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Aereo launches advocacy site

Internet TV streaming service Aereo has launched an educational and advocacy site – ProtectMyAntenna.org – that aims to provide basic information about the operation and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions. Chet Kanojia, Founder and CEO has written to customers explaining the site’s launch and Aereo’s beliefs in [...]

Game of Thrones leads Oz (legal) downloads

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Following a fortnight in which Australia was identified as the country most prolific at pirating Season 4 of Game of Thrones, with pay-TV platform Foxtel publicly defending its exclusivity and pricing strategy, the fantasy drama also proved to be Australia’s most legally downloaded TV programme or film in 2013, according to new data from the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association [...]

Diller: ‘Aereo court chances 50-50′

Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, has described its chances of a successful outcome in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case as “50-50” and suggested that failure would likely see the end of the service. Interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, Diller confirmed he would be in attendance at the hearing beginning April 22, saying he [...]

Study: True economic impact of piracy “unclear”

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Noting that consumers copy and share digital files, with this being blamed for a potentially catastrophic decline in certain markets, an academic study has sought to establish why consumers copy and whether this is as economically harmful as often thought. CREATe, the UK research centre for copyright, has put a decade of evidence to the test by reviewing studies published [...]

Over half of Spain Internet users download illegally

Eighty-four per cent of digital content consumed in Spain is illegal, according to a study published by industry lobby group La Coalición (The Coalition of Creators and Content Industries). Results of the most recent Piracy Observatory and Digital Contents Consumption Habits show that illegal downloads continued to grow in Spain during 2013. The survey carried out by independent consulting company [...]

DreamWorks’ Katzenberg: ‘Copyright regime not working’

DreamWorks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg has said the US copyright ­regime is failing to stop the illegal downloading of movies. According to Katzenberg, current copyright copyright laws are “not right enough, because there is a huge amount of piracy that goes on in the world”. Katzenberg was among Hollywood studio supporters of the failed Stop Online Piracy Act in [...]

Foxtel defends Game of Thrones exclusivity

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Following the revelation that Australia leads the list of countries illegally sharing the Season Four première of Game of Thrones, and in response to criticism of its exclusive first-run rights to the show, Bruce Meagher, director of corporate affairs for Foxtel, has defended the Australian pay-TV operator’s business model. Writing an opinion piece on Australian media and marketing and entertainment [...]

Singapore proposes copyright amendments

Singapore’s Ministry of Law is seeking to update copyright legislation with the aim of providing a more effective means for content rights holders to protect their copyright online. Noting that online piracy is a global issue, it advises that studies commissioned by rights holders indicate there is a high level of consumption of online copyright infringing (pirated) content in Singapore. [...]

Game of Thrones premiere sets piracy record

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With more than a million downloads in half a day, the premiere of Game of Thrones’ fourth season has set a new piracy record, reports TorrentFreak, noting that at its height, global demand saw over 300,000 BitTorrent users sharing the episode simultaneously. The demand seriously affected the HBO Go on demand service, which

Studios file Megaupload action

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The major US movie studios have filed a lawsuit against file-sharing site Megaupload and its key operators, alleging that the defendants facilitated, encouraged, and profited from “massive” copyright infringement of movies and television shows before the defendants were indicted on federal criminal charges and Megaupload was shut down. “When Megaupload.com was shut down in 2012 by US law enforcement, it [...]

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