There was a flurry of anti-piracy news over the festive period. The US and Russia signed an agreement to work together more closely on battling piracy, including shutting down more infringing websites, with the suggestion that Russia may get its own copyright notifications system for filesharers. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands plans to make downloading movies and music for personal use illegal were scrapped, but a proposed tax on media storage devices including tablets and smartphones will come in as planned. Finally, Chinese internet company Tencent was fined $2.4k for music copyright infringement on its QQ IM and Soso services. With $1.8bn of quarterly revenues, it’s safe to say the fine isn’t a big deal for Tencent, but it’s been hailed as a symbolic success by local rightsholders.

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