Copyright infringement

  1. 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 ...

  2. French Anti-Piracy Body Launches Information Campaign

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French body HADOPI, the authority in charge of regulating the country's new three-strikes scheme, has launched a public information campaign about the anti-piracy measures. Around 260,000 advisory leaflets were distributed to motorists on ...

  3. LiveUniverse Hit With Contempt Of Court

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Federal Court judge has found that LiveUniverse, which owns websites that display song lyrics, in contempt of court for failing to comply with its May 24 injunction to remove infringing unlicensed material from its websites. The injunction came ...

  4. IFPI Welcomes Chinese Anti-Piracy Action

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has welcomed action by the Chinese authorities to curtail unlicensed music websites. China's Ministry of Culture identified a list of 117 copyright infringing music sites in April and produced another list of 68 sites last month. The ...

  5. Bulgarian Pirate Sites Shut Down

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What IFPI claims was the largest-ever operation to tackle internet piracy in Bulgaria has resulted in the closure of four websites suspected of illegally distributing music, films, games and software on a massive scale. Bulgarian web sites nanoset ...

  6. Jailed U.K. Music Pirate Must Pay Labels Compensation

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint operation led by the IFPI and U.K. labels body the BPI has led to a convicted music pirate being ordered to pay £170,000 ($263,000) in record company compensation. The ruling was made today (July 27) by Judge Inigo Bing at Snaresbrook Crow ...

  7. Dutch ISPs Won't Have To Block Pirate Bay

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Dutch court has ruled that two of the leading Internet Service Providers in the Netherlands will not have to block access to the Pirate Bay for their subscribers. TorrentFreak reports that the court found there was no evidence that the majority ...

  8. Colleges Become Reluctant Allies In Fighting Piracy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Starting this month, colleges and universities that don't do enough to combat the illegal swapping of "Avatar" or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding. A provision of the Higher Edu ...

  9. Analysis: British Consumers Warmer, But Still Split, On Graduated Response

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British consumers have become more supportive of the tactics ISPs would employ in a graduated response campaign against digital piracy, according to a survey by Ipsos MORI. As reported at Music Ally , 53% of people surveyed – up from 48% last year ...

  10. Music Rights Now Campaign Launches, Urges Biz To Call On Gov’t

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In conjunction with the RIAA, Universal Music Group Distribution has started a Facebook page where it is encouraging the public to lobby elected officials in Washington for stronger measures against online music piracy. The “Music Rights Now” Face ...

  11. IFPI Tackles Google On Pirate Bay

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following U.K. trade body the BPI's takedown notice to Google (Billboard.biz, June 21), the IFPI has also taken action against the search engine. The BPI's takedown notice demanded it remove links to 17 songs from artists including Emine ...

  12. U.S. Gov't To Target Music, Movie Pirates

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The United States will go after foreign websites that pirate American music and movie as part of a new national strategy to reduce intellectual property theft, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. "This is theft, clear and simple," ...

  13. Google Targeted For Linking To Infringing Songs

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Google about to be hit with a major new lawsuit for linking to copyright infringing songs? A UK trade group representing more than 300 record companies including UMG, Sony and Warner Bros. has sent Google a takedown notice demanding it remove l ...

  14. Guvera Reveals User Numbers, Plans Expansion

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported digital music service Guvera has revealed some user-habits for the first time since its March launch. The service currently counts more than 75,000 users across both its U.S. and Australian operations, with a nudge over 40,000 hailing ...

  15. Ofcom Publishes U.K. Anti-Piracy Plan

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A proposed code of practice covering the anti-piracy measures for the U.K. has been published by the telecoms regulator Ofcom. It will allow for the implementation of legislative measures contained in the Digital Economy Act. The code is now subje ...

  16. Business Matters: Live Nation, LimeWire, Eircom, Isohunt and More

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter -- Live Nation shut down its music and entertainment news site LiveDaily on Friday, May 21. The Ticketmaster-owned site debuted in 1998. ( @livedaily ) -- The New York Times’ article “Man Behind the Service” takes a ...

  17. U.S. Claims On Copyright Piracy 'Groundless,' Says China

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "groundless" U.S. accusations that China is failing to crack down on copyright piracy, ahead of talks with top U.S. officials next week, Xinhua News Agency reported. It quoted Foreign Ministry spokes ...

