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Swedish co-founder of Pirate Bay whisked to Thai capital

Bangkok - The Swedish co-founder of The Pirate Bay website was hauled to Bangkok Wednesday following his arrest in northeast Thailand, with police from Stockholm waiting to press for his deportation to serve a jail term for copyright infringement.

Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder arrested at Thai border

Bangkok - A Swedish co-founder of the controversial file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested while trying to enter Thailand, immigration police said Tuesday.

Law professional Michael Sterner weighs in on thepiratebay.se lawsuits Promoted

Last month in Argentina, Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas (CAPIF), the county’s music authority, issued a court order demanding 11 ISPs ban access to The Pirate Bay.

Google Glass is now banned from all U.S. movie theatres

Movie fans will no longer be able to wear Google Glass and other wearable technology in US cinemas. Google Glass has been the center of much uncertainty since the public started experimenting with the device.

Focus of world piracy shifts to Southeast Asia

Kuala Lumpur - The strategic seaways of Southeast Asia are seeing a "worrying new rise" in piracy even as the number of attacks continues to tumble globally, the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Technology at the forefront of stopping digital piracy

Traditional watermarks were added to documents to prove they were authentic, Digimarc has introduced an electronic version of the watermark to authenticate eBooks.

Britain declares that game piracy is no longer a crime

It is no longer a criminal offense to pirate games in the United Kingdom. Citing that their efforts just were not working Britain has decriminalized game piracy there.

Southeast Asia hub of global pirate attacks

Geneva - Southeast Asia has become the world's hotspot for pirate attacks after an international clampdown slashed the number of hijackings off the coast of war-torn Somalia, the UN said Thursday.

Pirates free Indonesia-bound Thai tanker after cargo theft

Kuala Lumpur - Pirates have released an Indonesian-bound Thai tanker after stealing its oil cargo, in the latest attack in Southeast Asian waters, the International Maritime Bureau said Monday.

Op-Ed: Popcorn Time is awesome; may get you fined or arrested

The launch of the free torrent-streaming service, Popcorn Time, has already made waves throughout the internet — and for good reason, the service is cool.

Concern grows over rising piracy off West Africa

Kintampo - Grey, sleek, bristling with massive cannon and an assortment of machine guns, the French navy's Commandant Birot is well-equipped to patrol Africa's most dangerous stretches of ocean.Vessels like it played a key role in curbing pirate attacks off the c...

Piracy at lowest worldwide for six years

London - Sea piracy fell to its lowest level around the world in six years in 2013 thanks to a clampdown on Somali pirates, a maritime body said Wednesday.

Russia: Arctic 30 Greenpeace activists granted amnesty

Murmansk - A group of Greenpeace activists were arrested by Russian authorities in late September and initially faced charges of piracy. The charges changed to hooliganism, and eventually some activists were released on bail, but now an amnesty will free them.

Israeli government ponders legalizing downloads

A group of Israeli lawmakers are encouraging the Knesset to pass a bill that would allow consumers to upload music, movies and even porn with impunity.

Greenpeace activist scaled Eiffel Tower for release of Arctic 30

Paris - In protest against the Russian detention of 28 activists and 2 journalists, a Greenpeace activist staged a solo, 2-hour protest by hanging from a tent suspended from the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday.

Pirates attack oil supply ship, kidnap 2 Americans, off Nigeria

Pirates attacked an oil platform supply vessel in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria on Wednesday, kidnapping two American citizens in the process.

Greenpeace activists now hooligans as Russia drops piracy charges

Murmansk - A group of Greenpeace activists held by Russian authorities since late September were facing charges of piracy. Wednesday Russia dropped the piracy charges and declared the activists "hooligans".

Google unveils 26-page anti-piracy report

Perhaps one of the biggest problems large companies deal with as a result of the Internet is that of piracy. Now, one of the Internet's biggest companies has released a 26-page report detailing a comprehensive anti-piracy strategy.

Google has removed 100 million piracy links during 2013

Over 100 million requests have been made to Google to remove more than 100 million links since January 2013. The requests relate to web pages considered to be in breach of copyright laws.

France to discontinue three-strikes Internet piracy ban policy

Internet piracy and file sharing is on the rise. While each government struggles to combat such an ordeal, France is easing up on their Internet piracy policy.

Police in Canada break up large counterfeit DVD operation

Oakville - Halton Regional Police made three arrests on Monday in what is being described as the largest counterfeit DVD operation in the history of Canada.

TVShack founder strikes deal with feds, avoids extradition

Richard O’Dwyer, the founder of search engine TVShack.net, struck a deal with the federal government Wednesday in order to avoid extradition to the United States.

Pirates seize oil tanker and 24 hostages in gunfight off Togo

Pirates have seized a Greek oil tanker and 24-crew on board, after a gun battle with a naval patrol boat off the coast of Togo.

Google takes sides in fight against piracy

In a new move for the tech company, Google moves to demote the search rank of websites which repeatedly engage in piracy.

Google will downgrade pirate sites in search results

The world's largest search engine, Google, announced that they will be taking measures at sites that generate many complaints from copyright owners.

Court rules it’s legal to embed, watch copyright-infringing video

Washington - A court ruled Thursday that myVidster did not infringe a pornographic production company’s copyright when it embedded copyright-infringing material on its website.

J. K. Rowling withholds new book from publishers, fears piracy

Author J. K. Rowling has decided to withhold her upcoming book from a handful of foreign publishers over fears of piracy.

U.S. Government, Twitter Ignoring Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom

Auckland - Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom made international headlines in January when his websites were seized by the U.S. Department of Justice. Now, though, a few organizations are doing their best to ignore him.

Video: exclusive interview with Falkvinge — Swedish Pirate Party

In an exclusive interview with Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, the first Pirate Party to be founded in European politics, the various internet censorship threats are discussed.

EU may reject Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

After many protests in the streets of Europe, it looks like ACTA will not come into being. The Member of the EU Parliament responsible for monitoring its process says it should be rejected.
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