Australia: Internet pirates won't be pursued under data retention scheme
Tue 24 Feb 2015, 04:40

Assistant commissioner Tim Morris says ombudsman would prevent pirates being targeted, but ombudsman says his office would have no formal oversight role in proposed scheme

Authorities are not interested in using the Abbott government’s proposed data retention scheme to go after internet pirates and would be prevented from doing so by the commonwealth ombudsman, the assistant commissioner of the Australian federal police, Tim Morris, has said.

Morris also said any changes to the way metadata is collected and used would have to be approved by the ombudsman.

 

Court rules that Pirate Bay domains must be seized
Tue 19 May 2015, 20:37

The Stockholm District Court decided to order the seizure of two key domains owned by The Pirate Bay, however it is unlikely that the site's operation will disappear completely. The motivation for the seizure is that The Pirate Bay is an illegal operation, thus its domains are tools used by the site to infringe copyright.

While two of the domains (ThePirateBay.se - the site’s main domain and PirateBay.se - a lesser used alternative) will be will be put out of action, the District Court dismissed the prosecution’s case against Punkt.se, the organization responsible for Sweden’s top level .SE domain.

Google Fiber sends automated copyright settlement demands
Wed 20 May 2015, 12:10

Google Fiber is forwarding copyright infringement notices to its subscribers including controversial and automated piracy fines. To protect customers against these practices many ISPs including Comcast, Verizon and AT&T have chosen not to forward settlement demands.

One year of IPR regulation in Italy report
Tue 31 Mar 2015, 16:36

On March 31, 2015, the Italian Authority AGCOM published the results of one year implementation of the IPR regulation: 209 requests received, of which 207 concerning web sites and 2 concerning the audiovisual media. The AGCM processed 134 dossiers: 57% in ordinary procedures and 43% in urgent procedure (requiring a decision within 12 working days). 42% of the requests concerned audiovisual products; 23% photographs;14% audio products; and 12% editorial works. Very few requests concerned literary works, software and videogames. About 55% of the dossiers ended with the spontaneous removal of the contested content, while 35% of the procedures regarding strong violation of the regulation ended with the DNS block. The actions against piracy carried out by Italian authorities and in particular by the Guardia di Finanza allowed to block the activities of 15 illegal platforms in the sector of music industry. On April 29, 19 online kiosks have been closed by the Guardia di Finanza, in the framework of the operation “Black Press Review”.  According to the AGCOM these data show the efficacy of the IPR regulation. A contrary view is expressed by some lawyers, who argue that IPR regulation is lacking efficacy, since the blocked websites are likely to be soon replaced by new ones, and voices believe that the AGCOM regulation is de-facto encouraging piracy.

Over 500 websites blocked by order of UK courts
Thu 30 Jul 2015, 01:20

By now there have been at least 121 websites blocked by ISPs in the UK as a result of s.97A of the Copyright, Designs and PatentsAct 1988 and s.37(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981. The blocks cover BitTorrent trackers; streaming sites; websites selling counterfeit products; and Popcorn Time sites. Music, film, sports matches, luxury goods and eBooks are protected. The burden on the ISPs is ever growing. 

In addition to blocking the main sites which have been the subject of blocking injunction applications, ISPs are also required to block mirror and proxy versions of the sites, as and when they arise and are notified by rights holders

Spanish Minister of Culture declares war against piracy
Wed 9 Sep 2015, 17:25

On September 9, 2015, the Ministry of Culture had a meeting with representatives of the Coalición de Creadores (an association publishing piracy studies) in order to study together with the industry what new copyright measures can be put in place.

More statistics and how the new Spanish Intellectual Property Law was implemented are available in Spanish here.