MPAA Lobbyist / SOPA Sponsor to Draft Democratic Party Platform

The Democratic Party has appointed a committee tasked with drafting the party’s platform. The 15-member panel includes MPAA lobbyist Howard L Berman, an attorney and former U.S. Representative who not only co-sponsored SOPA and tried to enshrine P2P network sabotage in law, but has also been funded by Hollywood throughout his career.

Google Promotes Pirate Movie Ratings In Search Snippet

Google and Hollywood are not on the best of terms and this isn't going to change anytime soon. While the movie studios are urging Google to increase its anti-piracy efforts, the search engine is now overtly promoting movie ratings of a pirate site. The move is likely a mistake, but…

YouTube Threatens Legal Action Against Video Downloader

YouTube continues to crack down on sites and services that allow people to download videos from the site. Most recently, YouTube urged the operator of TubeNinja to cease his activities, or face potential legal action instead. For now, however, the video download service has no plans to change its course.

Police Target 50 Streaming Sites, Detain Five Suspects

Police in Italy are reporting the execution of a large operation against a network offering live sports, movies and TV shows online without permission. The Guardia di Finanza say they targeted 50 sites running on 41 servers located on three continents. Five suspects were detained in what police estimate to…

Paramount Cracks Down on “The Godfather” Pirates, After 44 Years

News

The all-time classic The Godfather is not too far away from its 50 year anniversary, but that doesn't mean Paramount Pictures is letting people pirate the movie without consequences. Over the past several months the movie studio has sent warnings targeting alleged pirates, including a mention of a potential lawsuit.

Ten Websites Hit With 70m DMCA Complaints in a Year

As copyright holders try to make copyrighted content harder to find, many send infringement reports to Google. According to the company's Transparency Report the top ten targets are focused on file-hosting, site unblocking, and music downloads. Google has received a staggering 70 million complaints about them - in the last…

BSA Pays Disgruntled Employees to Rat on ‘Pirating’ Bosses

Opinion

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…