Category archives for: Piracy

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 […]

385% piracy spike for Oscar-nominated films


While the majority of fans tuning in on February 22nd to see which of their favourite films are successful at the 87th Academy Awards have paid a premium to see these films legally, an increasing number of others chose to pirate those films instead, according to new data from anti-piracy and revenue assurance solutions Irdeto. Irdeto monitored

AAPA welcomes card-sharing convictions

Anti-piracy body AAPA has welcomed the outcome of three separate criminal cases involving AAPA member Sky Deutschland which have seen local courts in Germany issue fines and suspended prison sentences to operators of different card-sharing servers in Recklinghausen, Munich and Pforzheim. The case in the local court of Bochum resulted in a suspended prison sentence of 1 year and 6 […]

Australia: Rights holders, ISPs publish draft copyright code

A new draft industry Code of Practice with the emphasis on education has been published with the aim of driving down the rate of online copyright infringement, the so-called ‘Internet piracy’ in Australia. The draft Code, published by Communications Alliance – the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia – for public comment, is the product of an intensive development process […]

Megaupload conspirator jailed


A computer programmer for the Mega copyright piracy conspiracy, Estonian Andrus Nomm, has pleaded guilty in connection with his involvement with and associated piracy websites. He was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for conspiring to commit felony copyright infringement, with an Assistant Attorney General vowing to ensure all those responsible are held to account. […]

UK academics take on copyright education challenge

A new suite of online learning materials has been launched to help UK students and the general public understand how copyright law works. The resource aims to help A-Level [High School leaving qualification] media students in the UK study for their exams while educating the wider public about what can and cannot be done with copyright works. In October 2014, […]

Spain: 3 arrested for STB piracy

The Spanish police has broken up a band of pay-TV pirates and arrested three people on charges of breaking the intellectual property by selling illegal set-top-boxes to watch pay-TV in the country. The pirates were selling the STBs online for €150 and delivering them throughout the country. The devices had been manipulated and included illegal software that allowed access to […]

Rapidshare closing down

Rapidshare, formerly one of the most popular file-sharing sites, has revealed will close in March. The decision comes after a period of decline for the site, which axed three-quarters of its staff in 2013. Rapidshare latterly adopted anti-piracy measures and later scrapped its free service. Users have been abandoning the site ever since, meaning it is no longer a viable […]

Ad industry launches anti-piracy initiative

The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG), an advertising industry initiative to improve the digital ecosystem, has launched the ‘Brand Integrity Program Against Piracy’, designed to help advertisers and their ad agencies avoid damage to their brands from ad placement on websites and other media properties that facilitate the distribution of pirated content and/or illegal dissemination of counterfeit goods. TAG is an […]

Irdeto: Piracy needs more powerful countermeasures

According to Andrew Wajs, CTO at multiscreen, revenue assurance and media protection solutions specialist Irdeto, tackling next-generation content distribution, protection and monetisation challenges requires more than just technology, with operators needing to take a more holistic, end-to-end approach to thrive. Speaking to the Cable Congress Blog in advance of the event March 11th – 13th in Brussels, Wajs notes that […]

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