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‘Pirating’ Cox Business Subscriber Can Remain Anonymous, Court Rules

ISP Cox Communications recently agreed to identify thousands of business subscribers accused of sharing pirated material. The disclosure, part of the piracy liability lawsuit filed by several music labels, was protested with success by a lone business subscriber. The identities of thousands of other subscribers who didn’t object will be revealed nonetheless. Copyright holders are […]

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Stream-Ripper Operator Rejects Record Labels’ Piracy ‘Hysteria’ in Court

The Russian operator of the YouTube-ripping sites FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com has filed his answering brief at the US Appeals Court. The site owner rejects the “sky is falling” arguments and other piracy “hysteria,” noting that rightsholders have a history of trying to block technological progress. Most importantly, however, he argues that the court has no […]

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EU Court Asked to Rule on ‘Piracy Liability’ of Usenet Provider

After more than a decade in court, the legal dispute between anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider News-Service.com has landed on the desk of the European Court of Justice. The Dutch Supreme Court referred questions to the EU court seeking clarification on several piracy liability related issues. In 2009, anti-piracy group BREIN took News-Service Europe (NSE) […]

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German Court: If Parents Cover For Their Kid’s Piracy, They Become Liable

Parents who knowingly cover for their kid’s file-sharing offenses become liable for their actions, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has ruled. The decision brings to an end a case dating back to 2011, that involved the unlicensed distribution of the Rihanna album ‘Loud’ and a lengthy trip through lower courts. Hundreds of thousands of German citizens […]