Copyright infringement

  1. China Court Rejects Yahoo China's 'Deep Linking' Appeal

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on Dec. 20 rejected an appeal by Yahoo China against an April ruling that found it guilty of copyright violation due to its practice of providing "deep links" to Web sites offering unaut ...

  2. Judge Dismisses LimeWire Antitrust Suit

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge on Monday threw out an antitrust lawsuit that the operator of the LimeWire online file-sharing service filed against a coalition of major record labels. U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch in New York ruled that Lime Group LLC fail ...

  3. France Acts To Tackle Internet Piracy

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The international recording industry has welcomed a ground-breaking agreement on tackling internet music and film piracy in France, endorsed by President Sarkozy at its launch in Paris this morning. The agreement provides for the setting up of a g ...

  4. Biz Chiefs Urge EU To Solve China Syndrome

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The cream of the international recorded music industry today called on the European Commission to help solve China's overwhelming music piracy issues. European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson met with a heavyweight industry team whic ...

  5. Yahoo China Appeals 'Deep Link' Ruling

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Yahoo China this week launched an appeal against an April 24 ruling by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court that found Yahoo China parent company, Beijing-based Alibaba, guilty of copyright violation due to the portal's practice ...

  6. Italian Pirates Handed Massive Fines

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Four illegal music uploaders have been handed fines totalling €12 million ($17 million) by Italian authorities. The fines follow a series of raids by officers in the "Guardia di finanza," or fiscal police, in the town of Melegnano, near ...

  7. IFPI Makes Oink Squeal

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music critics beware. The IFPI is putting the clamps on prerelease leaks. London-based IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy says the trade association is taking on so-called "ripping groups" dedicated to getting prerelease music onto the Net a ...

  8. IFPI Lauds Anti-Piracy Trade Agreement

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has welcomed an agreement between the likes of the European Union, the United States and Japan to enter talks on strengthening the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Some of the world's leading markets on Tuesday committed ...

  9. Internet Piracy On The Rise In Spain

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Physical piracy has slumped in Spain over the last year, but illegal music downloading via the Internet is soaring, according to a new report. The Spanish government's Ministry of Culture report on "cultural practices and habits in Spain ...

  10. eDonkey Servers Shut Down

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online music piracy was dealt another blow by the IFPI, the global music industry trade body, following a series of legal actions against illegal file sharers in Germany this week. Local courts granted the organization injunctions to shut down sev ...

  11. Dutch Cops Bust DVD Gang

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dutch Fiscal and Economic Police officials are disassembling a pirate disc factory in the city of Velddriel after a raid on Tuesday yielded illicit CDs and copying hardware. The FIOD-ECD raid followed forensic investigations led by the IFPI, and a ...

  12. Swedish Gov't Press ISPs On C'right Infringement

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has reacted positively to a report commissioned by the Swedish government recommending that Internet service providers take more responsibility for material that infringes copyright. In the report, "Music and Film on the Internet - T ...

  13. Baltic CD Manufacturer Punished For Piracy

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A CD replicating plant described as the biggest in Baltic States has been found guilty of music piracy and ordered to pay €500,000 ($679,000) in compensation to a coalition of 13 record companies, the IFPI said today. The civil action against Balt ...

  14. Veoh Issues Pre-emptive UMG Lawsuit

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Web video sharing service Veoh Networks has filed what it calls a pre-emptive lawsuit against Universal Music Group in the hope of blocking any potential copyright infringement claims by the major label. Veoh, which syndicates video content from B ...

  15. Senate Passes Higher Ed Piracy Amendment

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate today passed an amendment to a higher education bill that requires all universities, for the first time, to provide information to the Department of Education regarding their efforts to stem digital piracy on their computer network ...

  16. ISPs Held Responsible In Belgian P2P Case

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Belgian court has made the unprecedented ruling of declaring Internet Service Providers (ISPs) responsible for illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing via their networks. The June 28 ruling, in a case originally brought by Belgian collection soc ...

  17. Taiwan Outlaws Unauthorized Filesharing

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's legislature has passed changes to the country's Copyright Law, making unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content via peer-to-peer networks a criminal offense for the first time. Passage of the amendments by Taiwan's p ...

