"Finally, while it is technically possible for trademark and copyright owners to proceed with civil litigation against the consuming public who affirmatively seek out counterfeited products or pirated content or engage in illegal file sharing, campaigns like this have been expensive, do not yield significant financial returns, and can cause a public relations problem for the plaintiff in addressing its consuming public," the association recommended.

American Bar Association urges against file sharing lawsuits | Ars Technica

Here’s how it works: Rightscorp identifies IP addresses sharing files via BitTorrent. The company then sends notices to those internet users via their ISPs. So, for example, if an IP address belongs to a Comcast user, Rightscorp sends the notice to Comcast, to then forward on to the subscriber in question. The notices are “offers of settlement.” They threaten users with the maximum legal penalty — $150,000 — but say, basically, that if you just click here right now, for $20 per infringement we can just make this all go away. 50% of each settlement goes to Rightscorp, and the other 50% goes to the client who sent them. The biggest clients are record labels, according to Ars, with BMG alone accounting for about a quarter of Rightscorp’s revenue. Most folks who might have illegally-obtained copies of a new pop album or last week’s Game of Thrones episode don’t have a spare $150k lying around, and when faced with a scary-sounding legal threat are probably more likely to pony up $20 or $100 than to take the (expensive, time-consuming, uncertain) option of trying to defend their case in court. Last year, people who received notices paid up to the tune of about $750,000.

Private Internet Copyright Cop Company Makes Profit From Every “Settlement” – Consumerist

New research carried out in Sweden has revealed that the percentage of young people who never share files is up by almost 40% since 2009. Those who share files daily is down too, a development the researchers say is a victory for the legal market, as opposed to entertainment companies using legal scare tactics.

Young Swedes Who Never File-Share Up By 40% | TorrentFreak

The Center for Copyright Information says this is just the beginning, however. In a report released today detailing its 10 months of operation after opening in 2013, the center says that it believes the notifications it sent only cover a small percentage of all copyright infringement cases. It intends to double in scope for 2014 and begin a publicity campaign so that people are aware that the system is in place. Only 265 of the warnings in 2013 were challenged, and the center says that none of them were determined to be inaccurate. Several dozen of them were successfully overturned, however, on the grounds that the account holder was not the person responsible for the detected piracy. The center says that it’s focused on accuracy, with copyright education being the warning’s primary goal. So long as the person does not reach the final strikes, they won’t actually be put at risk of an infringement lawsuit

US internet providers sent over 1.3 million piracy warnings in system’s first year | The Verge

This decision is a crucial victory," said Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry. "We are thrilled that a higher court has recognized that it is unfair to sue thousands of people at once, in a court far from home, based on nothing more than an allegation that they joined a BitTorrent swarm.

Crushing Blow for Copyright Trolls: Appeals Court Halts AF Holdings’ Extortion Scheme | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network

For more than half a decade Spotify has relied on P2P technology to quickly deliver songs to its millions of subscribers. This will be over soon. The music streaming service has started to phase out P2P technology to rely fully on central servers instead.

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"Our econometric results indicate that the Hadopi [three strikes] law has not deterred individuals from engaging in digital piracy and that it did not reduce the intensity of illegal activity of those who did engage in piracy," report the four co-authors, economists at the University of Delaware and the University of Rennes.

Study of French “three strikes” piracy law finds no deterrent effect | Ars Technica

A 28-year-old man from Sala, Sweden, became the country’s single biggest illegal file-sharing target when he was indicted for uploading more than 500 films to the now-defunct torrent community known as Swebits, where he was also a moderator. He won’t serve the year in jail that rightsholders thought appropriate, but he received a 160-hour community service sentence and will pay through the nose, to the tune of 4.3 million Swedish kronor (about $652,000).

The Daily Dot - Swedish man slapped with $650,000 fine for film piracy

BitTorrent, the report notes, now accounts for only 7.4 percent of traffic during peak period, while file-sharing in general hovers below 10 percent. And that’s a sharp drop—only five years ago, BitTorrent managed to draw 31 percent of daily streaming traffic and even twice that 10 years ago.

Netflix Has Taken a Huge Bite Out of File Sharing - Zach Schonfeld - The Atlantic Wire

Torrent search engine isoHunt has prematurely and permanently shutdown today. To prevent the ArchiveTeam from making a full backup of the site, isoHunt decided to close its doors two days earlier than planned. The site’s founder says that he is honored by the backup initiative, but believes that there are plenty of copies of isoHunt’s torrents floating around on the web already.

isoHunt Shuts Down Early to Block Backup Plan | TorrentFreak