Online TV/Music

13 August 2015

Police stop UK ad campaigns appearing on piracy sites; Austria blocks Pirate Bay BBC News

An anti-piracy police squad suggests it has caused a steep fall in the number of "big name" ads appearing on copyright-infringing sites.

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06 August 2015

Russia Mulls Anti 'Cut-and-Paste' Piracy Law TorrentFreak

Russia's efforts to bring copyright infringement under control could take a new direction in the fall. According to the deputy head of the Duma Committee on information politics, parliament will be considering new legislation to protect online media publications from 'cut-and-paste' piracy.

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iTunes is Illegal Under UK Copyright Law TorrentFreak

The High Court recently overturned private copying exceptions introduced last year by the UK Government, once again outlawing the habits of millions of citizens. The Intellectual Property Office today explains that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer permitted, and neither is backing up your computer if it contains copyrighted content.

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04 August 2015

Foxtel set to launch legal action 'in coming months' to block websites like The Pirate Bay in Australia ABC News

Pay TV company Foxtel is preparing to launch a legal case "in the coming months" to have piracy-related websites like The Pirate Bay blocked from access in Australia.

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US Movie Studios Seek SOPA Power Through Broad Site-Blocking Order Electronic Frontier Foundation

Major movie studios are again trying to make a website they don't like disappear without a trial. This time, the studios are asking for one court order to bind every domain name registrar, registry, hosting provider, payment processor, caching service, advertising network, social network, and bulletin board -- in short, the entire Internet -- to block and filter a site called Movietube. If they succeed, the studios could set a dangerous precedent for quick website blocking with little or no court supervision, and with Internet service and infrastructure companies conscripted as enforcers. That precedent would create a powerful tool of censorship -- which we think should be called SOPApower, given its similarity to the ill-fated SOPA bill. It will be abused, which is why it's important to stop it from being created in the first place.

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29 July 2015

Spanish Government Claims Success in Internet Piracy Fight TorrentFreak

The Spanish government says it's making headway in its battle against online piracy. In a report issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the government claims that illegal downloads are down, with 247 sites responding positively to copyright complaints and 31 shutting down completely.

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24 July 2015

EU accuses Sky and Hollywood's big six of illegally 'geo-blocking' film access The Guardian

The European commission has accused Sky and six Hollywood studios of putting up anti-competitive barriers that restrict consumers from watching the films and TV shows of their choice. The commission, which has sweeping powers to stop anti-competitive practices, accuses Britain's biggest pay-TV broadcaster and major film-makers of creating bilateral agreements that mean consumers outside the UK and Ireland cannot get access to Sky's full range of programming.

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22 July 2015

Australian digital users illegally download content regularly - survey BBC News

Nearly half of Australia's digital users illegally download movies, TV shows and music on a regular basis, a government survey has found.

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09 July 2015

Censoring Pirate Sites is Counterproductive, Research Finds TorrentFreak

A new study has found that blocking access to torrent and linking sites results in the opposite effect. Instead of driving people towards legal websites and services, many of the blocked sites simply move to other domain names where they enjoy a significant and sustained boost in traffic.

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02 July 2015

YouTube not liable on copyright, but needs to do more - German court Reuters

A German court reaffirmed on Wednesday that YouTube was only responsible for blocking copyright-infringing videos which had been brought to its attention, but the judicial panel said the Google video unit could do more to stop breaches.

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29 June 2015

How Television Won the Internet by Michael Wolff New York Times

Rupert Murdoch recently appointed his son James chief executive of 21st Century Fox, prompting the obvious question: How can a guy whose main credential is a silver spoon compete with Silicon Valley's meritocratic coders and entrepreneurs?

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Have the copyright bullies in Australia pushed too hard? by Mark Gregory Business Spectator

The owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club and the multinationals supporting the world wide fight against illegal downloading have adopted tactics that go too far. While the media companies deserve a modicum of protection from blatant copyright infringement the Coalition's heavy-handed legislation is likely to cause the average consumer far more headaches than discomfit online pirates.

