A Dutch ban on the downloading of copyrighted material from unauthorized sources was cheered by the entertainment industries recently, but will fall short of achieving its aims. That’s the opinion of several politicians who believe that only by providing better legal options will the situation improve. As they call for debate, a government spokesperson predicted that the ban will make it easier to chase down ‘pirate’ sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.