Copyright infringement

  1. Japan Strengthens Copyright Law

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese parliament has passed an amendment to the existing Copyright Law that extends further protections to copyright holders and, for the first time, makes it illegal for private users to download copyrighted material that has been uploaded ...

  2. German Publishers Demand Govt Action On Piracy

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German music publishers have called upon the federal government to implement a warning system to clamp down on the illegal use of music on the Internet. At the German Music Publishers Association's (DMV) annual conference in Dresden, DMV pres ...

  3. UMG's Lucian Grainge Joins Call To Tackle Piracy

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has joined with four other high-ranking U.K. media chief executives to call on the government to propose tough action on Internet piracy in its forthcoming Digital Britain report. ...

  4. Briefs: Piracy, Increased Rates, Twitter

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A wide-ranging study from the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP) puts a £10 billion (US $ 16.6 billion) price tag on UK digital piracy and estimates between 44% and 79% of global Internet traffic is due to file sharing. ...

  5. Thousands Of Pirate Discs Seized Down Under

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australia's Music Industry Piracy Investigations unit played its part last week in two major operations in the state of Victoria, culminating in the seizure of thousands of illegal CDs and DVDs. Acting on a tip off from the public, Victorian ...

  6. Report: Majors Pursue Pirate Bay Hosting Co

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following the Swedish court victory against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay in April, the majors are now reportedly taking further legal action against three of the men convicted and the Web company that is said to host the site. According to Sw ...

  7. Pirate Jailed Down Under

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Sydney magistrate has sentenced a man to nine months jail for piracy offenses, the longest custodial sentence ever handed down for copyright infringement in Australia. Magistrate Pearce in the Burwood Local Court today sentenced 45-year-old Qing ...

  8. Taiwan Passes Three-Strikes Piracy Law

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's legislature has passed an amendment to the island's copyright act aimed at discouraging digital copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks and increasing the responsibility of ISPs. Based on the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court de ...

  9. Billboard Q&A: Lawyers Analyze Pirate Bay Case

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A week after the court ruling in Stockholm against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, the case is still making headlines and generating huge coverage online, which looks set to continue as the four defendants plan to appeal the verdict of a one-ye ...

  10. Pirate Bay: What About Google?

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Pirate Bay's spokesman Peter Sunde, sentenced to a year in prison for his role in the BitTorrent tracker, was defiant in his response to the Swedish court's verdict and raised the issue of Google providing links to copyrighted materi ...

  11. Spanish Man Behind P2P Site Jailed

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Spanish court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to six months in jail for operating an illegal file-sharing Web site. The verdict coincides with the April 7 appointment of new Spanish culture minister Ángeles Gónzalez-Sinde, who has voiced her str ...

  12. Pirate Bay Tests Privacy Service

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Pirate Bay is beta testing virtual private network (VPN) software, which would enable file-sharers to use the Swedish BitTorrent tracker without leaving a data trail. The service will cost around €5 ($6.67) a month. The IPREDator is named afte ...

  13. Brazilian Authorities Take Down Music Community

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As part of its ongoing battle against online piracy, IFPI's Brazilian chapter (ABPD) in conjunction with the country's Cinema and Music Anti Piracy Organization (APCM) joined with Google Brazil to take down what executives are calling th ...

  14. Irish ISPs Reject Labels' 'Three Strikes' Demand

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Internet Service Providers' Association of Ireland (ISPAI) has issued a statement rebuffing the majors' "spurious" threats of legal action over broadband subscribers who are infringing copyright. Following an out of court s ...

  15. Poll: 45% Say P2P OK

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Forty-five percent of Canadians believe that those using peer-to-peer services to freely download music and movies are "doing what people should be able to do on the Internet," according to a poll by Canadian firm Angus Reid Strategies. ...

  16. U.K. Govt Warns Biz On File-Sharing

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has begun consultation on a proposed digital rights agency to encourage legitimate online entertainment services and reduce piracy, while warning that it will consider far-reaching legislation to tackle P2P activity if the biz ...

