Category archives for: Piracy

UK ISPs block Pirate Bay proxy sites


UK ISPs have started blocking access to websites that provide a list of Pirate Bay alternatives, as part of the battle against online piracy. Under a court order, ISPs already block access to many of the biggest sharing sites that link to illegal content, including Pirate Bay. But users can visit so-called proxy sites that bypass the restrictions. Under a […]

France ramps up online piracy fight

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Fleur Pellerin, France’s Minister of Culture and Communication, has presented the Government’s strategy on the battle against online piracy. Going beyond the graduated ‘three strikes’ response of the HADOPI law, the Government is implementing a plan of action against streaming, download or search engine optimisation sites which profit from pirated works, which includes the following measures: The drying up of […]

Marvel’s Avengers champion big screen experience

Pro-copyright consumer education body the Industry Trust for IP Awareness and Marvel Entertainment have launched the latest ‘Moments Worth Paying For’ trailer, a collaboration on the epic new Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron which champions the value of the big screen experience and also uses the new “Book, buy & watch” tagline for legal content resource The Moments Worth […]

9 in 10 Spaniards downloading illegally

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Online piracy is setting records in Spain, causing serious harm to the creative and digital content industries, with 2014 almost 88 per cent of all online cultural content being accessed illegally, according to research carried out by the consultancy GfK on behalf of Spanish creative industry coalition. According to the study

Study: Australians not worried about piracy


A study reported in the Sydney Morning Herald has provided insights into why Australians are a nation not too worried about pirating copyrighted content. Writing a column in the paper’s Social Radar section, Laura Demasi, social researcher and

Notorious Markets List focuses anti-piracy fight


US Trade Representative Michael Froman has revealed the findings of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2014, which highlights certain physical and online markets around the world that are reported to engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting that harms American businesses and undermines our workers. The publication of the Notorious Markets report helps […]

Vaizey: We want a BBC ‘fit for the digital age’

Echoing comments made two days earlier by BBC Director General Tony Hall that the BBC must reinvent itself for the Internet era, UK Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey has suggested that a future government conducting the BBC Charter review should strive for a BBC that is fit for the digital age. Delivering a keynote speech at the Oxford […]

House of Cards heavily pirated beyond Netflix reach


In the first 24 hours of its Season 3 release, House of Cards attracted more than 680,000 unique downloaders all over the world.  The main concentration of illegal downloads occurred in countries where Netflix isn’t currently available according to Variety, reporting data collected by Excipio. Specifically, five

Belgian card-sharers further penalised

In a joint card-sharing case brought by a number of members of audiovisual anti-piracy body AAPA, the court of appeal of Liège (Belgium) has upheld the decision of the court of first instance (in Dinant) and increased the penalty for an illegal card sharing network operator and his accomplice. The operator of the card-sharing network hosted approximately 400 users and […]

Australian consumers: ‘Anti-piracy scheme scary’

Australian consumer advocacy body CHOICE has launched a campaign encouraging consumers to help educate the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull about the need for consumer protections in a proposed industry-run anti-piracy ‘education’ notice scheme. On February 20, the entertainment industry, in partnership with Internet Service Providers, proposed what CHOICE describes as “a heavy-handed” scheme targeting consumers who they believed have […]

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