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Copyright Troll Demands Comcast’s Six Strikes Data for Lawsuit - 25 mai 2014
Thanks to the "six strikes" program, leading ISPs in the U.S. now hold databases containing allegations of infringement against their customers. That data was supposed to be private, but now the most prolific filer of copyright lawsuits in the U.S. is trying to obtain information from Comcast in order to build a (...)

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Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Scheme Turns One Year, But Does It Work ? - 26 février 2014
Today marks the one year anniversary of the six-strikes anti-piracy scheme, a good time to reflect on its efficacy. While no official numbers have yet been released, it appears that copyright alerts haven’t changed a whole lot. BitTorrent piracy hasn’t dropped, nor have we seen a massive revenue increase for the (...)

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La MPAA rejoint le W3C en plein travail sur la standardisation des DRM - 8 janvier 2014
C’est une annonce inattendue mais pas forcément surprenante : la MPAA a indiqué avoir rejoint le W3C, le consortium qui travaille et définit les standards du web ou tout du moins des recommandations. Une arrivée qui fait craindre le pire alors même que le W3C travaille justement sur une standardisation des mesures de (...)

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Simpsons Pirate Ordered to Pay Fox $10.5 Million in Damages - 2 janvier 2014
A lawsuit against a man who ran websites which linked to episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy has ended in the most expensive way possible. The judgment, which awards Fox $10.5 million in statutory and punitive damages, is the highest amount ever awarded by the Federal Court in Toronto, Canada. Speaking with (...)

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Google Bans Torrent Search Extensions For Chrome Over Piracy Concerns - 13 décembre 2013
Google has removed several torrent search extensions from the Chrome Web Store because they could enable “unauthorized access” to copyrighted content. The decision, which may have come after pressure from the entertainment industry, is a peculiar one since the extensions are no more infringing than Google’s own (...)

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Hotfile Shuts Down and Takes User Files With It - 5 décembre 2013
A few hours after news broke that Hotfile had signed a $80 million settlement agreement with the MPAA, the file-hosting service has completely shut down. The drastic decision to deny access to millions of files without warning will come as a shock to the countless individuals who used Hotfile to store their (...)

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Fermeture du site Hotfile, après deux ans de combat - 5 décembre 2013
L’hébergeur de fichiers Hotfile jette l’éponge. Le site Internet a fermé ses portes, mercredi 4 décembre, après deux ans de procédures contre la Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Lancée en février 2011, l’offensive judiciaire s’est soldée par un arrangement (PDF) entre le site et le cinéma américain. Hotfile a (...)

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Téléchargement direct : Hotfile accepte de verser 80 millions $ à la MPAA - 4 décembre 2013
Nouvelle victoire pour la MPAA, cette fois face à l’hébergeur de fichiers Hotfile. Ce dernier vient en effet d’accepter de verser 80 millions de dollars (soit près de 59 millions d’euros) d’indemnités au puissant lobby du cinéma hollywoodien, qui avait engagé des poursuites à son encontre il y a plus de deux ans et demi. (...)

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Hotfile settles MPAA copyright case, agrees to $80 million in damages - 4 décembre 2013
Six days before movie studios were set to begin a jury trial over alleged copyright violations by the "cyberlocker" site Hotfile, the case has settled. Hotfile has agreed to pay $80 million and to stop operating "unless it employs copyright filtering technologies that prevent infringement," according to a press (...)

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Court Orders Google, Microsoft & Yahoo to Make Pirate Sites Disappear - 29 novembre 2013
While its common for search engines to receive DMCA takedown requests for specific URLs, events in France have taken things to a whole new level. In order to protect the copyrights of film producers, the High Court of Paris has concluded a 2011 case by ordering Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to completely de-list 16 (...)

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MPAA Wins Landmark Piracy Battle Against Hotfile - 29 août 2013
The MPAA has scored an important victory against the file-hosting service Hotfile. The District Court of Florida entered a summary judgment against Hotfile noting that the cyberlocker failed to control the distribution of pirated movies through its service. The MPAA applauds the verdict and says it shows that (...)

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Six-Strikes Anti-Piracy System Gets New Evidence Review - 18 août 2013
The “six strikes” copyright alert system has been active for nearly half a year without the promised independent evidence review. However, this is about to change. The Center for Copyright Information, a partnership between the RIAA, MPAA and several major Internet providers which oversees the system, informs (...)

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MPAA Recruits ‘Internet Analyst’ to Spy on Social Networks and Forums - 4 août 2013
In its ongoing war against online piracy, the MPAA is currently recruiting new soldiers. One of the open positions that caught our eye recently is that of an “Internet Analyst,” tasked with manipulating media files and monitoring social networks, communities and forums. For those still in school the MPAA also has a (...)

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Microsoft’s new Kinect patent goes Big Brother, will spy on you for the MPAA - 2 août 2013
Microsoft has filed for a Kinect-related patent, and it’s a doozy of an application. The abstract describes a camera-based system that would monitor the number of viewers in a room and check to see if the number of occupants exceeded a certain threshold set by the content provider. If there are too many warm bodies (...)

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Le cinéma américain espère obtenir 750 millions de dollars d’IsoHunt - 2 août 2013
Sept ans après ses débuts, la bataille judiciaire entre l’industrie du cinéma américain – au travers de son association, la Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – et le moteur de recherche de téléchargements IsoHunt se poursuit. Depuis la première plainte du lobby américain contre le site, son fondateur le Canadien (...)

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P2P : EZTV se joue du blocage des opérateurs britanniques - 1er août 2013
Visé par une procédure de blocage, EZTV se fait pédagogue. Le site de liens BitTorrent redirige les visiteurs concernés sur une page consacrée aux proxys et aux VPN pour leur expliquer comment contourner ce type d’obstacle. La semaine dernière, la justice britannique a ordonné aux principaux opérateurs de l’île de (...)

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IsoHunt Blocked By Court Order Following Music Industry Demand - 1er août 2013
As isoHunt’s legal problems with the movie industry continue in the United States, the music industry in Europe has just struck a blow against the decade-old torrent site. FIMI, the Federation of the Italian Music Industry, has obtained an order from the Court of Milan which orders ISPs to block subscriber access (...)

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MPAA : IsoHunt pourrait avoir à verser 750 millions de dollars - 1er août 2013
La lutte judiciaire entre IsoHunt et la MPAA se poursuit, sept ans après le déclenchement des hostilités. Soucieuse d’obtenir une condamnation avant tout symbolique, l’association américaine estime que l’attitude délibérée du fondateur du site doit être prise en compte pour la fixation des dommages et intérêts, qui (...)

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MPAA Wants Up to $750 Million in Damages from isoHunt - 30 juillet 2013
The MPAA is hoping to get up to $750 million in damages from Canada-based torrent site isoHunt. The movie studio group argues that such a high sum would not only punish the site’s owner, but make others think twice before they start a similar website. “The jury should award an amount of damages that not only will (...)

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UK ISPs Asked To Block EZTV and YIFY-Torrents - 20 juin 2013
Leading ISPs in the UK have confirmed they are being pressured by rightsholders to add two major file-sharing sites to their blocklists. EZTV is the leading public TV show-focused website online and YIFY-Torrents is a rapidly growing site and home of hundreds of popular YIFY video releases. The ISPs say that no (...)