iiNet has been thrown back into the courts by rights holders for the film Dallas Buyers Club, with the holders seeking to obtain the details of customers alleged to have illicitly shared the film online.
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Police raid Kuaibo, a prominent Chinese online business
Central and local-level governments in the country has spent a total of 2.16 billion yuan on legal copies of software in the past three years to combat piracy.
France's Hadopi anti-piracy legislation came in 2009, charged with cutting file-sharing and boosting legal alternatives. Four years and millions of euros later, it's now got its first scalp. But does the law, and the authority behind it, have a future?
If the entertainment industry actually provided legal avenues for timely movie distribution in countries other than the US, would piracy be a problem?
As long as it is not done for profit or commercial gain, Portuguese law does not prohibit people from sharing music and video files online, a judgement has stated after 2,000 people were sued by a rights-holder group.
Research from the web giant and the PRS shows that unlawful file-sharing is getting more popular in the UK, but money is also flowing in from legal alternatives
The U.K.'s communications regulator has outlined how ISPs must inform its alleged file-sharing customers that they could face legal action by rights holders under the U.K.'s anti-piracy law.
The new industry piracy proposal will help shield internet service providers (ISPs) from further lawsuits from copyright holders, according to legal experts, but questions still remain over costs and potential effectiveness.
The law firm that recently unsuccessfully defended a local distributor of the R4 cartridge, which allows piracy on Nintendo's handheld DS console, has warned that the case does not set a legal precedent in Australia.
Legal Eye: Piracy and copyright at forefront as e-books go mainstream
iiNet's legal counsel this morning cross-examined four senior Hollywood executives from Warner Bros, Disney, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures via video link, with the court hearing about the industry's long-running battle against piracy.
Nigel Carson, a computer forensics investigator and a key witness in the 2004 Kazaa case, was called to the witness box today by iiNet's legal team to answer questions on whether an IP address was enough to identify a movie pirate.
One of the things that has always bothered me about the Recording Industry Association of America and its file-sharing lawsuits is that, for many of those people, their biggest crime is being uninformed.I can't tell you many of my own friends and extended family members - educated, law-abiding citizens - who had no idea that they were sharing music illegally.
The eBay-owned VoIP firm is trying to develop new P2P technology to replace that which might be taken away in a legal dispute with Skype's founders
The latest update to Windows XP detects unauthorized copies and turns the desktop black. It also sends intermittent messages to the user to go legal. While the update is world-wide, it seems to be part of a plan to address Chinese piracy, The Wall Street Journal reports. As part of the Chinese initiative, Microsoft has radically dropped the price of XP to less than $30 for the home version.
I'm not sure whether the cloud or the silver lining is more dominant in this particular story. The background is that of internet service providers, the "content" industry and the vast swathes of naughty people illegally downloading and uploading content over P2P networks.
The MPAA's legal strategy hasn't done much to slow down online piracy of movies. But will that save TorrentSpy?
A recent post on ars technica highlighted an article out of Kent State that described piracy as a social phenomenon, unlikely to be affected by legal efforts. As summarized by ars:"The researchers have two theories for this, one of which is that file-sharing is more of a social phenomenon than an economic one.
North Carolina State University's Student Legal Services Department has advised students to push back on the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as they offer them settlement deals on piracy suits. The group has been sending notices to universities and requesting that these notices be forwarded to offending students based on IP-related information provided to the schools.
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