Supreme Court Opens Door for Pirate Site Blockades in Germany

The German Supreme Court has today opened the door for ISP blockades of copyright infringing sites. In a landmark decision the court ruled that ISPs can be required to block websites if copyright holders fail to identify their operators or hosting providers.

Judge Worries That Piracy Lawsuits Will Flood Courts

The chief judge of an IP court in Finland has expressed concern that 'copyright-troll' piracy lawsuits will cause chaos if a law firm follows through with threats to sue hundreds of Internet users. Using the courts is the ultimate weapon to make alleged pirates settle but experts believe that copyright…

Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine

A software pirate is facing the most unusual punishment ever seen in a copyright infringement action. The man lost a case brought by an anti-piracy group but couldn't pay damages, so instead agreed to star in PSA showcasing his life as a pirate. If that film doesn't get 200K hits…

MPAA Wins $10.5 Million Piracy Damages From MovieTube

A group of major Hollywood studios have won a default judgment against the operators of MovieTube and several associated websites. The movie studios have been awarded a total of $10.5 million in statutory damages and control over a few dozen MovieTube domains, which were taken offline earlier this year.

Insurer Refuses to Cover Cox in Massive Piracy Lawsuit

Trouble continues for one of the largest Internet providers in the United States, with a Lloyds underwriter now suing Cox Communications over an insurance dispute. The insurer is refusing to cover legal fees and potential piracy damages in Cox's case against BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music.

Cox Has No DMCA Safe Harbor Protection, Judge Rules


Internet provider Cox Communications may be held liable for the copyright infringements of its subscribers, a Virginia District Court has ruled. According to the court, Cox failed to properly implement a repeat infringer policy and is not entitled to DMCA safe-harbor protection.

BREIN Stops and Settles With Popcorn Time Developers

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has tracked down two Popcorn Time developers who shared news of their work via Reddit. In response the devs have agreed to stop working on the popular streaming application and now risk a €2,000 per day fine if they violate their settlement agreement.