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Russia Anti-Piracy Agreement Expires, Now Relies on Goodwill of Search Engines

The anti-piracy memorandum signed by rightsholders and major Internet companies in Russia has expired. This means that search engines no longer have to remove allegedly-infringing content from their indexes. Whether they will continue to do so in advance of legislation compelling them to do so now appears reliant on goodwill. Following intense pressure on local […]

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Anti-Piracy Outfit “Works With ISPs” to Monitor Pirate Consumption

While it’s common knowledge that anti-piracy companies like to spy on the activities of pirates, ISPs aren’t regularly linked with the same kind of activity. However, with help from ISPs, a UK-based anti-piracy company says it operates a system that monitors consumption of pirate content over broadband networks by providing the ISPs with piracy intelligence. […]

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France Plans to Merge Anti-Piracy Agency With Media Regulator

France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication says that the country’s anti-piracy agency, Hadopi, will likely merge with the Higher Audiovisual Council, an institution with the role of regulating electronic media. The plan is to create a more powerful authority capable of regulating both audiovisual and digital communications. France has been working hard to disrupt online […]

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Anti-Piracy Efforts Are Unlikely to Beat Sci-Hub

Elsevier and other academic publishers see ‘pirate’ site Sci-Hub as a major threat to their billion-dollar industries. Many researchers, however, can’t function properly without the notorious site. Since anti-piracy efforts are unlikely to beat the site, perhaps it’s time for the publishers to draw a lesson from Sci-Hub instead? Sci-Hub has often been referred to […]

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Serie A Launches Anti-Piracy Campaign But Shares ‘Sponsor’ With Pirate Movies

Top Italian football league Serie A has launched a brand new campaign with its CEO claiming that cinema, TV and football will be “destroyed” by piracy. Directly underneath, however, Serie A is carrying adverts for 1XBET, the Russia-based gambling outfit that has its branding plastered over dozens of cam-recorded pirated movies. 1XBET is an official […]

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Industry Groups Share Anti-Piracy Wish List With US Government

Earlier this month, the US Department of Commerce requested input from the public on several piracy-related matters. Specifically, it wanted to know more about counterfeit and pirated goods that pass through online third-party marketplaces, and how this can be curbed. Responding to this request, industry groups MPAA, IFTA, CreativeFuture, and SAG-AFTRA bundled their views on […]