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UK pirate cases dropped at Court

The lawyer taking hundreds of UK citizens to court for alleged illegal downloading has dramatically withdrawn from all cases. The patent court in London was currently scrutinising 26 cases brought…

Hadopi: Half of French download illegally

Hadopi: Half of French download illegally

Nearly half of people in France download film and music illegally, according to a study by the anti-internet piracy body, Hadopi.  The study found that only one third of users…

Spain: No personal liability for pirates

The Spanish government has watered down parts of its anti-Internet piracy bill in a move designed to win opposition support. The Conservative Popular Party and a Catalan nationalist group have…

Orange to buy 49% of Dailymotion

France Telecom’s Orange has revealed that it is in exclusive negotiations with Dailymotion, the world’s second largest online video site, with a view to taking a 49 per cent share…

MTG eyes ProSieben channels

Modern Times Group is talking with ProSiebenSat.1, about the sale of its European TV and radio group SBS. Valuations on the group go between €1 billion and €1.5 billion. Swedish…

Adobe alights at thePlatform

Online video management service thePlatform and Adobe Systems have confirmed an alliance aimed at providing enhanced solutions for the delivery of online and mobile content with secure video management and…

NDS for Sky Deutschland CI+

NDS for Sky Deutschland CI+

NDS has announced that Sky Deutschland has launched Common Interface Plus (CI+) modules based on the NDS VideoGuard conditional access (CA) system. The recently launched modules fully support all Sky…

UK sets out anti-piracy tariff

Communications minister Ed Vaizey has introduced secondary legislation aimed at enforce anti-piracy plans in the Digital Economy Act, passed shortly before the May General Election. The ‘Sharing of Costs Order’…

YouTube chief: ‘Publishers must get on connected TV’

YouTube chief: ‘Publishers must get on connected TV’

Publishers must get their content onto connected TVs “before it’s too late”, says  former YouView chief technology officer Anthony Rose. Talking to the Association of Online Publishers he said, “In…

ORF’s Cryptoworks hacked

Another broadcaster has admitted suffered a major hack of its transmissions. This time it’s Austria’s public broadcaster ORF use of the Cryptoworks encryption system, initially developed by Philips but now…