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Piracy News

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.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by George Arthur - 1 comment

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...
In the Media by Chris Stein (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Eileen Kersey

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.
In the Media by Gene Kosowan - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins

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".
In the Media by Eileen Kersey - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Milton Este

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.
In the Media by Arthur Weinreb - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Brian LaSorsa - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by David Amerland

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.
In the Media by Owen Weldon

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.
In the Media by Brian LaSorsa - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Brian LaSorsa - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Brian LaSorsa - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

A bad time to be a pirate Special

Cape Town - Things are going to get very rough for Somali pirates in the near future, if resolutions made during the third Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in Cape Town, South Africa, are translated into action.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo - 5 comments

Video: Why you should care about SOPA, ACTA etc.

Russia Today has started a new series of videos to both entertain and also to inform the public about the dangers of the looming threat of Internet censorship bills and acts.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - false piracy alert

Sony Pictures have designed their DVD to look like a pirated copy, much to the dismay of DVD renters. This design was to portray and emphasize the hacker theme of the video
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

Court case outcome likely to block Grooveshark in Denmark

International online music service Grooveshark is under fire after a recent court ruling in Denmark. A bailiff's court in Fredericksburg may result in banning the streaming music site.
In the Media by Tucker Cummings - 2 comments

Study: Pirated movies don't make a dent in US box office returns

A new study reveals that despite popular thinking, piracy may not have a major impact on box office returns in the United States.
In the Media by Tucker Cummings - 2 comments

Legitmate users of MegaUpload considering legal action

Campaigners for a fair and balanced copyright law are joining forces to consider a legal claim against the US Government's seizure of Hong Kong-based hosting site Megaupload.
In the Media by Louise Auty

Op-Ed: SOPA 'not proceeding' but sites still going dark

Sydney - SOPA is on hold, but Wikipedia’s “strike” threat for tomorrow and similar action by Reddit and Boing Boing are still going ahead. The White House has expressed less than fizzy enthusiasm for anti piracy proposals and is asking for help from users.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 8 comments
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