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UN: Anti-piracy laws ‘breach human rights’

A UN expert has suggested that provisions of the UK’s Digital Economy Act and similar legislation in France that could see music and film pirates cut off from the Internet…

Sony hacked again

Lulz Security, a hacker group, has claimed it has attacked the SonyPictures.com network and stolen more than one million passwords, e-mail addresses and other information. Sony said it was aware…

Streaming often escapes piracy laws

Streaming often escapes piracy laws

People who illegally stream copyrighted movies, music, and TV shows online should face stricter punishment, the US register of copyrights and industry representatives told a House subcommittee. Current laws are…

PROTECT IP Act progress halted

Although the US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PROTECT IP Act on May 26, its…

Anti-piracy success for French police

Anti-piracy success for French police

Police have closed down one of France’s most popular websites for downloading pirated content and arrested three men who ran it. Liberty Land, set up in September 2009, was one…

Canada, Spain top anti-piracy watch list

The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus has released its annual watch list, which identifies Canada, China, Russia, Spain and Ukraine as countries where the lack of intellectual property rights poses a…

Norwegian government targets filesharing sites

Norway’s Ministry of Culture has proposed amendments to the country’s Copyright Act in an effort to crack down on online piracy. Part of the new proposals involves removing the need…

NAB backs rogue sites bill

The National Association of Broadcasters has come out in support of legislation aimed specifically at controlling ‘pirate’ and ‘rogue’ websites, especially those registered outside the US, which traffic in unauthorised…

ADD launches anti-piracy packages

Arab Digital Distribution (ADD), the largest pay-TV platform management company in the Middle East and North Africa, has launched two new regional packages – Pehla Spice and Pehla Spice Plus.…

MPAA: ‘Is Google going to ignore copyright law?’

MPAA: ‘Is Google going to ignore copyright law?’

Google has moved swiftly to deny comments by its executive chairman (see below) were not a signal it is ready to violate content protection laws it does not agree with.…