Copyright trolling is usually handled in the civil courts but over in Poland, things are getting out of control. Police have reportedly visited hundreds of homes and seized hundreds of computers, each alleged to have shared a movie without permission. There are fears that up to 40,000 people could eventually be affected.
UK music industry group BPI has hit a new milestone this weekend after the group reported its 250 millionth infringing link to Google. According to BPI, the volume of requests shows that search engines have to do more to address the piracy problem, and they hope that the pending Digital Economy Bill will help to achieve this.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Suicide Squad' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Bad Moms'. 'Don't Breathe' completes the top three.
In partnership with pro-copyright group Creative Future, iKeepSafe has launched a competition asking students to submit projects that promote the creation and ethical sharing of content. Whether kids will take the time to read the small print is debatable, but doing so will provide a valuable lesson in getting a fair price for creative works.
The Pirate Party in Iceland continues its shakeup of the local political arena. According to the latest polls the party now has a serious shot at taking part in the next Government coalition, with roughly 20 percent of all votes one week before the parliamentary elections.
Government officials and representatives from anti-piracy outfits from the United States, Europe and Russia met up in Brussels this week. The roundtable, “Combating Internet Piracy: International Practice”, focused on the need for international cooperation and the strengthening of copyright legislation.
By now, most UK Internet users have gotten used to pirate sites being blocked by their ISPs. However, instead of 'going legal' it turns out that many people simply move on to unblocked sites, or find other tricks to circumvent the restrictions. Today, we take a look at the most used 'pirate' sites in the UK, with some surprising results.
Four years ago a unique FBI operation took down several pirate Android app 'stores' and arrested their operators. One of the defendants went to trial last week but after careful deliberation the jury failed to reach a decision, with a mistrial declared instead. The Department of Justice could move for a retrial but says it will review its options first.
Cisco says it has developed a system to disable live pirate streams . The network equipment company says its Streaming Piracy Prevention platform utilizes third-party forensic watermarking to shut down pirate streams in real-time, without any need to send takedown notices to hosts or receive cooperation from third parties.
Two UK men, who released thousands of movies onto popular torrent sites, lost their appeal this week. The Appeal Court upheld their sentences of more than four years each, arguing that the punishments are "stiff" but not "manifestly excessive".