Copyright infringement

  1. 84% of Content Consumed in Spain is Pirated

    April 10, 2014 6:55 PM EDT % of content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to new report that adds more fuel to fiery debate in piracy-plagued country. Eighty-four percent of all online content consumed in Spain is pirated, according to a study of 2013 Internet trend ...

  2. Russia Amends Anti-Piracy Law to Specify Procedure for Blocking Illegal Content

    December 03, 2013 12:47 PM EST New amendments to the Russian anti-piracy law clearly stipulate a procedure for blocking web sites carrying illegitimate content, introducing fines of up to $30,000 for hosting providers and site owners. When a new anti-piracy legislation came int ...

  3. Russian Social Networking Site Vkontakte Wins Copyright Case Against Music Label

    October 25, 2013 5:15 PM EDT The Russian social networking web site Vkontakte has won a court case against local music label Soyuz, a verdict apparently out of synch with the most recent copyright trends in Russia. Meanwhile, the site has also announced plans to create a pa ...

  4. U.K. Digital Content Piracy Rises Slightly

    May 29, 2013 9:31 AM EDT About 30 percent of U.K. Internet users who accessed digital content illegally streamed or downloaded films, TV shows or music at least once in the most recent quarter, for which data is available, according to British media regulator Ofcom. The ...

  5. Spain Begins Implementing Anti-Piracy Sinde Laws Amidst Controversy

    June 29, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Bajui.com is one of eight sites being targeted by Spain's new Sinde Laws for having copyrighted material on their site. After two years fighting popular and legal challenges, Spain took the offensive and began targeting online piracy with an ...

  6. New Japanese Law Could Mean Jail Time for Illegal Downloaders

    June 21, 2012 11:11 AM EDT Japan's Parliament has added teeth to a law originally passed in 2010 to assess stiff penalties to illegal downloaders: Those found with pirated music or movie files could face up to two years in prison and a fine of 2 million yen ($24,995). ...

  7. Universal-Veoh Lawsuit May Be Revisited, Define New Copyright Infringement Standards

    June 08, 2012 10:34 AM EDT In a surprising twist of events, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals might re-examine the standards by which Internet Service Providers qualify for "safe harbor" from copyright infringement liability by directly addressing what happened two ...

  8. British High Court Orders ISPs To Block Pirate Bay

    April 30, 2012 1:28 PM EDT The British High Court has ordered five of the U.K.'s biggest ISPs to block users from accessing illegal file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. The ruling by Justice Arnold was made late last Friday (April 27) and was officially announced today. I ...

  9. YouTube Copyright Infringement Suit Reinstated By Appeals Court

    April 05, 2012 1:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court reinstated a copyright case against YouTube on Thursday, finding that a jury could conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights when it allowed the distribution of videos of popular ...

  10. RapidShare Case to Go to German Supreme Court

    March 28, 2012 8:24 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for copyright law, a long-running legal battle between music rights association GEMA and Swiss-based file-sharing site RapidShare is heading to the German Supreme Court. GEMA a ...

  11. RIAA CEO/Chairman Says ISPs Ready To Police Copyright This Summer: Report

    March 15, 2012 9:16 AM EDT The country's largest Internet service providers, including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon and Time Warnerm, may begin policing U.S. copyright infringement as soon July, according to a report on CNET. The news came from Cary Sherman, CEO/chair ...

  12. British ISPs BT, TalkTalk Lose Challenge To U.K. Digital Economy Act

    March 06, 2012 9:15 AM EST BT and TalkTalk, two of the United Kingdom's biggest ISPs, have lost their long-running challenge to the U.K. Digital Economy Act, removing one of the main obstacles to the Act finally coming into effect. The court judgment was announced toda ...

  13. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  14. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  15. Billboard Power 100: Cary Sherman

    January 26, 2012 9:05 PM EST No. 76 Cary Sherman Chairman/CEO RIAA Your man in Washington ... At a time when major-label groups are struggling to defend and monetize their intellectual property, it helps that their chief advocate on Capitol Hill is a veteran IP attorney. RIAA ...

  16. IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: The Effectiveness of Anti-Piracy Strategies

    January 23, 2012 7:01 PM EST The main news to come out of IFPI's Digital Music Report 2012 is that digital sales and services grew by 8% in 2011 to $5.2 billion, combined with a slowing decline in the overall recorded music market, which fell 3% from a total trade value ...

