MPAA Recruits Software Programmer to Combat Piracy

In its ongoing war against online piracy, the MPAA is currently hoping to recruit a software developer. The Hollywood group is looking for savvy candidates who can help develop data gathering tools for enforcement purposes and to monitor, investigate and report on copyright infringement.

Comcast Sends Spongebob ‘Pirate’ 44 Letters For One Download

A Comcast subscriber was bombarded with 44 copyright infringement notices after his brother downloaded a Spongebob torrent. The notices, which were mailed to the subscriber's house in individual envelopes, warn of a possible account termination but are thus far without consequence.

Anti-Piracy Group Hits Indie Creators For Using the Word ‘Pixels’

An anti-piracy firm working for Columbia Pictures has hit Vimeo with a wave of bogus copyright takedowns just because people used the word 'Pixels' in their video titles. Several indie productions are affected, including an art-focused NGO, an award-winning short movie and a royalty free stock footage company.

EFF Told to “Shut the Hell Up” About SOPA

Warnings from the EFF this week that Hollywood is making renewed efforts to obtain SOPA-like powers over Internet companies has touched a nerve, with filmmakers and anti-piracy activists attacking from all angles. The EFF should stop talking about the past, its critics say, and admit that the Internet won't get…

Sky News’ Live Stream Shut Down By Fox News DMCA Notice

The official live stream of Sky News has been pulled from YouTube after a copyright complaint from competing news outlet Fox News. Instead of the latest news, visitors to Sky News' website are greeted with a black screen stating that Sky violated Fox's copyrights.

Torrent Site Proxies Rife With Malware Injecting Scripts

New research shows that torrent site proxies, which are often used to access blocked sites, are rife with malware and suspicious ads. From a sample of more than 6,000 sites more than 99% were found to insert their own code. According to researcher Gabor Szathmari some of these sites pose…

Millions of Songs Deleted in Piracy Crackdown

After issuing a stern warning last month which ordered the country's streaming music providers to stop offering unlicensed tracks, the Chinese government is reporting progress. Following the expiration of a July 31 deadline, the National Copyright Administration says that more than two million songs have already been deleted.

iTunes is Illegal Under UK Copyright Law

The High Court recently overturned private copying exceptions introduced last year by the UK Government, once again outlawing the habits of millions of citizens. The Intellectual Property Office today explains that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer permitted, and neither is backing up your computer if it contains…

Russia Mulls Anti ‘Cut-and-Paste’ Piracy Law

Russia's efforts to bring copyright infringement under control could take a new direction in the fall. According to the deputy head of the Duma Committee on information politics, parliament will be considering new legislation to protect online media publications from 'cut-and-paste' piracy.

RIAA Asks BitTorrent Inc. to Block Infringing Content

The RIAA has asked uTorrent creator BitTorrent Inc. to come up with ways to stop infringement of its members' copyrighted content. In a letter sent to BitTorrent Inc's CEO, the RIAA's Executive Vice President of Anti-Piracy points to BitTorrent's DHT system and asks the San Francisco-based company to live up…

Copyright Troll Asks Court to Ban the Term ‘Copyright Troll’

Adult movie studio Malibu Media has asked the Indiana federal court to ban negative terms during an upcoming trial against an alleged BitTorrent pirate. According to the copyright troll, descriptions such as "copyright troll," "pornographer" and "porn purveyor" could influence the jury.

German Court Will Issue Pirate Site Blocking Decision in November

Germany's Supreme Court says it will hand down a decision on the country's first 'pirate' website blocking case in November. The case was initiated by infamous rightsholder group GEMA who are suing local ISP Deutsche Telekom for providing their customers with access to cyberlocker links site (now