Online TV/Music

27 June 2016

Rightscorp Pressures ISPs to Hijack Pirates Browsers TorrentFreak

Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp is promoting its browser hijacking system to ISPs. In a proposal revealed by Internet provider RCN, Rightscorp suggests a gradual approach where pirating subscribers eventually have to pay a fine to regain Internet access.

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24 June 2016

Siteblock: Pirate Bay, Torrentz, IsoHunt under spotlight in Australian website-blocking test case ABC News

The first test case for the Government's website-blocking laws is underway in the Federal Court in Sydney, with copyright holders pushing to make it easier to shut down alternate pathways to file-sharing websites.

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09 June 2016

KickassTorrents Enters The Dark Web, Adds Official Tor Address TorrentFreak

KickassTorrents, the world's most popular torrent index, is pushing back against the increasing number of ISP blockades. To make it easier for its users to bypass local censorship efforts, KAT's operators have added a dark web address, hiding the site in the Tor network.

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01 June 2016

Music World Bands Together Against YouTube, Seeking Change to Law New York Times

A few years ago, the biggest enemy of the music industry was Pandora Media. Then Spotify became the target.

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26 May 2016

Music Piracy Triggers Significant Losses, EU Study Shows TorrentFreak

New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that piracy hurts both digital and physical music sales. In EU countries the total losses are roughly 5% of yearly revenues, which equals €170 million. In addition, piracy also triggers secondary losses for governments and the public sector.

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25 May 2016

Australia Officially Abandons Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Scheme TorrentFreak

After indications earlier this year that copyright holders and ISPs were having serious problems reaching agreement on who will pay for the three-strikes anti-piracy regime, the project has now officially been canned. In a letter to the Australian Media and Communications Authority, the Communications Alliance and rightsholders have confirmed its demise.

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19 May 2016

Australian music industry happy with less stringent website blocking in pirate fight Computerworld

A group of music labels and licensing organisation APRA AMCOS are seeking a more limited form of website blocking than Foxtel and Village Roadshow in their efforts to curb piracy.

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06 May 2016

Foxtel, Village and ISPs yet to agree on the cost of blocking pirate sites in Australia Computerworld

TPG (including subsidiaries such as iiNet), Telstra, Optus and M2 have confirmed they don't intend to oppose Federal Court applications by Foxtel and Village Roadshow that seek to have the ISPs block their customers access a collection of piracy-linked websites.

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03 May 2016

Internet Australia backs calls to end geoblocking as video-on-demand use increases The Guardian

The peak body for internet users has thrown its weight behind calls to end geoblocking, as increasing use of legal video-on-demand services is revealed by new figures.

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29 April 2016

Geoblocking: Australian consumers not breaching copyright by circumventing with VPN, says Govt agency ABC News

Australian consumers should be able to legally circumvent geoblocking restrictions that prevent them from using foreign online streaming services like US Netflix, according to the Productivity Commission.

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13 April 2016

Streaming growth helps digital music revenues surpass physical sales The Guardian

Digital music revenues have surpassed the takings from traditional music formats for the first time, according to an industry report.

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11 April 2016

Online streaming drives first increase in Australian music industry revenue in years ABC News

The Australian music industry's revenue has gone up for the first time in three years, driven by a doubling in music streaming services, while music downloads continued their decline.

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09 April 2016

38% of Young EU Internet Pirates See Nothing Wrong in Piracy TorrentFreak

Young people are often the group most closely associated with consumption of illegal content yet the results of a new survey just published by the EU Intellectual Property Office paints them in a fairly reasonable light. While 38% of young European pirates see nothing wrong in piracy, just 5% exclusively use pirate sources.

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25 March 2016

British music labels demand 'notice and stay down' piracy policy from Google The Guardian

Days after US music industry body the RIAA criticised YouTube over its music royalties, British equivalent the BPI has fired its latest shots at parent company Google over piracy.

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23 March 2016

No-TV households not catching up online, UK report finds Daily Telegraph

For decades, parents have been worrying about their children's square eyes as they tune in to more and more television.

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24 February 2016

Lawyers clear Aussies to hunt global TV online with VPNs Australian Financial Review

Lawyers have given Australians the green light to beat the piracy crackdown by using virtual private networks (VPNs) `to access online streaming content from overseas, saying that it is effectively futile for rights holders to pursue users under local laws.

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18 February 2016

Village Roadshow launches legal action to block piracy-related website in Australia ABC News

Movie giant Village Roadshow says it has filed a case in the Federal Court to have a movie-related piracy website blocked in Australia.

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12 February 2016

The future of television, according to Google Washington Post

Google is increasingly interested in building an alternative to the traditional cable set-top box, according to a top exec for Google Fiber.

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Dallas Buyers Club piracy case abandoned but illegal downloaders warned of trouble ahead ABC News

Thousands of Australians who illegally downloaded copies of Dallas Buyers Club "can breathe a sigh of relief" after an ongoing legal case was abandoned by the film's makers, but experts have warned there is trouble ahead for those who continue the practice.

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11 February 2016

Australia's Dallas Buyers Club saga draws to a close Computerworld

The long-running legal action launched by the rights holders of the movie Dallas Buyers Club today draws to a close.

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29 January 2016

YouTube wins German appeal over artists' fees Reuters

A German court has handed Google another legal victory over German performing rights organisation Gema, which had sought to make the company's video-sharing service YouTube pay each time users watch music videos by artists it represents.

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23 January 2016

Pirate Sites Decrease in Numbers, Increase in Strength TorrentFreak

The main lawyer and public face of Pirate Bay nemesis Rights Alliance says that the file-sharing landscape in Sweden has shifted. Henrik Pontén says that while down significantly in numbers, the remaining pirates sites have become more professional, explicitly commercial, while earning "a lot of money".

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22 January 2016

Piracy Can Boost Digital Music Sales, Research Shows TorrentFreak

A new academic paper published by the Economics Department of Queen's University examines the link between BitTorrent downloads and music album sales. The study shows that depending on the circumstances, piracy can hurt sales or give it a boost through free promotion.

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19 January 2016

Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims BBC News

Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children.

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15 January 2016

Netflix Announces Crackdown on VPN and Proxy Pirates TorrentFreak

For those utilizing VPNs, proxies and unblocking tools to access geo-restricted content on Netflix, the party may soon be over. According to an announcement by the company's Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture, people using such services will face new roadblocks in the coming weeks.

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