- Censoring The Pirate Bay Is Futile, Research Shows
All around the world the copyright lobby is pushing for increased censorship of ‘pirate’ websites, The Pirate Bay in particular. Thus far this has resulted in court-ordered blockades in several countries including the UK and the Netherlands. The question that remains is whether these measures have any effect. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam suggest they don’t, and in a new report they show that the court-ordered Pirate Bay block has had no impact on local piracy rates.
- MPAA: Tighten the Law to Force Voluntary Anti-Piracy Cooperation
In its ongoing battle to stem a tide of online piracy, the MPAA has more recently come to rely on voluntary agreements with the six strikes plan, which encompasses the major ISPs, as the shining example. However, Google and the world’s leading tech companies are more hesitant to implement changes in Hollywood’s favor. In order for them to be more cooperative, the studios suggested to the government yesterday, legislation needs to be tightened.
- The IRS is Running Pirate Software, Send in the BSA for Blood
The IRS, the feared government agency that demands a chunk of everyone’s income, is apparently depriving other organizations of their income by failing to get its house in order. During a recent audit it was discovered that the IRS was running two dozen software products that it could not produce licenses for. Maybe it’s time to put them head to head with the Business Software Alliance for a settlement battle royal.
- Comcast Threatens to Sue TorrentFreak for Copyright Infringement (updated)
Comcast has sent TorrentFreak a cease and desist letter, claiming copyright over contents of an article which revealed that Prenda Law was involved in operating a pirate honeypot. Failure to comply will result in a lawsuit in which the Internet provider will seek damages, a Comcast representative informs us. In addition, Comcast also alerted our hosting provider, who is now threatening to shut down our server.
- Piracy Doesn’t Harm eBook Sales, Publisher Says
Springer, one of the larger book publishers in the world, has informed its authors that the company has not seen any harmful effects from piracy and file-sharing on their eBook portfolio. The company further says that torrents “rarely present a threat to eBook content.” The publisher is nevertheless committed to protecting the rights of their authors,mainly by the targeting of central download hubs.
- Russia’s SOPA Sees 42% of All Anti-Piracy Blocking Requests Rejected
Following the introduction this month of a controversial anti-piracy law, rightsholders are now beginning to see the flaws and shortcomings of the new Russian system. Out of all the blocking requests submitted to authorities so far, 42% have been rejected after rightsholders couldn’t come up with the correct paperwork. There are now calls to setup intermediaries to ease what appears to be a less than straightforward process.
- UFC Just Sent the Most Embarrassing DMCA Notice Ever
We’ve seen dozens of erroneous DMCA takedown notices in recent years, many of which have caused their senders embarrassment. However, notices sent to Google last week by an anti-piracy company working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship are the most cringe-worthy yet, and a direct result of a carpet-bombing approach to takedowns when a precision strike was needed.
- Supreme Court Orders RapidShare to Police the Internet
The Supreme Court in Germany has confirmed that RapidShare has an obligation to actively police the Internet to thwart piracy. As a result the Swiss company has become the first cloud hosting provider required by law to monitor external websites for incoming links to infringing files. In addition, users of the file-hosting service now have to face the possibility that sharing files anonymously via the service will be disallowed in future.
- Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again, ‘Iron Man 3′ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Conjuring.’ ‘The Great Gatsby’ completes the top three.
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