Category archives for: Piracy

Social media critical role in football piracy

As the opening weekend of the 2014/15 Premier League approaches, broadcasters should take note of some unexpected piracy figures from Irdeto stemming from the FIFA World Cup 2014, which found that Europe and North America broadcasters were the biggest targets for illegal streams worldwide. Irdeto’s intelligence also revealed

Telstra’s Thody: ‘Content piracy is theft’


David Thodey, CEO of Australian telco Telstra, has declared that piracy of content is theft, and suggested that the company can play a role in its prevention. “Piracy of content is theft. I hold a very strong view on that. You can’t justify it because of the price of content. A whole industry exists to create great content and it’s […]

Stallone speaks out against piracy


Movie veteran Sylvester Stallone has spoken out about the effect of piracy on the industry, warning that people involved will lose their jobs. Meanwhile Lions Gate, distributor of the actor’s latest film, is taking legal steps to identify those responsible for the title being made available illegally. Speaking to the UK’s Sky News as part of the promotional tour for […]

UK business claims piracy take-down success

A UK company is leading the way in getting pirated content taken down from the Internet. Cambridgeshire-based DiCopSys is ranked 22nd in Google’s global list of companies achieving take-down of digital pirated material, despite charging as little as £10 a month for its services. The company uses its proprietary software to search out online copyright infringements and use US and […]

IP crime unit arrests proxy server suspect

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has arrested a man in the East Midlands city of Nottingham on suspicion of running an ‘umbrella’ website providing access to other websites which have been subject to legal blocking orders. The 20-year-old man was questioned by detectives from the City of London Police unit at a local police station before later being […]

Sons of Anarchy showrunner attacks Google on piracy

Kurt Sutter, executive producer and showrunner of the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, has accused Google of systematically destroying the artistic future, suggesting it is eroding creative copyright laws. In an impassioned and strongly-worded Open Letter to the Creative Community published in the August 5th 2014 issue of Variety, Sutter writes: Dear Family, Friends and Enemies: Recently, I responded […]

Oz creatives launch Digital Content Guide

A guide to finding safe and licensed digital content across a range of services and platforms has been developed by a group of Australian creative rights holders and creative content industry associations. The funding members are: Australian Screen Association; APRAAMCOS; ARIA; Copyright Agency Ltd; Foxtel; News Corp Australia and Village Roadshow. The funding members appointed Music Rights Australia to manage […]

Creative Future chief: BitTorrent ‘insincere’


Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of industry body CreativeFuture, has rounded on file-sharing technology company BitTorrent, questioning its sincerity in proposing that its users help finance new content and gain viewing rights, suggesting it has thus far failed to create a workable business model. Writing in the Creative Future Blog, Vitale asks: “How does BitTorrent, Inc. feel about the fact that […]

Majority of Australians support piracy crackdown


A majority of Australians believe individuals involved in the supply of pirated television should be prosecuted and punished, according to research conducted by market research company Auspoll. Sixty per cent of respondents agreed that individuals who facilitate piracy should face prosecution. Only 11 per cent disagreed. Fifty-three per cent believe government should ‘do more’ to prevent television piracy, with only […]

FAST calls for long-term PIPCU funding

The progress made by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in protecting Intellectual Property and tackling infringing websites risks being undermined without long-term funding and investment, according to the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), who argues that disrupting the distribution of illicit material calls to continue the consistent and effective enforcement regime run by the City of London Police. […]

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