New UK Law Provides a Decade in Jail for Online Pirates
The UK's Digital Economy Bill received royal assent and became law. According to it, Internet file-sharers can be jailed for up to 10 years if the court finds that they knowingly made infringing content available to the public and exposed a copyright owner to just a risk of loss.
EU Court Ruled out Sales of Piracy-Configured Media Players
The European Court of Justice has decided that selling devices pre-configured to obtain unauthorized content is against the law. This ruling evolved from a case between the well-known Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN and a shop selling piracy-configured media players. The industry experts believe that this ruling will have far-reaching consequences across the European Union, especially for those selling piracy-enabled Kodi boxes.
The RIAA Became the Biggest Customer of Loss-Making Copyright Troll
The Recording Industry Association of America, representing the leading music labels in the United States, has become a major customer of anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp – almost half of its 2016 revenue was from the RIAA.
Mexico’s Supreme Court Said Pirate Site Blockades Threatened Free Speech
According to Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice, broad pirate websites blockades are “disproportional”. The court pointed out that the Government cannot order Internet service providers to block websites merely linking to copyright-infringing content, because this measure will also restrict access to legitimate content on those sites and violate the public's freedom of expression. This court ruling was made in favor of the local ISP Alestra, which protested the blocking efforts of the authorities.
Australia Develops New Copyright Safe Harbor Legislation
Back in March, Australia changed her mind on extending its copyright safe harbor provisions to include such platforms as Google, Facebook and YouTube. Now the topic is discussed again, and the Australian government has just announced a new consultation, which is intended to encourage the growth of the digital economy while protecting rights owners.
5m Brits Engaged in Illegal Streaming
According to the recent study, about 5m Brits are known to regularly stream TV content from unauthorized online services. The same study revealed that Kodi-powered devices and Android applications are especially popular with British users. Hundreds of thousands of pirates say they are canceling their official subscriptions.
Football Organization Asked Google to Take Down Facebook
The Premier League has sent another crazy takedown request to Google: the football organization demanded the search engine to take down Facebook's homepage. In its opinion, Facebook distributes copyright infringing content and should be removed from Google’s search results. The search engine has investigated the unusual DMCA request and decided to drop it, of course.
MegaUpload User Urged Appeals Court to Return His Files
When MegaUpload was raided more than 5 years ago, millions of users lost access to their personal files. So far, the situation has not changed much. One of the former MegaUpload users has been trying to get his files back for a while now, and his attempts continue in the Appeals Court today.
Swefilmer Operators Face Years in Jail
Now defunct streaming service Swefilmer was founded more than 5 years ago and rapidly grew to become the most popular movie and TV show streaming platform in Sweden. At the time, it accounted for 1/4 of all web TV viewing in the country.
CloudFlare Ordered to Expose Details of Gay-Torrents Operator
CloudFlare has been ordered to expose the details of the operator of private torrent community Gay-Torrents.org. The DMCA-based request was filed by an adult company Flava Works, which threatened to sue Cloudflare if it fails to take action against Gay-Torrents.org.
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