Swedish Internet Users Face New Wave of Piracy Cash Demands

After fighting off one wave of copyright trolls last year, Sweden thought that would be the end of the cash demands. But a new wave is about to hit the country, involving British, German and Danish companies. Pulling the strings behind the scenes are familiar faces that are involved with…

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

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…

Dozens of Pirate Sites Targeted in New Aussie Crackdown

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.

Lawmakers Won’t Force Google to Police Piracy but Doubt Voluntary Code

A Digital Economy Bill amendment that would've given the UK government the power to impose an anti-piracy code on Google has been withdrawn. Instead, the voluntary agreement announced this week will be given a chance to do its job, but in parliament, law lords were split over whether it will…

Warner Bros. Settles With Company That Leaked Oscar Screeners

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…

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…

Music Industry Wants Piracy Filters, No Takedown Whack-a-Mole

A group of prominent music groups including the RIAA has asked the Copyright Office to help solve the "broken" and "ineffective" DMCA law. The current takedown provision results in a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, they say, arguing that automated piracy filters are the way forward.

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.