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  1. 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 ...

  2. Spanish Anti-Piracy Law Clears First Hurdle

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The slow march of Spanish anti-piracy legislation resumed today (Sept. 24) when the broad-ranging Sustainable Economy Law (LES) passed its first parliamentary test in the Congress lower house. The law was approved by a margin of just seven votes ( ...

  3. Five Things We Learned At Bigsound

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The ninth annual Bigsound summit made many of the right noises last week. The three-day confab gathered more than 560 delegates (up 100 from last year) for an intensive round of panels, networking and band-spotting. Billboard.biz has selected some ...

  4. Analysis: Government Needs To Spur Innovation As Well As Protect

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Commerce Secretary Gary Locke met with local politicians and music industry leaders in Nashville on Monday to discuss piracy and global intellectual piracy protection. After his speech and the following Q&A session, there was no doubt where he ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 5 Things You Need To Know From The IFPI Industry Report

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI’s 22-page “Recording Industry In Numbers 2010” report offers a great deal of information on global revenue trends, approaches for dealing with piracy and the business models of tomorrow. Here are five important takeaways: No bottom in sig ...

  7. Italian Piracy Raids Result In 40 Arrests

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Naples Public Prosecutor's office has confirmed that some 40 arrests have been made in the culmination of a three-year-long anti-piracy investigation. Prior to the latest arrests, the investigation had seen the seizure of more than one mi ...

  8. Opinion: New Services Or Legal Action, Which Comes First?

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Attacking piracy through new legal measures and balancing the field for content creators - those are the recurring themes in a letter to The Times from Lord Peter Mandelson, U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills , and a lette ...

  9. Pirate Gets 3-Month Jail Term In Australia

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sydney's District Court has sentenced a man to three months jail for copyright offenses. Yong Hong Lin, the owner and operator of a commercial piracy operation in Eastwood, New South Wales, was sentenced on Aug. 21 after a jury found him guil ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 'Three-Strikes' Off Anti-Piracy Agenda In Spain

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spain's cultural industry has accepted that the proposed disconnection of Internet users who ignore warnings not to download illegally is no longer an option. The about-turn by the Coalition of Creators and Content Industries follows indicati ...

  12. Authorities Raid Argentina's 'La Salada' Pirates' Market

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the past 15 years, the Argentine market of “La Salada” has been known as a mecca for counterfeit product, and was identified by the European Union as one of the most notorious examples of illegal and counterfeit commerce in the world. Located ...

  13. The Indie World

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SOUTH AFRICA Indies Provide Vital Outlet For New Talent Africa remains woefully underserved by the major labels—but its thriving indie scene continues to gain vital exposure for the continent's artists. With piracy rampant—estimates suggest s ...

  14. South Korean Authorities Beef Up Seizures

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT South Korean authorities have dramatically stepped up seizures of illegal DVDs, CDs and videocassettes during a 100-day crackdown on local piracy. In the first week of the crackdown, which started April 7, police confiscated 26,443 units of illega ...

  15. MPA, Amprofon Team For Mexico Anti-Piracy Effort

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. and music industry organization Amprofon have joined forces to form a new entity that aims to combat Mexico's rampant piracy. Dubbed the Mexican Film and Music Protection Assn., the anti-piracy watchdog will be workin ...

  16. Fake Bollywood Discs Seized In Paris

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST A haul of 3,000 counterfeit Bollywood CDs and more than 200,000 illegal DVDs has been seized during a raid in Paris. Officials from the IFPI and BPI were present at the Feb. 13 raid on the Thamilan Music Centre, which was carried out by officers f ...

  17. Arrests In Wales Piracy Operation

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two men and a woman have been arrested in a series of major anti-piracy raids in Wales. Labels body the BPI, whose investigators assisted in the Cardiff Trading Standards-led joint operation, says the alleged criminals were major supplies to Briti ...

  18. Brit Cops Bust Music Counterfeiters

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two men were arrested Monday on conspiracy to defraud the music and film industries after a chance encounter with British police. Police from Durham Constabulary interviewed the men after spotting that their car had no insurance. Subsequent raids ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Italian Biz Reports Rise In CD Burning

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Italy's anti-piracy organization FPM reports a 122% increase in the number of illegal CD burners seized by law enforcement officers during the first six months of 2007. In the first half, 1,651 CD-copying devices were confiscated vs. 743 in t ...

  21. Bootlegger Langley Gets 20 Months Jail

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The BPI has expressed its gratitude to law officials after bootlegger Robert Langley was sentenced Aug. 30 at Glasgow Sheriff Court to 20 months in prison. The U.K. trade association also praised Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's decision t ...

  22. Mexican Authorities Target Illegal Jukeboxes

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jukeboxes have become a new target for anti-piracy efforts in Mexico. On August 21, Mexican authorities executed raids on four outlets in Mexico City and seized 12 illegal jukeboxes containing 17,000 unauthorized music tracks. The raids, executed ...

  23. Report: Piracy Has Cost U.S. $12.5 Billion

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A new study released today by the Texas-based Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) estimates that global piracy of recorded music has cost the United States $12.5 billion in economic output and 71,060 jobs annually. The IPI describes the report, ...

