The Copyright Lobby Absolutely Loves Child Pornography

Opinion

"Child pornography is great," the man said enthusiastically. "Politicians do not understand file sharing, but they understand child pornography, and they want to filter that to score points with the public. Once we get them to filter child pornography, we can get them to extend the block to file sharing."

International Crisis Looms As Russians Pirate The Web Sheriff

Everyone's favorite anti-piracy outfit is facing a battle for its very identity today. Web Sheriff, the company best known for its softly-softly approach, has discovered that a company thousands of miles away is using the same name as them. But rather than send a cheeky takedown request as usual, Web Sheriff has launched an "intercontinental legal attack." It's the Cuban missile crisis all over again, but with sheriffs.

How The RIAA Screws Artists With Creative Accounting

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Yesterday we posted an article about the Swiss IFPI boss who quit following fraud allegations. In the U.S. the RIAA is not a stranger to creative accounting either, although they do stick within the boundaries of the law. In an excellent video titled “How To Sell 1 Million Albums and Owe $500,000” lawyer Martin Frascogna […]

Anti-Piracy Group Issues Veiled Threats To ISPs

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Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has launched a campaign to try and bring Aussie Internet service providers on board in their fight against online file-sharing. AFACT is still engaged in ongoing legal proceedings against ISP iiNet, a case it lost and is now destined for an appeal court hearing later in the year. However, […]

RIAA Starts Going After BitTorrent Sites

For years BitTorrent sites have remained untouched by the RIAA's legal battles, but recent court filings indicate that this may change. After settling their dispute with LimeWire earlier this year the RIAA is now targeting several BitTorrent indexers. The record industry group has filed a complaint at the U.S. District Court of Columbia and has obtained subpoenas to reveal the identities of individuals behind three large torrent sites.

ACS:Law Boss Is Internet Villain of the Year

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Every year the UK’s Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) has an awards ceremony to pay tribute to the best companies, most innovative products and stand-out individuals. In addition to categories such as “Best Consumer Fixed Broadband ISP” and “Best Dedicated Hosting”, the awards have two other personality-based categories – Internet Hero and Internet Villain. It […]

Oh No! Pirates Steal Your Bandwidth!

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Today the RIAA, MPAA and all major U.S. Internet providers launched a new plan to curb piracy. The landmark agreement comes with a new website which is littered with blatant propaganda statements. Or facts as they call them. This is my personal favorite: “Content Theft Means Less Internet Bandwidth For You: A recent study found […]

MPAA, RIAA Team Up With ISPs to ‘Alert’ Pirates

A breakthrough coalition of the MPAA, RIAA and other copyright holders have signed an agreement with AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon to curb piracy. Under the agreement the ISPs agree to send "copyright alerts" to subscribers whose Internet connections are used for copyright infringement. Repeated offenders will not be disconnected from the Internet, but could be slowed down instead.