Warner Pays $14 Million For Illegitimate “Happy Birthday” Claims

After raking in dozens of millions in licensing fees, Warner/Chappell has admitted that it doesn't own the rights to the song "Happy Birthday". The music company has agreed to set aside a $14 million settlement fund for people who paid to use Happy Birthday in public. In addition, the court has been asked to enter the song into the public domain.

Dallas Buyers Club Gives Up Chasing Pirates in Australia

Dallas Buyers Club has finally given up on its mission to demand cash settlements from alleged movie pirates in Australia. It's believed the company has made large amounts of money from the activity in other jurisdictions but will not do so Down Under after failing to convince a judge it…

Non-Existent ‘Pirate Site’ Added to National Blocklist

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The voluntary anti-piracy agreement between anti-piracy groups and ISPs in Portugal has resulted in more collateral damage. The country's piracy blocklist was recently updated with a non-existent domain name, presumably after one of the parties involved made a typo.

KAT Adds Torrent Streaming: Expect Bloodshed, Tech Devs Warn

Following moves by The Pirate Bay to introduce on-site video streaming, today KickassTorrents implemented the same feature. The people at Torrents-Time, the people behind the technology, say that the development marks the start of a revolution. "Expect a bloodshed," they warn.

Kim Dotcom’s Extradition Appeal Set For August

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The United States government will have to wait another six months for the appeal in the Kim Dotcom extradition case to be heard. A judge in the High Court in Auckland has just denied US requests for Dotcom's appeal to be fast-tracked, instead setting a date for this coming August.

Hollywood Wants to Shut Down Pirate Bay’s Streaming Technology

The streaming technology freshly embedded into The Pirate Bay is under fire from the Hollywood-backed anti-piracy outfit BREIN. Torrents-Time is an "illegal application" according to BREIN's lawyer but in a response the group behind the software warns the Hollywood-funded group to back off or face criminal proceedings for extortion.

Beware: Piracy Defense Lawyers Can Be “Trolls” Too

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Every month hundreds of people are sued for sharing copyrighted media through file-sharing networks, mostly BitTorrent. This practice is big business for copyright holders and lawyers alike. Unfortunately, however, not all defense attorneys appear to have the best interests of their clients at heart.

Hollywood Dealt With, Showbox Provokes Record Labels

Showbox is a hugely popular all-in-one application for viewing the latest movies and TV shows on Android platforms and, with a tweak or two, on desktop machines too. Quite possibly installed on millions of devices, Showbox has just added free Spotify-like music streaming functionality, a move that's bound to irritate…