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Internet Blocking Protests Force Mexico Government Retreat

Added: Today (12:24)

A draft law that would have given the government in Mexico power to block the Internet and other communications has been forced into retreat. Fearing the proposed legislation could be abused by the authorities, this week hundreds of citizens took to the streets in protest. The government appears to have listened.

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106,000 Signatures in Support of Pirate Bay Founder Delivered to Danish Govt.

Added: Today (11:20)

After amassing 106,000 signatures a petition aimed at improving the prison conditions of Gottfrid Svartholm has been delivered to the Danish government. In the hope that it may even prompt the total release of the Pirate Bay founder, yesterday the Danish Pirate Party handed the petition to Karen Hækkerup, Denmark's Minister of Justice .

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Viewing Pirated Material Is Not Direct Copyright Infringement, Judge Tells Tarantino

Added: Yesterday

Gawker has booked an early victory in its copyright battle with Quentin Tarantino over a leaked movie script. In a ruling handed down yesterday, a federal judge said that in the absence of evidence showing direct copyright infringement by others, claims that Gawker was guilty of contributory copyright infringement could not progress.

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“Rogue” Video Site Goes Straight, Immediately Gets Raided By Police

Added: Yesterday

A site listed as a notorious pirate market by United States Trade Representative decided to distance itself from infringement last week by blocking pirate videos and shifting to licensed content. But the move apparently came too late for Chinese authorities who carried out raids on the company yesterday.

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Megaupload Sues Hong Kong Over Unlawful Shutdown

Added: Yesterday

Megaupload has sued the Hong Kong Government in an attempt to unfreeze its assets, which effectively shut down the company. The file-hosting service notes that the U.S. request to lock up its assets was unlawful, and hopes to use its funds to enable users of the service to access their personal files.

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HBO Demands Takedown of Game of Thrones Screenshots

Added: 4/22/2014

A site hosting movie and TV show screenshots to be used as components in fan created artwork has received a copyright takedown from HBO. ScreenCapped says that the company ordered the takedown of libraries of Game of Thrones and True Blood screenshots. The action comes as a surprise considering HBO's stance that even full-on piracy of their TV shows creates valuable buzz.

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Record Labels: Used MP3s Too Good and Convenient to Resell

Added: 4/22/2014

Responding to a consultation of the EU Commission, various music industry groups are warning against a right for consumers to sell their MP3s. IFPI notes that people should be barred from selling their digital purchases because it's too convenient, while the quality of digital copies remains top-notch. Interestingly, the UK Government opposes this stance with a rather progressive view.

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Pirate Bay Hits Historic 10 Million Torrent Milestone

Added: 4/21/2014

The Pirate Bay hit a new milestone today when the site processed its 10 millionth torrent upload. The landmark came as a surprise, and caused some trouble behind the scenes, where some of the code had to be changed to accommodate the extra digit.

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Megashare to Shutdown Over Hosting Problem, Users Panic

Added: 4/21/2014

Megashare, one of the most popular movie / TV streaming sites on the Internet, has informed its users that it will shut down. The site remains operational for now, but won't add any new videos. Problems with the current video hosting provider is the main reason for the abrupt decision, according to a message posted on the site.

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UK Police Force Shutdown of Sports Torrent Network

Added: 4/21/2014

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has forced the shutdown of a popular, if not the largest, sports-focused torrent site. A staff member at The Sports Torrent Network, a tracker popular with fans on both sides of the Atlantic, informs TF that in the face of threats closure was the only option.

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