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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…

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’…

China’s tougher stance on online piracy

China’s tougher stance on online piracy

China will step up its fight to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) by targeting online piracy, state media has said, amid calls for Beijing to do more on widespread copyright…

Russia: Internet users responsible for piracy

Internet users — not Internet companies — should be held legally accountable for uploading pirated content on web sites, Russian Communications and Press Minister Igor Shchyogolev has said. But Shchyogolev…

RapidShare labels piracy report ‘absurd’

RapidShare has blasted a report characterising the file-hosting site as a home for pirated content.  Researchers from MarkMonitor crawled the Internet for sites offering counterfeit and pirated digital content tied…

Research: Online piracy and counterfeiting pose complex problems

A sampling of only 22 brands revealed that websites offering pirated digital content and counterfeit goods generate more than 53 billion visits per year, according to research carried out by…

Kuwait gets tough on illegal sat-channels

Kuwait is home to a number of satellite TV channels, many operating without a formal licence. Kuwait’s information ministry has ordered that these stations be immediately closed down.  BBC Monitoring…

EC: ISPs compelled to combat users’ IP infringement?

A report from the European Commission (EC) has suggested that rates of intellectual property infringement in the EU are “alarming”, and accepts that while an EU law on IP rights…

Spanish anti-piracy law defeated

A Spanish parliamentary panel has rejected a bill that would let courts shut down websites offering peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted music and films. The 20-18 vote was a surprising…