Crimes

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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). ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Johnny Gill's Twitter Rants Against Record Exec Could Set Defamation Precedent

    August 17, 2011 7:51 AM EDT When Notifi Records CEO Ira DeWitt sued former New Edition singer Johnny Gill last week for alleged defamation on Twitter, the executive became the latest test subject for how comments online will be treated by the courts. According to the lawsuit ...

  5. DA: Worker Stole $421,000 From Roadrunner Records

    June 17, 2011 7:28 PM EDT New York City prosecutors say a former payroll manager embezzled about $421,000 at a record label that features rock artists ranging from Megadeth to the Steve Miller Band. Sharanda Houser on Friday pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and falsifyi ...

  6. Vice President Joe Biden Calls Piracy 'Outright Theft'

    April 15, 2011 2:34 PM EDT Vice President Joe Biden has left little doubt where the White House stands on piracy. In response to questions from Variety Biden expanded on his previous comments on piracy, revealing a determination to protect the country's intellectual pr ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. U.K. Court Clears P2P Site Owner Of Fraud

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a blow to the U.K. music industry's efforts to tackle piracy, a jury at Teeside Crown Court has cleared a 26-year-old software engineer who ran the BitTorrent tracker Oink of conspiracy to defraud. Alan Ellis from Middlesbrough was accused ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 4 Years For Use Of Software To Steal IDs

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A man was sentenced to more than four years in prison Monday in what prosecutors said was the first federal case against someone using file-sharing software to steal identities. Gregory Kopiloff pleaded guilty in November to mail fraud, aggravated ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Mayors' Conference Prioritizes Anti-Piracy Fight

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed an historic resolution this week that prioritizes the implementation of stronger training, education and enforcement policies across all levels of government to fight the theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Calif. Music Pirates Plead Guilty

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two men pleaded guilty today (April 3) to criminal copyright infringement and other charges, admitting their involvement in the largest music manufacturing piracy seizure in the United States. Two men pleaded guilty today (April 3) to criminal cop ...

  37. U.K. Industries Unite On Black Market Sting

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Authorities today (March 16) completed what has been described as the biggest-ever crackdown on counterfeiters and benefit fraudsters ever seen in Britain. Authorities today (March 16) completed what has been described as the biggest-ever crackdow ...

  38. U.K. Industries Unite On Black Market Sting

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Authorities today (March 16) completed what has been described as the biggest-ever crackdown on counterfeiters and benefit fraudsters ever seen in Britain. Authorities today (March 16) completed what has been described as the biggest-ever crackdow ...

  39. Gov Schwarzenegger Signs Anti-Piracy Law

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sets new felony threshold at 100 units. Sets new felony threshold at 100 units. News ...

  40. Counterfeiting Bill Passes Calif Assembly

    February 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Expected to be signed by Governor in days. The California Assembly unanimously passed a bill yesterday (Feb. 14) that would make it a felony to possess 100 or more audio recordings when the name of the owner or artist is concealed for some commerc ...

  41. Cassidy Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Baby-faced rapper Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault Tuesday (Jan. 24) in what prosecutors called the planned ambush of a man who had argued with the musician. Baby-faced rapper Cassidy was convicted of involu ...

  42. Italian Anti-Piracy Activity Rises In 2005

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Italy's authorities ramped up their anti-piracy activities in 2005, new figures illustrate. More than 1.6 million pre-recorded CD-Rs were seized last year, up by 21% with respect to 2004, according to Italy's authorities ramped up their ...

  43. Italian Anti-Piracy Activity Rises In 2005

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Millions of CDs seized, 519 arrests made. Italy's authorities ramped up their anti-piracy activities in 2005, new figures illustrate. More than 1.6 million pre-recorded CD-Rs were seized last year, up by 21% with respect to 2004, according to ...

  44. DOJ Unveils Anti Piracy Legislative Package

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bainwol, RIAA hail IP protection plans. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales yesterday (Nov. 10) said the Department of Justice has a proposed legislative package ready for introduction in Congress aimed at cracking down on copyright crimes and ...

  45. IFPI, MPA In New Anti-Piracy Initiative

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT International labels' trade body the IFPI has joined forces with the movie industry to distribute free anti-piracy software designed to block illegal file-sharing on computers. LONDON -- International labels' trade body the IFPI has join ...

  46. IFPI, MPA In New Anti-Piracy Initiative

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Free software to block illegal file-sharing. International music industry trade body the IFPI has joined forces with the movie industry to distribute a free anti-piracy software designed to block illegal file-swapping on computers. Called Digital ...

  47. IFPI, MPA In New Anti-Piracy Initiative

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT International music industry trade body the IFPI has joined forces with the movie industry to distribute a free anti-piracy software designed to block illegal file-swapping on computers. International music industry trade body the IFPI has joined ...

  48. Behind the Deal: U.S. & U.K. Libel Law

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The trial in the <u>libel case</u> filed in London by film director Roman Polanski over a Vanity Fair magazine article is expected to begin the week of July 18. The July 2002 article described how the The trial in the libel case filed ...

  49. Aussie Web Operator Liable For Linking

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federal Court on July 14 found a Web site operator liable for copyright infringement for posting hyperlinks to other sites offering illegal MP3 downloads. The decision also found the si SYDNEY -- The Australian Federal Court on July ...

  50. Aussie Web Site Guilty In Landmark C'Right Case

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Federal Court yesterday (July 14) found a Web site guilty of copyright infringement for posting hyperlinks to other sites offering illegal MP3 downloads. The decision also found the sit The Australian Federal Court yesterday (July 1 ...

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