  18. Kennedy Delivers Music Matters Keynote

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In his keynote speech at the Music Matters conference in Hong Kong, IFPI CEO John Kennedy likened the problems facing the music industry to the war in Iraq and global warming. "The war against piracy is as difficult as the war in Iraq, while ...

  19. Congress Cranks Up Campus Piracy Inquiry

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Five Congressional leaders yesterday sent letters and surveys to the 20 universities with the highest number of copyright infringement notices for illegal downloading. If the responses show that the universities are not doing enough to prevent pir ...

  20. Latin Anti-Piracy Strategies Shift

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As piracy in the Latin recorded music market moves from physical to digital, trade associations and labels are updating their approaches to keep up. At a Recording Industry Association of America-sponsored panel at the Billboard Latin Music Confer ...

  21. Politician Eyes Taxpayer Money For Piracy War

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The record labels' attempt to curb music piracy on campuses nationwide picked up support this week when a Florida congressman introduced legislation that would allow colleges to use federal funds to reduce student piracy. Rep. Rick Keller, R- ...

  22. Piracy Suits To Fund German Music Education

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Members of the German national IFPI group intend to use the damages won in Internet piracy suits to fund basic music education in schools. As a result of the initiative, dubbed "Musik macht Schule - Schule macht Musik" (music makes schoo ...

  23. Optical Discs Seized In Aussie Raid

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT About 5,000 optical discs were confiscated in a raid Wednesday on an alleged illegal facility operating in the town of Ballina, on the northern New South Wales coast. Among the discs seized were copies of U2, Madonna and Robbie Williams CDs; illic ...

  24. RIAA Targets More Students

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has sent a second wave of pre-litigation settlement letters for the major labels to universities where there is a high number of illegal file sharing today (March 21). As part of a new "deterrence and education" initiative begun ...

  25. Euro-MPs To Establish Penalties For Counterfeiting, Intellectual Piracy

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Draft legislation aimed at establishing Europe-wide criminal penalties for counterfeiting and intellectual piracy are scheduled to be agreed on tomorrow (March 20) by Euro-MPs. The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee is expected to ...

  26. Labels, Publishers Hit Setback In Bertelsmann, Napster Suit

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann won a partial victory yesterday (March 14) in its ongoing battle with labels and publishers over the German company's financial contribution to the original Napster. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal held that Bertelsmann does not ...

  27. UMG, Bolt Settle Out Of Court

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has settled its copyright infringement lawsuit against teen social networking site Bolt out of court. Under the agreement, Bolt will pay UMG damages in the "multi-million dollar" range for past infringement, against ...

  28. Boucher Re-Introduces Fair Use Bill

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the third time in as many Congressional sessions, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would expand the protection of fair use under copyright law. Like the other bills he introduced over the last four years, the new bill could ...

  29. Aussie Piracy Seller Fined

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST A Sydney outdoor market trader caught selling 200 pirated CDs and DVDs has been fined A$22,000 ($16,940). Simeona Nise Tuaopepe was convicted Tuesday (Feb. 13) of eleven criminal copyright offences in the New South Wales Local Court. His fine was ...

  30. MySpace Tests Video Filtering Technology

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST MySpace.com is testing technology from Audible Magic that blocks distribution of user generated videos containing unauthorized copyrighted content. Audible Magic's digital finger printing solution screens video uploaded by users and blocks an ...

  31. IFPI: P2P Still A Crime In Italy

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The issue of downloading in Italy has been at the center of a recent media storm, following the publication of a decision by an court judgment in Rome. The sentence handed down in Italy's foremost criminal court -- Corte di Cassazione -- prom ...

  32. Kuro Case Sets P2P Precedent In China

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Peer-to-peer file-sharing service Kuro has lost a landmark court case in China. The Second Intermediate People Court of Beijing on Dec. 19 ruled that Kuro was liable for infringing intellectual property rights. The complaint, filed by the Shanghai ...

  33. Australian Court Issues Copyright Ruling

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Providing Web links to copyright-protected music is enough to make a site legally liable, an Australian court ruled in a case that created legal uncertainty for search engines around the world. The full bench of the Federal Court, the country' ...

