Spain Announces New Campaign to Fight Internet Piracy

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Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has announced a new initiative for tackling piracy, especially online. Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo said a special prosecutor's office will be developed alongside enhanced technological and human resources. An educational campaign targeting children is also on the agenda.

Court Awards Damages Following Bogus DMCA Takedowns

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Topdawg Entertainment Inc., Interscope Records and Universal Music Group must pay damages after issuing false DMCA notices which damaged an artist's reputation. Montreal hip hop artist Jonathan Emile teamed up with Kendrick Lamar on a track, but the labels wrongfully took it down from YouTube, iTunes and Soundcloud.

UK ISPs to Start Sending ‘Piracy Alerts’ Soon

Early 2017 will see the long-awaited start of a broad UK anti-piracy effort. With help from copyright holders, ISPs will send email notifications to subscribers whose connections are allegedly used to pirate content. These "alerts" will educate copyright infringers about legal alternatives in the hope of decreasing piracy rates over time.

Antigua & Barbuda Threatens to Punish U.S. With Piracy Free-For-All

A long-running dispute between Antigua and Barbuda and the United States over gambling services has reached a critical point. In a letter to the WTO, the Caribbean nation warns that unless the US either stops blocking or compensates its gambling services, it will lift protection of US intellectual property rights in 2017.

Police Shut Down France’s Largest Pirate Site (Updated)

The cybercrime unit of the French military police has shut down the country's largest pirate site, Zone-Telechargement. In addition, the popular download site DL-Protect has also gone offline. With millions of regular visitors, both download portals have been a prime target of local copyright holders for years.

UK Police “Don’t Anticipate” Working With Copyright Troll Partner

Last week following his release from prison, UK-based copyright troll partner Robert Croucher said that he'd become involved in a private funding initiative for the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Speaking with TorrentFreak, PIPCU have confirmed that while they have met with Croucher, they don't anticipate doing business with him.