BSA Pays Disgruntled Employees to Rat on ‘Pirating’ Bosses

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The Business Software Alliance, a trade group representing Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, is known to offer cash payments to people who help them find companies that run unlicensed software. Today we speak with an attorney who has represented more than 250 defendants in these cases, which are regularly triggered by disgruntled employees.

Police Conducting “World’s Largest” Pirate Box Crackdown

Police in Scotland say they are conducting the world's biggest 'pirate box' crackdown. Together with the Federation Against Copyright Theft, police are targeting sellers of Android-style set-top boxes and believe that thousands of pubs could be customers. In addition, three torrent sites have been closed down.

New Hollywood Injunction Blocks CouchTuner, Putlocker & More

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The major Hollywood studios of the MPA have obtained their first new High Court injunction in more than a year targeting so-called 'pirate' sites. The latest order targets several leading streaming sites including CouchTuner, MerDB, Putlocker variants, Watchfree and Xmovies8.

Huge Billboard Protests VPN Blocking at Netflix HQ

Netflix's ongoing VPN crackdown is meeting fierce resistance from concerned users around the world. Today, privacy activists are driving a massive billboard around Netflix's headquarters, hoping the company will respect their privacy and reverse the broad VPN ban.

Fan-Created Movie Subtitle Site Operator Facing Prison

The operator of a site that hosted fan-made translated movie subtitles has been prosecuted in Sweden. Undertexter.se was raided by police in the summer of 2013, despite many feeling that the site had done nothing wrong. That is disputed by the prosecutor who says that the crimes committed are worthy…

Music Piracy Triggers Significant Losses, EU Study Shows

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New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that piracy hurts both digital and physical music sales. In EU countries the total losses are roughly 5% of yearly revenues, which equals €170 million. In addition, piracy also triggers secondary losses for governments and the public sector.

Hollywood Writers: Set-top Box Piracy Fears Are Overblown

Copyright holders and cable companies are fiercely against FCC's plan to open up the set-top box market. They fear that this will facilitate piracy and degrade security. As a notable exception, the Writers Guild of America West contradicts these concerns, arguing that more choice for consumers is likely to benefit…