  34. Raid Officers Seize the Days at Czech Piracy Black Spot

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST A massive series of raids on Europe's biggest "piracy black spot" on has led to the seizure of millions of dollars worth of counterfeited goods, including 54,000 illegal CDs. The raids, by Czech customs and police officers during No ...

  35. EC Report Illustrates Swing Toward Online Piracy

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said in a report Friday (Nov. 10) that seizures of counterfeit movies, music and software plummeted by 50% last year. But the Commission -- the European Union's executive body The European Commission said in a report F ...

  36. MySpace Taps Gracenote To Fight Copy Misuse

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Networking site to review audio before its posted. Social Networking giant MySpace says it plans to start blocking distribution of unauthorized music copyrights on its site. The company has inked a deal with Gracenote to provide it with fingerprin ...

  37. YouTube Deletes 30,000 Files

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its Web site following complaints of copyright infringement by 23 Japanese broadcasters and other rights holders, local authors society JASRAC said Oct. 20. YouTube has removed some 30,000 files from its ...

  38. Universal Music Group Sues Networking Sites

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Five companies under the Universal Music Group umbrella have sued the operators of Grouper Networks and Bolt, two online music and video networking sites, for copyright infringement. Five companies under the Universal Music Group umbrella have sue ...

  39. EC Slams China Over Rampant Piracy

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization if it failed to staunch the flow of counterfeit goods into Europe. The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World T ...

  40. EC Slams China Over Rampant Piracy

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization if it failed to staunch the flow of counterfeit goods into Europe. The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World T ...

  41. BPI Urges Tougher Anti-Piracy Penalties

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Study: U.K. lost $312 million in '05 to piracy. To slash CD piracy, which a new survey says cost the U.K. music sector £165 million ($312 million) last year, the British music industry is urging the government to boost anti-crime authorities& ...

  42. MPA Anti-Piracy Sweeps Seize 6.7 Million Discs

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT suspected motion picture pirates arrested. An Asia-wide anti-piracy enforcement sweep, launched by the Motion Picture Assn. in early May, has resulted in a record number of seizures and arrests. Operation Red Card far surpassed previous MPA re ...

  43. IFPI Wins Moscow Piracy Court Case

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has snatched victory against Russobit-Soft, a major Russian pirate-disc manufacturer, following a court ruling in Moscow today (July 13). The IFPI has snatched victory against Russobit-Soft, a major Russian pirate-disc manufacturer, follo ...

  44. IFPI Wins Moscow Piracy Court Case

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has snatched victory against Russobit-Soft, a major Russian pirate-disc manufacturer, following a court ruling in Moscow today (July 13). The IFPI has snatched victory against Russobit-Soft, a major Russian pirate-disc manufacturer, follo ...

  45. Indonesian Raids Seize 434K Pirated Units

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three men arrested. Nearly half a million pirated movie DVD-Rs and music CD-Rs were seized in two Indonesian raids, the Motion Picture Assn. reported yesterday (July 10). On June 20 and June 26, acting on information generated during previous anti ...

  46. BPI Hunts Down More Illegal Filesharers

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT British music industry trade body the BPI has intensified its pursuit of illegal file-sharers by targeting Internet service providers for the first time. British music industry trade body the BPI has intensified its pursuit of illegal file-sharers ...

  47. BPI Hunts Down More Illegal Filesharers

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Organization pursues Internet service providers. British music industry trade body the BPI has intensified its pursuit of illegal file-sharers by targeting Internet service providers for the first time. The labels organization says it has written ...

  48. IFPI To Sue Yahoo China

    July 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI is planning to sue Web portal Yahoo China for copyright infringement. "Yahoo China are operating a service which is infringing on our members' rights," IFPI chairman John Kennedy explained to The IFPI is planning to sue Web ...

  49. IFPI To Sue Yahoo China

    July 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI is planning to sue Web portal Yahoo China for copyright infringement. "Yahoo China are operating a service which is infringing on our members' rights," IFPI chairman John Kennedy explained to The IFPI is planning to sue Web ...

  50. EU, U.S. Join Forces To Stamp Out Piracy

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a new effort to crack down on the massive growth in piracy and counterfeiting of products. The European Union and the United States joined forces Tuesday (June 20) in a ne ...

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