BREIN ‘Hunts Down’ Pirate Media Player Vendors

Last month the European Court of Justice ruled that set-top boxes and similar devices can infringe copyright if they are sold pre-configured for piracy. With this decision in hand, anti-piracy group BREIN has pressured dozens of vendors to halt their sales. Those who fail to comply risk tens of thousands…

Hold ISPs Responsible For Piracy After Brexit, Music Biz Says

The powerful UK Music coalition, which includes the BPI and PRS, has published its 2017 manifesto. It takes a keen interest in IP issues, particularly post-Brexit. UK Music says that the UK's departure from the EU will provide a good opportunity to clarify issues with hyperlinking and also to hold…

Kim Dotcom Says Family Trust Could Sue Mega Investor

Kim Dotcom says the trustees of a trust set up for the benefit of his children could sue one of the most controversial figures in New Zealand. Dotcom says that businessman Bill Liu, who has just pleaded guilty to money laundering charges, unlawfully diluted the trust's majority share in file-hosting…

YouTube Keeps People From Pirate Sites, Study Shows

In recent months music industry insiders have heavily criticised YouTube, with some claiming that it hurts legal sales. A new research report commissioned by the video streaming platform suggests otherwise. The study shows that YouTube keeps people away from pirate sites, while there is no evidence of significant cannibalization.

Four Men Jailed For Running Pirate Movie Sites

Four people, including a board member of the Pirate Party, have been jailed for running a network of pirate sites. The men, aged between 21 and 31, ran streaming portal Dreamfilm and were involved in others including Piratehub and Tankefetast. They will serve between six and ten months in prison,…

Spotify’s Beta Used ‘Pirate’ MP3 Files, Some From Pirate Bay

Spotify is often credited as the music service most in tune with the 'pirate' mentality, having converted millions of former file-sharers in recent years. Interestingly, according to writer and researcher Rasmus Fleischer, a decade ago the site actually populated its beta with pirate MP3s, including some that were only available…

Appeals Court Won’t Help Megaupload User to Get His Files Back

The Appeals Court has denied a request from former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin to intervene on his behalf. The sports videographer has been trying to get his files back for years and hoped to force a decision from the District Court, but this has proven unsuccessful. As a result, his…

US Court Orders Registries to Seize Control of ‘Pirate’ Domains

A district court in Florida has ordered registries to take control of 19 domains used to operate 'pirate' sites. The preliminary injunction was issued following an application by TV outfit ABS-CBN against platforms it accuses of copyright and trademark infringement. Domain privacy services were also ordered to unmask the operators…

Foxtel Targets Pirate Streaming Sites in New ISP Blocking Case

Pay TV company Foxtel has launched a new case to have several key 'pirate' streaming platforms blocked by ISPs in Australia. Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series and Project Free TV are targeted in the action, which will see local ISPs forced to block the popular movie and TV show…