Archive for the ‘Illegal File Sharing’ Category
A few hours after news broke that Hotfile had signed a $80 million settlement agreement with the MPAA, the file-hosting service has completely shut down. The drastic decision to deny access to millions of files without warning will come as a shock to the countless individuals who used Hotfile to store their personal and business documents. Hotfile has yet to comment on the controversial move which does nothing to help the image of cloud hosting providers.
Still allowed to say “Arrrrr”?
Irish subsidiaries of Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music will ask the High Court to block access to Kickass TorrentsPosted: 2013/11/30 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Archive.org Has Copied The Dutch Facebook Equivalent HYVES Right Before Its Demise. Now Try And Remove Your Account From That Data CollectionPosted: 2013/11/30 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Legislation, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
A few days before Hyves will disappear, Archive.org’s Archive Team has gone and copied all 25 Terabytes of data containing all user profiles of the Dutch social media platform.
Experts are wondering whether this is a legal act. Will it still be possible for individual users to have their personal data removed? Previously, content related to GeoCities and pirate website IsoHunt had been copied in a similar fashion.
EU law allows for Internet service providers to be ordered to block their customers from accessing known copyright infringing sitesPosted: 2013/11/26 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Gottfrid Svartholm, the imprisoned co-founder of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, has been served with a slew of lawsuits by some of Russia’s biggest content providers for registering and hosting several of the country’s most popular torrent websites.
Russian media giants VGTRK and Gazprom Media are among the companies that have submitted a total of eight lawsuits against two sites, Rutor.org and Kinozal.tv, for violating their copyright. Among the programs hosted on the sites – the first of which is among the top 30 most popular destinations for Russian internet users – are international hit series such as Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, as well as top Russian series.
Svartholm is listed as the registrant – the domain name owner – of both sites. Moreover, his hosting company PRQ, which was once the home to whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, is also listed as the host for the copyrighted material.
Moscow City Court has accepted four of the eight lawsuits, and is not considering the others. All of the legal claims fall under a broad and powerful copyright law passed by the Russian Duma earlier this year, meaning that a victory for the defendant is unlikely.
Dutch Banks: DO NOT INSTALL PIRATED SOFTWARE, Or We Won’t Reimburse You When You Fall Victim To Internet Banking FraudPosted: 2013/11/24 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, Network Security, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Hoping that judges have no brains and the following clause will save them from legal repercussions:
You are hereby ordered NOT to try any of these solutions – EVER – and if you have any of your own solutions you will REFRAIN from posting them in the comments section below
At the hearing, dubbed, “The Rise of Innovative Business Models: Content Delivery Methods in the Digital Age,” the challenge of applying copyright laws that pre-dated the Web to digital goods delivered on multiple distribution platforms, including consumers, becoming part of that process was the principle topic of conversation.
There was little talk of legislation, with most witnesses emphasizing voluntary efforts and pointing out that increased legal content available at decreasing prices were all helping.
There were the same divisions between those who feared overprotection of copyright to the detriment of innovation and fair use and those who fear piracy abetted by search engines. But there were no fireworks.
John McCoskey, executive VP and CTO of the Motion Picture Association of America, said repeatedly that piracy continued to be a an evolving challenge, but also said that continuing to work and talk with all stakeholders in the ecosystem, rather than legislation, was the best way to address the problem. He pointed to the ISP-backed Copyright Alerting System, which provides a series of escalating warnings to surfers when they are accessing illegal content.
The Supreme Court of Belgium has ordered local Internet providers to proactively search for Pirate Bay proxies, and block subscribers’ accessPosted: 2013/11/20 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence, Litigation, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
The largest online piracy case of its type ever initiated in Sweden has just concluded with a two day trial at a district court. A 28-year-old man, a former uploader and moderator at a private BitTorrent tracker, faced accusations that he had uploaded several thousands movies to the users of the now shuttered site. The prosecutor in the case says he will insist on a term of imprisonment.
In a sign of just how far authorities are prepared to go in order to protect copyright, a court in Italy has ordered a nationwide blackout of massive Russian social network vKontakte. Issued by the Court of Rome, the order was handed down following complaints from a movie distribution company controlled by former Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. The order also covers several cyberlockers including Rapidgator, one of the market leaders.
Dutch Blog Geenstijl.nl Loses Appeals Case Against Publisher SANOMA. Should Not Be Linking To Pictures From PlayBoy Magazine While Aware Of Unauthorized Online SourcePosted: 2013/11/19 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence, Litigation, New Business Models, Online advertising, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Dutch Appeals Court does NOT hold Geenstijl.nl responsible for any direct publication of the leaked PlayBoy photo shoot (rights owned by the publisher SANOMA) as those pictures have been made public (online) by an unknown third party and linking to those pictures does not make someone the (original) unauthorized publisher of those pictures, nor guilty of copyright infringement by default.
However, Geenstijl.nl WAS aware that the pictures had been made public without authorization, it HAD received notice by the publisher and regardless, it STILL continued to link to the unauthorized source. Therefore the court decided that:
Posting a hyperlink which facilitates that third parties can obtain knowledge of an unlawfully published work, is in this case an unlawful act against the copyright owner.
Next to that, the blog created a ‘cutout’ of the leaked PlayBoy pictures that it decided to publish as well, having it function as a ‘teaser’ to lure internet users to the leaked photo shoot it was unlawfully linking to. The court therefore decided that:
- publishing the ‘cutout’ without permission constitutes copyright infringement, as there are no solid reasons to justify unauthorized publication in this particular case;
- Geenstijl.nl should cease to publish the cutout, risking a fine of 1,000 Euros per day if it does not comply with the court order;
- Geenstijl.nl acted unlawfully towards SANOMA by linking to the source of the unauthorized content on its website;
- Geenstijl.nl has to compensate SANOMA for any financial damages due to the unlawful act.
Dutch language verdict:
Dutch language news article:
PlayBoy Magazine Sues Dutch Blog Geenstijl.nl For ‘Linking’ To Leaked Photo Shoot
Particular those who are mobile, or want material from other EU countries: this is about responding to that demand. If you don’t, others will. If you wait for other players to take those opportunities first: Europe can only suffer.” Kroes speaks sternly.
No torrent sites have yet been blocked in U.S. – Major studios and recording labels have zoomed in on Europe, the UK in particularPosted: 2013/11/17 in Blocking, Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Filtering, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
What is interesting about these new Danish blocks is that unlike in the UK where users are simply advised that a page has been banned, local ISPs display a banner which directs users to ShareWithCare.dk, a site that offers links to legal content.