  17. Judge Rules Against P2P IsoHunt

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A British Columbia Supreme Court Judge ruled yesterday against a motion brought forward by Torrent site isoHunt seeking to clarify whether it was infringing on copyright material. The motion for declaratory relief was brought forward by isoHunt fo ...

  18. Pirate Bay Supporters Hack IFPI Site

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The fourth day of the Pirate Bay trial in Stockholm coincided with an attack on international trade body the IFPI's Web operation. The IFPI's Swedish arm is coordinating the music companies' damages claim for €2.2 million compensati ...

  19. Pirate Bay Trial Begins In Sweden

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Four men involved with file-sharing Web site the Pirate Bay went on trial in Stockholm today (Feb. 16) accused of breaking Swedish copyright law, by enabling users to download copyrighted material including music, films and games. There is huge gl ...

  20. eBay Joins Industry Trust For IP Awareness

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Leading online marketplace eBay has become a member of the Industry Trust for Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness Ltd, describing the move as a firm statement on its commitment in the fight against copyright piracy. The announcement is the next s ...

  21. U.K. Govt Proposes Anti-Piracy 'Rights Agency'

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The British government has delivered a series of proposals aimed at tackling peer-to-peer file-sharing, as part of its Digital Britain interim report. Following the memorandum of understanding last summer between labels, the film industry, six ISP ...

  22. BPI Angry At U.K. Minister's File-Sharing Stance

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST British recorded music body, the BPI, has reacted angrily to reported comments from a U.K. minister about the government's approach to involving Internet service providers (ISPs) in the prevention of music piracy. In an interview with the Tim ...

  23. Industry Tight-Lipped on 'Digital Britain Report'

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Trade bodies remain unaffected by an article in the Financial Times that reveals insider details about the proposed "Digital Britain Report" from the U.K.'s new communications minister, Lord Carter. A spokesperson from the Departmen ...

  24. Aus Cops Seize 1 Million Pirate Asian Discs

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Police in the Australian state of New South Wales have confiscated an estimated one million illegally-manufactured Asian music and movie discs, in what is understood to be a record seizure of its kind in the country. Authorities made the find duri ...

  25. Aussie Internet Cafe Fined For Copyright Infringement

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST An Australian court has handed down a large fine to an Internet café which charged customers an hourly rate to download illegal music and movie files. The Interville Technology café on central Sydney's Pitt Street was fined $82,000 Australian ...

  26. Law Professor Fires Back At Song-Swapping Suits

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST The music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online is coming under counterattack. A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry ...

  27. U.K. Music Backs Govt Proposal On ISPs

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. Music, the recently formed umbrella organization encompassing the major British music-industry groups, has declared its support for a co-regulatory system between ISPS, the music industry and a government-appointed body to ensure ISPs tackle ...

  28. Bush Signs Controversial Anti-Piracy Law

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law on Monday a controversial bill that would stiffen penalties for movie and music piracy at the federal level. The law creates an intellectual property czar who will report directly to the president on h ...

  29. Judge Grants New Trial In Thomas Downloading Case

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge granted a new trial to a Minnesota woman convicted of pirating music files in the nation's first file-sharing trial, ruling Wednesday he made an error in the jury instructions that "substantially prejudiced" her righ ...

  30. Italy's Largest BitTorrent Site Shuttered

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian authorities have closed down Colombo-BT.org, the country's largest BitTorrent tracker site, the IFPI reported today. The closure follows an extensive investigation by the Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police), which worked in tandem with ...

  31. Spanish Biz Must Adopt Tough Piracy Tactics, Says Kennedy

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two leading lights in the European fight against digital piracy and illegal P2P file-sharing have thrown their support behind a new Spanish music and movie business campaign to end Spain's black image as the worst piracy offender among the to ...

  32. Spanish Piracy Highlighted Ahead Of Conference

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain has become "a true paradise for digital piracy" with 8.8 million of the country's 44 million population downloading music and movies illegally, a new report revealed Monday. The report, based on more than 2,000 interviews with ...

  33. Movie Studios Win $110 Million Judgment

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major motion picture studios have been awarded $110 million judgment against TorrentSpy operator Valence Media today in Los Angeles for infringing rights in movies and television programs. The federal District Court late last year entered a defaul ...

