Premier League Wins New ISP Piracy Blocking Order


The Premier League has won an injunction from the Commercial Court in Ireland to have live 'pirate' streams of its football matches blocked by local ISPs. Under the order, ISPs Eircom, Sky, Virgin and Vodafone will respond to real-time information supplied by the League's anti-piracy partners. The injunction mirrors a similar program previously established in the UK.

Court Questions Whether Ebook ‘Pirate’ Site Operator Can Be Sued in Texas

Earlier this year, author John Van Stry sued Travis McCrea, the former leader of the Pirate Party of Canada, over his eBook download platform, The US-based author sued McCrea in a Texas court demanding more than $200,000 in damages and costs. In an order handed down Friday, a Judge questions whether the Court has personal jurisdiction over McCrea. Even if it does, the damages immediately available to Van Stry could be a relatively paltry $9,000

UK Pirate Site Blocking Requests Have Stopped, For Now


A few years ago, movie and music industry companies would regularly go to the UK High Court to demand pirate site blockades. These efforts, which were previously seen as an essential tool to combat infringement, have stopped for now. It appears other anti-piracy endeavors have priority instead.

Magnificent BitTorrent Speed or Half-Baked Magic Beans?


On July 9, BitTorrent Inc. released a much-heralded and new version of uTorrent that promises to make downloads faster while earning seeders BitTorrent Tokens (BTT). The big question is whether it delivers what it promises in the client. Our own initial tests suggest it does not.

DISH Sues Hosting Company & ‘Pirate’ IPTV Customer

US-based broadcaster DISH Networks is suing yet another IPTV provider in the United States, but with a twist. In a lawsuit filed at a Delaware federal court, DISH claims that East IPTV illegally retransmits its channels via the Internet. However, the broadcaster is also suing East's hosting provider, for failing to respond to numerous takedown demands.

Judge Denies $10K Default Judgment Against Alleged Pirate


Adult entertainment company Malibu Media recently requested a default judgment of more than $10,000 against an alleged pirate. While the accused man didn't put up a defense, a federal court in New Jersey denied the request, noting that an IP-address alone is not sufficient evidence.