The RIAA’s latest tax filings reveal that the anti-piracy group’s revenue has hit a record low as membership dues from record labels continue to decline. But despite the downward trend RIAA CEO Cary Sherman received nearly $500,000 in bonuses in addition to his million dollar salary.
Previously a SOPA opponent, online gaming giant Zynga is now putting its weight behind voluntary anti-piracy deals. Noting that “nothing could make it through Congress” in 2014, Zynga’s Corporate Counsel observes that while having their finances strangled, sites that get big by tolerating infringement ultimately struggle to defend their positions.
The Pirate Bay has just launched a banner campaign to support the various Pirate parties participating in the European Parliament elections this week. The notorious torrent site is running localized ads, encouraging its millions of visitors to vote Pirate.
Almost five years ago, the Swedish Pirate Party blew people away worldwide when it received more than 7% of the vote in the European elections, giving it one seat, and the option for another if the Lisbon Treaty was approved. Now it’s time for another election, and there are Pirates standing just about everywhere it seems.
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.