Video: iiNet Talks About AFACT Piracy Case

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Following two unsuccessful attempts at making Aussie ISP iiNet responsible for the copyright infringing activities of their users, AFACT – the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft – is taking its case to the High Court. ZDNet caught up with iiNet’s chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby at CeBIT, where among other things he spoke about the […]

Anti-Piracy Groups Send 3.6 Million File-Sharing Cash Demands

As the United States recoils in horror at the rapid acceleration of so-called 'speculative invoicing' schemes designed to force cash from alleged file-sharers, over in Europe the Germans are showing how it's really done. According to information published by Germany's Internet industry association, rightsholders there are targeting 300,000 alleged file-sharers every month - a staggering 3.6 million a year.

Copyright Infringing Record Labels Settle For $50M

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The long running case concerning 30 years of commercial piracy by Canadian record companies is now officially at an end. For infringing copyright on a massive scale for decades, the judgment approved yesterday by the Ontario Superior Court means they have to pay just $50M to the artists in question. Back in January, we covered […]

The Pirate Bay: Five Years After The Raid

Today, exactly five years have passed since The Pirate Bay was raided by the Swedish police. At the time the entertainment industries hoped that this would silence the deviant BitTorrent site for good, but in hindsight we can conclude that they had actually awakened a monster. The raid and the ongoing battle that later unfolded reads like a script for an upcoming Hollywood blockbuster.

File-Sharer Sentenced To 3 Years Probation, Cognitive Therapy

A 58-year-old grandmother who earlier this month became the first person to be convicted of criminal file-sharing offenses in Scotland, has been handed three years probation. The grandmother and auxiliary nurse, who confessed to making available music files during her participation on a Direct Connect sharing hub, will also have to attend compulsory therapy sessions.

Australian Police Are Caught Pirating Again

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The Aussie police are clearly not setting the right example when it comes to copyright infringement. In 2008 computers of the South Australian police force’s IT branch were found to contain hundreds of pirated movies, and now it appears they pirate software as well. It is doubtful, however, that any arrests will be made. The […]

Russia’s Sane Thoughts on Copyright and Internet

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There’s been a lot of talk on copyright and Internet regulation at the G8 summit in France. This led to a statement titled “Renewed Commitment for Freedom and Democracy,” where several suggestions on the topic are written down. While the leaders of most countries backed the interests of a handful of entertainment industry companies, Russia’s […]

Arrested File-Sharing Admins Face Jail, $700,000 Fines

The alleged operators of one of France's most popular file-sharing links forums have been arrested. The site, known as Liberty Land, had been in operation since 2009 and had 800,000 members. It provided links to a wide variety of material including movies, music and software. Three men, aged between 25 and 30, now face jail sentences of up to 5 years and fines of $700,000.