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Italy lifts ban on many ‘pirate’ sites

Last year Italy dropped the ban hammer on a bunch of different sites, claiming they were heavily involved in media piracy. Some of these were file lockers like Mega, while others were webmail clients like Mail.ru. Since then however, the site owners have been appealing the decision and now after nearly a …

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Court orders Warner Bros to reveal flawed anti-piracy tech

US District Judge, Kathleen Williams, has ordered movie giant, Warner Bros, to reveal documentation detailing the company’s flawed anti-piracy measures. The records are a part of a now closed case between Hotfile and the MPAA. Three years ago, file locker site, Hotfile, countersued Warner Bros, stating that the studio had …

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New Zealand PM party accused of pirating Eminem song

As if Kim Dotcom’s “Moment of Truth,” revelations with Edward Snowden and Julian Assange didn’t provide enough hot water for the current prime minister of New Zealand, John Key, now his political party, the National Party, is being sued by rapper Eminem’s publisher, over claims a song of his was …

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British ISPs continue blocks against Pirate Bay proxies

As file sharing has evolved over the past decade, the efforts of lobby groups and studios to stop it have done so too. Back in the day the technique of choice was to sue individual downloaders and uploaders, but that’s time consuming and ultimately has little effect on the number …

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BBC says ISPs should assume all heavy VPN users are pirates

The BBC has weighed in on recent copyright and piracy talks, suggesting that Internet service providers should monitor network traffic and automatically be suspicious of customers using a VPN while consuming large amounts of bandwidth- assuming that all VPN users are pirates. In a submission to the Australian government, the BBC …

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UK Government warns search engines over piracy

The UK government has sent out warnings to Microsoft, Google and Yahoo stating that if these companies don’t address the issue of online piracy and stop linking to illegal content voluntarily, then legislative action will be taken. Over the last year or so, the UK government has shown its full …

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Google asked to remove 1 million piracy links per day

It turns out that Google is currently receiving and processing an all time high of one million piracy link removal requests per day, proving that copyright holders and media lobby groups just don’t give up. The media Industry’s new tactic is to simply overload Google with DMCA takedown requests, all …

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Studios should compete with piracy, Aussie commissioner says

It’s not often you hear about a government employee that’ isn’t all fire and brimstone when it comes to copyright law enforcement. Most of the time they’re backed up by the MPAA or RIAA waving their pitchforks and blocking sites, suing individuals and site owners, but down under it seems, …

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Pirates had Expendables 3 for a week before leak

The next old-action-star pay-cheque-generator, Expendables 3, isn’t set for release until 15th August in America, with the première here in the UK on the 4th. However many people have seen it already, as the film was leaked in its entirety at DVD quality on torrent sites just a few days ago. …

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Pirate Bay users help director get his film seen

The most oft-cited reason for movie and music lobby groups to go after torrent sites, is that they take money away from artists, by “stealing,” content. However what those same lobby groups don’t talk about, is how copyright law can do the same thing and that in those situations, piracy …

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News Corp wants Australian ISPs punished for piracy

One of the main reasons that rates of piracy are so high in Australia, is because the legal ways of getting access to media are either non-existent, or monopolised and criminally expensive and yet News Corp, one of the company’s that ‘suffers’ the most from people pirating its shows, is …

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Authors call for copyright talks in school assemblies

Clearly suing downloaders and pirates doesn’t work. That’s obvious at this point, so some creative types have come up with a new idea: educate children about copyright while still in school. According to a bunch of authors that took to parliament yesterday to put forward some new ideas on combating …

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Beware trojan wielding, fake piracy fine emails

I’m not breaking any ground when I saw that a lot of people download media illegally. You’ve told us for one, but it’s a widespread thing that continually shows up in the headlines when a new movie is released as the producers complain, or when Game of Thrones is on …

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Norway’s anti-piracy laws go unused

The rest of Europe, including the UK, has been gunning for pirate websites as usual over the past 12 months, though they have used different tactics: blocking the whole site instead of charging downloaders with piracy in a court room. However one country that’s seen very little anti-pirate activity is …

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Google Glass banned from UK Cinemas

Shortly after the release of Google Glass in the UK, The Cinema Exhibitors Association has banned the smart glasses from UK cinemas. The CEA represents most big chain cinemas in the country and is worried that bootleggers will use the device to illegally distribute movies, despite its 30 minutes to 45 …

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More torrent proxies blocked by UK ISPs

Following on from yesterday’s news that Dutch ISPs Ziggo and XS4All were entering their third year of fighting lobby groups in courts, comes the news that British ISPs have blocked a bunch of extra torrent site proxies which have sprung up in the wake of their initial blocks. This happens …

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Ubisoft admits that DRM doesn’t stop piracy

Yesterday we reported on GOG.com’s thoughts on DRM and how the industry needs to move away from it. Today in the aftermath of that discussion, Ubisoft has admitted that DRM doesn’t actually prevent piracy and thinks that more companies should focus on making games that people want to pay for …

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Dallas Buyers Club producers target pirates with lawsuits

Ignoring the new trend among lobby groups and movie studios to go after ISPs and hosting companies to take down websites, the producers behind the Dallas Buyers Club are following in the footsteps of Hurt Locker producers and have begun sending out threatening letters to individuals they believe downloaded the …

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Police commissioner admits piracy enforcement won’t work

The debate over how much damage piracy has done to differing media industries has been raging since the original creation of digital products, be they music, movies, games or software. That debate has only intensified in the last decade with the growth of P2P sharing and the answer from lobby …

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Is piracy policing contributing to drop in media sales?

Earlier today we looked at a press releases from PIPCU, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), which jointly announced that they’d been responsible for shutting down thousands of pirated sites, blocking others and even bringing criminal charges to bear against some of those …

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RIAA revenue just bottomed out

The Recording Industry Association of America draws its funding from membership fees, paid to the the copyright lobby group to help it police the music industry. Unfortunately for those involved with it however, it seems that the group is continuing to lose members left and right as once again its …

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Google signs up to go after torrent site advertising

Britain’s relatively newly formed Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has been making modest waves since it first appeared on the scene, stating that one of the fresh tactics it was going to bring to the war on piracy, was to try and eliminate advertising from torrent sites. In its …

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