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23 June 2015

With a Tap of Taylor Swift's Fingers, Apple Retreated New York Times

In an age of depressed record sales, her albums sell by the millions. Her tours fill arenas around the world. And a complimentary tweet to her nearly 60 million followers can help kick-start another singer's career.

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Internet piracy: Australian Government's legislation to block websites passes Senate ABC News

Piracy websites like the Pirate Bay are a step closer to being blocked in Australia after the Senate passed website-blocking legislation with support from both the Government and the Opposition.

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22 June 2015

The problems with Dallas Buyers Club 'settle or face large fines' letters Brisbane Times

Lawyers for Dallas Buyers Club LLC were back in court last week, as part of the continuation of their pursuit of Australians who they allege have downloaded the Dallas Buyers Club movie illicitly. The proceedings concerned the letter that the lawyers acting for the film's producer Voltage Pictures want to send to the 4726 customers who have been identified by their respective internet service providers.

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20 June 2015

Why the music industry is fighting the wrong copyright battle The Guardian

We all know that it's possible to share books, CDs and mixtapes, pull them apart, or transfer them to different environments. Their digital equivalents, however, are not so free.

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19 June 2015

Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde says Australia's proposed website blocking scheme won't deter downloaders ABC News

The co-founder of one of the world's most popular file-sharing websites says the Government's proposed legislation to block overseas web services that breach copyright will not deter illegal downloading.

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Dallas Buyers Club: plan to ask suspected Australian pirates to reveal incomes The Guardian

Almost 5,000 Australians accused of illegally downloading the movie Dallas Buyers Club would be asked to reveal their incomes under a Hollywood producer's plan to seek compensation for piracy.

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18 June 2015

Netflix VPN Problem? Leave Consumers Alone, Aussie Minister Says TorrentFreak

As Australia's site blocking Bill took a step closer to becoming law yesterday, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull made it extra clear that VPN use won't be a problem under the legislation. Ordering "the big boys" to sort out the VPN issue between themselves, Turnbull told rightsholders to leave consumers alone.

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15 June 2015

Days numbered for illegal Australian downloaders as crackdown is given tick of approval News.com.au

Do you sneakily download or stream TV shows, movies or songs without paying?

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07 June 2015

Going for a song: the hidden history of music piracy by Stephen Witt The Observer

I am a member of the pirate generation. When I arrived at college in 1997, I had never heard of an MP3. By the end of my first term, I had filled my 2GB hard drive with hundreds of bootlegged songs. By graduation, I had six 20GB drives, all full. By 2005, when I moved to New York, I had collected 1,500GB of music, nearly 15,000 albums worth. It took an hour just to cue up my library, and if you ordered the songs alphabetically by artist, you'd have to listen for a year and a half to get from Abba to ZZ Top.

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05 June 2015

Pirate Bay Block Doesn't Boost Sales, Research Shows TorrentFreak

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that the UK Pirate Bay blockade had no affect on legal consumption. Instead, visitors switched to alternative sites, Pirate Bay mirrors, or started using VPNs. However, the same research also reveals that blocking several major pirate sites at once does boost the use of paid legal services such as Netflix.

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04 June 2015

Google Takes MPAA to Court Over Secret Censorship Plans TorrentFreak

Hoping to find out more about the secret Internet censorship plans Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood was pushing, Google is now taking the MPAA to court. After several subpoenas remained largely unanswered, the search giant is now asking a New York federal court to ensure that the MPAA other parties hand over the requested information.

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Russia Orders ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay TorrentFreak

Following a European trend, the Russian telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor has ordered local ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. Without a separate court order, two domain names of the popular torrent site have been added to the national blocklist.

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03 June 2015

Google demands movie studios comply with subpoenas Reuters

Google Inc has asked a federal judge to require three major movie studios to comply with subpoenas it believes may help show they conspired with Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood as he investigated the Internet search company.

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