Category archives for: Piracy

US Senator calls for piracy payment prevention

US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is urging leading payment processors to prevent use of their payment networks by websites that are dedicated to online copyright infringement. While Visa and MasterCard both have policies prohibiting the use of their cards for illegal activities, a recent study released by the Digital Citizens Alliance and NetNames revealed that 29 of 30 […]

Two arrested in Expendables 3 investigation


The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested two men on suspicion of leaking action movie The Expendables 3 online before its official release date. The film features an array of famous actors, including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger and was set to hit the big screen in cinemas in the US on 15 August 2014. […]

Pubs hit with EPL copyright breach fines


Four pubs in England have been ordered by the High Court to each pay the Premier League costs for breaching copyright by making unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football in their pubs. The details of the pubs and the £30,000 (€37,905) of costs they have been ordered to pay are: The New Inn, Swindon – ordered to pay the Premier […]

White House: ‘Illegal streaming should be a felony’


A senior US cybersecurity and intellectual property official has suggested that large-scale illegal downloading of movies, TV shows and music on the Internet should be a felony. In a response to a pair of petitions on the White House website urging the Obama administration to back off of any new intellectual property laws that would further criminalise sharing of media […]

TF1, YouTube settle upload dispute

French broadcaster TF1 and YouTube have announced an end to a years-long legal dispute regarding TF1 content that had been uploaded to YouTube by users. As part of this settlement agreement, YouTube has reaffirmed its commitment to providing its content protection system (Content ID) and to giving right holders full control over their content. The settlement also includes a partnership […]

Australia set to block content piracy websites

Australia media sources suggest that Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull intend to present to Cabinet before Christmas formal proposals following the July publication of their Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper which sought public submissions on draft proposals designed to address online piracy. It is understood they will recommend that government require ISPs to forward letters alleging copyright […]

MPAA launches


In its efforts to combat online piracy and to raise awareness of the availability of legitimate content outlets, US movie industry body the MPAA is launching a new search site – – to make it easy for consumers to find the shows and movies they love online, in movie theatres, on television and in stores. MPAA Chairman and CEO […]

Australian consumers fear higher prices from anti-piracy push

Most Australians consumers fear they will face higher Internet bills if Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are forced to shoulder the responsibility for identifying, monitoring and punishing people who illegally download content from the Internet, according to extensive new research released by trade body the Communications Alliance. The research shows that most Australians agree the illegal downloading of content from the […]

PIPCU shares anti-piracy best practice

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Unit (PIPCU) has worked with international law enforcement and private sector partners at a global intellectual property (IP) conference to share best practice and guidance on tackling online IP crime. The event – Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights on the Internet – was organised by Eurojust, Europol and OHIM (Office for Harmonization in the Internal […]

AAPA: ‘Training essential for anti-piracy enforcement’

Members of AAPA, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance, have briefed delegates at a Eurojust-Europol-OHIM seminar on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights on the Internet of the additional threats posed by more ubiquitous access to higher broadband speeds throughout the world and the growing problem of illegal streaming of pay audiovisual media content which damages rights holders and pay-TV companies. The latest […]

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