Category archives for: Piracy

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 [...]

Game of Thrones, Walking Dead most pirated shows

Media protection, multiscreen and revenue assurance solutions specialist Irdeto has released findings that suggest Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Homeland are the most pirated TV shows outside the UK, with Game of Thrones by far in the lead. Analysing Torrents collected and tracked by Irdeto’s Business Intelligence unit from over 100 top Torrent Index sites across the globe [...]

AAPA: Cross-border anti-piracy enforcement needed

Officials from AAPA, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance, have stressed the need for swift and effective cross-border enforcement action to overcome the challenges of card sharing and illegal streaming. The comments came at a seminar on IP Sport Crime organised by OHIM (Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market) and Europol. AAPA members Christine Maury-Panis from Viaccess-Orca and Andreas Rudloff from [...]

Copyright Office: Aereo argument ‘fundamentally incorrect’

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While a range of trade bodies and consumer groups have line up behind Aereo in its forthcoming Supreme Court hearing with the major broadcast networks by filing amicus (friend of court) briefs, an important voice has expressed an opinion in the form of Copyright Office general counsel Jacqueline C Charlesworth. Speaking at the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Conference [...]

IP Police call for industry support

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) based in the City of London Police has called upon advertisers and brand holders to continue to support its work to tackle Intellectual Property crime following the launch of its Infringing Website List (IWL). The IWL, the first of its kind to be developed, sets out to disrupt the advertising revenues on illegal [...]

MUSO unveils anti-piracy innovations

Following the launch of its content protection platform for TV rights holders at MIPCOM in October 2013, anti-piracy solutions specialist MUSO is taking the opportunity at MIPTV to unveil a series of innovations to enable rights holders of both film and TV content to protect their content even more effectively against the threat of online piracy MUSO’s new technology enables [...]

American Cable Association backs Aereo

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The American Cable Association (ACA) has become the the latest trade body to come out in support of Internet TV streaming service Aereo in the forthcoming copyright action to be heard in the US Supreme Court. The ACA – which represents some 850 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies – has filed an amicus (friend of court) brief urging the [...]

Consumer groups file amicus brief in Aereo case

US non-profit consumer organisations Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Consumers Union (CU) have filed an amicus (friend of court) brief at the US Supreme Court in the case of American Broadcasting Companies Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. F/K/A Bamboom Labs Inc. The case involves major broadcasters who have sued Internet TV streaming service Aereo for copyright breaches. Aereo’s technology allows [...]

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