Piracy

  1. Dutch ISPs Won't Have To Block Pirate Bay

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A Dutch court has ruled that two of the leading Internet Service Providers in the Netherlands will not have to block access to the Pirate Bay for their subscribers. TorrentFreak reports that the court found there was no evidence that the majority ...

  2. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  3. PRS Proposes Piracy Levy On ISPs

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has proposed a levy on Internet Service Providers based on the levels of piracy on the individual networks. The idea of a levy is contained in a discussion paper, "Moving Digital Britain Forward Without L ...

  4. Analysis: British Consumers Warmer, But Still Split, On Graduated Response

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British consumers have become more supportive of the tactics ISPs would employ in a graduated response campaign against digital piracy, according to a survey by Ipsos MORI. As reported at Music Ally , 53% of people surveyed – up from 48% last year ...

  5. Spanish Online Piracy Rate Nears 96%

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Almost 96% of all recorded music acquired online in Spain is pirated, according to a new report from the Spanish division of U.S. consultant IDC Research. The report, published June 1, covers the second half of 2009 and was commissioned by the Coa ...

  6. Sweden’s Carrot-and-Stick Digital Marketplace: A Model for Others?

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s often said the music industry needs to show consumers a carrot while they give them the stick. Anti-piracy measures – the stick – have had mixed or no results in most countries. Legal alternatives to piracy – the carrot – exist but often fail ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Business Matters: Mick Jagger On Digital Piracy, Shazam Tops 75 million Users, and More

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter here -- Mick Jagger on digital piracy: “I am quite relaxed about it. But, you know, it is a massive change and it does alter the fact that people don't make as much money out of records. But I have a take on th ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Pirate Bay Acquisition Back On

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The acquisition of the Pirate Bay Web site appears to be back on. Sweden's Global Gaming Factory set out to acquire the domain name and trademarks of the Pirate Bay, with the intention of creating a legal service with a new business model. Bu ...

  11. New Zealand Music Fans Urged To Inform On Pirates

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new Web site encouraging consumers to report instances of music piracy has just been launched by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. The site www.reportmusicpiracy.co.nz allows users to lodge a complaint with RIANZ about illegal m ...

  12. Promusicae Urges Govt To Match U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels' group Promusicae has applauded the passing into law of the U.K.'s Digital Economy Act, and called on the Spanish government to "follow the British example." The Act includes provisions for ISPs to write letters ...

  13. Business Matters: Digital Britain Bill, Google, VC Round-up and more

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- As the Digital Britain Bill gets its second reading at the House of Commons, Jez Williams of British band Doves says piracy has greatly reduced ...

  14. Spanish Culture Industry Hit By Piracy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's culture industry lost 13,200 jobs in 2008, of which 10,600 were in the audio-visual sector, according to a report on how digital piracy is affecting the European Union. The bright side is that the sector covering recorded music, cinem ...

  15. Spanish Govt Backs Anti-Piracy Proposals

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish government took a big step towards outlawing Web site links to unauthorized content when its council of ministers approved a proposed law that would give Madrid's high court the authority to close or block such links. The Sustaina ...

  16. 301 Report: Spanish Biz Down 65% In 5 Years

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spain is suffering "a virtual collapse" of its recorded music market because of online piracy, with a drop in overall music sales of more than 65% in the past five years, says the latest report from U.S. culture industry lobby, the Inter ...

  17. Spanish Societies Reject Concerns Over Anti-Piracy Law

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Four Spanish collecting societies have dismissed a report by the district attorney's office's advisory body, the Fiscal Council, which gives a damning assessment of the government's proposed anti-download legislation. The Fiscal Cou ...

  18. IFPI Warning On Spain, France, Brazil

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has warned that music markets in Spain, France and Brazil are "suffering acutely" from piracy, as it issued its annual Digital Music Report for 2010. The music industry's global trade body had more positive news on digital ...

  19. Business Matters: Bono, Google, Lala, Three-Strikes Law

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- France's three-strikes law was to be implemented on January 1, but a report says the country's commission on computer science and fre ...

  20. Spanish Biz Protests New Anti-Piracy Proposals

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Representatives from the Spanish music, creative and technology industries have reacted furiously to new legislative proposals to tackle digital piracy, outlined by the government. A hurriedly called meeting between culture ministry officials and ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. German Police In ‘Million-dollar’ Piracy Raid

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Police in the German city of Gelsenkirchen Essen, have seized 50,000 professionally pirated CDs and more than 200,000 inlay booklets, following a recent raid. A complete workshop comprising several computers, CD burners and four professional high- ...

  23. Business Matters: Spotify, Apple, Digital Economy Bill

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Cyber Monday sales “appear strong,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Analysts think sales could grow 6% to $900 million. The forecast is b ...

  24. Swedish Music Sales Surge After Pirate Bay Case

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Recorded music trade revenues in Sweden have increased by 18% in the first nine months of 2009, following the majors' high-profile court victory over the Pirate Bay and the introduction of a new copyright law. There was also an 80% increase i ...

  25. Study: Piracy Impacted By Price, Punishment and Morality

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new study finds three things have a negative impact on the likelihood a person will obtain a song illegally: willingness to pay; perceived likeliness of facing a lawsuit; and morality. Marc F. Bellemere of Duke University and Andrew M. Holmberg ...

