Are You Sure You Want That DMCA Takedown to Be Permanent?

A content industry dream is to order infringing content to be taken down and for it to remain down permanently, no matter what. That's currently outside the scope of the DMCA, but some anti-piracy outfits are already trying their luck by suggesting that content should never reappear. Perhaps it wouldn't…

Pirate Bay’s Oldest Torrents Are ‘Teenagers’ Now

The oldest torrents on The Pirate Bay are turning thirteen years old, which means that they're 'teenagers' now. While it's not unprecedented for a website to be online for this long, keeping a torrent 'alive' through all these years is a rather impressive accomplishment.

Rightscorp Boss Signs Deal That Could Be Bad News For Pirates

The new CEO of failing anti-piracy Rightscorp has signed a deal that will see him being paid large sums of money if he can turn the company around. How that will be achieved remains to be seen, but with the pool of file-sharers getting smaller and ever-harder to track, a…

Lawyers & Academics Warn UK Against Criminalizing File-Sharers

A group of campaigners, copyright scholars and lawyers have sent a letter to the UK Government, urging it to narrow the definition of online criminal copyright infringement in the Digital Economy Bill. The signees warn that the current definition of criminal copyright infringement is too broad and could be used…

Netflix Gets Serious About Its Anti-Piracy Efforts

Since Netflix's priorities are shifting more to the production of original content, piracy is also turning into a more serious problem. The company wasn't very concerned about copyright infringement in the past, but today it has its own "Global Copyright Protection Group" and an anti-piracy focus that's on par with…

20th Century Fox & Dreamworks Blackmailed Over The Boss Baby Leak

A man extorted cash from 20th Century Fox & Dreamworks after he obtained a leaked copy of their upcoming movie The Boss Baby. The studios were told to pay a bitcoin ransom to avoid the animated comedy leaking onto the Internet before its March 31 premiere. After an amount was…

US Ambassador Asks Vietnam to Target 123movies, Putlocker and Kisscartoon

While copyright industry groups frequently call on governments to take action against pirate sites, it's not often that we see such requests on the highest diplomatic level. That's exactly what happened this week, when the US Ambassador to Vietnam called on the local Government to criminally prosecute the movie streaming…

Australia Shelves Copyright Safe Harbor For Google, Facebook, et al

In a surprise setback for companies such as Google and Facebook that leverage user-generated content, Australia has dropped plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions. The move follows intense pressure from copyright holders, who said that a change in the law would hurt artists' ability to get fairly paid…