The US ‘Six Strikes’ Anti-Piracy Scheme is Dead

The "six-strikes" Copyright Alert System is no more. In a brief announcement, MPAA, RIAA, and several major US ISPs said that the effort to educate online pirates has stopped. It's unclear why the parties ended their voluntary agreement, but the lack of progress reports in recent years indicates that it…

ISPs Don’t Have Blanket Immunity From Piracy, BMG Says

Music rights group BMG has asked a New York federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Internet provider RCN. The ISP requested a declaratory judgment on their potential liability for pirating subscribers. However, according to the music group, ISPs don't have "blanket immunity" against secondary infringement claims.

‘Pirate’ Kodi Box Seller Enters “Not Guilty” Plea in Landmark Case

The man at the center of a landmark case involving the supply of "fully-loaded" Kodi boxes pleaded not guilty this morning. Middlesbrough shopkeeper Brian Thompson admits selling modified set-top boxes but denies that they were primarily designed to "facilitate the circumvention of effective technological measures."

DailyMotion Permanently Blocked in Russia After Copyright Complaints

Video-hosting platform DailyMotion has been permanently blocked in Russia . The platform, owned by French company Vivendi, was ordered to be blocked by the Moscow City Court after repeated allegations of copyright infringement were not adequately addressed by the company.

Demonoid Suffers Extended Downtime Due to Hosting Issue (Update)

The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has been offline for more than two days due to an unforeseen hosting problem. The site's operators planned to move the site to a new location earlier this week but hit a roadblock. While the site could remain offline for a few more days, the…

Finnish Government Investigates as Tens of Thousands Face Piracy ‘Fines’

The Finnish government will launch an investigation after it was revealed that tens of thousands of citizens are facing demands for cash settlements for alleged piracy offenses. With both police and parliament now involved, the Ministry of Education and Culture says that copyright legislation is not designed for the public…

Researchers Issue Security Warning Over Android VPN Apps

A research team has issued a warning over the lack of security in many VPN apps available from Google Play. A worrying 38% of the apps tested contained some kind of malware while 67% featured at least one third-party tracking library. More than eight out of ten leaked IPv6 traffic.

UK ‘Pirates’ Get 20-Day Grace Period After Each Warning

UK Internet providers will soon begin sending piracy warnings to subscribers whose accounts are used to share copyright-infringing material. The associated "Get It Right" campaign has now published a detailed website, answering the most asked questions, while adding some new information as well.

Usenet Provider Giganews Wins Landmark Copyright Battle

Giganews is celebrating a hard-fought legal battle against adult publisher and serial copyright litigant Perfect 10. The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed the Usenet giant a comprehensive victory in the long-running case, one that will prove so financially damaging to Perfect 10 that the company will go…

President Trump Told That Strong Copyright Laws Are in His Interest

President Trump has been reminded that strong copyright laws are not only in the nation's interests, but in his too. A letter from the Copyright Alliance notes that among US leaders, Trump's copyright portfolio is unprecedented, while warning that high piracy rates run counter to his mission to "Make America…

Canadian Stock Exchange Blocked Megaupload 2.0 Plans

Late last week, Kim Dotcom was getting ready to make a major announcement about Bitcache and the new Megaupload 2.0 service. However, just before going public the news was halted due to a "roadblock." Today, Dotcom reveals that he planned to announce a merger with a publicly listed Canadian company,…