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Domain name seizures in pirate World Cup streaming

The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has confirmed the seizure of 55 separate websites for allegedly live streaming the World Cup games, an infringement of FIFA copyrights. Individuals visiting the sites will now see a message that the site has been seized by the federal government and be redirected to another site […]

December 13, 2022By Colin Mann

$47m damages in music copyright case

A federal jury in Austin, Texas, has found communications service provider Grande Communications liable for wilful infringement of 1,403 copyrighted sound recordings and ordered it to pay $46,766,200 (€47.8m) in damages to a group of record label plaintiffs. US federal law does not allow internet providers to be wilfully blind to online piracy on their […]

November 4, 2022By Colin Mann

Anti-piracy campaign from Dreame

Multilingual storytelling platform Dreame has launched what it says is a first-ever special campaign to fight digital piracy and copyright infringement. Singapore-based tech start-up Stary, which built the Dreame platform, has established a specialised team to crack down on such illegal online activities through lawsuits, reporting channels, and collaboration with regulators, associations, and companies. Official […]

September 2, 2022By Colin Mann

Anti-piracy win for Mediaset

With the broadcaster describing it as another step forward for the defence of producers’ content from online piracy, a Rome court has ordered online platform Rojadirecta to compensate Mediaset for violation of audiovisual copyright with commercial exploitation. The Court ascertained Rojadirecta’s full responsibility for having made available to the public in an unlawful and systematic […]

July 26, 2022By Colin Mann

Sky wins £20K damages from pirate licensees

Following successful legal action taken by Sky, two licensees in Glasgow have each been ordered to pay £10,000 (€11,821) in damages for infringing Sky’s copyright by showing Sky Sports programming illegally in their premises. Sky sought and was awarded permanent interdicts (injunctions) in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, which prevent the below licensees and anyone […]

July 26, 2022By Colin Mann

UEFA welcomes Kenya site-blocking

Pay-TV operator MultiChoice Kenya, with support from European football’s governing body UEFA, has obtained a ruling from the Kenya High Court that orders a series of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to permanently block access to sports pirate websites which contain materials which infringe copyright. Efforts in the fight against the pirate websites […]

July 4, 2022By Colin Mann

US DoJ seizes 6 pirate music websites

The US Justice Department has seized six websites as part of ongoing efforts by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to combat copyright infringement. According to court records, the United States obtained court authorisation to seize six domain names pending forfeiture. Four of those domains – ‘’, ‘’, ‘’, and ‘’ – […]

June 29, 2022By Colin Mann

US Senators introduce anti-piracy legislation

US Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have introduced the SMART Copyright Act of 2022, bipartisan legislation that would hold tech accountable by developing effective, widely-available measures to combat copyright theft. “In the fight to combat copyright theft, there is currently no consensus-based standard technical measures and that needs to be addressed,” said Tillis. “I am […]

March 22, 2022By Colin Mann

Malaysia’s PDRM warns against illegal streaming

Malaysia’s federal police force Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) and pay-TV operator Astro have initiated an awareness programme to advise commercial enterprises not to use devices that stream illegal content at their premises. The programme involved officials from PDRM and Astro visiting several such businesses in Subang Jaya on February 24th 2022. “The Copyright (Amendment) Act […]

February 25, 2022By Colin Mann

US creatives call for copyright protection

America’s leading creative industries have filed their annual ‘Special 301’ submission to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), asking the US government to ensure its trading partners provide strong copyright laws, effectively and efficiently enforce those laws, and eliminate other discriminatory and restrictive barriers to digital trade in music, movies, TV programming, literary […]

February 2, 2022By Colin Mann