Lawyers & Academics Warn UK Against Criminalizing File-Sharers

A group of campaigners, copyright scholars and lawyers have sent a letter to the UK Government, urging it to narrow the definition of online criminal copyright infringement in the Digital Economy Bill. The signees warn that the current definition of criminal copyright infringement is too broad and could be used…

Netflix Gets Serious About Its Anti-Piracy Efforts

Since Netflix's priorities are shifting more to the production of original content, piracy is also turning into a more serious problem. The company wasn't very concerned about copyright infringement in the past, but today it has its own "Global Copyright Protection Group" and an anti-piracy focus that's on par with…

20th Century Fox & Dreamworks Blackmailed Over The Boss Baby Leak

A man extorted cash from 20th Century Fox & Dreamworks after he obtained a leaked copy of their upcoming movie The Boss Baby. The studios were told to pay a bitcoin ransom to avoid the animated comedy leaking onto the Internet before its March 31 premiere. After an amount was…

US Ambassador Asks Vietnam to Target 123movies, Putlocker and Kisscartoon

While copyright industry groups frequently call on governments to take action against pirate sites, it's not often that we see such requests on the highest diplomatic level. That's exactly what happened this week, when the US Ambassador to Vietnam called on the local Government to criminally prosecute the movie streaming…

Australia Shelves Copyright Safe Harbor For Google, Facebook, et al

In a surprise setback for companies such as Google and Facebook that leverage user-generated content, Australia has dropped plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions. The move follows intense pressure from copyright holders, who said that a change in the law would hurt artists' ability to get fairly paid…

Studios Mull New Movies at Home, 30 Days After Release For $30

If a plan by six major studios comes to fruition, consumers could be enjoying new movies in the home as early as 30 days after theatrical release for as little as $30. While that could slash the current delay by more than a third, negotiations are said to be at…

‘Pirate’ Kodi Box Sellers Fail to Overturn Sales Ban in Canada

Sellers of so-called "fully" loaded set-top boxes have failed in their bid to have a Canada sales ban lifted. An injunction was granted by the Federal Court last June after content producers and cable companies took action against sellers of Kodi and Showbox-enabled devices. The Federal Court of Appeal in…

UK’s Piracy Blocklist Now Exceeds 3,800 URLs

By now, most UK Internet users have gotten used to pirate sites being blocked by their ISPs. Internet providers have been ordered to block a wide variety of torrent, direct download and streaming portals that offer copyright-infringing content. The full list uf URLs, which includes several reverse proxies, has now…

Kim Dotcom’s Historical Speeding Conviction Still a Deportation Danger

Could a historical speeding conviction see Kim Dotcom kicked out of New Zealand if the case to extradite him to the United States fails? That's the situation faced by the Megaupload founder, as an investigation into how he became a resident in the country after not declaring a traffic offense…

Getty Images Slams Google For Seeking Copyright Safe Harbor

The proposed introduction of a 'safe harbor' provision to Australian copyright law is producing yet more conflict today, with Getty Images accusing Google of promoting piracy. The image library says providers like Google "do nothing" to detect or prevent copyright infringement and that safe harbors actually encourage them to turn…

Demonoid Returns After Two Months Downtime

After nearly two months of downtime, the semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid resurfaced online this weekend. The site was pulled offline due to hosting problems and had to endure some internal struggles as well, but barring a few bugs, it's now back in action.