Huge Scandal Engulfs Greek Anti-Piracy & Royalties Group

News

Greek anti-piracy and royalties group AEPI is in crisis after a government-commissioned investigation found huge irregularities in its accounts. Following an audit by Ernst & Young, it was discovered the group had failed to pay more than 42 million euros owed to artists. They did pay themselves well, however, with the CEO alone earning 52,000 euros per month.

MPAA’s Anti-Piracy Injunction Targets Wrong IP-Address Due to a Typo….

Opinion

Going after alleged pirate sites through third-party service providers such as domain registrars and hosting companies is a sensitive issue. With the SOPA pushback fresh in mind, the MPAA is now carefully testing this approach in court. Considering the delicate matter at hand it's rather painful that a recent injunction targeted an innocent IP-address, due to a typo.

Police Investigate Former BPI Anti-Piracy Chief & PIPCU Board Member

The BPI's former head of anti-piracy is under police investigation, TorrentFreak has learned. Former policeman David Wood was an important stakeholder figure at the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit but was dismissed from the BPI for gross misconduct in 2015. The music group recently forced Wood into bankruptcy.

eBook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds

News

A new study has found that people who illegally download eBooks are older and wealthier than most people's perception of the average pirate. Commissioned by anti-piracy company Digimarc, the study suggests that people aged between 30 and 44 years old with a household income of between $60k and $99k are most likely to grab a book without paying for it.

MPAA and RIAA Present Plan to Recover Megaupload’s Failing Hard Drives

News

The MPAA and RIAA have asked a Virginia federal court for a preservation order to recover and secure stored Megaupload data. Last year, Megaupload's former hosting company Cogent had warned that several drives, which are preserved as evidence, have become unreadable. The rightsholder groups say they want to act swiftly, before it's too late.