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The Court believes that “legalizing” file-sharing encourages the distribution of counterfeit and pirated works. In addition, it explains that the system poses “an unfair disadvantage to the copyright holders.” The Court further notes that the Dutch system also punishes those who buy their digital movies and music from authorized sources, as they also pay the piracy levy on the devices and media they record them to. “All users are indirectly penalized since they necessarily contribute towards the compensation payable for the harm caused by private reproductions made from an unlawful source. Users consequently find themselves required to bear an additional, non-negligible cost in order to be able to make private copies,” the Court notes.

The Netherlands Must Outlaw Downloading, EU Court Rules (Update) | TorrentFreak

After a public consultation and a thorough inspection of local copyright legislation, the UK Government decided to change current laws in favor of consumers. The changes have been in the planning stage for a few years, but this summer they will finally be implemented. Starting in July people are free to make copies of DVDs, CDs and other types of media, as long as it’s for personal use. To inform the public about these upcoming changes the Government has just released a consumer guide, summing up citizens’ new rights. “Copyright law is being changed to allow you to make personal copies of media you have bought, for private purposes such as format shifting or backup,” the UK’s Intellectual Property Office writes. “The changes will mean that you will be able to copy a book or film you have purchased for one device onto another without infringing copyright.”

UK Govt: DVD and CD Ripping Will Be Legalized This Summer | TorrentFreak

“These men trampled on the intellectual property rights of others when they and other members of the Appbucket group distributed more than one million copies of pirated apps,” acting Assistant Attorney General David O’Neil of the Justice Department’s criminal division said in a statement. “The Criminal Division has made fighting intellectual property crime a top priority, and these convictions demonstrate our determination to prosecute those who undermine the innovations of others in new technologies.” “Theft is theft – whether the property taken is intellectual or tangible – and we will continue to prosecute those who steal copyrighted material,” added Sally Yates, U.S. attorney for the northern district of Georgia.

DOJ convicts app pirates | TheHill

4,608 people ages 4 to 50 from 10 European countries were surveyed. Nearly all — 97 percent — say they watch movies at least occasionally. 68 percent of them say they download or stream movies for free, and about half of that group (34 percent of respondents overall) do so weekly.

That’s a lot of pirating: 68% of Europeans download or stream movies for free — Tech News and Analysis

"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

For years the U.S. military operated pirated copies of logistics software that was used to protect soldiers and shipments in critical missions. Apptricity, the makers of the software, accused the military of willful copyright infringement and sued the Government for nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in unpaid licenses. In a settlement just announced, the Obama administration has agreed to pay $50 million to settle the dispute.

U.S. Government Caught Pirating Military Software, Settles For $50 Million | TorrentFreak

New tax records reveal that the Center for Copyright Information, the outfit overseeing the “six strikes” copyright alert system in the U.S., costs $2 million a year to run. This previously undisclosed sum is shared between the RIAA, MPAA and the five participating Internet providers. The true cost of the copyright alert system is expected to be millions more, as the copyright holders and ISPs pay separately for tracking the alleged pirates and processing the warnings.

“Six Strikes”Copyright Alert System Costs Millions | TorrentFreak

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

MPAA hits Google as ‘gateway’ to piracy

Google and other search engines need to do more to stop online piracy, lawmakers and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said on Wednesday.

Search engines are “a major gateway” for users, leading them to infringing content even when they’re not looking for it, MPAA Chairman and former Sen. Chris Dodd said, citing an MPAA study that was released Wednesday.

According to the study, 58 percent of searches that led to sites with pirated content “contained generic or title-specific keywords only, indicating that consumers who were not even seeking infringing content in the first place were directed” to the pirate sites.

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