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UK cinema staff rewarded for preventing piracy

Eleven employees from cinemas across the UK have been presented with awards totalling £7,000 for their efforts in preventing illegal recordings taking place. At a specially-convened ceremony at Paramount Pictures,…

Piracy scuppers home entertainment sales

According to independent retail analyst Verdict Research, piracy will continue to impact on the home entertainment market and slow its recovery. Consumer reluctance to spend with entertainment retailers is also…

BT under pressure to block Pirate Bay

BT under pressure to block Pirate Bay

A coalition of companies and trade bodies within the creative industries led by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has formally requested that BT block The Pirate Bay, one of the…

CEA attacks ‘innovation-killing’ IP legislation

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President and CEO Gary Shapiro has reacted strongly to a Motion Picture Association of America blog on intellectual property legislation under consideration in Congress which suggests…

Copyright industries engine of growth for US economy

According to a report commissioned by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), in 2010 the US industries most dependent on copyright protection: Added over $930 billion in value to the…

House Judiciary leaders introduce online piracy bill

A bipartisan group of US House lawmakers has introduced legislation aimed at curbing online piracy and counterfeiting on foreign websites, following the May 2011 introduction of similar legislation by the…

MPAA’s Dodd: ‘Partner to innovate’

Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has called on the technology and creative communities to build on their partnership to keep the…

BT ordered to block filesharing site within 2 weeks

BT has been given 14 days to block access to a website accused of promoting illegal filesharing “on a grand scale” by Hollywood studios, in the first high court ruling…

Russian couple charged $1.1bn in movie piracy case

Russian couple charged $1.1bn in movie piracy case

A Moscow couple has been charged with distributing pirated movies over the Internet, contributing to estimated losses of $1.08 billion for studios and content owners. The charges, following a lengthy…

Fraudsters scam Virgin Media

Fraudsters scam Virgin Media

Two Lancashire men who sold illegal Virgin Media set-top boxes have been told they must pay up £200,000 each, or spend longer in jail. Imran Khansia, 30, and Rafiq Dudhwala,…