Rightscorp’s DMCA Subpoena Effort Crashes and Burns

Rightscorp's efforts to unmask file-sharers using the DMCA has crashed and burned. After a federal judge ruled in favor of ISP Birch Communications and quashed the anti-piracy firm's subpoena, Rightscorp appealed the decision. Now the company has backed down, handing the ISP and privacy a big win.

Police Arrest Men For Spreading Popcorn Time Information

Police in Denmark have arrested the alleged operators of two Popcorn Time guide websites. The domains of both operations have also been seized by the authorities. The case is controversial in that both sites were Popcorn Time information resources and neither linked to copyright-infringing material.

Universal Music and Kim Dotcom Prepared a Deal to Tax Google

A recording of Kim Dotcom and several Universal Music executives captured two days before the Megaupload raids has revealed the label planning to do a deal with the entrepreneur. Amid discussion of 'taxing' Google by diverting its ad revenue to the label, the execs offered to downgrade Dotcom from "evil"…

MPAA Ducks Censorship Battle With Google, Twitter and Facebook

The MPAA has dropped its request for a preliminary injunction that would require search engines, ISPs and hosting companies to stop linking or offering services to MovieTube. The decision comes a few days after prominent tech firms including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Yahoo branded the request as a broad…

Desperate Rightscorp Burns Through More Piracy Millions

Piracy monetization company Rightscorp has published its results for Q2 2015 and it's yet another three months of misery for the company. At the same time as paying out just $117K to its copyright holder clients, Rightscorp managed to run up $1.95m in expenses, leaving the company with operating losses…

Fox Targets Free Fitness Workout For Using the Word ‘Avatar’

Twentieth Century Fox has a track record of fiercely protesting its intellectual property. So when a website offering free fitness programs started using names of popular film and TV-series, the company sent a broad takedown request. However, not all claims are legitimate as the 'avatar' program they targeted has no…