Category Archives: Online TV/Music

Aussie Senate Dismisses Concerns and Approves New Tough Anti-Piracy Law

The Senate's Environment and Communications Legislation Committee has given its seal of approval to tough new amendments to Australian copyright law. In its report, the Committee acknowledges widespread concern over the proposals but says that “adequate safeguards” will prevent “adverse consequences.”

Section 115a of Australia’s Copyright Act allows copyright holders to apply for injunctions to force ISPs to prevent subscribers from accessing ‘pirate’ sites.

The legislation has been used on many occasions since its introduction in 2015 but copyright holders say the law needs to be tightened to prevent circumvention. Those concerns spawned the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018, which contains proposals to close the loopholes.
https://torrentfreak.com/aussie-senate-dismisses-concerns-approves-new-tough-anti-piracy-law-181127/

Australia to target Google and Yahoo under internet piracy crackdown

The federal government will target search engines as it expands a crackdown on internet piracy, making it harder for Australians to illegally download free movies and music.

In a move hailed by the Australian film industry, the government on Thursday introduced legislation to parliament that would effectively expand the list of websites that companies could seek to have blocked.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/18/australia-to-target-google-and-yahoo-under-internet-piracy-crackdown

Piracy is the Internet’s Canary in the Coal Mine, MPAA Chief Says

MPAA chief Charles Rivkin is sounding the alarm bell. The healthy and vibrant Internet many people want is in serious jeopardy. Whether it's in response to fake news, hate speech, or piracy, Rivkin calls on Internet platforms to take responsibility and fix the web's “broken windows.”

The entertainment industries are growing increasingly frustrated with major Internet platforms that, in their view, are not doing enough to tackle online piracy.

This was also the topic of a speech given by MPAA chief Charles Rivkin, during the TPI Aspen Forum yesterday.
https://torrentfreak.com/piracy-is-the-internets-canary-in-the-coal-mine-mpaa-chief-says-180821/

Use of online pay-to-watch TV surges ahead in UK

The use of commercial video streaming services has surged ahead in Great Britain, according to official figures.

Close to half of all adults said they had watched Netflix, Now TV, Amazon Prime Video or a similar internet-based service over the past three months.

That compares to less than a third of respondents in 2016, the last time the figure was given.
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45096610

Easier streaming services put dent in illegal downloading

Music piracy is falling out of favour as streaming services become more widespread, new figures show.

One in 10 people in the UK use illegal downloads, down from 18% in 2013, according to YouGov's Music Report.

The trend looks set to continue – with 22% of those who get their music illegitimately saying they do not expect to be doing so in five years.
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-45042838

A US Senate Committee Votes for Peace in the Music Industry

For a decade, the music industry has promoted a motley series of copyright bills to Congress, only to watch them fail.

In an effort to update music copyright law for the digital age, the various players involved — tech companies, music publishers, songwriters, musicians and radio broadcasters — assembled an ambitious bill that addressed their concerns.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/business/media/music-copyright-digital-services.html

Majority of Canadians Consume Online Content Legally, Survey Finds

A study commissioned by Canada's Innovation, Science and Economic Development department has revealed that three-quarters of the Canadian public consume online content exclusively from legal sources. Perhaps surprisingly, just 5% identify as hardcore pirates. Meanwhile, 10% of the population have received infringement notices, with a quarter throwing them straight in the trash.

Back in January, a coalition of companies and organizations with ties to the entertainment industries called on local telecoms regulator CRTC to implement a national website blocking regime.

Under the banner of Fairplay Canada, members including Bell, Cineplex, Directors Guild of Canada, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Movie Theatre Association of Canada, and Rogers Media, spoke of an industry under threat from marauding pirates. But just how serious is this threat?
https://torrentfreak.com/majority-of-canadians-consume-online-content-legally-survey-finds-180531/

YouTube deletes 30 music videos after Met link with gang violence

YouTube has deleted dozens of music videos after complaints by the Metropolitan police that their lyrics were allegedly inciting real-world violence.

The force has linked an uptick in gang-related stabbings and murders across the capital to a form of rap music known as drill, which often features violent imagery and lyrics.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/29/youtube-deletes-30-music-videos-after-met-link-with-gang-violence

MPA Reveals Scale of Worldwide Pirate Site Blocking

Motion Picture Association Canada has revealed the scale of pirate site-blocking around the world. In a submission to the CRTC, the Hollywood group states that at least 42 countries are now obligated to block infringing sites. In Europe alone, 1,800 sites and 5,300 domains have been rendered inaccessible, with Portugal, Italy, the UK, and Denmark leading the way.

Few people following the controversial topic of Internet piracy will be unaware of the site-blocking phenomenon. It’s now one of the main weapons in the entertainment industries’ arsenal and it’s affecting dozens of countries.

While general figures can be culled from the hundreds of news reports covering the issue, the manner in which blocking is handled in several regions means that updates aren’t always provided. New sites are regularly added to blocklists without fanfare, meaning that the public is kept largely in the dark.
https://torrentfreak.com/mpa-reveals-scale-of-worldwide-pirate-site-blocking-180410/

Online Piracy Is More Popular Than Ever, Research Suggests

A broad and detailed report from piracy tracking outfit MUSO shows that visits to pirate sites went up last year. The company recorded more than 300 billion visits in 2017, which suggests that “piracy is more popular than ever.” TV remained the most popular category and most pirates prefer streaming over torrents or direct downloading.

Despite the growing availability of legal options, online piracy remains rampant. Every day pirate sites are visited hundreds of millions of times.

Piracy tracking outfit MUSO has documented the piracy landscape with data from tens of thousands of the largest global piracy sites.
https://torrentfreak.com/online-piracy-is-more-popular-than-ever-research-suggests-180321/