Dutch Usenet provider ordered to reveal identify of copyright infringing user

Dutch Usenet provider ordered to reveal identify of copyright infringing userA 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 […]

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Students beware: Illegal downloading on campus is risky

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 […]

Will President Trump Be Tough on Online Piracy?

Will President Trump Be Tough on Online Piracy?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 […]

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