Music Labels Sued ISPs over The Pirate Bay Blocking, Again Last year, the entertainment industry lost a court case demanding an ISP blockade of the largest BitTorrent provider in Sweden. Now a number of music labels and a movie studio are back in a brand new court, with yet another ISP trying Usenet Provider Was Cleared of Piracy Charges The appeals court has finally ruled on the case between the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider NSE, saying that the Usenet provider cannot be liable for infringements of its users, Supreme Court Sided with Samsung in Its Dispute with Apple The US supreme court sided with the Korean smartphone maker in its patent fight with Apple and reversed an appeals court decision that Samsung had to pay a $399m penalty to Apple for copying iPhone designs. Tech Giants Teamed up to Tackle Extremist Content Online Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter will cooperate to detect and remove extremist content on their platforms via an information-sharing initiative. They agreed to create a shared database of unique digital fingerprints for images and videos promoting terrorism. After one company has detected and deleted such content, Falsely Accused Pirate Will Be Compensated The court ruled in favor of a wrongfully accused individual, who was sued for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the Hollywood movie. The judge said that the man is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation because of the moviemakers’ overaggressive and unreasonable tactics widely known as “copyright trolling”. Free Legitimate TV-Show Streams Disrupt Online Sales According to recent research, online piracy is not the only problem of TV distributors, since free legal streams can also hurt online sales. Must-Have Piracy Filters May Be against European Law The academics have warned that the EU plans to modernize copyright legislation in the region may appear incompatible with its own law. The problem lies in the mandatory piracy filters that ISPs are required to use, French Authorities Raided Torrent Sites French police has recently targeted two large pirate services: What.cd and Zone-Telechargement. Popular private music tracker What.cd went offline a couple weeks ago seemingly out of the blue, after French Gendarmerie targeted some of its infrastructure at hosting provider. Then French police went further and targeted Zone-Telechargement, Italian Court Overturned “Pirate” Site Blockade Kisstube.tv was blocked by Italian ISPs following mass court action against 150+ domains for embedding movies, some of them infringing, but hosted on other platforms. Now the Court of Appeal overturned the blockade referring to an EU ruling British ISPs Will Soon Start Sending Piracy Warnings A broad UK anti-piracy effort is expected to start in early 2017: copyright holders will ask Internet Service Providers to send email notifications to their customers whose connections are allegedly used to pirate content.
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