Google’s Anti-Piracy Filter Is Quite Effective

January this year Google started censoring various ‘piracy-related’ keywords from two widely-used search services. According to Google, the anti-piracy filter is an attempt to curb online copyright infringement. Although the actual search results are not affected, a look at the search volumes reveals that the number of people searching for the censored keywords has indeed dropped significantly.

TVShack: The Human Cost of Extradition, a Mother’s Story

As part of Operation in Our Sites, in mid-2010 the US government seized the domain name of TVShack.net. The site was operated by 23-year-old UK-based student Richard O'Dwyer who is now subject to extradition proceedings. Today his mother speaks out, detailing the trauma the family is going through and asking that people help Richard by signing a petition in the hope that he can face justice at home, not thousands of miles away across the Atlantic.

Judge: Hotfile Not Primary Infringer In MPAA Case

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In the ongoing court battle against Hotfile and its founder Anton Titov, a key claim made against the cyberlocker by the MPAA has been tossed out by the judge. The assertion by the MPAA that Hotfile has been a primary infringer of copyright has been ruled out by Florida Federal Judge Adalberto Jordan. The claim […]

Graduated Piracy Response Coming To Australia, Or Else

Under the banner of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, the big Hollywood studios are flexing their muscles down-under. If the latest rhetoric is to be believed, the country's ISPs have less than 48 hours to commit to talks on a graduated response system to tackle illicit downloads. Failure to comply, they warn, will result in yet more legal action of the type being suffered by iiNet.

ISPs, Academics and Citizens Oppose EU Anti-Piracy Legislation

Today the European Commission published the responses to a public consultation on Europe's anti-piracy directive IPRED. As expected, there is a huge divide between the copyright holders on the one hand, and Internet providers, academics and citizens on the other. The latter fiercely oppose the draconian measures that IPRED introduces, claiming it threatens basic human rights while stifling innovation.

CRIA Is Dead, Long Live Music Canada

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The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) is going through change. The outfit, which was founded in 1964, represents the local interests of EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner. After more than 45 years, it will now attempt to revamp its image. Along with a new website is a change of name. Out goes the old CRIA […]

File-Sharers Denied Official Religion Status in Sweden

Since 2010 a group of self-confessed pirates have attempted to get their newly-founded religion accepted by the authorities. The Church of Kopimism, which currently has close to 1,000 members, hope that official recognition of their values would make them immune from prosecution. However, the Swedish authorities have denied the request for the second time in succession.