The alleged owner of defunct file-sharing site KickassTorrents has implied that he might consider voluntarily travelling to the US to face the copyright charges made against him and his former business. Artem Vaulin was arrested in Poland nearly a year ago as American authorities moved to take the popular file-sharing hub offline. Efforts to extradite Vaulin to the US are ongoing, though an initial court hearing on the matter in Poland ruled that the Kickass chief could be extradited to America. Meanwhile in the States, legal representatives – led by Ira Rothken, better known for representing MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom – have been trying to have the case against Vaulin dismissed, on the basis that Kickass was, if anything, liable for contributory rather than direct copyright infringement, which is, they argue, not a criminal matter under US law. Vaulin was kept in custody until he finally secured bail last month. Now out of jail and living in Warsaw, Vaulin has been able to speak more freely and more regularly to his US counsel, and as a result they are in turn talking to the American authorities. We know this because last week the defence in the US filed a […]
The Hollywood studios, leading SVOD services and key networks around the world have formed a global anti-piracy coalition. In total, 30 companies have come together to create the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) in a bid to combat illegal video and content downloads. The firms include Amazon, BBC Worldwide, CBS Corp., NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Entertainment (full list below). ACE estimates there was 5.4 billion downloads of pirated feature films, primetime series and VOD shows through peer-to-peer sites in 2016, and around 21.6 billion visits to streaming piracy sites. The alliance claimed there are now “more than 480 online services worldwide available for consumers to watch films and television programmes legally on demand”. ACE will drawn upon existing anti-piracy resources for the Motion Picture Association of America to expand cooperative efforts to reduce the prevalence of illegal downloading. Research will be commissioned into the subject as ACE works closely with law enforcement agencies to combat pirates. ACE will also file civil litigation, forge relationships with existing national protection bodies, and pursue voluntary agreements with responsible parties. “In this golden age of content it’s more important than […]
A specialist Usenet provider in the Netherlands has been told to provide Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN with details about a former user who is accused of sharing copyright infringing material via the Usenet network. As previously reported, BREIN has stepped up its efforts in the last eighteen months to target prolific individual file-sharers, scoring some success in getting rampant online infringers to commit to stop infringing via the threat of court orders that would force the file-sharers to pay significant damages. The anti-piracy group has targeted people sharing links to unlicensed material via various online platforms and networks, including Usenet. Its latest bid to do that required Dutch Usenet-provider Eweka to reveal the identify of a former user, but it refused to do so without a court order. So BREIN went to court and secured said order, and also a ruling that said Eweka must comply with the anti-piracy group’s requests in similar cases in the future without additional injunctions from the court. According to Torrentfreak , this is in line with past precedent in the Netherlands where courts have said that internet companies should reveal the identities of users in infringement cases, where the case for infringement is […]
The City Of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit – aka PIPCU – reckons that there was a 64% decrease in the amount of cash going from top ad spending companies in the UK to copyright infringing websites last year. Since its launch in 2013, PIPCU has been an advocate of the ‘follow the money’ approach to tackling online piracy, which is to say you go after the sources of revenue on which copyright infringing websites rely. That includes ad income, which can come to piracy operations via an assortment of third party ad networks, meaning big brands sometimes end up inadvertently posting ads on infringing sites, which generates revenue for the infringers, while also helping the piracy set-ups look more legitimate. Through its Operation Creative campaign and Infringing Website List, PIPCU has been pressuring brands, ad agencies and ad networks to do more to ensure their advertising doesn’t appear alongside copyright infringing material. It’s research from data company whiteBULLET that reckons ad monies passing to piracy sites from key UK brands was down nearly two thirds in the last year. Responding, PIPCU’s Pete Ratcliffe said: “This shows the great impact our work has on protecting the creative industries […]
New research estimates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022, with job losses totalling in excess of 5 million. The research provides important data to policymakers. The challenge now is to ensure that they pay heed to it. The report, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy , was commissioned by the International Trademark Association (INTA) and ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), and conducted by research firm Frontier Economics. The study follows on from a previous study that BASCAP commissioned Frontier Economics to conduct in 2011. That research estimated that the total global economic value of counterfeit and pirated goods was as much as $650 billion per year. Providing an updated picture, the new data suggests that, in 2013, the value of international and domestic trade in counterfeit and pirated goods was between $710 and $917 billion. In addition, the global value of digital piracy in movies, music and software in 2015 was estimated as $213 billion ($160bn in film, $29bn in music and $24bn in software), bringing the total value of counterfeit and pirated goods as high as $1.13 trillion. Further, it suggests that the outlook […]
A new report released today indicates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach US$2.3 trillion by 2022. Titled, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, the report provides estimates on the wider social and economic impacts on displaced economic activity, investment, public fiscal losses and criminal enforcement, and concludes that these costs could reach an estimated US$1.9 trillion by 2022. Taken together, the negative impacts of counterfeiting and piracy are projected to drain US$4.2 trillion from the global economy and put 5.4 million legitimate jobs at risk by 2022. The report from Frontier Economics , an internationally recognised economics research firm, was commissioned by ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) and the International Trademark Association (INTA). It was launched today in Hong Kong during INTA’s 2017 Anticounterfeiting Conference. “This new study shows that the magnitude of counterfeiting and piracy is huge, and growing,” said Amar Breckenridge, senior associate at Frontier Economics. “Our objective is to as accurately as possible characterise the magnitude and growth of this illegal underground economy and its impacts on governments and consumers. The results show once again that in an interconnected economy, consumers and governments suffer alongside legitimate […]
The 2016 report found that counterfeiting and piracy continue to grow at an astounding rate despite increased efforts by the private sector, governments, international government organisations and NGOs. BASCAP and INTA hope that better information on how counterfeiting and piracy undermine intellectual property (IP), innovation, economic growth and employment will better enable policymakers to make the fight against IP theft a higher public policy priority – and take the actions needed to prevent the damage inflicted by counterfeiting and piracy.