  17. Is Pablo Soto Spain's P2P Robin Hood Or A Music Piracy Enabler?

    December 28, 2011 9:16 AM EST MADRID - Pablo Soto is a hero, a Robin-Hood of sorts, for the global peer-to-peer (P2P) community, a title he rejects even after his recent epic court victory against the American music and movie industries that have targeted him for years. His lu ...

  18. Business Matters: Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case

    December 20, 2011 8:47 PM EST Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case -- An appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling that online video service Veoh is protected by the DMCA's "safe harbor" that limits digital service providers' liability for ...

  19. Australia's ISPs Proposes Controversial Anti-Piracy Plan

    December 05, 2011 2:12 PM EST Australia's biggest ISPs are about to embark on a trial, which comes close to emulating the "graduated response" schemes in other countries. It's close, but it misses the target, copyright owners say. The Communications Allianc ...

  20. Must-Read Excerpt From Robert Levine's 'Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back'

    November 02, 2011 9:19 AM EDT [Not] Paid In Full: Why Creators Must Reassert Their Rights In The Information Economy Piracy isn't just draining record-label revenue-it's threatening the economic viability of creating content. In his new book, "Free Ride: How Dig ...

  21. U.K. Retailers Hit Out At Digital Economy Act's Lack of Progress

    September 15, 2011 8:33 AM EDT A lack of progress in implementing the U.K. Digital Economy Act is costing British retailers millions, according to U.K. trade body the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). Speaking at the organization's annual general meeting, held in ...

  22. Vanessa Hutley To Lead Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations

    September 02, 2011 10:59 AM EDT A former director at Microsoft will lead the Australian music industry's anti-piracy activities. Starting Sept. 12, Vanessa Hutley will start as General Manager of the Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI), where she succeeds the outgoi ...

  23. Business Matters: Spotify Already Has At Least 1 Million U.S. Users, Source Says

    August 05, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Spotify Already Has Around 1 Million U.S. Users, Says Source -- How is Spotify doing in the U.S.? One industry executive estimates the popular music service, which launched in the U.S. in mid-July, has amassed at least one million total users in j ...

  24. France's HADOPI Sends Out Final Copyright Infringement Notices, But Many Are Critical

    July 19, 2011 12:56 PM EDT The French three-strike copyright protection system created by French Lawmakes in 2010 is entering its third and final phase. More than ten people who allegedly continued downloading copyrighted materials after receiving two warning letters will b ...

  25. Business Matters: World Coming Around to U2 Manager Paul McGuinness' Piracy, ISP Views

    July 12, 2011 7:58 PM EDT Visionary or Apostate? U2 Manager Paul McGuinness -- Paul McGuinness has a guest column in The Telegraph titled "The Age of 'Free' is Coming to an End." It's a well-timed article. Last week, U.S. entertainment companies an ...

  26. Sabiene Heindl, Head of Australia's Music Piracy Investigations, Stepping Down

    June 24, 2011 1:34 PM EDT Sabiene Heindl is leaving Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) unit this September to take duties as senior stakeholder advisor at NBN Co, the firm overseeing construction of the Australian government's proposed $44 bi ...

  27. ISPs Reportedly Joining in Piracy Fight

    June 23, 2011 10:55 AM EDT More than two years ago, the RIAA announced the end of its litigation campaign against individual P2P users, pointing to a new tactic of working with ISPs instead. That plan involved the ISPs voluntarily sending "graduated response" noti ...

  28. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  29. CBS Interactive, CNET Targeted in LimeWire-Related Lawsuit

    May 04, 2011 2:29 PM EDT The legal case against P2P service LimeWire is now spilling over into the broader digital ecosystem. CBS Interactive and CNET were both named in a lawsuit brought by film and music rights holders alleging they were the "main distributor" ...

  30. Baidu to Launch Licensed Music Service in May

    April 06, 2011 7:23 AM EDT Baidu Inc, China's top search engine, will launch a licensed music search service in May, in a move to legitimize its current music search that critics say enables music piracy. Baidu will launch Baidu Ting sometime in May, said Kaiser Kuo, a ...

  31. Ten Years Later, Napster Loses In Court Again

    January 27, 2011 6:04 PM EST Back in the stone age, there was this little company called Napster that completely upended the way that people consumed music. The company was sued into oblivion by the music industry -- well, almost. Ownership changed hands several times, and no ...

