Piracy Fines For Dutch Pirates, Starting This Autumn

Dutch Filmworks (DFW) has announced that it will begin issuing fines to Dutch movie pirates this autumn. Dozens of movie titles will be monitored by the distributor but ISPs are not yet in a cooperative mood to hand over customer details. Worryingly, however, early signs suggest that DFW's operation could…

Philips Wants to Stop Piracy With ‘Ambilight’ Technology

Over the years, many new technologies have tried to stop camcording piracy at movie theaters. From infrared beams, through night-vision goggles, to watermarks, thus far the problem still persists. Continuing the search for the ultimate anti-piracy tool, Philips now joins the quest with a proposal to use ambient lighting to…

Mystery Codes Appear in ‘Pirate’ Mayweather v McGregor Streams

Last night, during the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, some fans viewing via pirate sources had additional information to digest at several points during the fight. Hardly visible during the action, what appeared to be some kind of code appeared on screen, raising suspicions that someone, somewhere, was…

Live Mayweather v McGregor Streams Will Thrive On Torrents Tonight

Many thousands of people without access to the Mayweather v McGregor fight tonight will download the spectacle tomorrow using BitTorrent. What many won't know, however, is that the fight will also be streamed live using torrent technology. Unlike ordinary streams, that will groan and strain under unprecedented demand, live torrents…

Florida Court Orders ‘Pirate’ Site KissAsian to Pay 1.8M in Damages

A Florida court has ordered the operators of KissAsian to pay $1,810,000 in damages for copyright and trademark infringement offenses. The default judgment is in favor of media giant ABS-CBN, which managed to score several victories in US courts this year. Despite the hefty verdict and the loss of its…

Entire Kim Dotcom Spying Operation Was Illegal, High Court Rules

The whole New Zealand-based spying operation against Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-defendants was illegal, the High Court has ruled. The revelation appears in a newly released decision, which shows the GCSB spy agency refusing to respond to questions about its activities on the basis that could jeopardize national security.

Pirates Leak Copy of Kim Dotcom Documentary Online

While the United States is still trying to have Kim Dotcom extradited, in one of the largest copyright infringement cases ever, a documentary about the unprecedented case is topping various official download charts. Meanwhile, in what some might see as an ironic twist, various pirated copies of the film have…

YouTube Fair Use Case Ends in Victory For h3h3Productions

The husband-and-wife team behind YouTube channel h3h3Productions have won an important copyright case in New York. After the pair uploaded a reaction video poking fun at YouTuber Matt Hoss he sued them, claiming that republication of his clips amounted to copyright infringement. A summary judgment handed down yesterday rejected that…

BREIN Goes After Developers of ‘Pirate’ Kodi Builds

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is actively going after developers of infringing Kodi builds. The group has thus far signed settlements with ten individuals, but more are likely to follow. Pursuing sellers and developers of pirate Kodi add-ons has become a prime focus in recent months after the European Court of…

Pirate Bay Founders Ordered to Pay Music Labels $477,000

Two founders of The Pirate Bay have been ordered by a court in Finland to pay record labels more than $477,000 in compensation. Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm were found liable for ongoing copyright breaches on the site. Neither appeared to mount a defense so both were found guilty in…

Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit Secures Funding Until 2019

The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has secured additional government funding which will keep it in action until at least 2019. The London-based operation, which has been instrumental in disrupting the activities of dozens of sites and people operating generally in the 'pirate' sector, has been given £3.32m to…