Torrent Freak a publié le TOP 10 des séries les plus téléchargées illégalement en 2015 démontrant une fois de plus l’attrait de la série HBO, Game of Thrones dont le final 2015 a été téléchargé 14,4 millions de fois.
Cependant, l’élément le plus frappant de ce TOP 10 est qu’il n’intègre aucune série Netflix Original (ni Amazon ou Hulu).
Sur les quatre hypothèses qui peuvent expliquer cette absence, seuls le prix et l’expérience rendent moins pertinent le piratage.
- Hypothèse 1 : les séries Netfllix ne sont pas disponibles en téléchargement illégal : FAUX
- Hypothèse 2 : les séries Netflix ne sont pas appréciées par les clients : FAUX
- Hypothèse 3 : les séries Netflix sont moins regardées légalement donc moins téléchargées illégalement : FAUX
- Hypothèse 4 : l’accessibilité du prix et l’expérience Netflix rendent moins pertinent le téléchargement illégal
Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the findings of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2016, which highlights specific physical and online markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. This activity harms the American economy by undermining the innovation and intellectual property rights (IPR) of American businesses and their workers. The publication of the Notorious Markets List (List) helps the United States and foreign governments prioritize IPR enforcement efforts that protect job-supporting innovation and creativity in the United States and around the world. “Tens of millions of American jobs and several trillion dollars of our gross domestic product rely on American creative and innovative industries,” said Ambassador Michael Froman. “The marketplaces, tactics, and schemes that undermine and threaten America’s creative industries change quickly and require our constant attention. Our Notorious Markets List highlights key examples of online and physical markets all over the world that are linked to significant infringement of American businesses’ intellectual property rights. The 2016 List takes stock of emerging infringement models and adds stream-ripping sites and piracy apps to the list of the most damaging […]
À la demande de l’industrie musicale, Facebook travaille sur un système d’identification automatique des droits d’auteur qui rappelle fortement le Content ID de YouTube. Facebook est en train de développer un système d’identification des droits d’auteur , censé analyser tous les contenus vidéo publiés sur sa plateforme. Cette nouvelle méthode pour lutter contre la violation de copyright fait suite aux demandes des producteurs de musique, qui exigeaient des efforts supplémentaires du réseau social pour éliminer les reprises amateur de chansons partagées sur sa plateforme. Cette nouvelle forme de copyright numérique est très similaire à celle développée par YouTube, le Content ID , un outil numérique qui analyse de manière automatique les vidéos publiées par les utilisateurs, en bloquant celles qui ne respectent pas les droits d’auteur. Le filtre de YouTube a toutefois rencontré quelques ratés notamment en bloquant la publication de vidéos de la NASA ou de Greenpeace Les négociations avec les labels ne font que débuter Néanmoins, les négociations entre Facebook et les labels musicaux en sont encore à leurs débuts, selon le Financial Times . La National Music Publishers’ Association avait déjà identifié 900 vidéos qui utilisaient sans copyright des chansons figurant au podium des classements musicaux. […]
Representing various major record labels, the RIAA filed a lawsuit against MP3Skull April last year.
of visitors per month the MP3 download site had been one of the prime sources of pirated music for a long time. This frustrated many music industry insiders who claimed millions in losses.
Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has announced a new initiative for tackling piracy, especially online. Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo said a special prosecutor’s office will be developed alongside enhanced technological and human resources. An educational campaign targeting children is also on the agenda. As residents know already and visitors soon learn, the tackling of piracy and counterfeiting isn’t a high priority in Spain. From the fake luxury goods on the streets to openly sold pirate TV services, the sixth most populated country in Europe often has other things on its mind. This week, however, the government said it would re-focus attention on piracy and a number of related issues, including reform of compensation for private copying and tax breaks for live entertainment. In an announcement before the Congressional Culture Committee, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, presented the government’s ‘Culture 20/20 Plan’, the successor to its Strategic Plan for Culture. Among a basket of cultural-focused measures sits the creation of a special prosecutor’s office, dedicated to fighting piracy and other intellectual property-related offenses. The Minister said that strengthening the fight against piracy, both online and offline, is an existing project receiving new […]
Deux ans après avoir porté plainte, la Sacem a obtenu la fermeture du site Zone Téléchargement, lundi. Entretien avec David El Sayegh, secrétaire général de la Sacem. David El Sayegh, secrétaire général de la Sacem. PAGES_Lionel Lundi 28 novembre, la gendarmerie nationale a annoncé la fermeture de Zone Téléchargement , le principal site français permettant de télécharger directement des films, séries, musiques ou jeux vidéo protégés par le droit d’auteur. Sept personnes ont été interpellées, en France et en Andorre, dont trois placées en garde à vue. Moins de vingt-quatre heures après l’annonce de sa fermeture, le site est pourtant réapparu en ligne. Il ne s’agit néanmoins que d’une façade, puisque les liens menant aux contenus piratés n’étaient pas fonctionnels mardi soir. David El Sayegh, secrétaire général de la Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (Sacem) explique au Monde sa satisfaction. La fermeture de Zone Téléchargement est intervenue une dizaine de jours après celle de What.cd , un important site permettant de télécharger de la musique. Assiste-t-on à un durcissement de la répression ? L’actualité est heureuse, ça ferme à tour de bras ! Mais on ne peut pas parler de durcissement. C’est le résultat d’un long […]
A student watches Game of Thrones on his computer. (Photo illustration by Levi Nicholson and Richard Redditt) Despite the latest episode of Game of Thrones being just a few mouse clicks away, students looking to save a quick buck may want to think twice before pirating the popular fantasy television series while connected to campus WiFi. New federal laws are forcing universities to forward thousands of copyright notices to students alleged to have illegally downloaded and shared copyrighted content such as music, movies and video games, even if critics say the notices appear threatening, misleading and can potentially put students on the hook for hundreds of dollars. This “notice-and-notice” system became mandatory under new copyright laws introduced in January 2015. Because universities provide services similar to those of commercial Internet providers like Telus, Bell or Rogers, they too are required to forward infringement notices to suspected pirates surfing on campus computer networks. If universities fail to comply, they risk being sued by copyright holders (movie, television, music and video game studios, for example). The illicit infringers aren’t just misbehaving students. Many post-secondary institutions forward these notices to staff and faculty, as well. But while film and television studios like […]
Neal Mohan, chief product office at YouTube Unattributed The music industry is in transition. Between piracy and digital distribution, there has been huge destruction of value among legacy players and a lot of handwringing over the fate of music. But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope. One major player at the world’s second-biggest search engine (behind parent company Google, of course) is downright optimistic about the future of music. Neal Mohan, the chief product officer at YouTube, has insight into how the rise of digital media might rescue the music industry. Mohan will talk about these ideas at Business Insider’s flagship conference, IGNITION : Future of Digital . He’ll have a lot to say, given YouTube’s recently announced plans to revamp its site. The idea is to create a greater “community feel,” where creators can share everything from videos and posts to polls and even live broadcasts with their followers. The focus will remain on videos, but YouTube is looking to break out of its single-task-platform mold. So what does that mean for the music industry? Mohan thinks digital ads are the key to unlocking more revenue. Today, YouTube alone generates $3 billion in ad revenue. It’s a figure […]
The people of the United States elected Donald Trump as their next president this week. The election outcome came as a total surprise to many, who are now wondering what’s in store for the next four years. According to some, The Pirate Bay and other pirate sites are in for a rough ride, but is that really the case? At TorrentFreak we have no interest in reporting on politics, except when it’s relevant to copyright issues. After the surprising victory of Donald Trump earlier this week, several people asked what this would mean for the country’s stance on piracy and copyright enforcement in general. While we would love to dissect the issue in detail, there are no concrete policy proposals yet. Neither Trump nor Clinton have gone into detail over the past few months. So what do we know? It’s not a secret that Donald Trump made some rather dubious remarks during his election campaign. For example, he suggested that it might be worth considering whether to “ close up ” the Internet over terrorist threats. Extreme or not, we believe that extrapolating these kinds of one-liners into copyright policy proposals goes a bit far, to say the least. A concrete promise Trump has made on copyright issues came a few hours after his election victory. The president-elect vowed to end foreign trade abuses with help from the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which keeps a close eye on pirate sites . “I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately,” Trump said. This is tough language. Still, the promise is hardly any different from the general policy that’s been […]