  18. RIAA Wins Big In LimeWire Lawsuit

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry scored a major victory today when a federal judge granted a summary judgment against peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire for copyright infringement. The ruling faults both the parent company, Lime Group, and its founder M ...

  19. Google Sues Indie Label Over Copyright Claims

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google has taken the rare step of asking a California judge to declare that by linking to copyright-infringing works on Rapidshare , the search giant is not facilitating the illegal distribution of copyrighted songs. Last year, Blue Destiny Record ...

  20. Survey: Hong Kong Residents Open To Graduated Response

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A survey of 1,000 people sponsored by International Federation Against Copyright Theft – Greater China (IFACT-GC) indicates Hong Kong residents are fairly receptive to the idea of a graduated response approach to fighting piracy. Most (87%) of peo ...

  21. Publishers, Collective Rights Ask Congress To Assist ISPs

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In providing public comment to the Federal Communication Commission on preserving an open Internet, a group of U.S. music publishers and collective rights organizations have asked that Congress consider empowering Internet Service Providers (ISP) ...

  22. NZ Anti-Piracy Bill Passes First Reading

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand's Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill has unanimously passed its first reading in parliament. The graduated response system was described by commerce minister Simon Power as "a fair and balanced process to deal ...

  23. New Zealand Music Fans Urged To Inform On Pirates

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new Web site encouraging consumers to report instances of music piracy has just been launched by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. The site www.reportmusicpiracy.co.nz allows users to lodge a complaint with RIANZ about illegal m ...

  24. U.K. Biz, IFPI Welcome Digital Economy Act

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry and the IFPI have welcomed the passing of the Digital Economy Bill through parliament. The legislation including anti-piracy measures was rushed through the Commons - to the concern of some MPs, Internet Service Providers a ...

  25. U.K. Anti-Piracy Law To Allow Appeals

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government says it will add measures to the Digital Economy Bill that will create an appeals procedure for those accused of online copyright infringement. Stephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, confirmed today (March 22) that &q ...

  26. Study: French Law Fails To Deter Piracy So Far

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A French academic study is casting doubt on the likely success of the French 'Hadopi' anti-piracy law. The three-strikes plan was voted through in France in September 2009, although has yet to be implemented. Hadopi is the name of the go ...

  27. AFACT To Appeal iiNet File-Sharing Ruling

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Australian court tussle between the movie studios and the iiNet Internet service provider is back on again. The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, an umbrella organization for the country's film and TV industries, earlier this ...

  28. Pirate Music Operation Raided Down Under

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Cops in the Australian state of Victoria have shuttered what has been described as one of the country's largest illegal music-burning operations. Almost 100 CD burners and roughly 25,000 discs containing pirated music were seized during a rai ...

  29. Ad-Supported Guvera Launches Down Under

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported digital music startup Guvera has quietly launched in beta mode down under. The Gold Coast, Australia-based company today (Feb. 2) revealed that its local service was activated last week with more than 40 Australian advertisers taking ...

  30. Report: Three-Strikes On ACTA Agenda

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Three-strikes style measures to tackle illegal file-sharing are being secretly discussed at the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) talks in Mexico. The Financial Times reports that activists and industry groups have confirmed the talks, wh ...

  31. IFPI Members Lose Second Suit Against Baidu

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Baidu has welcomed a Chinese court's ruling against three major labels that had accused two of China's top search engines of linking to illegal music downloads. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court found in favor of China's largest ...

  32. Business Matters: Bono, Google, Lala, Three-Strikes Law

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- France's three-strikes law was to be implemented on January 1, but a report says the country's commission on computer science and fre ...

  33. Torrent Site isoHunt Loses Court Battle

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST British Columbia-based torrent site isoHunt has been handed a huge blow, having lost a summary judgment in a California court battle with the Motion Picture Association of America. isoHunt, which is run by Richmond, BC-resident Gary Fung, had argu ...

  34. JASRAC Wins Case Against Japanese Video-Sharing Site

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Japanese authors' and composers' society JASRAC has won a lawsuit against a Tokyo-based video-sharing site. In its ruling, the Tokyo District Court ordered Just Online, the operator of the video-sharing site TV Break, to halt distrib ...

