Oscar Winner Wants Kids and ISPs Targeted to Prevent Piracy

During a keynote speech, Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire producer David Puttnam announced a number of measures he'd like to see taken against piracy. In addition to educating children at an early age that's it wrong to download copyrighted material, he wants movie camcording outlawed and ISPs held responsible for the activities of their users.

President Obama Discusses Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Law

Hollywood lobbyists are trying to launch an assault on Internet providers and fast track tougher anti-piracy legislation in the United States. Ari Emanuel, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, says the industry has been discussing these plans with President Obama outside of the public's eye.

Pirate Bay Court Appeal Set For Just After General Election

The four individuals convicted in The Pirate Bay trial have a preliminary date for their appeals. Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstrom will head to the Court of Appeal on 28 September. This date is already being claimed as politically motivated, falling as it does just after Sweden's parliamentary elections.

Six BitTorrent Admins Arrested, Interpol Chase Two More

Following raids against a large file-sharing site in December 2009, police in Greece are engaged in an ongoing operation to close down the country's largest BitTorrent site and arrest its operators. Thus far there have been six arrests, with Interpol chasing two further admins believed to be located in The Netherlands.

Comcast Funds BitStalker Anti-Piracy Research

Together with Cox and Warner Cable, Comcast has aided in the development of a new piracy tracking tool. Named BitStalker, researchers claim it can effectively collect evidence on millions of file-sharers with relative ease. Operators of large BitTorrent trackers have their doubts.

Music Group Gets Court Injunction Against UseNeXT

Performing rights group GEMA has won an injunction against newsgroup outfit, UseNeXT. A court has forbidden the Usenet company from offering around 100 musical works from the GEMA repertoire and says that in the future, Usenet operators will have to take a greater responsibility for the environments and services they offer.

Piracy Rises In France Despite Three Strikes Law

In the first few months following the adoption of the three-strikes anti-piracy legislation in France, online piracy has increased significantly. Instead of stopping, file-sharers are seeking alternatives to bypass the new law. Perhaps even more striking is that new research reveals that disconnecting file-sharers will actually hurt the revenues of the music industry.

Dutch Pirate Party Joins Election Race

Following in the footsteps of the Swedes and Germans, the Dutch Pirate Party has decided to join the national elections being held this spring. The Pirate Party booked a surprising victory by scooping two seats in the European Parliament last year, but has yet to score its first elected seat in a national Parliament.