Google, Facebook and Twitter Protest Hollywood’s ‘SOPA Resurrection’

A broad coalition of global tech firms including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Yahoo are protesting a broad injunction that would require search engines, ISPs and hosting companies to stop linking to or offering services to MovieTube. The preliminary injunction requested by the MPAA resurrects parts of the controversial SOPA…

Tolkien Lawyers Target “Hobbit House” With Copyright Threats

Hollywood studio Warner Bros. and the Tolkien Estate are cracking down on a British couple building a "Hobbit house" campsite. The pair are being forced to change the project's name and remove all Hobbit references from their Kickstarter campaign. According to Tolkien's lawyers even words that rhyme with Hobbit are…

Minority Report, Lucifer and Blindspot Pilots Leak Online

Pilot episodes of several upcoming TV shows have leaked online way ahead of their intended premieres. Fox's DC Comics-based crime-horror Lucifer leaks months ahead of a planned 2016 debut while sci-fi crime drama Minority Report and NBC's Blindspot appear six weeks in advance of their September debut.

Pornhub Uploaders Targeted By Copyright Troll

Several users of popular porn streaming site Pornhub have received settlement demands for thousands of dollars after uploading videos to the site without obtaining permission. How the users are being tracked down by the copyright troll involved remains somewhat of a mystery, but several theories persist.

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.