeit Analysis at NetNames has left the company to join the music industry. Dr David Price, who has overseen major studies on Internet piracy including a recent one covering the cyberlocker market, has become the major labels' chief piracy researcher and analyst.

Research Warns Against Overestimated Movie Piracy Losses

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New research published by the independent research outfit APAS Laboratory reveals that downloading of movie CAM copies is mostly discovery based. There is no link between the number of illegal downloads and box office revenues. Instead, pirates appear to consume the camcorded movies that are most visible on torrent sites.

Firedrive Mystery Deepens, iOS and Android Apps Disappear

Popular video and cloud-hosting site Firedrive (previously Putlocker) appears to have lost all useful functionality. For almost a week the site has faced issues, and now most if not all videos have been replaced by movie studio intro titles. Only adding to the confusion, Firedrive's new iOS and Android apps…