EC presses internet platforms to crack down on illegal content
Yesterday saw a meeting in Brussels between a group of European Commission representatives and (unnamed) internet platforms to discuss illegal content. While piracy was included in the brief, the driving force behind the...
January 10, 2018
Pirate Bay co-founder takes a pop at Spotify and Netflix
It’s safe to say that music rightsholders don’t give a stuff what Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde thinks about Spotify and Netflix. Still, Sunde has been talking about the new breed of streaming services, and taking...
January 8, 2018
Deezer takes action against ‘hacked versions’ of its app
Deezer has been cracking down on third-party apps and sites that stream-rip music from its service. Before Christmas, the streaming service sent takedown notices to development site GitHub for a number of tools, including...
January 2, 2018
Telegram blocks channel after music-piracy complaint
Sorry, at the time of writing Taylor Swift hasn’t put her new album ‘Reputation’ on streaming services as a post-Thanksgiving gift to fans. Today’s Taylor story focuses on another aspect to the album’s rollout:...
November 24, 2017
EFF denies that stream-ripping is intrinsically illegal
In its recent ‘Notorious Markets’ submission to the US Trade Representative, the RIAA took aim once again at stream-ripping websites, which enable people to rip YouTube videos into downloadable MP3 files. Now campaigning...
October 23, 2017
RIAA submits latest ‘notorious markets’ piracy report
US industry body the RIAA has submitted its latest list of ‘notorious markets’ for piracy to the US Trade Representative, with a focus on the “growing complexity” of stream-ripping sites that convert video or audio...
October 9, 2017
ShareBeast admin pleads guilty to copyright infringement
YouTube-MP3 may have settled in a lawsuit led by the RIAA, but the admin of file-sharing site ShareBeast is facing a bleaker resolution to its battle with labels. Artur Sargsyan faces up to five years in prison after pleading...
September 12, 2017
BPI calls for YouTube to do more about stream-ripping
Hot on the heels of reaching a settlement with YouTube-MP3 that took the stream-ripping site offline, UK industry body the BPI is turning its attention to other sites. But also the service that they leech off. CEO Geoff...
September 12, 2017
Music bodies confirm YouTube-MP3 stream-ripping shutdown
Reports on a court filing meant that the news of a settlement between labels and stream-ripping site YouTube-MP3 broke before the relevant industry bodies could announce it. But announce it they did, yesterday, with the...
September 8, 2017
Stream-ripping site YouTube-MP3 shutting down after settlement
Another piracy mole has been comprehensively whacked, with the news that ‘stream-ripping’ site YouTube-MP3 is shutting down as part of a settlement in its legal battle with labels represented by US body the RIAA. TorrentFreak...
September 5, 2017
RIAA: mixtapes site Spinrilla ‘ineligible’ for safe harbour
US industry body the RIAA is continuing its action against digital-mixtapes site Spinrilla, claiming that the site should not be eligible for DMCA safe-harbour protection. In a new court filing, the body claims that Spinrilla...
August 1, 2017
Google questioned over highlighting ‘best torrent sites’
Oh Google… No sooner had we reported that Google was doing something music rightsholders would appreciate – preparing to automatically block many of the ads that fuel the businesses of piracy sites – than the company’s...
July 11, 2017