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National Assembly ‘Kills’ French Three-Strikes Anti Piracy Law
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Prince Fights Piracy From Beyond the Grave - On April 21 the world lost one of its greatest musical icons. Aged just 57, Prince passed away at his Paisley Park home. Having shifted just 1,400 albums in the 72 hours prior to his passing, the days that followed saw Prince dominate both the news and the hearts of millions of fans. In the four days after his death Prince sold 650,000 albums plus 2.8 million songs, led by classics Purple Rain (330,000) and When Doves Cry (245,000). Of course, no...
Prince may have gone forever but his music lives on, selling millions of copies in the days after his death. However, to ensure that life for those unwilling to pay isn't being made too easy, Google has been receiving thousands of requests to remove links to pirate Prince songs, takedowns which spiked after his passing.
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Hulu Tracks Pirates to Decide What to Buy - When major movie and TV companies discuss piracy they often mention the massive losses incurred as a result of unauthorized downloads and streams. However, this unofficial market also offers a valuable pool of publicly available data on the media consumption habits of a relatively young generation. Many believe that piracy is in part a market signal showing rightsholders what consumers want. This makes piracy statistics key business intelligence, ...
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Aussie Gov Agency Endorses VPN Use to Reduce Piracy - When a government agency produces a report urging major changes to intellectual property laws, one often expects something heavily weighted in favor of rightsholders Documents published today by the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission contain a more balanced set of recommendations, several of which are likely to provoke an adverse reaction from both local and international rightsholders. The Intellectual Property Arrangements...
The Australian Government's Productivity Commission has endorsed the use of VPNs and similar unblocking tools to give consumers greater choice. The agency says that new anti-piracy legislation has had only a "modest impact" on infringement so improved access to legal content is the preferred solution.
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UK Pirate Site Blocking Whack-A-Mole Continues - Following a series of High Court orders handed down in recent years, six of the UK’s major ISPs are required to block access to dozens of the world’s most popular ‘pirate’ sites. Over time the number of blocked URLs has expanded to well over 1,000, with popular torrent, streaming and direct download sites being the main targets. While research has shown that this approach is somewhat effective, there are plenty of options through which people...
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U.S. Labels Switzerland an Internet Piracy Haven - Every year the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) publishes its Special 301 Report highlighting countries that aren’t doing enough to protect U.S. intellectual property rights. In 2016 the report sticks to a tried and tested format, with countries such as China, Russia, India and Ukraine all making the Priority List once again. However, just as the USTR wasn’t afraid to place Canada on the Watch List several years ago, ...
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Swedish Police Want to Block The Pirate Bay & Seize Domains - With infrastructure often spread around the world and multiple domains in backup, shutting down access to torrent and streaming sites can be a complex affair. Even when national legal systems provide the necessary tools, the process can be extremely drawn out, not to mention ineffective. The case of The Pirate Bay provides a perfect example. Deemed illegal just about everywhere, the site has remained online despite the efforts of...
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Pirate Bay Gets a ‘Massive’ $9 in Donations, Per Day - Three years ago many popular torrent sites added an option to donate via Bitcoin. The Pirate Bay was one of the first to jump on board, a development which caused concern among copyright holders. The RIAA even informed the U.S. trade representative about this looming threat. The music industry group warned that Bitcoin could make it harder to crack down on pirate sites. “In April 2013, the site started accepting donations from the publi...
When The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites started accepting Bitcoin donations a few years ago, copyright holders voiced concerns about this new 'unseizable' revenue stream. Thus far, this fear seems unwarranted with TPB raking in an average of $9 per day in Bitcoin donations over the past year. While hardly a windfall, it's a fortune compared to the donations received by the leading torrent site KickassTorrents.
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Portugal Blocks 330 Pirate Sites in Just Six Months - One of copyright holders’ most-favored anti-piracy mechanisms in place today involves site-blocking. Censoring sites at the ISP level is effective, rightsholders insist, not to mention cheaper than direct legal action against pirate sites. In most countries where site-blocking is already in place, authorities have previously determined that the legal system must be involved. In the UK, for example, existing legislation was deemed to offe...
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I used to get site blocking when I had AT&T DSL. But changing DNS servers stopped that. In Windows I use Dnsjumper.
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Canadian Movie Pirates Targeted in Reverse Class Action - When it comes to the business model of turning piracy into profit, the name Voltage Pictures is never far from the action. The Los Angeles-based movie outfit has tested the legal waters in several jurisdictions in an effort to extract cash settlements from alleged pirates, most recently in Australia with its movie Dallas Buyers Club. In 2012, Voltage targeted Canadian ISP Teksavvy in a long drawn out battle to identify 2000 allegedly...
U.S.-based movie company Voltage Pictures has initiated fresh legal action in Canada aimed at forcing settlements from alleged pirates. Unusually, Voltage is seeking remedy via a reverse class action, demanding an injunction, damages and costs against an unspecified number of Internet users.
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Language Creation Society Backs Star Trek Spin-off in Klingon Copyright Battle
The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is turning into a copyright battle over the Klingon language. This week the Language Creation Society submitted an amicus brief in support of the filmmakers, arguing that the use of the Klingon language shouldn't be restricted in any way.
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