Canadian Government Triggers Major Copyright Review

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The House of Commons has triggered a parliamentary review of Canada's Copyright Act, to be conducted by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. The music industry was quick to weigh in, congratulating government ministers and making it known that the so-called Value Gap, which concerns copyright takedown regimes and artist remuneration, will be high on the agenda.

Google Play Store Rejects App For Using the Word “BitTorrent”

Google Play has rejected a popular BitTorrent client because it uses the word "BitTorrent" in the full description. Apparently, Google now sees references to an open source transfer protocol as a no-go, stating that BitTorrent is another brand. While BitTorrent Inc. had the term trademarked years ago, the company didn't ask Google to take this action.

BitTorrent Inc. Emerges Victorious Following EU Trademark Dispute

BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the BitTorrent and uTorrent torrent clients, has emerged victorious following a long-running trademark dispute in Europe. The battle involved a German company, previously called Bittorrent Marketing GmbH, the EU Intellectual Property Office, the company itself, and an argument over a useless fax machine.

How The US Pushed Sweden to Take Down The Pirate Bay

A series of documents released by the US Department of State have revealed how Sweden was pressed to take action against The Pirate Bay. According to US officials, this directly led to law enforcement's decision to shut down the torrent site more than ten years ago. Sweden, meanwhile, avoided a spot on the feared US Trade Representative's 301 Watch List.

YouTuber Convicted For Publishing Video Piracy ‘Tutorials’

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A YouTuber in Brazil has been prosecuted and fined for publishing videos that explain how people can pirate content online using IPTV devices. A TV industry group took exception to the man's tutorials and the Court agreed they served no other purpose than to help people infringe copyright.

Treasure Trove of AACS 2.0 UHD Blu-Ray Keys Leak Online

A massive list of 72 AACS 2.0 keys is circulating on the Internet, allowing people to rip previously well-protected UHD Blu-ray discs. The leak is a massive setback for Hollywood and the licensing company AACS LA, who have done everything in their power to keep UHD discs secure.

16-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Running Pirate TV Service

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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested by police in France for running a pirate TV service. The ARTV website and its associated Android app offered 176 channels belonging to Canal +, M6, TF1 Group, France Télévision Group, Paramount, Disney, and FOX. The teenager now faces up to three years in prison and a 300,000 euro fine.

Screener Piracy Season Kicks Off With Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’

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It's that time of year again. The first DVD screener has just made its way onto various pirate sites. This year the honor goes to Louis C.K.'s "I Love You, Daddy," which was dropped by distributor The Orchard recently. The film was carefully chosen by release group Hive-CM8, who say that it would be a waste if nobody ever gets to see it.