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  • French legislators reject toughened 'three strikes' law

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 11:00 am

    The French National Assembly has rejected a law that threatened to suspend the Internet access of those caught downloading copyright works without permission.
  • US trade office releases information on secret piracy pact

    Posted April 7, 2009 - 11:53 am

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released some new details about an anticounterfeiting trade agreement that has been discussed in secret among the U.S., Japan, the European Union and other countries since 2006.
  • AP takes aim at Web sites over unlicensed news content

    Posted April 7, 2009 - 9:33 am

    The Associated Press (AP), one of the world's largest news providers, plans to take legal action against Web portals and other sites that use its content without paying for a license, the organization said Monday.
  • Pirate Bay adds feature to share torrents on Facebook

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 10:05 am

    The Pirate Bay has added a feature to its Web site that links it with the popular social-networking site Facebook.
  • AT&T to start sending copyright warnings

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 11:44 am

    AT&T Inc., the nation's largest Internet service provider, will start sending warnings to its subscribers when music labels and movie studios allege that they are trafficking in pirated material, according to an executive.
  • Trade agency pledges to review its transparency

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    The Office of U.S. Trade Representative pledges to review its transparency in light of criticism over a decision to withhold information about a trade pact.
  • Site removes ebook script reference after Amazon threat

    Posted March 14, 2009 - 8:14 pm

    Amazon has asked a forum to remove references to a program that lets people buy books from stores other than Amazon and load them on their Kindles.
  • Amazon modifies Kindle text-to-speech feature

    Posted March 1, 2009 - 9:37 pm will let copyright holders opt out of having their books read aloud on the company's Kindle 2 book reader, in an apparent concession to concerns raised about the device's text-to-speech feature.
  • Texas man gets prison time for software piracy

    Posted February 17, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    A 24-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for selling counterfeit software on about 40 Web sites, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
  • Pirate Bay trial to start on Monday

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 12:41 pm

    The trial against four people involved in running The Pirate Bay, one of the most widely used BitTorrent trackers for music, movies and software, will start on Monday in Stockholm.
  • Alleged software counterfeiters indicted

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 5:38 pm

    Two U.S men have been indicted on several software counterfeiting related charges for allegedly selling pirated software on eBay and through Web sites.
  • GateHouse, NY Times Co. settle copyright lawsuit

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 1:51 pm

    A settlement has been reached in a closely watched lawsuit brought after The Boston Globe's Web site began posting headlines and lead sentences from another publisher's site, a court official said Monday.
  • SIIA expands piracy lawsuits to, iOffer sellers

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:40 pm

    The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) has filed eight new lawsuits against sellers of allegedly pirated software, for the first time targeting sellers on and
  • BSA and MPAA Presidents Call the Digital Millennium Copyright Act A Crucial Step in Bringing Forth the Information Revolution

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 4:12 pm

    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), enacted ten years ago in October 1998, has been “a stunning success,” according to the leaders of the global software and motion picture industries.
  • US, China spar over copyright at conference

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 10:54 am

    Chinese and U.S. representatives exchanged pleasantries and punches at an IPR forum in Beijing Friday, expressing disagreement over copyright protection.
  • In Google book settlement, business trumps ideals

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 4:43 pm

    By settling a lawsuit with book authors and publishers this week, Google is looking out for itself and has avoided fighting for and possibly establishing a positive legal precedent for copyright fair use on the Internet.
  • Google settles copyright lawsuits with publishers, authors

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 10:55 am

    Google has settled lawsuits brought against it by major publishers and authors that argued that Google's wholesale scanning and indexing of in-copyright books without permission amounted to massive copyright violations.
  • Bush enacts PRO-IP anti-piracy law

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 9:39 am

    President Bush Monday signed into law a bill designed to increase protection of intellectual property (IP) such as software, films and music by raising penalties for copyright infringement and creating a national "IP czar."
  • RealDVD sales suspended under court request

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 12:46 pm

    RealNetworks has been ordered to suspend sale of its RealDVD software, under pressure from the media industries.
  • MPAA, RealNetworks sue each other over DVD copier

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 8:25 pm

    RealNetworks and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have filed dueling lawsuits against each other over a product that allows people to copy DVDs.
  • IP piracy bill passes through US Congress

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday passed a bill that would significantly increase penalties for copyright infringement and create a new office of intellectual-property enforcement coordinator in the White House.
  • Man charged in 'warez' piracy sentenced to probation

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 10:51 am

    A Florida man was sentenced to three years probation Thursday for helping run a server used for illegally sharing computer programs and files under copyright.
  • US DOJ: Copyright protection bill is flawed

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 5:06 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice has opposed a copyright protection bill awaiting action in the U.S. Senate, saying the legislation could force DOJ lawyers to do the work that large copyright owners should be doing themselves.
  • EFF, Public Knowledge sue US gov't over secret IP pact

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 5:18 pm

    Digital rights advocacy groups EFF and Public Knowledge have filed a lawsuit against the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in an attempt to get the office to turn over information about a secret international treaty being negotiated to step up cross-border enforcement of copyright and piracy laws.
  • P2P network administrator gets prison sentence

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    An administrator of a P2P network focused on distributing movies has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
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