Category Archives: Law and Technology

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TorrentLitigation Adds Insight into File-Sharing Lawsuits

By Drew Wilson The lawsuit campaign against individual file-sharers is probably one of the older online anti-piracy efforts record labels and movie studios have used. While the anti-piracy efforts employed today are more complex, there are still plenty of file-sharing lawsuits going around. That is where TorrentLitigation comes into the picture. It’s a website not […]


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Growing Internet Censorship in the UK Draws Fire

By Drew Wilson The UK is under an increasingly dark cloud of censorship these days. A court decision has made ISPs in the country block three more BitTorrent websites. As Internet censorship grows in the country, so does the backlash. Both the Pirate Party and the digital rights organization Open Rights Group are speaking out […]


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First File-Sharer Convicted Under New Zealand Three Strikes Law

By Drew Wilson New Zealand is the latest in a growing list of countries convicting alleged copyright infringers over so-called three strikes laws. The accused denies involvement in every single accusation, but received a fine under the now tested law. Earlier this month, we reported that the New Zealand three strikes law was going to […]


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Reports – Russia Gearing Up for New Piracy Crackdown

By Drew Wilson News is surfacing that the Russian Ministry of Culture is gearing up for a new offensive against Internet piracy. According to both Russian and French reports, if a website owner receives a complaint of copyright infringing material, then the owner has 24 hours to remove it or face a fine. One of […]


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Anti-Circumvention Laws Struck Down in Columbia

By Drew Wilson On the back of the news we broke earlier about a study on anti-circumvention laws, news has arrived that those kinds of anti-circumvention laws have been struck down in the constitutional court of Columbia. It’s part of many trade agreements including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement […]


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New Study: Anti-Circumvention Laws Excessively Favours Rightsholders

By Drew Wilson One of the issues brought up by activists in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was that included anti-circumvention language. Now, activists have new evidence to back them up. A recently published study says that copy protection laws are excessively favoring the content industry. Anti-circumvention laws are already a fact of life in the […]


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Procedural Error Sinks Would-Be HADOPI Conviction

By Drew Wilson The HADOPI law (Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet) and its government agency under the same name, has had its share of controversy over the years in France. Now, another incident has occurred that just adds to the list of reasons why some might […]


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Stop Online Piracy Act – The Bill The Internet Stopped

By Drew Wilson If one were to ask Internet advocates some of the most significant achievements of the Internet in recent memory, there is a good chance that the day the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) was stopped would be brought up amongst those achievements. We take a look […]


Reviewing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

By Drew Wilson After reviewing known information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Partnership Agreement (TAPA), we now shift our focus to another known threat to the Internet – the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Like the TPP, CETA has had known leaks of its own in the past. It was these […]