  24. Frankfurt Raids Yield 41,000 DVDs

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Officials from the U.K. and German music industries assisted the German national police for a series of raids in Frankfurt on Wednesday (Aug. 8), at which roughly 41,000 illicit DVDs were confiscated. Seized titles and Bollywood films "Jhoom, ...

  25. EC: China Accounts For 93% of Pirate Euro CDs

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has called on the European Union to add its weight to the World Trade Organization challenge against Beijing to reduce China's piracy rates. The international trade body's discourse comes as European Commission figures reveal th ...

  26. Raids Seize 200,000 CDRs

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexican authorities and IFPI officials conducted two major anti-piracy raids, May 8 and May 12, which resulted in the seizure of more than 8 million CD covers, hundreds of burners and 200,000 CDRs. Approximately 300 police units and 15 prosecutors ...

  27. Brazil's Anti-Piracy Groups Merge

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The music and film industries in Brazil are combining their anti-piracy efforts. The music industry's APDIF and the film industry's ADEPI have formed the Associacao Antipirateria Cinema and Musica (APCM). "Seeking strategic partners ...

  28. Italian Biz Lauds Anti-Piracy Victories

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Italy's anti-piracy campaigners are feeling upbeat after two recent successes. The first involved the handing down of a tough sentence by an appeals court in Naples, the country's unofficial piracy capital, in a case that began in 1999. ...

  29. Report: Strong Measures Required To Restrict China Piracy

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST European businesses lose billions of euros in China every year because of lax intellectual property rights protection, according to a European Commission report published Tuesday. The report said around 95% of audiovisual materials sold in China a ...

  30. Hong Kong Officials Raid Operations

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST After a year-long investigation, the Hong Kong Customs & Excise Department raided 20 premises in Hong Kong on Feb. 14 and 15, arresting 14 men and women and seizing more than 120,000 pirated optical discs believed to have been manufactured in ...

  31. Gov't, Biz Urged To Unite On Piracy Battle

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright has called on governments and businesses to join forces in a rigorous alliance to combat piracy and counterfeiting. Wright appealed to broadband providers, Internet auction sites, financial intermediaries ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. IFPI Raids Mexico City Market

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ,000 CDRs, 936 CDR/DVD burners seized. As part of its continued anti-piracy actions in Latin America, the IFPI's Mexican division, Apdif, in conjunction with Mexican law enforcement, executed search warrants in several locations inside Tep ...

  34. Swedish File-Sharer Fined

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT First online piracy case in Sweden. First online piracy case in Sweden. News ...

  35. U.S. Releases IP Enforcement Report

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Reveals strategies for counterfeiting, piracy. Reveals strategies for counterfeiting, piracy. News ...

  36. BPI Urges Tougher Anti-Piracy Penalties

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Study: U.K. lost $312 million in '05 to piracy. Study: U.K. lost $312 million in '05 to piracy. News ...

  37. 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& ...

  38. MPA Anti-Piracy Sweeps Seize 6.7 Million Discs

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT suspected motion picture pirates arrested. 915 suspected motion picture pirates arrested. News ...

  39. EU Sends Message To Romania, Bulgaria

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Countries must prove progress in piracy fight. Countries must prove progress in piracy fight. News ...

  40. P2P Bearshare Settles With RIAA For $30 Million

    May 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Resolves digital piracy charges against company. Resolves digital piracy charges against company. News ...

  41. RIAA Puts 12 U.S. Cities On 'Priority Watch List'

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has, for the first time, placed 12 U.S. cities on a priority watch list for physical-goods piracy. The record labels' trade group says it will step up law enforcement training and commit addi The RIAA has, for the first time, placed ...

  42. Bedingfield Lends Voice To Human Traffic Campaign

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Daniel Bedingfield performed a lunchtime concert in the European Parliament today (March 21) to help launch the "Stop the Traffik" campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness about the trafficking i Daniel Bedingfield performed a lunch ...

  43. China To Create New IP Court

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Chinese government is to establish a new special court which will deal with the country's piracy crimes. The Judicial Court of Intellectual Property, set up under China's supreme court, will be de The Chinese government is to establi ...

  44. China To Create New IP Court

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST New authority will hear local, int'l complaints. The Chinese government is to establish a new special court which will deal with the country's piracy crimes. The Judicial Court of Intellectual Property, set up under China's supreme ...

  45. Legislation Boosts Anti-Piracy Efforts

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Felony threshold for pirated music reduced. The California Senate passed a bill Feb. 6 that reduces the felony threshold for possession or sale of pirated music from 1,000 units to 100. On a 28-2 vote, the Senate passed the legislation (AB 64), se ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Raid In Columbia Seizes 210K CD-Rs, 100K DVD-Rs

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST A joint operative between police, prosecutors and anti-piracy teams in Colombia resulted in the seizure of 210,000 recorded music CD-Rs, along with nearly 100,000 counterfeit DVD-Rs, 1.1 million inlay A joint operative between police, prosecutors ...

  49. Senate Puts Pressure On Russian Gov't

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Passed resolution calling for piracy protection. Passed resolution calling for piracy protection. News ...

  50. U.S. Senate Puts Pressure On Russian Gov't

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution late last night (Dec. 21) calling on the Russian Federation to provide effective protection for intellectual property or risk not being accepted into the Worl The U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution late ...

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