Online TV/Music

12 February 2016

The future of television, according to Google Washington Post

Google is increasingly interested in building an alternative to the traditional cable set-top box, according to a top exec for Google Fiber.

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Dallas Buyers Club piracy case abandoned but illegal downloaders warned of trouble ahead ABC News

Thousands of Australians who illegally downloaded copies of Dallas Buyers Club "can breathe a sigh of relief" after an ongoing legal case was abandoned by the film's makers, but experts have warned there is trouble ahead for those who continue the practice.

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11 February 2016

Australia's Dallas Buyers Club saga draws to a close Computerworld

The long-running legal action launched by the rights holders of the movie Dallas Buyers Club today draws to a close.

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29 January 2016

YouTube wins German appeal over artists' fees Reuters

A German court has handed Google another legal victory over German performing rights organisation Gema, which had sought to make the company's video-sharing service YouTube pay each time users watch music videos by artists it represents.

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23 January 2016

Pirate Sites Decrease in Numbers, Increase in Strength TorrentFreak

The main lawyer and public face of Pirate Bay nemesis Rights Alliance says that the file-sharing landscape in Sweden has shifted. Henrik Pontén says that while down significantly in numbers, the remaining pirates sites have become more professional, explicitly commercial, while earning "a lot of money".

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22 January 2016

Piracy Can Boost Digital Music Sales, Research Shows TorrentFreak

A new academic paper published by the Economics Department of Queen's University examines the link between BitTorrent downloads and music album sales. The study shows that depending on the circumstances, piracy can hurt sales or give it a boost through free promotion.

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19 January 2016

Apple, Samsung and Sony face child labour claims BBC News

Human rights organisation Amnesty has accused Apple, Samsung and Sony, among others, of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children.

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15 January 2016

Netflix Announces Crackdown on VPN and Proxy Pirates TorrentFreak

For those utilizing VPNs, proxies and unblocking tools to access geo-restricted content on Netflix, the party may soon be over. According to an announcement by the company's Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture, people using such services will face new roadblocks in the coming weeks.

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16 December 2015

Dallas Buyers Club piracy case: judge dismisses bid to access private details The Guardian

A landmark bid by a US studio to access the private details of thousands of Australians accused of illegally downloading the film Dallas Buyers Club has been dismissed by the federal court.

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14 December 2015

For Pandora, Ruling on Webcasting Royalty Rates Is Crucial New York Times

Since it began 10 years ago, Pandora Media has become one of the most popular digital music services in the world, with around 80 million regular users. But it has never had a profitable year, its user growth has slowed and lately Wall Street has become impatient.

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10 December 2015

Netflix and other services to be available on holiday in Europe BBC News

Online service subscriptions, such as Netflix and Sky's Now TV, will be portable across the EU under proposals announced on Wednesday.

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09 December 2015

Europe Plans to Ease Copyright Rules on Using Digital Content New York Times

Europe's policy makers on Wednesday will announce far-reaching plans to overhaul Europe's copyright rules, including new rules to reshape which online video and music services are available and a review of how content from publications can be distributed on major sites like Google and Yahoo.

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01 December 2015

Swedish Pirate Bay Blocking Decision Will Go to Appeal TorrentFreak

Last Friday's ruling by the Stockholm District Court that a local ISP cannot be forced to block The Pirate Bay will not mark the end of the matter. The copyright holders behind the legal action say that they are surprised by the decision and will definitely be taking their case to appeal.

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29 November 2015

Supreme Court Opens Door for Pirate Site Blockades in Germany TorrentFreak

The German Supreme Court has today opened the door for ISP blockades of copyright infringing sites. In a landmark decision the court ruled that ISPs can be required to block websites if copyright holders fail to identify their operators or hosting providers.

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20 November 2015

Google offers legal support to some YouTube users in copyright battles The Guardian

Google is stepping up its defense of YouTube users who find themselves on the wrong side of a copyright claim, the tech company said on Thursday.

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17 November 2015

Online GST changes a mixed bag for NZ Internet users InternetNZ

InternetNZ has analysed today's announcement regarding Goods and Services Tax (GST) treatment for online purchases, and found it to be a mixed bag for New Zealand's Internet users.

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14 November 2015

EU Court of Justice to Decide on Legality of Pirate Bay Blockades Reuters

The Dutch Supreme Court referred a landmark case against the file-sharing website Pirate Bay to the European Court of Justice on Friday, a move that could lead to a precedent in efforts to curtail the sharing of copyrighted movies and music online.

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13 November 2015

Swedish Pirates are More Likely to Buy Legal Content TorrentFreak

As the entertainment industries catch up, fewer and fewer Swedish citizens are using unauthorized file-sharing networks. That's according to a new study which has found that just 18% of the population now engages in the hobby. Nevertheless, those that do pirate are dramatically more likely to buy legal content than those who don't.

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05 November 2015

MPAA shuts down major torrent sites, including Popcorn Time Ars Technica

The site that provides much of the content for illegal movies shown on the "Popcorn Time" app,, has been shut down after the Motion Picture Association of America won court orders in Canada and New Zealand.

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02 November 2015

Ending piracy will take more than just making the content available WA Today

Australia is one of the pirating capitals of the world, but has the tide turned now that people have legitimate access to content through local streaming services and the Dallas Buyers Club court ruling has spooked casual pirates? Maybe.

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22 October 2015

UK ISPs asked to block more pirate sites BBC News

UK internet service providers have been asked to block access to dozens of URLs that are suspected of linking to pirated content.

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18 October 2015

Cubans pirate U.S. TV and movies, saying the embargo made them do it Washington Post

There's little question that 50-plus years of U.S. economic sanctions have taken a heavy toll on Cuba's factories, banking system and hospitals.

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14 October 2015

Music labels sue Aurous filesharing app for 'copyright theft on a massive scale' The Guardian

Major music labels are suing filesharing application Aurous for "willful and egregious copyright infringement" just days after its earliest alpha version launched.

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Australia's illegal downloading numbers drop 4pc; Netflix, Stan considered 'game-changers', study says ABC News

The number of Australians engaging in online piracy has dropped 4 per cent, a new study says, with streaming services such as Netflix considered a "game-changer" on the issue.

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13 October 2015

Is Streaming Pirated Movies Illegal? EU Court to Decide TorrentFreak

Seeking clarification, a Dutch court has referred several streaming related questions to the EU Court of Justice. The questions relate to a case between local anti-piracy group BREIN and a seller of so-called "pirate boxes" that come pre-loaded with streaming plugins. It is currently unclear whether streaming pirated movies is permitted under EU law.

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