China Says It Will “Severely Strike” Websites Involved in Piracy

News

A new campaign launched by Chinese authorities is threatening tough action against any Internet site that assists in the unlawful online distribution of movies, TV shows, eBooks, and even news articles. Pirate sites and app stores will come under the spotlight while social media platforms will be subjected to "strict supervision."

Which Domain Names Are Safe From Copyright Bullies?

Opinion

In recent years many "infringing" domain names have been suspended following complaints from rightsholders. How these complaints are handled largely depends on the policies of the associated domain registries. In a new whitepaper, EFF and Public Knowledge give some helpful pointers to find out which domains are safe from copyright bullies, and which aren't.

Portugal’s Pirate Site-Blocking System Works “Great,” Study Shows

News

New research, commissioned by Hollywood, concludes that Portugal's voluntary pirate site-blocking system is very effective. It significantly reduced traffic to the country's most used pirate sites and serves as an example for other countries. The MPAA hopes that these results will help to export the anti-piracy measures across the globe.

Italian ISPs Say New Copyright Amendment Infringes Human Rights

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A copyright amendment approved by the Italian authorities breaches the EU convention on human rights, an ISP organization has warned. The law allows the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority to issue "take down, stay down" instructions to websites listing allegedly infringing content but without intervention from the judiciary.

Police Confirm ‘Extra’ Illegal Spying on Kim Dotcom

New Zealand Police have confirmed that Kim Dotcom was unlawfully surveilled for two months longer than previously admitted. The revelation is an embarrassment for local law enforcement and increases pressure on those responsible. Dotcom, meanwhile, is smelling blood: "What's next? What are the consequences?" he says.

Premier League Wins New Stream Blocking Injunction to Fight Piracy

The UK's Premier League has obtained a new High Court injunction that will enable it to continue the fight against illicit online soccer streaming next season. In common with an order obtained earlier this year, the new injunction will require ISPs to promptly block access to Internet servers illegally distributing Premier League content.

Google Challenges Canada’s Global Blocking Injunction in the US

News

In June, the Supreme Court of Canada ordered Google to remove a company's websites from its search results all over the world, not just in Canada. With options to appeal exhausted in Canada, this week Google filed for an injunction in the United States, arguing that the ruling violates the First Amendment.