The Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC), a Helsinki-based organization, struck a major coup on its home turf against music file-sharers this week. A Finnish judge this week approved the group's request to force ISPs to cut off three alleged pirates' internet connections.
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde hopes the still infamous Pirate Bay will be lead by the right group of people in the future, because the site now "really sucks", he said during a speech.
For illegally sharing 30 songs over the Internet, Joel Tenenbaum shouldn't have to pay $675,000, a federal judge decided.
Online auction schemes that sucker cash out of innocent folks with fake listings may be a bit of a dinosaur compared to more modern digital schemes, but the archaic model has yet to go out of style completely. Adrian Ghighina, a Romanian national living in the U.S., can vouch for that. The cyber thief was sentenced by a judge in Chicago this week to 48 months in prison after pleading guilty in February to wire fraud and conspiracy.
A German court has ruled that the open-source download manager JDownloader2 is forbidden.
It appears a new challenger has emerged, and this one is intent on exposing LulzSec. Another hacking group calling themselves "A-Team" has posted a detailed list of information they claim is about the members of hacking collective LulzSec.
The EFF (Electronic Freedom Foundation), a high-profile digital civil rights organization, has responded to a decision made last week by Washington DC Judge Beryl Howell, which approved of prosecuting attorneys joining together hundreds or thousands of anonymous copyright defendants in a single lawsuit. Predictably, the organization is not pleased.
In a 4-4 split decision, the United States Supreme Court has upheld a Ninth Circuit Court ruling that states a first-sale doctrine does not apply to goods purchased overseas.
On Monday the rogue group of hackers announced Mission: Leakflood, which urges members to bombard corporate fax machines with WikiLeaks material.
Rather than simply sending alleged copyright infringers on their way with takedown notices, and eventually a suspended account, Google-owned YouTube has devised a plan to “educate” (I use that term loosely in this context) users and give them another shot at creating videos.
Similar to high-profile cases in the U.S., U.K. and France, there is a growing likelihood Australian ISPs will have to boot peer-to-peer file sharers off of the Internet.
Redbox, a game and movie rental company in the United States is suffering from fraud with their discs.
There are several perspectives about the ethics of piracy that hit the news every day, but it is often from the extreme sides of the each camp that says that piracy is all bad or all good. Rarely do creators come out and express their true feelings in print, for fear of backlash from other sides of the debate. One game developer, however, has decided to make his point of view heard.
The British government today unveiled new rules that may lead to file sharers who repeatedly share copyrighted music and movies to temporarily lose their Internet access.
When the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) seized 82 alleges copyright-infringing domains two weeks ago, the owner of Torrent-Finder found his domain taken over by authorities along with dozens of websites that were selling counterfeit merchandise. So how did the torrent-seeking search engine end up being lumped in with fake Rolex dealers and counterfeit fashion merchandise?
It's common for anti-piracy groups to prosecute copyright thieves. However, it's not every day that those same organizations whose express purpose is defending the legal rights of artists, musicians and filmmakers are accused of breaking the law themselves. But that's just what happened over the weekend in Spain.