Category archives for: Piracy

£3m boost to tackle digital piracy

The fight against digital piracy and counterfeit goods in the UK has been boosted by £3 million of new government funding to the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). Minister for Intellectual Property (IP), Baroness Neville-Rolfe announced the government’s funding commitment to the national crime unit at the Anti-Counterfeiting Group Conference in London. The unit has now […]

UK couple held on pirate device charge

Detectives from the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) have arrested two people in the north-west town of Bury on suspicion of selling devices illegally containing hundreds of thousands of chart-topping karaoke tracks and videos. The pair were arrested by officers from the City of London Police unit with support from Greater Manchester Police following a referral from recorded […]

iiNet opposes copyright infringement action

australia

Australian ISP iiNet is opposing a request from Dallas Buyers Club LLC – the owners of rights in the film of the same name – to reveal details of people they suspect of infringing copyright on their film. Dallas Buyers Club has applied to the Federal Court for iiNet and a number of other providers to provide such information. Writing […]

CASBAA urges uptake of HK copyright amendments

 CASBAA, the Asia-Pacific pay-TV industry trade body, has urged the Hong Kong legislature to end a decade of delay and pass amendments to Hong Kong’s copyright law to give content creators and owners the right – at least in theory – to authorise electronic dissemination of their content. At the same time, the Association – with membership including “globally-renowned broadcasters […]

15 pirate sites deliver 42m unique visitors a week

piracy

Digital IP protection expert KLipcorp has successfully completed a project aimed at accurately measuring the damage done by IP piracy/cybercrime and the impact or otherwise of various piracy / cybercrime management methods. Klipcorp’s methodology has been independently

Issa, Leahy applaud Google anti-piracy efforts

US Congressman Darrell Issa – author of the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act – has reacted positively to Google’s recent report which explains how it combats piracy across its services, “In an unprecedented step, Google has introduced new search engine capabilities to make sure that legal content is readily available to consumers and illegal, pirated content […]

Google claims anti-piracy progress

Google has published an updated How Google Fights Piracy report, which explains how it combats piracy across its services. This new version updates many of the numbers from the 2013 version and lists a few other developments in the past year and follows an open letter sent mid-September to the European competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, in which News Corp chief […]

Study: Reducing pirated link prominence aids IP theft fight

An academic study into whether search engines influence media piracy has concluded that reducing the prominence of pirated links can be a viable policy option in the fight against intellectual property theft. The researchers at Carnegie Mellon University – H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management note there is an ongoing public policy debate regarding the role […]

Better enforcement tackling rise in online IP crime

Consumers must beware of illegal traders who are increasingly using the Internet to sell counterfeit and pirated goods, according to the IP Crime Report published by Baroness Neville-Rolfe. The report, written by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on behalf of the UK IP Crime Group sets out key developments in IP crime and new enforcement activity tackling issues including:

Oz pirates downloading more content

australia

Research conducted by Sycamore Research and Newspoll suggests that online film and television piracy is increasing in Australia, with 29 per cent of Australian adults admitting to being active pirates. The study also shows active pirates are increasing their frequency of downloading pirated film and television content. Lori Flekser, Executive Director of the IP Awareness Foundation, shared findings of the […]

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