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For years, those of us representing copyright industries have been making the case that copyright is a major contributor to the U.S. economy and an important job creator for American workers. In case there were any doubts, a new study released today by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) showed that, for the first time, the core copyright industries - the creators and producers of copyrighted materials like computer software, videogames, books, newspapers, music, and films and television programming - added over $1 trillion in value to the U.S. economy in 2012.

Copyright — A Leading Force for Jobs, Innovation and Growth | Chris Dodd

Called “Be a Creator,” the proposed copyright curriculum is for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. It includes lesson plans, videos and activities for teachers and parents to help educate students about the “importance of being creative and protecting creativity,” with topics such as “Respect the Person: Give Credit,” “It’s Great to Create,” and “Copyright Matters.” The program is being prepared by the California School Library Assn. and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, known as iKeepSafe, a nonprofit focused on helping children thrive in the digital environment. The group partners with educators, law enforcement agencies and major corporations, including Google, Comcast and AT&T.

MPAA backs anti-piracy curriculum for elementary school students - latimes.com

Torrent search engine isoHunt today announced that it has settled its legal battle with the MPAA for $110 million. The site’s owner has decided to throw in the towel and shut down the site for now, but an application for an appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court is still pending. The MPAA described the outcome of the case as a landmark victory that will preserve jobs and protect tens of thousands of businesses.

isoHunt Shuts Down After $110 Million Settlement With The MPAA | TorrentFreak

Torrent site IsoHunt loses appeal against MPAA filters

Torrent search site IsoHunt has lost its appeal against Hollywood movie studios to have keyword filters removed from its results.

The court battle between the torrent indexing site and the Motion Picture Association of America’s member studios has resulted in the former losing its appeal to remove an injunction that forces the Web site to filter its search results.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a 2010 ruling that stated the site does not qualify for safe harbor under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The site’s founder, Gary Fung, allegedly had “red flag” knowledge of copyright infringements taking place through the site — in particular, by interacting with users.

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It’s another sign that protecting rights moves the needle. We’ve seen indication of this time and time again, more recently from the LimeWire shutdown that resulted in a decrease in peer-to-peer piracy and a simultaneous increase in digital sales,” she wrote in an e-mail. “That’s real money in the pockets of artists and creators.

Researchers: movie studios sold more after Megaupload was shut down | Ars Technica

These bills are dead, they’re not coming back," said Dodd. "And they shouldn’t." He said the MPAA isn’t focused on getting similar legislation passed in the future, at the moment. "I think we’re better served by sitting down [with the tech sector and SOPA opponents] and seeing what we agree on.

MPAA chief admits: SOPA and PIPA “are dead, they’re not coming back.” | Ars Technica

The people want movies. None of Hollywood’s baffling legal constructs will stop the demand. The studios are trying to prevent a dam from bursting by putting up a picket fence. And if you don’t make your product available legally, guess what? The people will get it illegally. Traffic to illegal download sites has more than sextupled since 2009, and file downloading is expected to grow about 23 percent annually until 2015. Why? Of the 10 most pirated movies of 2011, guess how many of them are available to rent online, as I write this in midsummer 2012? Zero. That’s right: Hollywood is actually encouraging the very practice they claim to be fighting (with new laws, for example).

How Hollywood Is Encouraging Online Piracy: Scientific American

RIAA: Online Music Piracy Pales In Comparison to Offline Swapping

A leaked presentation from the RIAA shows that online file-sharing isn’t the biggest source of illegal music acquisition in the U.S. The confidential data reveals that 65% of all music files are “unpaid” but the vast majority of these are obtained through offline swapping. The report further shows that cyberlockers such as Megaupload are only a marginal source of pirated music.

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US “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Will Roll Out Gradually

More than a year after the MPAA and RIAA announced their groundbreaking anti-piracy deal with U.S. Internet providers, the first warning letters are yet to be sent out. Previously, July 2012 was coined as the start date but the responsible parties are still not ready to launch. While TorrentFreak has learned that various ISPs will start the implementation at different times, it remains a mystery which company will be spying on filesharers.

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Undercover MPAA Agents Expose Alleged Movie Pirates

A British couple are facing imprisonment after an MPAA sting operation revealed they were the owners of streaming links site SurfTheChannel. Aside from the use of an undercover agent who gained access to the defendants’ house under false pretenses, the case also involves an unprecedented involvement of the US authorities with a UK court case, in which a defendant in the US was offered a deal after agreeing to cooperate and testify in a trial overseas.

» via TorrentFreak