• Piracy Infographic

    posted by Keito
    2012-10-02 18:38:18
  • BitTorrent Bonanza: Monitoring File-Sharers Forbidden in Norway

    posted by Keito
    2012-08-28 20:55:03
    'From today (25th), file-sharers in Norway can download pretty much whatever they like without facing any consequences. Pirates were effectively given the green light after the only law firm in the country permitted to monitor file-sharing networks lost its license and were denied a new one.

    For more than half a decade the Simonsen law firm has been obtaining licenses from Norway’s data protection office which enabled the company to monitor file-sharers and collect their IP addresses.

    There have been difficult periods though, such as in 2009 when the company’s license expired in the midst of a debate over what licensees can and cannot do. Now, three years later, Simonsen face another crisis.

    Simonsen, which is home to famous pirate-chaser Espen Tøndel, became unlicensed in March this year after the Privacy Appeals Board rejected the law firm’s appeal against the Data Inspectorate’s decision not to issue a new license on data protection grounds. The effects of that rejection are now being felt.

    “As of today no hunting of file-sharers is allowed in Norway,” said Cecilie Rønnevik, senior advisor to the Norwegian Data Inspectorate.

    Simonsen, who work on behalf of clients such as the MPAA, says the decision is a blow to rightsholders.

    “When no one is authorized to process personal data in order to stop copyright infringement, it weakens licensees’ ability to pursue violations happening online, and thus their ability to protect their interests. We hope and believe that this problem will soon be solved,” the company told TU.NO in an email.

    There is a suggestion that one way around the problem would be to form an anti-piracy group to represent rightsholders, such as those that exists across the border in Sweden.

    “We have been asked if we could accept an organization on the licensee side, a bit like Antipiratbyrån in Sweden,” said Cecilie Rønnevik from the Data Inspectorate. “We will consider it if we get an application for a license.”

    No application has yet been received, so until one is – and a license is granted – Norwegian file-sharers can download whatever they like without any fear of repercussions. Whether that green light will have any effect on their habits remains to be seen.'
  • Virgin Media blocks pirate site Newzbin 2

    posted by Keito
    2012-08-15 14:15:28
    'Virgin Media has become the latest UK ISP to block access to Newzbin 2, a members-only site which provides links to pirated films and music.

    The ISP acted after receiving a court order from the Motion Picture Association.

    Sky and BT blocked access to the site last year.

    Rights holders see such court orders as the best way to crack down on piracy although critics point out that the blocks can be circumvented.

    "As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders addressed to the company, but strongly believes that changing consumer behaviour to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives to give consumers access to great content at the right price," the firm said in a statement.

    Virgin Media and other ISPs have also blocked access to The Pirate Bay following court orders from the music industry trade body the BPI.

    Data shared with the BBC by one ISP which wished to remain anonymous showed that peer-to-peer traffic dipped when the Pirate Bay block initially happened but returned to normal levels within a week.

    Measures to combat piracy outlined in the Digital Economy Act have been slow to come into effect.

    The main plan is to send letters to alleged copyright infringers but these will not begin going out until 2014.'
  • Japan: Police arrest "anti DRM" journalists

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-22 20:40:49
    4 journalists from SANSAI BOOKS have been arrested for selling, through the company website, a copy of a magazine published last year (with a free cover mounted disc) focused on how to backup/rip DVDs.

    "They violated Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Law that recently has been revised to make illegal the sale of any DRM circumvention device or software.

    It's interesting to note that Japanese cyber Police could arrest the Amazon Japan CEO too as the online giant is selling a lot of magazines, books and software packages for DVD copy and ripping: exactly what put in trouble Sansai Books staff. But I bet Amazon Japan offices will not get any visit from the local police...

    The Japanese entertainment industry is getting full support from politicians for laws that make SOPA looks like a liberal legislation (from this October downloading a single illegal MP3 could land a Japanese p2p user in jail for 2 years).

    Among other things this law makes illegal all the Linux distributions which come pre-installed with libdvdcss like BackTrack, CrunchBang Linux, LinuxMCE, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, Puppy Linux 4.2.1, Recovery Is Possible, Slax, Super OS, Pardus, and XBMC Live.

    Looks like the entertainment industry wants to attack Sansai Books and make it an example for everyone because it is a publishing company focused on digital backup freedom.

    There is virtually no discussion among journalists and technology experts about 4 colleagues arrested. This makes me wonder how a country so advanced like Japan can progess without developing a cultural background about these issues."
  • Kim Dotcom - Mr President

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-20 22:05:10
    Kim Dotcom, the now legendary founder of Megaupload, has released a video taking a swipe at Obama and the copyright lobby.

    "President Obama promised "change". But did he deliver?
    The war on Internet freedom was declared on his watch."