  32. Study Says: Smartphone Users Getting App Smart; Over 53 Billion Pirates Served

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Smartphone Users Getting App Smart -- With an estimated 31% of mobile users in the U.S. expected to own a smartphone this year, growing to 43% by 2015, eMarketer takes a look at which of them use their devices to download apps. According to the st ...

  33. Spanish Parliament Dismisses Anti-Download Law; Nation Continues To Be 'Haven for Pirates'

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST After weeks of negotiations and 12 hours of last-minute haggling over amendments, the so-called anti-download law was shot down by the Spanish parliament late Tuesday night. The governing Socialist Party failed to find support from any other polit ...

  34. BPI: Piracy Accounts for 'Only' 75% of All Tracks Acquired Online

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST A quarter of all digital tracks acquired in the U.K. in 2010 are acquired legally, according to figures in the BPI's 39-page Digital Music Nation 2010 report released Thursday. That ratio of legal-to-illegal tracks implies a far better situat ...

  35. Google Announces Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music industry has long wanted Google to more proactively limit access to pirated music content on the Web. Today, Google posted plans that address some of these concerns, but likely not to the extend the music industry would like. Google Gene ...

  36. IFPI Welcomes Google Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST International and U.K. trade bodies have issued positive statements following the announcement by Google that it would introduce four changes to help deter piracy . The 'Making Copyright Work Better Online' measures include preventing te ...

  37. Business Matters: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against a Texas teen for illegally acquiring 37 songs through a file-sharing service. Whitn ...

  38. ICE Shuts U.S File-Sharing Site

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST ICE, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, confirmed it has taken action against websites alleged to be offering pirated content or selling counterfeit products. ICE told the New York Times that the seizures were part of an ongoing inv ...

  39. IFPI Hopeful About Performance Rights In China

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST IFPI chief executive Frances Moore has called for stronger "deterrent penalties" for repeat copyright infringers who are hampering the development of China's music industry. Speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WI ...

  40. Spanish Online Piracy Remains Rampant

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 97% of all music obtained via the Internet in Spain during the first six months of 2010 was downloaded illegally, according to a study by IDC Research. The confirmation of Spain's continuing piracy problem was confirmed by Internet ...

  41. Business Matters: EMI Records v. UPC, Piracy, Amazon and more

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The 'Scourge of Internet Piracy' - The ISPs may have won over record labels in an Irish court, but the judge went to great lengths to describe the damages done by piracy and the obligati ...

  42. Irish Court Ruling Hits Anti-Piracy Hopes

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disappointed Irish record labels are contemplating a court ruling's possible impact upon their attempts to force Internet Service Providers to tackle unauthorised downloading/file-sharing. In a ruling today in the Commercial division of the H ...

  43. British Court Backs ISP On Customer Data Fears

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BT, the U.K.'s largest Internet Service Provider, has been granted a stay of execution by the U.K. High Court in its challenge to efforts by rights holders seeking customer information without strong evidence of copyright infringement. Chief ...

  44. First Anti-Piracy Warnings Issued In France

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French body HADOPI, launched by the government to handle the three-strikes anti-piracy system, confirmed that it has filed its first warning messages. The HADOPI email messages were reportedly sent to infringing users via their respective Internet ...

  45. Business Matters: William Morris, Leahy Bill, Spotify and more

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. IMA Wants William Morris Endeavor Documents -- A California judge must decide if the William Morris Endeavor talent agency must turn over documents related to about 30,000 performances by its arti ...

  46. Pirate Bay Appeal Begins

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Four men behind torrent site the Pirate Bay have launched their appeal bid in Stockholm against their one-year prison sentences. That April 2009 ruling was seen as a victory for the music and movie industries against the Swedish Bit Torrent tracke ...

  47. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  48. Business Matters: Possible Shift In File Share Penalties, BMG Rights Management, 'BlackPad' and more

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Penalties For File Sharers To Fall? -- The penalties given to convicted file sharers could fall dramatically in the future. The Supreme Court has showed interest in a file-sharing case The case is ...

  49. Brazil, Argentina Industry Groups Target Infringing Sites

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music industry groups in Brazil and Argentina have actively targeted infringing sites, shutting down 12 Internet sites that offered unauthorized musical content during the period between July 13 and August 10. In Brazil, the Association of Music P ...

  50. U.K. Digital Economy Act: What Labels Will Pay

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following a consultation, the U.K. government has set out how costs are to be shared as part of the Digital Economy Act's measures to tackle online infringement of copyright. The Act will create a notification system - overseen by telecoms re ...

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