Kodi ‘Trademark Troll’ Has Interesting Views on Co-Opting Other People’s Work

Last week, the developers of Kodi revealed that Geoff Gavora, someone unconnected with the project, had registered the Kodi trademark in Canada. Surprisingly, it appears that Gavora's Kodi business involves the promotion and distribution of addons that are banned by Kodi itself for supplying infringing content. But that isn't the…

UK Copyright Trolls Cite Hopeless Case to Make People Pay Up

A copyright troll outfit in the UK, which has been trying to extract payments from alleged pirates for years, is having another bite at the cherry. Golden Eye International is writing to people who previously refused to pay up, citing a separate case in which an individual agreed to pay…

BREIN Tracks Down and Settles With “Libra Release Team”

BREIN has booked another victory against a group of prolific uploaders. The Hollywood backed organization signed settlements with two people connected to the "Libra Release Team." The group in question shared hundreds of infringing movies and TV-shows on torrent and Usenet sites, focusing on the Dutch market.

EU Prepares Guidelines to Force Google & Facebook to Police Piracy

Companies including Google and Facebook could face tougher legislation if they don't act proactively to remove illegal content from their platforms. That's according to draft EU guidelines due to be published at the end of the month, which will require service providers to "significantly step up their actions" to address…

Australian Government Want ISPs to Adopt Anti-Piracy Code

The Australian Government has proposed new copyright regulations which require copyright holders and carriage service providers to adopt a voluntary code to identify and deter online piracy. The new measures must address the ongoing piracy concerns but should not be too costly or burdensome for ISPs, the proposal clarifies.

Founder of Fan-Made Subtitle Site Convicted for Copyright Infringement

Fansubbing site Undertexter.se was raided by police in the summer of 2013, following complaints from Hollywood. Four years later the case has come to an end after a Swedish District Court sentenced the operator for copyright infringement. The decision confirms that the unauthorized distribution of movie subtitles is a crime…

NSA Spied on Early File-Sharing Networks, Including BitTorrent

A document just published as part of the Edward Snowden leaks has revealed the NSA was actively monitoring file-sharing networks more than 12 years ago. Particular success was reported against both KaZaA and eDonkey, with the NSA managing to compromise the encryption on both while gaining access to sharers' computers…

Pirates Are Not Easily Deterred by Viruses and Malware, Study Finds

Nearly 40% of all Singaporeans download or stream movies, TV-shows, and sports events for free, a new study reveals. The primary reason to turn to pirate sources is that they're free. Although most pirates know that they may run into viruses and malware, the lure of free content is simply…

Indian Movie Actor Mobbed By Press After Arrest of Torrent Site Admin

Actor Vishal Krishna, who also takes a prominent anti-piracy stance in the local film industry, was at the center of extraordinary scenes last night in India. Following reports that a prominent site operator had been arrested, Vishal was mobbed by excited members of the press brandishing a swathe of microphones.…