Anti-Piracy Measures Shouldn’t Stifle Free Speech, EFF Says

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned the Copyright Office that aggressive copyright enforcement policies could stifle innovation, free speech, and other basic human rights. Anti-piracy filters, website blockades, and terminating Internet accounts of repeat copyright infringers, will come at a high cost, the organization says.

Movie Company Issues Warning Over Fake “Piracy” Fines

Automated piracy fines and settlement letters have become a serious threat in several countries. This week several Dutch Internet users received a letter in the mail, asking them to pay a small "settlement" to avoid worse. However, the Dutch movie company on the letterhead has nothing to do with the campaign, which turns out to be an elaborate scam.

Dozens of Pirate Sites Targeted in New Aussie Crackdown

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As Australians get used to the idea of The Pirate Bay being blocked by ISPs, more obstacles are on their way. Movie company Village Roadshow has initiated new legal action, targeting dozens of domains belonging to some of the most popular torrent, streaming, and direct download sites.

Warner Bros. Settles With Company That Leaked Oscar Screeners

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Warner Bros. has reportedly settled its lawsuit against a talent agency it accused of running a pirate movie platform. Innovative Artists allegedly ripped DVD screeners and streamed them to associates via Google servers, something which led to movies ending up on torrent sites.

Google: With No Fair Use, It’s More Difficult to Innovate

Unlike the United States where 'fair use' exemptions are entrenched in law, Australia has only a limited "fair dealing" arrangement. As a result, Google's head of copyright William Patry says that Australia wouldn't be a safe place for his company to store certain data, a clear hindrance to innovation and productivity.

Google: 99.95% of Recent ‘Trusted’ DMCA Notices Were Bogus

In comments submitted to a U.S. Copyright Office consultation, Google has given the DMCA a vote of support, despite widespread abuse. Noting that the law allows for innovation and agreements with content creators, Google says that 99.95% of URLs it was asked to take down last month didn't even exist in its search indexes.

Italy Blocks 290 ‘Pirate’ Movie & TV Show Domains in 4 Months

Authorities in Italy are continuing a huge crackdown on sites involved in the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content. This week the domains of another 41 platforms offering first-run movies, TV shows, and live sports were targeted, bringing the total for the last four months to 290 sites.