Organized crime

  1. Swedish House Mafia Show in Dublin Marred By Nine Stabbings, One Death

    July 09, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Swedish House Mafia's farewell tour took an unfortunate turn Saturday night, as a performance in Dublin's Phoenix Park resulted in nine stabbings and one fatality from a suspected drug overdose. Irish police arrested Raymond Donnan, 22, ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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). ...

  4. Mexican City Bans Los Tigres del Norte for Performing Narcocorridos

    March 13, 2012 9:07 AM EDT The capital of Mexico's Chihuahua state has indefinitely banned the famous norteno group Los Tigres del Norte from playing in the city after the band sang ballads glorifying drug traffickers during a weekend concert. There have been other att ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Mexican 'Narcocorridos' (Drug Ballads) Ban No Match For YouTube

    June 28, 2011 7:56 AM EDT TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - The more Mexican authorities try to stamp out violent drug ballads celebrating the joys of narcotics trafficking, the more their fame spreads like wildfire, fanned by the Internet. The accordion and brass-driven "n ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Grammy Winner Ayala Detained On Suspected Cartel Ties

    December 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST A Latin Grammy winner rounded up during a raid on a Mexican drug cartel's Christmas party last week is being held on suspicion of organized crime ties, his attorney said. Ramon Ayala, a Texas-based norteno singer, could face charges of organi ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  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. Mexico Busts Pirate Operation, Seven Arrested

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mexican law enforcement and military personnel raided a pirate CD and DVD production house in Veracruz, Mexico, on Tuesday, according to the IFPI. The labels body says the facility was run by Los Zetas, the enforcer squad of Mexico's Gulf car ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. IFPI Blasts Euro Parliament Stance On IP

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI today criticized the European Parliament for voting measures to fine and jail people or companies that infringe intellectual property rights. The proposals, voted by the Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee yesterday, does "no m ...

  28. European Parliament Votes On IP Rights

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee voted Tuesday on politically sensitive proposals to fine and jail people or companies that infringe intellectual property rights. The vote means European members of parliament have backed the ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. EU Warns Romania, Bulgaria To Improve IP Protection

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission told Romania and Bulgaria Tuesday (Sept. 26) that they can become full members of the European Union from Jan. 1, 2007, but warned of unprecedented sanctions if a series of goa The European Commission told Romania and Bulga ...

  33. 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& ...

  34. 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 ...

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

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Strategy, task force to be endorsed June 21. 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. EU trade commissioner Peter Mandels ...

  36. EU Leaders Send Message To Romania, Bulgaria

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT European Union leaders meeting in Brussels today (June 16) sent a message to Romania and Bulgaria, saying the countries have to prove they are making progress fighting piracy, organized crime and corr European Union leaders meeting in Brussels tod ...

  37. EC Delays Romania, Bulgaria Accession Decision

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Despite concerns about rampant music and movie piracy, the European Commission has recommended that Romania and Bulgaria should join the European Union on Jan. 1, 2007, as anticipated. Despite concerns about rampant music and movie piracy, the Eur ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Hong Kong Raid Nets 18 Arrests

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A raid of piracy operations in Hong Kong led to the arrest of 18 members of a leading organized crime gang and the seizure of 128 DVD-R and CD-R burners at 10 sites. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- A raid of piracy operations in Hong Kong led to the a ...

  43. EC Wants More Prison Time For Pirates

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs face minimum penalties of up to four years in jail and fines of €300,000 ($366,000) under proposals unveiled July 12 by the European Commission. BRUSSELS -- Copyright pirates linked to criminal ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

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

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Industry describes hyperlink ruling 'significant.' 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 ...

  47. RIAA Issues Annual Report On Piracy

    July 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warns pirated cds ncreasingly similar to real product. The RIAA issued its annual report on non-internet commercial piracy July 13 warning that illegal copying and trafficking of pirated music has become more sophisticated, citing specifically tha ...

  48. EU Plans Severe Penalties For Copyright Pirates

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs face minimum penalties of up to four years in jail and fines of €300,000 ($366,000) under new proposals unveiled today (July 12) by the European Commi Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs ...

  49. EU Plans Severe Penalties For Copyright Pirates

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Four-year jail term mooted for pirates. Copyright pirates linked to criminal gangs face minimum penalties of up to four years in jail and fines of €300,000 ($366,000) under new proposals unveiled today (July 12) by the European Commission in Bruss ...

  50. Taiwan Court Finds P2P Operator Not Guilty

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's music industry has lost a landmark ruling against a local peer-to-peer operator. TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's music industry has lost a landmark ruling against a local peer-to-peer operator. In the first case of its kind to be dec ...

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