UK Considers Fines to Force Search Engines to Tackle Piracy

Proposed amendments to the UK's Digital Economy Bill have revealed a desire by some MPs to force search engines to tackle piracy. A new clause would require search engines to come to a voluntary arrangement with rightsholders, or face being forced into one by the government.

Major ‘Pirate’ Movie Streaming Site Fmovies Sued in US Court

The popular movie streaming service has only been around for a few months but already it's listed among the most popular websites on the entire Internet. This hasn't gone unnoticed by copyright holders including the Philippine media conglomerate ABS-CBN, which is suing the site in a U.S. federal court.

Repeat Infringers Can Be Mere Downloaders, Court Rules


A 10-year-old copyright case has prompted an interesting opinion from a US appeals court. In determining the nature of a "repeat infringer" (which service providers must terminate to retain safe harbor), the court found these could be people who simply download infringing content for personal use.

Aussie KickassTorrents Blocking Battle Continues, Despite Takedown


Despite KickassTorrents being taken offline during the summer, the battle to have clones and copies blocked by ISPs continued this week in the Australian Federal Court. Music industry groups and service providers argued over the implementation of blockades, with an old classic raising its head once again. Who will pay to protect the labels' copyrights?

Warner Bros. Claims Agency Ran its Own Pirate Movie Site


Warner Bros. says a talent agency effectively ran its own pirate site when it ripped DVD screeners and streamed them to associates via Google servers. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Innovative Artists stands accused of copyright infringement and breaching the DMCA after screeners under its control leaked to torrent sites.

Megaupload 2.0 Will Outsource File-Hosting and Prevent Takedown Abuse

The third incarnation of the popular Megaupload service just completed its first investment round, crowdfunding over a million dollars. With Kim Dotcom as the chief evangelist, the service hopes to revolutionize the file-sharing space next year. Interestingly, Megaupload 2.0 plans to outsource most of the storage to third-party providers and will manually review all takedown requests

Police Confiscate Hundreds of Computers Over Movie Piracy Allegations


Copyright trolling is usually handled in the civil courts but over in Poland, things are getting out of control. Police have reportedly visited hundreds of homes and seized hundreds of computers, each alleged to have shared a movie without permission. There are fears that up to 40,000 people could eventually be affected.