Hotfile to Sue Warner Bros. For Abusing Its Anti-Piracy Tool

The Florida-based file-hosting service Hotfile intends to file a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for abusing its anti-piracy tool. Hotfile claims that Warner Bros. deleted files from the file-hosting service to which it didn't hold the copyrights. In addition, the movie studio allegedly deleted files from Hotfile without verifying the contents.

IP Law Firm Sends Takedown Notice to IP Law Firm

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Here’s an interesting takedown notice. The Intellectual Property law firm IP Strategies sent a friendly message to their colleagues at Fountainhead Law Group. IP Strategies doesn’t want the other law firm to use the trademarked term “IP Strategies” on their website. Fountainhead Law Group doesn’t seem to be impressed by the request though, as the […]

Former Google CIO: LimeWire Pirates Were iTunes’ Best Customers

Delivering his keynote address at this week's annual CA Expo in Sydney, former Google CIO Douglas C Merrill added to the growing belief that punishing and demonizing file-sharers is a bad idea. Merrill, who after his Google stint joined EMI records, revealed that his profiling research at the label found that LimeWire pirates were iTunes' biggest customers.

The Pirate Bay Adds iOS / Android Categories

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In a rare update The Pirate Bay just added four new categories to its website. The new categories are for Android and iOS software that until now ended up in the ancient sounding “handheld” categories. * Applications – IOS (iPad/iPhone) * Applications – Android * Games – IOS (iPad/iPhone) * Games – Android Wonder how […]

MPAA Afraid To Disclose ‘Secret’ Anti-Piracy Strategies

In their ongoing battle with file-hosting service Hotfile, five MPAA studios have asked the court to disallow Hotfile access to information on their anti-piracy strategies. While drawing an analogy between copyright infringement and drug trafficking, the MPAA studios ask the court to handle their anti-piracy documents as trade secrets to prevent 'pirates' from getting even more sophisticated than they already are.

It Was Never About The Money, Stupid

Two reports on the copyright monopoly have caught my attention this week. The first expresses angry disbelief at the fact that people will still pirate to a large extent, even if the price per copy is under one dollar. The other is a deep research report into why people ignore the copyright monopoly. Short answer: because it is human nature to share.

ICE Seizes More ‘Counterfeit’ Domains

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are continuing with their domain seizure policy. “Operation In Our Sites” has now been running for more than 12 months and has resulted in the shutdown of hundreds of sites. While file-sharing and streaming sites have been targeted, the main victims continue to […]