Will President Trump Be Tough on Online Piracy?

Opinion

The people of the United States elected Donald Trump as their next president this week. The election outcome came as a total surprise to many, who are now wondering what's in store for the next four years. According to some, The Pirate Bay and other pirate sites are in for a rough ride, but is that really the case?

Internet Pirates More Likely to Pay Than Law-Abiding Counterparts

News

File-sharers are often portrayed as destroyers of the creative industries but new research suggests that isn't the case. According to the survey, 60% of music pirates also buy music, a figure that drops to 44% among non-sharers. Movie pirates continue the trend by being much more likely to pay than their law-abiding counterparts.

Pirate Bay Risks “Repeat Offender” Ban From Google

The Pirate Bay and other pirate sites risk a "repeat offender" ban from Google, but not over copyright infringements. Google has updated its safe browsing service, used by modern browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, which will now block websites for a minimum of thirty days after being repeatedly marked as harmful.

University Bans BitTorrent to Stop Flood of Infringement Notices

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A university in Canada has taken sweeping action in an effort to stem the tide of piracy notices. The University of Calgary says that after banning BitTorrent usage on several networks, infringement notices immediately dropped by 90%. People wanting access to the protocol will now need to apply for an exemption.

Cox Files Appeal to Overturn $25 Million Piracy Verdict

Internet provider Cox Communications has filed its appeal to overturn the $25 million damages verdict in its case against music publisher BMG. The ISP argues that the district court made several errors. As a result, millions of people now risk having their Internet access terminated based on one-sided evidence.

Anti-Piracy Group FACT Expands Reach Beyond Hollywood

News

The Federation Against Copyright Theft says that it will branch out into new areas of IP enforcement. For decades the anti-piracy group has relied on Hollywood for much of its business but with that work now being carried out by the MPA and others, FACT will offer services to companies outside the audio-visual sector.

Copyright Troll Backs Down When Faced With Exposure

News

Companies that make money from threatening alleged file-sharers are known for their bullying tactics but those who are prepared to fight back can enjoy success. A letter sent by a defense lawyer to the copyright trolls behind the movie London Has Fallen provides an excellent and highly entertaining example.