Swedish Police Want to Block The Pirate Bay & Seize Domains

Sweden's national coordinator for IP enforcement has advised the government that sites like The Pirate Bay should be blocked by ISPs without need for lengthy court battles. Furthermore, since their domains are effectively tools for committing crimes, they should be seized while preliminary investigations are underway.

Prince Fights Piracy From Beyond the Grave

Prince may have gone forever but his music lives on, selling millions of copies in the days after his death. However, to ensure that life for those unwilling to pay isn't being made too easy, Google has been receiving thousands of requests to remove links to pirate Prince songs, takedowns…

Pirate Bay Gets a ‘Massive’ $9 in Donations, Per Day

When The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites started accepting Bitcoin donations a few years ago, copyright holders voiced concerns about this new 'unseizable' revenue stream. Thus far, this fear seems unwarranted with TPB raking in an average of $9 per day in Bitcoin donations over the past year. While…

Hulu Tracks Pirates to Decide What to Buy

With millions of paying subscribers in the United States, Hulu is one of the leading video streaming services. The company is battling with other services to license the best content, and as part of this quest it uses piracy data to see what is popular among potential viewers.

Portugal Blocks 330 Pirate Sites in Just Six Months

After the signing of a memorandum of understanding between rightsholders and ISPs last summer, Portugal is already a pirate site block world leader. In a matter of months the country has blocked an astonishing 330 sites, a number that will increase in the months to come.

Aussie Gov Agency Endorses VPN Use to Reduce Piracy

The Australian Government's Productivity Commission has endorsed the use of VPNs and similar unblocking tools to give consumers greater choice. The agency says that new anti-piracy legislation has had only a "modest impact" on infringement so improved access to legal content is the preferred solution.

Canadian Movie Pirates Targeted in Reverse Class Action

U.S.-based movie company Voltage Pictures has initiated fresh legal action in Canada aimed at forcing settlements from alleged pirates. Unusually, Voltage is seeking remedy via a reverse class action, demanding an injunction, damages and costs against an unspecified number of Internet users.

UK Pirate Site Blocking Whack-A-Mole Continues

UK Internet providers have added more than 140 URLs to the national pirate site blocklist. The expansion follows a request from copyright holders who frequently add new proxies for sites that have previously been barred. One of the main targets in the latest round is Unblocked.re, but the operators inform…

Language Creation Society Backs Star Trek Spin-off in Klingon Copyright Battle

The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is turning into a copyright battle over the Klingon language. This week the Language Creation Society submitted an amicus brief in support of the filmmakers, arguing that the use of the Klingon language shouldn't be restricted…

U.S. Labels Switzerland an Internet Piracy Haven

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published its annual Special 301 Report calling out other nations for failing to live up to U.S. IP enforcement standards. This year European ally Switzerland has been placed on the Watch List for protecting file-sharers and playing host to many pirate…