The argument over whether or not the raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion back in January 2012 was legal is heading to the highest court in New Zealand. Yesterday the Supreme Court gave Dotcom permission to appeal a February Court of Appeal ruling that overturned an earlier High Court decision that the raid was unlawful.
Yesterday news broke that the Australian government will soon consider the introduction of a graduated response style anti-piracy regime on top of court-ordered website blocking. Just 24 hours later and the PIrate Party are fighting back with a Senate petition opposing such measures and describing them as ineffective.
As early as this week the Australian Government will consider a pair of measures designed to crack down on the consumption of unauthorized content online. In addition to sending out warning letters to alleged file-sharers, new legislation will allow for ‘pirate’ sites such as The Pirate Bay to be blocked by local Internet service providers.
After landing an early victory last week against Quentin Tarantino in their leaked screenplay row, Gawker is facing a new attack. In an amended complaint, Tarantino accuses Gawker of committing not only contributory infringement, but also direct infringement, after it illegally downloaded his script from a file-hosting site.
VKontake, Russia’s answer to Facebook, has agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the country’s telecoms watchdog. The anti-piracy move is being seen as a step towards being removed from the United States Trade Representative’s ‘notorious market’ Special 301 Report.