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Kickass founder might voluntarily face copyright charges in US+”PDF”

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 […]

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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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UK ad spend on piracy sites down 64%, reckons PIPCU

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Toll of counterfeiting and piracy predicted to top $2.3 trillion as call made for governments to do more 06 Feb 17

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Global impacts of counterfeiting and piracy to reach US$4.2 trillion by 2022

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2016 Notorious Markets List Spotlights Fight against Global Piracy and Counterfeiting of American Products+”PDF”

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Merlin Works To Make Independents Equal With Majors On Streaming Services [INTERVIEW]

RIAA Seize Domain Name of The ‘Wrong’ MP3Skull Website

U.K. Music Pirate Handed Year-Long Prison Sentence

 

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YouTube Ripping, A Copyright Wildfire

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Zone Téléchargement : pour la Sacem, « il n’y a plus d’impunité pour les pirates »

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Google Asked to Remove a Billion “Pirate” Search Results in a Year

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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 […]

RIAA submits its annual piracy snitch list

RIAA submits its annual piracy snitch listThe Recording Industry Association Of America has submitted its input into this year’s ‘notorious markets’ review, the annual report that informs the Office Of The US Trade Representative on intellectual property issues, in particular with a view to identifying which countries are basically assisting IP infringers. With old foes like vKontakte and KickassTorrents no longer on the RIAA’s hit list – the former having gone legit , the latter having gone down – the RIAA’s submission is a handy guide to alternative sources of free music content. No wait, I mean it’s an important summary of the websites that continue to hinder the growth of the digital music market, and which must be stamped out by The Man. As previously reported , the music industry’s anti-piracy brigade have recently put stream-ripping sites to the top of their gripe list. Apps and websites that make it really simple for people to convert, say, a YouTube stream into an MP3 download have been an issue for sometime now, but trade groups like RIAA, the UK’s BPI and globally focused IFPI are now prioritising this particular brand of piracy sites, with the recently announced litigation against YouTube-mp3.org the first strike in this latest phase of the long-running online piracy war. In addition to all the stream-ripping talk, and the list of the biggest piracy hubs online, the RIAA’s latest piracy paper also discusses some of the issues with tracking, locating and tackling piracy sites in 2016, including the kind of domain hopping that we’ve seen The Pirate Bay in particular employ in recent years (so as soon as rights owners block one domain, the service pops up at a new address), plus anonymous domain name registrations and the use of reverse proxy services like CloudFlare. The RIAA writes: “BitTorrent sites, like many […]

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