Online TV/Music

14 October 2015

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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Dallas Buyers Club Refuses to Give Up on Australia Piracy Battle TorrentFreak

Dallas Buyers Club (DBC) is pressing ahead with efforts to bring its piracy lawsuit business model to Australia. Despite a big setback in August which meant the company would have to post a AUS$600,000 bond before contacting 4,726 alleged infringers, DBC has now returned to court with a counter-offer targeting just 10% of that amount.

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08 October 2015

RIAA and MPAA Report Notorious Piracy Sites to U.S. Government TorrentFreak

The RIAA and MPAA have submitted their lists of most "notorious" pirate sites to the U.S. Government. The groups target torrent sites including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents, as well as various linking and streaming portals. Uncooperative domain registrars and other third-party service providers are called out as well.

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04 October 2015

Thousands of "Spies" Are Watching Trackerless Torrents TorrentFreak

BitTorrent is a very efficient way to share large files, but not a very private one. It's commonly known that anti-piracy outfits monitor users through public trackers. However, new research reveals that BitTorrent's DHT is also full of "spies" who actively harvest IP-addresses.

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08 September 2015

Pirate Party Offers Uncensored DNS to Bypass Pirate Bay Blockade TorrentFreak

The Norwegian Pirate Party has made a big statement by launching a free DNS service which allows Internet users to bypass the local Pirate Bay blockade. The party advocates a free and open Internet for everyone and believes that the recent website blockades set a dangerous precedent.

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06 September 2015

The dry stream of musicians' royalties The Economist

In November last year, Taylor Swift withdrew most of her music from Spotify, complaining that the music-streaming service made her music available to all users, not just paying subscribers. She had previously called Spotify's payments to musical artists -- on average less than a penny per song -- stingy. Nor is Spotify the only one to attract Swiftian scorn: she has withheld her latest album, "1989", from Apple's new music-streaming service, describing their free, three-month trial period, in which artists would get no royalties, as "shocking" and "disappointing" on Tumblr.

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01 September 2015

TV Isn't Dead - It's Evolving and Evolving Quickly ClickZ

The abandonment of linear TV formats for digital on-demand media consumption signifies the rebirth of TV. How does this metamorphosis affect brand strategy for consumer engagement?

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27 August 2015

Aussie Piracy Notices Delayed But Lawsuits Are Coming; Austria's T-Mobile Refuses to Block Pirate Bay TorrentFreak

As ISPs and rightsholders continue to fight over who will pay for Australia's "three strikes" anti-piracy regime, there is still no sign of when the program will begin. Nevertheless, Village Roadshow co-founder Graham Burke is already looking ahead - to the day when his company starts suing Aussie downloaders.

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14 August 2015

Dallas Buyers Club: Australia's Federal Court backs ISPs in row over illegal downloads ABC News

The Federal Court has refused an application from the makers of the movie Dallas Buyers Club which would have forced internet service providers to hand over the details of customers who illegally downloaded the film.

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13 August 2015

Police stop UK ad campaigns appearing on piracy sites; Austria blocks Pirate Bay BBC News

An anti-piracy police squad suggests it has caused a steep fall in the number of "big name" ads appearing on copyright-infringing sites.

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06 August 2015

Russia Mulls Anti 'Cut-and-Paste' Piracy Law TorrentFreak

Russia's efforts to bring copyright infringement under control could take a new direction in the fall. According to the deputy head of the Duma Committee on information politics, parliament will be considering new legislation to protect online media publications from 'cut-and-paste' piracy.

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iTunes is Illegal Under UK Copyright Law TorrentFreak

The High Court recently overturned private copying exceptions introduced last year by the UK Government, once again outlawing the habits of millions of citizens. The Intellectual Property Office today explains that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer permitted, and neither is backing up your computer if it contains copyrighted content.

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04 August 2015

Foxtel set to launch legal action 'in coming months' to block websites like The Pirate Bay in Australia ABC News

Pay TV company Foxtel is preparing to launch a legal case "in the coming months" to have piracy-related websites like The Pirate Bay blocked from access in Australia.

