There has been plenty of controversy over the past year as to whether websites that provide links to copyright infringing content are running legitimate businesses or promoting piracy, but now one site that is providing links to perfectly legal online video is finding themselves facing a lawsuit because of their business model.
We have highlighted situations in the past where entertainment industry groups, including the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland (BREIN), have been allowed by government officials to take the law into their own hands. There is also a similar organization in the UK that has been overseeing copyright infringement cases, but one lawyer is speaking out against the group stating that they’ve taken their authority too far.
The Dutch government has decided that Dutch consumers will need to pay copyright fees when purchasing computers, smartphones, set top boxes, audio and video equipment and HDDs, starting in 2013
Sony issued a warning late Tuesday indicating their network had been the target of a mass sign-in attempt giving new Chief Information Security Officer, Phillip Reitinger a reason for his first security themed release. The attack targeted all Sony accounts including PSN, SEN and SOE and resulted in approximately 93,000 compromised accounts.
Since domain seizures based upon claims by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began occurring in late November, some have questioned how the entertainment industry organizations were so empowered to provoke such action with a lack of legal justification and due process for their targets. Details of the financial activities of these organizations during the 3rd quarter of 2010, however, reveal what may be the answer.
Giganews claims to be the first usnet provider to reach 2 years of binary retention.
LimeWire Group was found liable of mass copyright infringement last year in a lawsuit filed by the RIAA, but in a separate case being heard in New York this week founder Mark Gorton admitted for the first time that he knew about the rampant piracy by a "large percentage" of users that was present in the file sharing service.
Daniel Spitler, accused of last year’s intrusion into AT&T servers, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of identity theft today before a district judge in Newark, N.J.
Anonymous has embarrassed not one, but two law enforcement groups this week, posting to YouTube on Friday full audio from a 16-minute phone conversation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and UK police.
The Recording Industry Association of America sent a notice to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week, calling unlicensed music-sharing at foreign social networking sites and cyberlockers a "cynical ploy" to take money out of artists' pockets and line their own. Named in the organization's missive was Megaupload, owned by the famously eccentric millionaire Kim Schmitz. The other two targets were China's SoGou MP3 service and Russian social networking site VKontakte.
Despite repeated questions that have been raised about the constitutionality of such actions, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency began yet another round of domain seizures early this week.
Three governors recently pledged their allegiance to the PROTECT IP bill. The divisive legislation has garnered additional support this month. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) have come forward to announce they are behind bill S. 968.
In an interview the CEO of Netflix states that whenever they launch in a new territory, the Bittorrent traffic drops as the Netflix traffic grows.
Mega encrypts files that are uploaded. That should make it hard for movie studios to shut it down, but it can also be abused by others. Click to read more...
It looks like LulzSec's retirement was short lived. The hacking group returned with quite a bang today by pulling some shenanigans on Murdoch-owned "The Sun". The site was redirected to a fake story about Murdoch's death on the UK Times site.
Dutch entertainment trade organization and antipiracy advocate BREIN was hit early this week by major DDoS attack that rendered the group’s website inaccessible from late Monday and through the day on Tuesday. Though the organization has made plenty of enemies throughout their years of harassing file-sharing websites, those in charge already believe they know who was behind the attacks.

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