  34. Aus Cops Bust Alleged Piracy Ring

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested and charged a 36-year-old Sydney man with copyright infringement following a major anti-piracy sting. The man was bailed and will appear before the Central Local Court on May 13. Criminal penalties ...

  35. Baidu Responds To Lawsuit

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Popular Beijing-based search engine Baidu has responded to a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against it on Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People ...

  36. NZ Biz Keen To Engage With ISPs

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand recorded music industry intends to work closely with Internet service providers to ensure new copyright legislation works against online pirates. The Copyright (New Technologies and Performers' Rights) Amendment Bill, the bigg ...

  37. NZ Approves Long-Awaited Copyright Legislation

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The biggest overhaul of New Zealand copyright legislation in almost two decades has finally been passed. The Copyright (New Technologies and Performers' Rights) Amendment Bill -- which dates back to 2003 -- had its third and final reading in ...

  38. Baidu Challenged With $9M Copyright Lawsuit

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has agreed to hear a copyright-infringement suit against web portal Baidu. The suit was filed Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong, the IFPI ...

  39. Court Backs Majors On File-Sharing Question

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major labels today prevailed in a federal District Court in New York on a controversial legal question over unauthorized sharing of music files. In denying a motion to dismiss the labels' complaint, the court provided specific language for th ...

  40. Piracy Wrecking Indian Music Biz, Report Claims

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new study claims the Indian entertainment business loses $4 billion a year to piracy. The Indian music industry alone lost $325 million to piracy last year, according to the report, titled "The Effects of Counterfeiting and Piracy on India& ...

  41. ISPs Can't ID File-Sharers, German Court Says

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry insists it is unconcerned by a recent court ruling which protects the identity of file-sharers. The German federal constitutional court in Karlsruhe on March 19 ruled that only in "heavy" cases such as terroris ...

  42. Sweden to Get Tough on File-Sharers

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Swedish courts will soon be able to force the country's Internet providers to hand out information on suspected file-sharers in a move to crackdown on online piracy, the culture and justice ministers said Friday. File-sharing can be traced by ...

  43. Canadian Music Week Kicks Off

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The opening day of Canadian Music Week saw heated discussion on who should pay for losses incurred by record companies due to piracy, with many suggesting Internet service providers are central to a solution. A standing-room only crowd watched a g ...

  44. MCSC, R2G Fire Shots At Baidu

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based Web portal Baidu has once again been accused of copyright violation -- this time by authors' group the Music Copyright Society of China (MCSC) and digital music distributor R2G. "Baidu has camouflaged its illegal activities ...

  45. Aus Gov't Eyes 'Three Strikes' Download Law

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian government has signalled it is looking at a "three strikes" legislation that would see constant illegal files downloaders lose their Internet access. Under the proposal -- similar to a plan being considered by the British ...

  46. Brit Gov't Supports Action On File-Sharing

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The British government has vowed to take up the fight on illegal file-sharing as part of a multi-stage action plan intended to ensure the prosperity of the country's creative industries. Should the recording industry fail to break its impasse ...

  47. ISPs Facing U.K. Piracy Legislation

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The BPI has urged ISPs to work with the music industry as the U.K. government prepares to announce proposals to deal with illegal file-sharing. The trade body today said it applauded the government's willingness to tackle the issue. It follow ...

  48. Irish Court Imprisons Counterfeit CD Seller

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) struck another blow in the battle against music piracy this week when a Dublin court handed a prison sentence to a man caught selling CDs illegally. In the Tallaght District Court, Judge McDonnell on Tue ...

  49. IFPI Welcomes Euro Court File-sharing Ruling

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has welcomed a judgement on intellectual property rights by the European Court of Justice, even though it ruled in favour of a Spanish telecom company's right not to disclose information about illegal file-sharing. The London-based g ...

  50. Healthy Digital Biz Needs Gov't, ISP Help, IFPI Says

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Led by single-track downloads, worldwide digital music sales reached $2.9 billion in 2007, up almost 40% from the previous year, according to a new publication issued by the IFPI. Digital formats now account for roughly 15% of the global music mar ...

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