Cogent’s Broad Pirate Site Block Was ‘Collateral Damage’ of a Court Order

The mysterious pirate site blockade by Internet backbone provider Cogent was a 'mistake.' The Pirate Bay and dozens of other pirate sites were blocked as collateral damage, following a broad court order directed at a yet unnamed target. According to Cloudflare, which owns the associated IP-addresses, courts should understand how Internet systems work to avoid such unintended consequences.

MPAA: Dealing With Kodi is the $64,000 Question


While torrent sites have been a thorn in the side of the MPAA for more than a decade, there's a new kid on the block. Speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, MPAA chief Chris Dodd cited the growing use of the Kodi platform for piracy, describing the problem as the "$64,000 question."

Cox Must Pay $8 Million to Cover BMG’s Legal Fees in Piracy Case

Internet provider Cox Communications must pay more than $8 million to compensate the legal fees of music group BMG. The Virginia federal court argues that the Internet provider crossed a line with its "deeply flawed DMCA defense" and sees the high fees as a proper incentive to improve its anti-piracy policies.

UK Could Force Google to Tackle Piracy, By Law if Necessary

Copyright holders and Google are reportedly close to a deal to limit the appearance of infringing content in search results. However, in case that doesn't happen, an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, should it be approved, will see the government impose an anti-piracy code on search engines.

Pirate Bay Blockade Signals Copyright Industry’s Death Throes, ISP Boss Says


After a court ruled yesterday that The Pirate Bay must be blocked in Sweden, reaction has been polarized. While copyright holders celebrated, the boss of ISP Bahnhof criticized the move, deriding the court action as signaling the death throes of the copyright industry. Interestingly, the company also teased a potential workaround.

Facebook and Foxtel Team Up to Crack Down on Live Streaming Piracy


Following an unprecedented live streaming "piracy fest," Facebook and Foxtel are working on a new tool that should make it easier to shut down unauthorized streams in the future. Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh compares piracy to "stealing a loaf of bread" and says the company will do everything in its power to stop live streaming from gaining traction.