  35. U.K. Biz Welcomes Publication Of Anti-Piracy Measures

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has welcomed the publication of the Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing. For now, the focus is on warning letters to deter file-sharing. But the Bill also includes three-strikes prov ...

  36. Spanish Govt Rules Out Three-Strikes Law

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain does not intend to disconnect Internet users who repeatedly ignore warnings not to download copyright protected content, culture minister Angeles González-Sinde said on a breakfast-time TV show today (Nov. 5). This is despite a European Unio ...

  37. Study: Piracy Impacted By Price, Punishment and Morality

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new study finds three things have a negative impact on the likelihood a person will obtain a song illegally: willingness to pay; perceived likeliness of facing a lawsuit; and morality. Marc F. Bellemere of Duke University and Andrew M. Holmberg ...

  38. 200 Spanish File-Sharing Sites Identified

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The names of 200 Web sites that offer links to illegal downloads in Spain are to be given to the Spanish industry ministry as the first major move in the fight against online music piracy, it was announced in Madrid today (Oct. 19) at the presenta ...

  39. UK Report Guides Debate On Govt Anti-Piracy Role

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The All Party Parliamentary Communications Group apComms , a group created to provide discussion between the communications industry and British Parliamentarians, released a report on Thursday that is the culmination of an inquiry into what role g ...

  40. Business Matters: Copyright Debate, Nielsen, WMG

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- News of it has gone almost unnoticed in the U.S., so you may not know the Canadian government is consulting on copyright in advance of new copy ...

  41. Business Matters: UMG, Facebook, Mininova, Anti-Piracy Debate

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. - For complete reading on the UK government's latest position on file sharing, read the entire five-page statement on proposed P2P file-shari ...

  42. Australian Convicted For Global Piracy Operation

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Melbourne Magistrates Court has handed a criminal conviction to an Australian man who played a leading role in a global piracy operation. Mathew Zore operated a sophisticated international CD and DVD operation from Bentleigh East in Melbourne& ...

  43. Jury Awards $675K In Boston Music Downloading Case

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Boston University student has been ordered to pay $675,000 to four record labels for illegally downloading and sharing music. Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., admitted he downloaded and distributed 30 songs. The only issue for the jury to de ...

  44. Pirate Bay Hires Ex-Grokster Prez Wayne Rosso

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former Grokster president Wayne Rosso says he has been hired to help relaunch the Pirate Bay, which the Swedish software firm Global Gaming Factory is in the process of acquiring. Last month Global Gaming Factory (GGF) said a new business model fo ...

  45. Deeper Look: EU Chief's Anti-Piracy Plans

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EU Telecommunications Commissioner Viviane Reding believes music download pricing should be simplified and harmonized in order to prevent piracy. Reding made these comments last week during a speech about digital Europe at an event in Brussels hel ...

  46. Report: UK Reduces Anti-Piracy Goals

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a letter leaked to the Times , UK Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw indicated the government has reduced its goal for a 70% reduction in digital piracy in two to three years. That two- to three-year span, according to Bradshaw, started with the te ...

  47. Labels' Usenet.com Victory Could Set Important Precedent

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry has racked up another significant legal victory over an Internet-based piracy facilitator. In a bluntly worded 38-page opinion, a Manhattan federal judge ruled Tuesday that a service called Usenet.com violated copyright law ...

  48. Web Reaction: The Pirate Bay Sale To Swedish Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News that Global Gaming Factory X, a Swedish gaming company, had acquired The Pirate Bay has executives and experts around the world scratching their heads. The broad goal of the company is to create business models that ensures content providers ...

  49. Briefs: Piracy, Live Nation, Millennium Music

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of UK Music , wrote an op-ed for the Guardian that addresses criticism of trade groups' estimates of damages from digital piracy. The short version: it wasn't our estimates, we get a lot of competition ...

  50. Italian Piracy Operators Forfeit $3.3 Million

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An Italian judge in Milan has ordered the operators of pirate music Web sites to forfeit more than 2.4 million euros ($3.3 million) following an investigation into copyright infringement. It follows an investigation and legal proceedings against v ...

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