Online TV/Music

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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16 December 2015

Dallas Buyers Club piracy case: judge dismisses bid to access private details The Guardian

A landmark bid by a US studio to access the private details of thousands of Australians accused of illegally downloading the film Dallas Buyers Club has been dismissed by the federal court.

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14 December 2015

For Pandora, Ruling on Webcasting Royalty Rates Is Crucial New York Times

Since it began 10 years ago, Pandora Media has become one of the most popular digital music services in the world, with around 80 million regular users. But it has never had a profitable year, its user growth has slowed and lately Wall Street has become impatient.

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10 December 2015

Netflix and other services to be available on holiday in Europe BBC News

Online service subscriptions, such as Netflix and Sky's Now TV, will be portable across the EU under proposals announced on Wednesday.

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09 December 2015

Europe Plans to Ease Copyright Rules on Using Digital Content New York Times

Europe's policy makers on Wednesday will announce far-reaching plans to overhaul Europe's copyright rules, including new rules to reshape which online video and music services are available and a review of how content from publications can be distributed on major sites like Google and Yahoo.

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01 December 2015

Swedish Pirate Bay Blocking Decision Will Go to Appeal TorrentFreak

Last Friday's ruling by the Stockholm District Court that a local ISP cannot be forced to block The Pirate Bay will not mark the end of the matter. The copyright holders behind the legal action say that they are surprised by the decision and will definitely be taking their case to appeal.

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29 November 2015

Supreme Court Opens Door for Pirate Site Blockades in Germany TorrentFreak

The German Supreme Court has today opened the door for ISP blockades of copyright infringing sites. In a landmark decision the court ruled that ISPs can be required to block websites if copyright holders fail to identify their operators or hosting providers.

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20 November 2015

Google offers legal support to some YouTube users in copyright battles The Guardian

Google is stepping up its defense of YouTube users who find themselves on the wrong side of a copyright claim, the tech company said on Thursday.

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17 November 2015

Online GST changes a mixed bag for NZ Internet users InternetNZ

InternetNZ has analysed today's announcement regarding Goods and Services Tax (GST) treatment for online purchases, and found it to be a mixed bag for New Zealand's Internet users.

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14 November 2015

EU Court of Justice to Decide on Legality of Pirate Bay Blockades Reuters

The Dutch Supreme Court referred a landmark case against the file-sharing website Pirate Bay to the European Court of Justice on Friday, a move that could lead to a precedent in efforts to curtail the sharing of copyrighted movies and music online.

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