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US Movie Studios Seek SOPA Power Through Broad Site-Blocking Order Electronic Frontier Foundation

Major movie studios are again trying to make a website they don't like disappear without a trial. This time, the studios are asking for one court order to bind every domain name registrar, registry, hosting provider, payment processor, caching service, advertising network, social network, and bulletin board -- in short, the entire Internet -- to block and filter a site called Movietube. If they succeed, the studios could set a dangerous precedent for quick website blocking with little or no court supervision, and with Internet service and infrastructure companies conscripted as enforcers. That precedent would create a powerful tool of censorship -- which we think should be called SOPApower, given its similarity to the ill-fated SOPA bill. It will be abused, which is why it's important to stop it from being created in the first place.

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29 July 2015

Spanish Government Claims Success in Internet Piracy Fight TorrentFreak

The Spanish government says it's making headway in its battle against online piracy. In a report issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the government claims that illegal downloads are down, with 247 sites responding positively to copyright complaints and 31 shutting down completely.

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24 July 2015

EU accuses Sky and Hollywood's big six of illegally 'geo-blocking' film access The Guardian

The European commission has accused Sky and six Hollywood studios of putting up anti-competitive barriers that restrict consumers from watching the films and TV shows of their choice. The commission, which has sweeping powers to stop anti-competitive practices, accuses Britain's biggest pay-TV broadcaster and major film-makers of creating bilateral agreements that mean consumers outside the UK and Ireland cannot get access to Sky's full range of programming.

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22 July 2015

Australian digital users illegally download content regularly - survey BBC News

Nearly half of Australia's digital users illegally download movies, TV shows and music on a regular basis, a government survey has found.

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09 July 2015

Censoring Pirate Sites is Counterproductive, Research Finds TorrentFreak

A new study has found that blocking access to torrent and linking sites results in the opposite effect. Instead of driving people towards legal websites and services, many of the blocked sites simply move to other domain names where they enjoy a significant and sustained boost in traffic.

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02 July 2015

YouTube not liable on copyright, but needs to do more - German court Reuters

A German court reaffirmed on Wednesday that YouTube was only responsible for blocking copyright-infringing videos which had been brought to its attention, but the judicial panel said the Google video unit could do more to stop breaches.

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29 June 2015

How Television Won the Internet by Michael Wolff New York Times

Rupert Murdoch recently appointed his son James chief executive of 21st Century Fox, prompting the obvious question: How can a guy whose main credential is a silver spoon compete with Silicon Valley's meritocratic coders and entrepreneurs?

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Have the copyright bullies in Australia pushed too hard? by Mark Gregory Business Spectator

The owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club and the multinationals supporting the world wide fight against illegal downloading have adopted tactics that go too far. While the media companies deserve a modicum of protection from blatant copyright infringement the Coalition's heavy-handed legislation is likely to cause the average consumer far more headaches than discomfit online pirates.

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23 June 2015

With a Tap of Taylor Swift's Fingers, Apple Retreated New York Times

In an age of depressed record sales, her albums sell by the millions. Her tours fill arenas around the world. And a complimentary tweet to her nearly 60 million followers can help kick-start another singer's career.

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Internet piracy: Australian Government's legislation to block websites passes Senate ABC News

Piracy websites like the Pirate Bay are a step closer to being blocked in Australia after the Senate passed website-blocking legislation with support from both the Government and the Opposition.

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22 June 2015

The problems with Dallas Buyers Club 'settle or face large fines' letters Brisbane Times

Lawyers for Dallas Buyers Club LLC were back in court last week, as part of the continuation of their pursuit of Australians who they allege have downloaded the Dallas Buyers Club movie illicitly. The proceedings concerned the letter that the lawyers acting for the film's producer Voltage Pictures want to send to the 4726 customers who have been identified by their respective internet service providers.

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