Legal battles over alleged copyright infringement are nothing new, but the recording industry may be blazing new trails with its most recent action. More than two dozen recording labels have gotten together in Japan to sue the owners of a YouTube downloader site called TubeFire. They are demanding more than $3 million in damages.
The red envelope of Netflix continues its global expansion with official word that the service will be coming to Spain in January 2012. The move was confirmed by Pedro Perez of FAPAE, the Spanish Spanish producers association. Netflix has caught fire in many territories throughout North and Central America, but faces an uphill battle in Spain, a country famous for high levels of piracy.
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Zediva, a video rental service that tried an end run around copyright law, has been ordered shut down by a federal judge. US District Judge John Walter sided with the MPAA and issued a preliminary injunction that will force Zediva to close down in one week.
BitTorrent is a great way to move large royalty free files around the web, but it’s also a great way to get sued if you happen to stumble upon the wrong link. Since 2010 close to 200,000 people in the US have been sent pay-up-or-else-letters for alleged copyright infringements as a result of using torrents, and this number could explode exponentially based on a new ruling that would allow these cases to spill over into state courts.
As law enforcement and content associations alike slowly recognize the fact that trying to track down and prosecute millions of illegal file sharers is nothing more than a high-tech game of whack-a-mole (that they're losing), they're turning to commercial help in combating the threat of piracy. American ISPs have already voluntarily signed as copyright cops. In Britain, the real copyright cops – i.e. the London Police – are relying on payment processors to help put a halt on music sold without proper licenses. Yesterday, PayPal UK announced it had signed on to the coalition.
France instituted a controversial “three-strikes” law earlier this year and according to some numbers release by Hadopi, the agency that implements the system, they’re getting swamped. More than 18 million copyright complaints have been filed since the system was opened up to content owners.
Industry trade groups like the RIAA and the MPAA have been beating on Congressional doors for years now in a fruitless attempt to restrict Internet access for rampant file-sharers. Thanks to a tangled web of possible political and legal ramifications, the government's been hesitant to drop the banhammer on everyday pirates. Sick of the foot-dragging, the content associations just went Dirty Harry. No, they didn't take the law into their own hands – they bypassed it completely by forging a deal with the largest ISPs, who will now take a "graduated response" against file-sharers at the copyright owners' command.
The administrators of one of France’s most popular file sharing sites, “Liberty Land” have been arrested, TorrentFreak is reporting. The French trio are facing charges of organised counterfeiting, which could net them up to 5 years in jail and $700,000 in fines. The site is, as you might expect, down.
In a new report, the International Trade Commission called out China for its rampant piracy problem and "indigenous innovation policies" for costing the U.S. economy up to $48 billion in 2009. The report also blames China for costing Americans 2.1 million full time jobs that would otherwise be created if China substantially improved its intellectual property rights policies.
“Mark Gorton and Lime Wire pocketed millions by enabling people to obtain songs online without paying for them,” wrote CNET's Greg Sandoval Tuesday. “Now, Gorton and his company could end up paying damages of over $1 billion.”
Sandoval's detailed piece was written in anticipation of the recording industry's high-stakes damages trial against Lime Wire that got underway earlier this week. Little would he have known back then that just a few hours later CNET would be sailing in the same boat as Lime Wire.
A bunch of rappers are suing CBS Interactive, CNET's parent company, for inducing copyright infringement by distributing the LimeWire P2P software. That's about as much as we are allowed to tell you before the jump. So hit the jump for more.