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 […]
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.
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 […]
Charles Caldas discusses Merlin, an organization which works to help the independent label community battle for maximum compensation from digital streaming services like YouTube and Spotify, as well as combat online music piracy. _____________________ Guest Post from Pias Charles Caldas has to be many things to the independent label community – a valuable mix of diplomat, mediator, champion, dealmaker and firefighter. Since 2007 he’s headed up Merlin, the agency which battles to maximise income for indies from digital services – both through licensing the likes of Spotify, YouTube and Soundcloud and the legal pursuit of those sites committing mass piracy. Caldas learnt the ropes of label world at once-imperious Australia distributor Shock, where he spent 16 years working originally in sales and industry relations, then as CEO – as the company enjoyed success with everyone from the Cocteau Twins, Nirvana, The Offspring and many more. The seeds of Merlin, he explains, were sown at German trade show Popkomm – when the likes of Martin Mills (Beggars), Stephan Bourdoiseau (Wagram), Alison Wenham (AIM) and Michel Lambot (PIAS) organised a dinner to discuss a potentially collective approach to digital licensing. “The decision was made that they needed someone to investigate the […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]