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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 […]

Pakistan implements media Code of Conduct

Pakistan’s upper house of parliament is taking on board the recommendations made by its Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage (IBNH), and will seek to implement an electronic media Code of Conduct for its broadcasting sector. The Secretary of the IBNH, Muhammad Azam Khan, told the parliamentary meeting that Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif had formed a […]

Bahrain pulls plug on Alwaleed channel

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s hopes of launching a news channel have been wiped out by Bahrain’s government. The channel was initially suspended within an hour or so of going on air earlier this month, but now the ‘ban’ is said to be permanent. Bahrain’s Ministry of Information says all contracts between the Prince’s operation and Bahrain have […]

Aston condemns Canal+ ‘lies’

Digital pay-TV technology specialist Aston has issued a hard-hitting condemnation of pay-TV operator Canal+’s behaviour, accusing it of “lies, misleading statements and deceptions” in relation to its response to a court decision ordering the reversal of the termination of the Canal Ready label contract linking the two companies. According to Aston, Canal+ recently sent some of its subscribers a letter […]

Most Americans unfamiliar with Net Neutrality


According to US public policy think tank the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), most Americans are unfamiliar with the term ‘net neutrality’, want greater disclosure of the details of the FCC’s proposal to regulate the Internet, and think that the government regulating the Internet in the same way as a public utility will not be helpful. The findings emerged from a […]

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. […]

NCTA: “Title II is a fatal step… we’ll sue”

As expected, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has come out swinging against the FCC’s Title II Net Neutrality proposition. President Michael Powell says he anticipates the association will take the FCC to court. He said that Title II would be a drastic shift for an industry that has invested billions under the assumption of continued light-touch regulation. He also […]

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, […]

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