  26. 200 Spanish File-Sharing Sites Identified

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The names of 200 Web sites that offer links to illegal downloads in Spain are to be given to the Spanish industry ministry as the first major move in the fight against online music piracy, it was announced in Madrid today (Oct. 19) at the presenta ...

  27. Italian Appeals Court Rules against Pirate Bay

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Italy's Court of Cassation has ruled against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay in a decision that has been greeted by the country's recording industry. Italian access to the Swedish file-sharing site had originally been blocked in August ...

  28. Business Matters: EMI, The Pirate Bay, UMG

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to a report at Financial News, EMI 's performance has improved to the point it will not require a capital infusion from lenders ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Apple, SESAC, Google

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory stockholders approved the purchase of The Pirate Bay . The shareholders will self-finance the acquisition, it has been re ...

  31. Business Matters: UMG, Facebook, Mininova, Anti-Piracy Debate

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. - For complete reading on the UK government's latest position on file sharing, read the entire five-page statement on proposed P2P file-shari ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Pirate Bay Shut Down Briefly, Takeover Doubt

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Infamous Swedish file-sharing service The Pirate Bay returned to operation Tuesday after being briefly shut down by a Swedish court yesterday. The court ordered its broadband supplier, Black Internet, to cut bandwidth support for The Pirate Bay un ...

  34. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Audible Magic, Miley Cyrus, Marty Bandier

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The largest ISP in Sweden has been told by a Swedish district court to block access to the Pirate Bay , according to numerous reports on Monday ...

  35. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Hot Topic, iTunes Pricing

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- UPC Ireland , parent company of the NTL and Chorus Internet service providers, has refused to comply with requests from the four major music gr ...

  36. Australian Convicted For Global Piracy Operation

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Melbourne Magistrates Court has handed a criminal conviction to an Australian man who played a leading role in a global piracy operation. Mathew Zore operated a sophisticated international CD and DVD operation from Bentleigh East in Melbourne& ...

  37. GGF To Host Pirate Bay Press Conference

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory (GGF) is to host a press conference on Aug. 27, regarding their proposed takeover of the controversial file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. Widely expected to confirm GGF's acquisition of the BitTor ...

  38. Swiss Pirate Bay-Style Site Shut Down

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swiss anti-piracy association SAFE has shut down local file-sharing site Shimux Streaming, according to IVD, a lobby group for video retailers in German-speaking Europe. Similar to Sweden's the Pirate Bay, Shimux did not host copyright-protec ...

  39. Global Gaming Rejects Pirate Bay Bid

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swedish software company Global Gaming Factory X said it has rejected an informal $10 million bid for notorious file-sharing site the Pirate Bay from John Fanning, the former CEO of Napster and uncle of its founder, Shawn Fanning. The company said ...

  40. Pirate Bay Owners To Appeal Dutch Ruling

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The owners of controversial Swedish file-sharing site the Pirate Bay have announced that they will appeal a July 30 injunction that prohibits the site from operating in the Netherlands. The ruling by the district court of Amsterdam ordered the Pir ...

  41. Would-be Buyer Of Pirate Bay Backpedals In Court

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The would-be buyer of Web site the Pirate Bay backpedaled in a Dutch court, saying that it is uncertain whether the purchase will ever be completed. Lawyer Ricardo Dijkstra said Sweden's Global Gaming Factory X would only buy the Pirate Bay i ...

  42. Deeper Look: EU Chief's Anti-Piracy Plans

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EU Telecommunications Commissioner Viviane Reding believes music download pricing should be simplified and harmonized in order to prevent piracy. Reding made these comments last week during a speech about digital Europe at an event in Brussels hel ...

  43. EU Plans Overhaul Of Internet Download Rules

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Union needs new rules for Internet downloads that would make it easier for people to access music and films without resorting to piracy, the bloc's telecoms chief said. Mapping out priorities of the EU's executive arm for th ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Briefs: Spotify, Imeem, Mobile Piracy

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Spotify is earning a 14 pence per U.K. user per month in advertising revenue, The Register reports. The music streaming service has over half a million users in the U.K., but only 17,000 of them are said to have upgraded to the ad-free, premium ...

  46. Pirate Bay Founders Sent Summons Via Twitter

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Dutch entertainment industry group has demanded Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay be shut down in the Netherlands and says Pirate Bay founders have been sent their court summons via Twitter and Facebook. Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN said ...

  47. '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 ...

  48. U.K. Arrest In P2P Pre-Release Investigation

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the U.K. in connection with a group leaking pre-release music on P2P file-sharing networks. He was arrested in Portsmouth following a joint enquiry by trade body the BPI and IFPI, in conjunction with the City ...

  49. Pirate Bay Defendants Suffer Setback

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The four men convicted for operating file-sharing site the Pirate Bay suffered a further setback this week when they failed to get the case thrown out due to alleged bias by the sentencing judge. A Swedish court ruled that judge Tomas Norstrom was ...

  50. UMG's Lucian Grainge Joins Call To Tackle Piracy

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has joined with four other high-ranking U.K. media chief executives to call on the government to propose tough action on Internet piracy in its forthcoming Digital Britain report. ...

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