Labels press for UPC piracy crackdown in Ireland
Labels pushing for Irish ISPs to do more to tackle music piracy is a story that keeps resurfacing, usually in the courts. This week’s update features the local subsidiaries of Universal, Sony and Warner taking Ireland’s...
January 21, 2015
FilesTube filesharing site aims to go legit
Filesharing site FilesTube is one of the most prominent in Google’s list of sites attracting copyright notices, with more than 10m so far received by its search engine. What’s more, FilesTube is blocked by ISPs in the...
December 16, 2014
Labels team up to block The Pirate Bay in Sweden
At one point recently, all three co-founders of The Pirate Bay were in jail: a long-delayed punishment for their copyright infringement conviction. Yet the site has sailed on even without their involvement: blocked by ISPs...
November 13, 2014
Demonoid filesharing service blocked in Italy after FIMI complaint
Torrent tracker Demonoid returned from the dead earlier this year, but it quickly attracted the notice of music rightsholders. Italy has become one of the first countries where ISPs have been ordered to block the relaunched...
October 9, 2014
Music Rights Australia wants ‘six steps’ approach to online piracy
In the ongoing consultation in Australia about how to address online piracy (and stem infringers’ activities), Music Rights Australia has outlined its hopes for implementation and pointed to other markets as offering a...
September 10, 2014
IFPI demands torrent sites in Austria are blocked
The IFPI has given the five leading ISPs in Austria less than a fortnight to block user access to four torrent sites – The Pirate Bay, Isohunt.to, 1337x and H33t. This comes in the wake of a long-running court action that...
August 5, 2014
Mega blocked in Italy as Baboom hires music veteran as CFO
It’s a busy time for Kim Dotcom’s two latest startups, Mega and Baboom. Mega had some bad news last week as the online storage site was blocked in Italy by ISPs, after accusations of film piracy by indie distributor Eyemoon...
July 21, 2014
US internet companies demand ‘strong, enforceable net neutrality rules’
With the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mulling its options in the long-running debate over net neutrality, tech trade body The Internet Association has weighed in with its views. The body represents the likes...
July 15, 2014
More musicians add their voices to US net neutrality debate
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking lots of flak for its net neutrality proposals, with critics arguing against its proposals to allow ISPs to charge digital media companies for smooth access to their...
July 10, 2014
UK set for ‘voluntary copyright alert’ programme with big ISPs
The anti-piracy provisions of the UK’s 2010 Digital Economy Act still haven’t been implemented, but now ISPs are on the verge of signing a voluntary agreement with the BPI and Motion Picture Association to send...
July 9, 2014
Filesharing blocks are on the way in Singapore
The latest country to introduce legislation that could see popular filesharing sites blocked by ISPs is Singapore. Its amended copyright law will enable rightsholders in various industries to apply for High Court orders to...
July 9, 2014