Online TV/Music

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

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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Hollywood: Piracy Poses A Great Cybersecurity Threat TorrentFreak

The MPAA is advising the U.S. Government's Internet Policy Task Force to help combat piracy, which they say poses a great cybersecurity threat. According to Hollywood, cyber criminals use pirated content as bait, to exploit citizens through malware and other scams.

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25 May 2015

YouTube's 1st decade shows sharing free content pays off New Zealand Herald

YouTube's legacy extends beyond its pioneering role in the Internet's video revolution.

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16 May 2015

Shutting Down Pirate Sites is Ineffective, European Commission Finds TorrentFreak

Shutting down pirate websites such as The Pirate Bay is high on the agenda of the entertainment industries. However, according to research published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, these raids are relatively ineffective and potentially counterproductive.

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08 May 2015

Dallas Buyers Club court case ruling could deter ISPs from fighting similar cases in future, lawyers say ABC News

Copyright lawyers are warning that the latest ruling in the Dallas Buyers Club judgement could have a "chilling effect" on future cases.

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07 May 2015

iiNet infringers a step closer to Dallas Buyers Club notices Australian Financial Review

iiNet users who illegally downloaded Hollywood blockbuster Dallas Buyers Club are a step closer to receiving a letter for infringing copyright.

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06 May 2015

With Boxing Match, Video Piracy Battle Enters Latest Round: Mobile Apps New York Times

The method used by thousands of people to watch unauthorized broadcasts of Saturday night's big boxing match might have been new, but to longtime media executives, who have led one battle against piracy after another, it was the same old story.

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04 May 2015

Legal movie downloads on the rise as Netflix eyes Spain launch El Pais

In 2009, Adam Sandler comedy Funny People made more money than the entire European streaming market put together. While that one movie grossed €65 million, 17 European nations' online movie services made just €59 million that year, according to the most recent report from the European Audiovisual Observatory. By 2013, however, things had changed radically, with earnings up almost ten-fold to €588 million, the report said.

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MPAA Funds Pro-Copyright Scholars to Influence Politics TorrentFreak

While entertainment companies and authorities believe they are necessary to stem the tide of online infringement, many current anti-piracy strategies are putting Internet users at risk. Domain suspensions, seizures, plus search engine down-rankings are all playing a part in creating a less-safe online environment.

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01 May 2015

Hollywood: piracy sites must shut within 24 hours The Guardian

Hollywood's chief lobbying body has reportedly ordered piracy sites across the globe to shut down immediately or face legal action.

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