The MPAA and the Donuts domain registry have announced a new partnership aimed at curtailing movie and TV show piracy. Donuts controls the .movie gTLD so the arrangement is symbolic for the MPAA, but how will it work in practice? TF has obtained details of the deal which could act as a blueprint for future voluntary agreements.
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…
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…
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.
The MPAA, RIAA and other entertainment industry groups are unhappy with how the Canadian Government is approaching the problem of online piracy. The country remains very appealing to pirate sites, they claim, while ISPs often fail to warn infringing subscribers effectively.
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.
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.
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.
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.