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.

“We Won’t Block Pirate Bay,” Swedish Telecoms Giant Says

Last week's landmark ruling compelling a Swedish ISP to block The Pirate Bay won't spread quickly, despite copyright holders' wishes. Telecoms giant Telia says that the ruling does not apply to them, so connectivity to the site will continue unless a court orders otherwise. Copyright holders are assessing their options.

Online Piracy Can Boost Comic Book Sales, Research Finds

A new academic study shows that piracy can have a positive effect on comic book sales under some conditions. The empirical research, which zooms in on Japanese Manga comics, suggests that sales of ongoing comics dip when pirated versions are more readily available, while those for completed series go up.

Kim Dotcom Extradition to Go Ahead, But Not on Copyright Grounds

The New Zealand High Court today ruled that Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, but it won't be on copyright grounds. After months of deliberation, Justice Murray Gilbert agreed with the US Government's position that this is a fraud case at its core, an offense that is extraditable.…

Search Engines and Rightsholders Sign Landmark Anti-Piracy Deal

After well over half a decade of backroom meetings facilitated by the UK Government, search engines and major rightsholder groups have signed an anti-piracy agreement. Both sides agreed on a deal in which search engines will delist and demote pirated content, faster and more effectively than before. The voluntary agreement,…

Pirate Site With No Traffic Attracts 49m Mainly Bogus DMCA Notices

It's likely you've never heard of mp3toys.xyz since the site has very little traffic. However, thanks to a bungling anti-piracy outfit, the site is now the second most complained about 'pirate' site on the Internet, with Google receiving more than 49 million notices in just over six months.

Is Megaupload’s ‘Crime’ a Common Cloud Hosting Practice?

Five years ago the US Government launched a criminal case against Megaupload and several of its former employees. One of the main allegations in the indictment is that the site only deleted links to copyright-infringing material, not the actual files. Interestingly, this isn't too far off from what cloud hosting…

Kids Shouldn’t Use the Internet, Russia’s Site-Blocking Chief Says

The head of Rozcomnadzor, the body that oversees website-blocking in Russia, made a shocking statement this week. According to Alexander Zharov, children under ten years of age shouldn't use the Internet, and there's "nothing good" about a three-year-old who uses a tablet to watch cartoons.

Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers

A District Court judge in Seattle has taken a novel approach in a series of default judgments targeting alleged BitTorrent pirates. Since the defendants are accused of sharing files in the same swarm, they should also share the penalty among each other, the judge argues. According to the order, these…