Creative Kids Turn MIT Website Into a ‘Piracy’ Haven

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In recent weeks the music industry has started to target the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) website over tens of thousands of copyright infringements. The deviant behavior doesn't come from typical pirates though, but from children using the Scratch project to share 'their' creative expressions.

EFF Warns Against Broad “Stay Down” Anti-Piracy Filters

Copyright holders want websites to implement strict filters to guarantee that content stays down after a DMCA notice is received. The EFF warns against these demands, arguing that they will lead to a "filter everything" approach. According to the EFF this will result in more abuse and mistakes from often…

Pirate Sites Decrease in Numbers, Increase in Strength

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The main lawyer and public face of Pirate Bay nemesis Rights Alliance says that the file-sharing landscape in Sweden has shifted. Henrik Pontén says that while down significantly in numbers, the remaining pirates sites have become more professional, explicitly commercial, while earning "a lot of money".

Piracy Can Boost Digital Music Sales, Research Shows

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A new academic paper published by the Economics Department of Queen's University examines the link between BitTorrent downloads and music album sales. The study shows that depending on the circumstances, piracy can hurt sales or give it a boost through free promotion.

UK Gov Opens Consultation on Netflix-Style Geo-Blocking

The UK government has launched a public consultation on the EU's proposals to ban Netflix-style geo-blocking. The government says it wants its citizens to be able to access legally purchased content wherever they travel in the European Union and is now seeking input from copyright owners, ISPs and consumers.

Netflix Wants to Be a Great Carrot For ‘Real’ Pirates

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has responded to the recent backlash over the company's VPN crackdown. Netflix doesn't expect the measures to have any impact revenue wise and says that it wants to be a carrot for 'real' online pirates instead. Recent numbers suggest that the company is on the right…