Tech Giants Want to Punish DMCA Takedown Abusers

The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, has published an extensive research paper on the future of copyright in the digital landscape. One of the main suggestions is to extent current copyright law, so that senders of wrongful DMCA takedown notices face serious legal consequences.

Piracy: Hollywood’s Losing a Few Pounds, Who Cares?

Following news this week that a man is facing a custodial sentence after potentially defrauding the movie industry out of £120m, FACT Director General Kieron Sharp has been confronted with an uncomfortable truth. According to listeners contacting the BBC, the public has little sympathy with Hollywood.

T-Mobile Refuses to Block The Pirate Bay

The Austrian branch of T-Mobile is refusing to block access to The Pirate Bay and several other popular torrent sites. T-Mobile was asked to do so by a local music rights group, who want the ISP to voluntarily follow a court order that was issued against rival Internet provider A1.

Aussie Piracy Notices Delayed But Lawsuits Are Coming

As ISPs and rightsholders continue to fight over who will pay for Australia's "three strikes" anti-piracy regime, there is still no sign of when the program will begin. Nevertheless, Village Roadshow co-founder Graham Burke is already looking ahead - to the day when his company starts suing Aussie downloaders.

Streaming Site Operator Accused of £120m ‘Piracy Fraud’

A man from Northern Ireland has been accused of being part of an operation which could have defrauded the film industry out of £120m. Paul Mahoney, 30, who has pleaded guilty, allegedly made £300,000 from advertising revenue on several sites, including the now-defunct streaming portal FastPassTV.

Megaupload Wants U.S. Govt to Buy and Store its Servers

Megaupload's legal team is asking the court to preserve essential evidence hosted on its seized servers. The data is at risk of being destroyed and Kim Dotcom's lawyers argue that the authorities should buy the servers and transfer them to a safe facility where they can be preserved at the…

UK Police ‘Hijack’ Ads on 251 Pirate Sites

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveals that City of London Police have targeted the ad revenue of 251 suspected pirate sites, replacing their banners with anti-piracy messaging. The police won't reveal the domain names as that would raise their profiles, but the most prominent pirate sites are…

75,000 Popcorn Time Users in Crosshairs of Anti-Piracy Group

The Norwegian division of Rights Alliance says it has gathered data on tens of thousands of Popcorn Time users and is now considering its next steps. A change in the law allows the Hollywood affiliated anti-piracy group to monitor suspected Internet users and it is now warning of "a surprise…