Court: ‘Falsely’ Accused ‘Movie Pirate’ Deserves $17K Compensation

An Oregon District Court has sided with a wrongfully accused man, who was sued for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler. According to the court's recommendations, the man is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation as the result of the filmmakers "overaggressive" and "unreasonable" tactics.

Pirate Bay Blocking Case Heads Back to Court in Sweden

In 2015, a coalition of copyright holders lost a court case which demanded an ISP blockade of The Pirate Bay in Sweden. A year later and Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music and Nordisk Film are back, hoping for a victory in a brand new court that could open the floodgates for widespread website blocking.

4shared’s Piracy ‘Fingerprint’ Tool Helps to Reduce Takedown Notices

4shared, one of the largest file-hosting services on the Internet, is building its own 'fingerprint' database of pirated music. Since the major rightholder groups are unwilling to participate, 4shared has taken the matter into its own hands. According to the site, this has helped to significantly reduce the number of takedown requests it receives.

Aussie Celebrities Join Campaign to Oppose Fair Use

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A campaign has been launched in Australia to prevent proposed changes to copyright law and the introduction of a "fair use" doctrine. Australia currently has a "fair dealing" provision but the royalties and anti-piracy group APRA AMCOS and its celebrity supporters are opposing rules that would provide more freedom.

Alphareign: DHT Search Engine Takes Public Torrents Private

AlphaReign is a relatively new torrent site that populates its index through BitTorrent's 'trackerless' Distributed Hash Table. Unlike other sites with public torrents, people need an account to try it out. The operator hopes that this will limit the number of DMCA takedown requests served on the platform, among other things.

Ten Years in Jail For UK Internet Pirates: How the New Bill Reads

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The Digital Economy Bill is currently at the report stage. It hasn't yet become law and could still be amended. However, as things stand those who upload any amount of infringing content to the Internet could face up to 10 years in jail. With the latest bill now published, we take a look at how file-sharers could be affected.

SACEM Provides Details on Recent Torrent Site Raids in France

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In recent weeks, French police targeted two huge pirate sites, What.cd followed by the even larger Zone-Telechargement. In an interview, the general secretary of anti-piracy outfit SACEM reveals further information about the latter, including arrests, seizure of overseas servers, real estate, and luxury cars.

Mandatory Piracy Filters May Violate EU Law, Scholars Warn

A group of prominent legal scholars has warned that the EU Commission's plans to modernize copyright law in Europe appear to be incompatible with EU law. One of the main problems is the mandatory piracy filter Internet services are required to use, which largely ignore existing case law and human rights.