Copyright Trolls Obtained Details of 200,000 Finnish Internet Users

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In general terms, Finland was targeted by copyright trolls fairly late in the day, during 2013. But according to information compiled by an NGO activist, they're certainly making up for lost time. Since December 2013, the Market Court has ordered local ISPs to hand over the personal details of more than 200,000 Internet users, so that copyright trolls can pursue them for cash settlements.

China Seriously Doubts Objectivity of US ‘Pirate Site’ List

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Every year the US Government pinpoints some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright-infringing venues. The USTR calls on foreign countries to take appropriate action in response, but not all are convinced of the objectivity of the "notorious markets" list. China's commerce ministry, for one, notes that the US claims lack conclusive evidence and relevant data.

Police Shut Down Pirate Streaming TV Provider, Three Men Arrested

Police have raided a pirate streaming TV service in Poland and arrested three men aged 30, 42 and 57. Authorities say that the provider initially offered accounts for free, then shifted customers onto subscription packages which generated the operators around 840,000 euros. A dozen computers, nine servers, decoders, and more than 60 storage devices were seized.

Linking Is Not Copyright Infringement, Boing Boing Tells Court

The popular blog Boing Boing has asked a federal court in California to drop the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against it by Playboy. With help from the EFF, Boing Boing argues that its article linking to an archive of hundreds of centerfold playmates is clearly fair use. Or else it will be "the end of the web as we know it," the blog warns.

Hollywood Asks New UK Culture Secretary To Fight Online Piracy

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Stan McCoy, president of the Motion Picture Association’s EMEA division, has penned an open letter to the UK's new culture secretary Matt Hancock. McCoy implies that more can be done to tackle online piracy, including dealing with pirate sites and illicit streaming devices. Considering the UK already has a considerable track record tackling all of these things, an eyebrow or two might be raised.

MPAA Wins $19.8 Million From Pirate Site Pubfilm

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A New York federal court has issued a default judgment against pirate streaming site Pubfilm in favor of the MPAA. The movie studios were granted nearly $20 million in statutory damages and an order to have the site's domain names permanently seized. Taking the site down completely might be easier said than done, however.

Judge Tells Movie Company That it Can’t Sue Alleged BitTorrent Pirate

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A federal judge in Oregon has told a movie company targeting a local Internet user that it won't be able to sue him for alleged movie piracy via BitTorrent. Judge Michael H. Simon informed the company behind the 2015 drama film Fathers & Daughters that since it didn’t possess exclusive rights as required under the United States Copyright Act, it has no standing to bring a lawsuit.

UK Government Teaches 7-Year-Olds That Piracy is Stealing

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The UK Government has expanded its copyright curriculum for small children, targeting them from the age of just five years old. By using cartoon videos with fictitious characters such as Kitty Perry, Ed Shealing, and Justin Beaver, it aims to educate kids on key intellectual property issues, including illegal downloading.