Panama Papers Endanger Anonymity of ‘Pirate’ Sites

Described as one of the largest leaks in history, the Panama Papers reveal where some of the wealthiest people in the world hide their fortunes. However, offshore companies are also widely used for anonymity, as the listing of two Megaupload defendants reveals. This could spell trouble for quite a few…

Panama Papers: Pirates Prepare to Takeover Iceland (Update)

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Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is facing calls for early general elections after it was revealed he is among many politicians linked to companies named in the Panama Papers. Dramatically the Pirate Party is leading in the latest Gallup poll, raising the astonishing prospect that a Pirate-led coalition…

Movie Studios Want to Copy Megaupload’s Servers

Hollywood's major movie studios are protesting a request from Megaupload's legal team to put their civil lawsuit on hold for another six months. The movie studios will only agree to the request if they can get copies of the Megaupload servers stored at Cogent, something the defunct cloud-hosting service fiercely…

WordPress Wants Statutory Damages for DMCA Abuse

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WordPress.com is taking a strong stance against copyright takedown abuse. The company is recommending that the U.S. Copyright Office should introduce statutory damages and bonds to decrease the frequency of fraudulent and abusive DMCA takedown requests.

Aussie Pirates Have Another Year Not to Worry About Warnings

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Internet pirates in Australia may now have at least another year, possibly longer, not to worry about a "three strikes" style system landing on their shores. According to Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton, copyright holders and ISPs will give the new site blocking regime a chance to get established before…

Contra Piracy Targets Filesharers With Automated $250 ‘Fines’

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Every day tens of thousands of subscribers receive piracy notifications from their Internet providers. While most notifications come without any strings attached, automated settlement requests have become a popular way to extract money from file-sharers. Contra Piracy is a relative newcomer to this game, targeting American and Canadian pirates with…

Copyright Troll Partner Threatens to Report Blogger to the Police

A company assisting US-based copyright troll outfit TCYK LLC has just threatened to report a blogger to the police. Joe Hickster, an anti-troll activist who has helped dozens of wrongfully accused individuals avoid paying settlement fees, was threatened after describing troll services company Hatton and Berkeley as being involved in…