Ireland Set To Force ISPs To Disconnect Pirates

Following last year's failed High Court bid to force an ISP to adopt a 3 strikes-style regime to deal with pirates, the Big Four record labels are set to get their way through a change in the law. If adopted, proposals published yesterday by the Irish government would allow copyright holders to hold ISPs liable for infringements and take out injunctions against them.

YouTube Embed Royalty Results In Public Outrage

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Music royalty collection agencies are known for going to extremes to claim money on behalf of artists and music composers. They target schools and kids’ community centers, charge charities for the singing of Christmas carols without a license, and even crash weddings if they have to. In the last years some music royalty collection agencies […]

E-book Piracy Can Boost Sales, Publisher Claims

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The music industry has made it quite clear that the Internet is a scary place full of pirates. These same fears have spread into the minds of some book publishers, but not all. According to a recent column in the Chronicle of Higher Education there are publishers that see piracy as a promotional vehicle. At […]

Warner Music Director Profited From Piracy

The copyright infringement lawsuit filed by FilmOn founder Alki David against CNET’s Download.com has brought to light an interesting fact. In their complaint, plaintiffs allege that CNET profited from copyright infringement as the site was the main distributer of LimeWire. Although CNET's liability is far from proven, it is certainly worth noting that Warner Music director Shelby Bonnie was also CNET's CEO at the time LimeWire got sued.

Zombie Game Taken Offline Because Pirates Didn’t Use BitTorrent

A popular indie zombie-style RPG game has been taken offline due to an unofficial feature made available in a cracked copy. The developers of the game say that they usually turn a blind eye to piracy since it could have benefits for their project, but when pirates keep using their servers to get updates instead of using BitTorrent, they had to make a stand.

uTorrent / BitTorrent Sued For Patent Infringement

BitTorrent Inc., the makers of uTorrent and the BitTorrent Mainline client, have been sued for infringement of a file-sharing related patent. According to the complaint, the BitTorrent clients infringe on the rights of San Francisco-based company Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network. The company demands compensation and if the court agrees, this case could have a disastrous impact on the BitTorrent landscape.

FilesTube Secures New Domain To Bypass Domain Blocking

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Last month SKMM – the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission – ordered the country’s ISPs to block several sites linked to file-sharing activity after the government warned that they infringe copyright law. On the list were the usual suspects including Pirate Bay, MegaUpload, MegaVideo, DepostFiles and PutLocker. Now it appears that another has been added […]