Piracy

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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, ...

  5. Malaysia Honors Anti-Piracy Canines

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Labradors Lucky and Flo became the first four-legged recipients of commendation medals conferred by the Malaysian government for outstanding service. The medals were conferred for five months of exception sniffing services for Malaysian anti-pirac ...

  6. 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, ...

  7. Legal Anti-Piracy Boost For U.K. Biz

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry is welcoming a landmark court verdict which could prove vital as it steps up its fight against copyright crime. Wendy Fair Markets Ltd directors Nicholas Hobday and Sally Ward, together with the company itself, were found g ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Groome Exits The BPI

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The British Phonographic Industry's general counsel Roz Groome is leaving the trade body after more than seven years' service. Groome will take up the post of VP, anti-piracy at Universal Pictures International, where she will drive the ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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- ...

  16. RIAA: Students Settling Piracy Claims

    March 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A recording industry group that has been offering settlements to college students suspected of sharing music online says more than a quarter of the alleged music pirates have accepted the offer. The Recording Industry Association of America sent l ...

  17. 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. ...

  18. Malaysia To Stay On Piracy Watch List

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has recommended keeping Malaysia on the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) piracy watch list, despite improvements in combating piracy. The IIPA reports that music piracy in Malaysia is down to ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Two Arrested In Aussie Piracy Raid

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Two people were charged with copyright infringement offences after a raid this morning on a video rental store in Sydney. Police seized 5,000 pirated music and movie DVDs imported from China. The illicit product was selling for between A$7 ($5.40) ...

  21. Italian Internet Pirate Handed Massive Fine

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Italy's Guardia di Finanza (Fiscal Police) handed out a massive fine ­estimated at 363,000 euros ($477,927 US) to an alleged pirate. On February 21, officers in Desenzano del Garda, near Brescia in northern Italy, raided the home of a 40-year ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Study: P2P Has Little Impact On Album Sales

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Kansas claim that the effect of pirate peer-to-peer file sharing networks on music industry sales "are indistinguishable from zero" in a report they published this month. The repo ...

  24. IFPI Anti-Piracy Units Raid Global Markets

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST IFPI anti-piracy units in Brazil and Paraguay, in conjunction with local authorities, conducted major seizures of counterfeit CDs and DVDs in their respective countries in late January. In Brazil, authorities seized over half a million CDrs and DV ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Industry Leaders Gather In Geneva For Piracy Meeting

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal head Bob Wright is among dozens of CEOs and ministers in Geneva Tuesday (Jan. 30) for a major two-day meeting aimed at stamping out piracy and counterfeiting. The gathering, under the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and P ...

  27. EU Sets Aside China Piracy Funds

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Union has unveiled a €37.2 million ($48 million) grant to help China stamp out piracy, as the two sides kicked off negotiations on a trade agreement that is intended to boost copyright protection. The EU grant -- confirmed today (Jan. ...

  28. CD Seller Shot In Italy

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Italy's music piracy problem appears to have reached a new level with the news that a Ukrainian street vendor of illegal CDs and DVDs has been shot and killed in Naples. The incident took place around noon on Dec. 24, but was reported by FPM, ...

  29. Martin Splits With BPI

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST David Martin has departed as director of the BPI's anti-piracy unit. It is understood Martin left the London-based organization in early December for personal reasons. BPI anti-piracy investigator David Wood will temporarily fill the void as ...

  30. MPA Honors Top Copyright Enforcer

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Motion Picture Assn. named Philippines Optical Media Board chairman and actor Eduardo Manzano the top Asia-Pacific Copyright Enforcer at the CineAsia film industry trade show yesterday (Dec. 7) in Beijing. "One of the MPA's closest a ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Indian Biz Raids Pirate CD Factory

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Local labels group the Indian Music Industry (IMI) says it conducted an anti-piracy raid in New Delhi on Nov. 9 in which illicit CDs and other goods were seized with a street value of more than 200 mi Local labels group the Indian Music Industry ( ...

  33. Indian Biz Raids Pirate CD Factory

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Lazarus: 'We will fight until the end.' Local labels group the Indian Music Industry (IMI) says it conducted an anti-piracy raid in New Delhi on Nov. 9 in which illicit CDs and other goods were seized with a street value of more than 200 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Spanish Officials Bust Huge CD Piracy Ring

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Spain's paramilitary Civil Guard has jailed 10 people in a massive CD and DVD piracy bust code-named "Cancionero" (Song-writer). Spain's paramilitary Civil Guard has jailed 10 people in a massive CD and DVD piracy bust code-nam ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Swedish File-Sharer Fined

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

  38. U.S. Releases IP Enforcement Report

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

  39. U.S. Releases IP Enforcement Report

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Doc reveals strategies against counterfeiting and piracy. The U.S. government has developed a five-pillar intellectual-property rights strategy to combat piracy in China, according to a report released by the Bush Administration today (Sept. 28). ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Canadian Cops Arrest DVD Counterfeiters

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Authorities seized about 20,000 pirated films during raids Aug. 28 at a counterfeit DVD lab in Canada. Authorities seized about 20,000 pirated films during raids Aug. 28 at a counterfeit DVD lab in Canada. The Toronto-based facility operated with ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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& ...

  44. Anti-Piracy Dispute Disrupts Board Meeting

    August 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A dispute over South Africa's anti-piracy battles intensified yesterday (Aug. 16) when four musicians and producers disrupted a Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) executive board meeting in Joh A dispute over South Africa's anti-p ...

  45. Jakarta Police Seize Pirate Discs In Raid

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indonesian police officers in Jakarta seized about 21,000 illegal CD discs plus 27,000 Video CD (VCD) units, 500,000 unfinished discs, and enough material to produce another 700,000-plus disc units in Indonesian police officers in Jakarta seized a ...

  46. Malaysian Officials Raid Pirate Operation

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Seven men arrested. Malaysian officers raided a licensed optical disc production factory suspected of manufacturing pirated VCDs and DVDs in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (Aug. 4). They arrested seven men and impounded two DVD and one VCD factory product ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  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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