US Copyright Czar Questioned On Domain Seizures

News Bits

Techdirt posted a great clip of U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren questioning copyright Czar Victoria Espinel. Among other things the Czar is questioned about the necessity of spending tax dollars on shutting down blogs, and on the absence of due process. Below’s Lofgren’s statement in response to Espinel’s claims of due process, referencing the 84,000 innocent […]

Fear Mongering and Delusional Piracy Report Upsets Aussies

A new study commissioned by several entertainment industry outfits made the rounds in the Australian news yesterday. It claims that illicit movie, music and games downloads cost the industry $900 million a year as well as 8,000 jobs and that an increase in broadband adoption could propel the losses to a staggering $5.2 billion in the next five years. However, it looks like the public isn't buying it, figuratively speaking.

Fox DMCA Takedowns Order Google to Remove Fox DMCA Takedowns

Sending DMCA takedown notices in bulk has become increasingly fashionable during recent years but thanks to the database at Chilling Effects, we are able to see who is sending what to whom. As concerns mount over the amount of checking carried out before items are taken down, it appears that Fox has managed to get Google to delist DMCA complaints on Chilling Effects, which were originally sent by Fox themselves and submitted to Chilling Effects by Google.

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Brokep Chats at CeBIT

News Bits

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde (Brokep) shares some thoughts on Flattr, Ikea, politics file-sharing and airplanes. Interviewed by Charbax at CeBIT. Sunde has been touring the world over the last years, flying from conference to conference to promote his new startup Flattr.

Impotent With Rage, Psychotic File-Sharers Bite The Hand That Feeds Them

Opinion

Ask any veteran of the file-sharing community who their arch-enemies are and it's safe to presume that the RIAA and MPAA will be the first two stones at the top of the piracy hate-pyramid. After all, when it comes to disrupting the activities of pirates - and in some cases ruining their lives - they have few equals. But are the music and movie industries justified in their actions when, after all, they're supplying most of the content on which…

Pirated Copy of ‘The Hurt Locker’ Airs on National TV

In anticipation of the Academy Awards ceremony last week, Belarusian TV viewers were treated to some previous Oscar-awarded movies. One of the films that Belarus' National State Television decided to air was last year's best picture The Hurt Locker. However, the channel managers apparently didn't go through all the proper licensing channels, electing to show a copy that had been downloaded from the BitTorrent site Interfilm.ru instead.

Leaked Docs Show Results of Fake ‘RIAA/MPAA’ BitTorrent Scam

Thanks to malware infecting their machines, last year some BitTorrent users were presented with a screen claiming that they had been caught infringing copyright by groups such as the RIAA and MPAA and needed to pay cash to settle. Now, thanks to leaked documents from the company that processed the credit card payments, we can see how many people fell for the scam.