MPAA Anti-Piracy Cutbacks Lead to “Bullying” Lawsuit


The ASA, formerly known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, is being sued by its former managing director for discrimination and bullying. A decision by the MPAA to reduce funding to the group led to Mark Day, a former MPA legal counsel, being dismissed while he was on sick leave.

BREIN Settles With Prolific Usenet Uploader for €15,000

Acting on behalf various copyright holders, anti-piracy group BREIN has signed a €15,000 settlement with a prolific Usenet uploader. The man, who uploaded over 18,000 music releases, informed fellow Usenet users that he's out of the game. BREIN, meanwhile, says it will continue its quest against uploaders of copyrighted material.

Report: Operating Systems Should Actively Block Pirated Downloads


Apple, Google and Microsoft, are in an ideal position to deter piracy, according to a new report published by Black Market Watch and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. The controversial report opts for voluntary or mandatory blocking of pirated content on the operating system level.

Atlantic Records Subpoenas Reddit to Identify Music Leaker


Atlantic Records has asked a New York judge to help reveal the identity of an individual who leaked an unreleased track to Reddit. Following a late June launch, Heathens, a track by Twenty One Pilots, was scheduled to appear on "Suicide Squad: The Album" this week. However, a Reddit user leaked the song mid-June and now the race is on to track him or her down.

KAT Shutdown Aftermath: iTorrents Aims to Replace Torcache


The shutdown of KickassTorrents had a pronounced impact on the torrent ecosystem. Not only did one of the largest torrent indexers disappear, the popular torrent storage cache Torcache also vanished overnight. As a result, several sites were left without a good torrent repository, a gap hopes to fill.

Court Rules Whole Site Blocking Justifiable in Piracy Fight


Forcing ISPs to block entire websites to tackle Internet piracy is justifiable, a court in India has ruled. The decision by the Delhi High Court means that copyright holders will not have to target specific URLs when attempting to stop infringement on sites that are involved in widespread piracy.

ISP: We’re Not The Internet Piracy Police


Copyright holders in Sweden are pushing for tougher measures against online piracy, claiming that Internet providers generate hundreds of millions in profit from infringement. Local ISP Bahnhof rejects the claims as "pure nonsense" and says that they are not going to adopt the role of piracy police.