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Piracy

The rise of music streaming services hasn’t killed music piracy

There’s no doubt that streaming services have helped combat the music industry’s piracy problems. Apps like Spotify and Apple Music made the Napsters and Limewires of the world less relevant through sheer convenience — just listen to a couple ads…

German court tells PayPal to reveal pirate’s identity to Sony Music

A German court has told PayPal that it must provide Sony Music with the personal details of one of its customers who used the payment processing firm’s services to collect money via a piracy site. Credit card companies and money…

Google Anti-Piracy Agreement Will Target Domain Hopping, Share Search Data

More details surrounding the voluntary anti-piracy agreement between Google, Bing, and major rightsholders have emerged. In addition to efforts to mitigate pirate sites’ efforts to jump domains to avoid downranking, the search engines will “exchange detailed information” with rightsholders “on…

Cox must pay $8M in fees on top of $25M jury verdict for violating DMCA
A federal judge has ordered (PDF) Cox Communications to pay a bruising $8 million in legal fees to BMG Rights Management after the ISP lost a landmark case over Internet piracy. The legal case began in 2014, when music publishers BMG and Round…
Action Needed To Maintain DMCA Safe Harbor Protection
If your business lets third parties post content on your website – even a simple product review – please keep reading. Recent changes in U.S. copyright law require online service providers to take additional steps to avoid liability for infringing…
Strike Three! Copyright Alert System’s Out of Here!

So, as the Copyright Alert System goes to rest, will the MPAA and RIAA stop hounding users? Not likely. In good news for piracy users and willfull copyright infringers, the Copyright Alert System (or CAS) will finally go away. In…

How to Keep Your Music Safe from Hackers
You've spent hours writing, recording, producing and finally releasing your music onto the web, only to discover it's been hacked and distributed freely through multiple digital outlets. It can be so frustrating for the artist to see their hard work…
39% of Americans Don’t Care That Piracy Hurts Content Creators…

Despite the entertainment industry’s best efforts, most consumers just don’t really care about piracy problems. Piracy costs artists and content creators millions of dollars in revenue. Yet, a new study shows that although most consumers know content piracy is illegal,…

How Music Piracy Is Completely Changing In 2016

Earlier this year, research group MusicWatch shared data with Digital Music News that showed 53 million Americans actively pirating music content. But even more shocking was how they were doing it: instead of torrenting on the Pirate Bay, more and…

How Online Piracy Hurts Emerging Artists

If you download or stream from pirate sites, think twice. Piracy hurts emerging artists as much as established artists, but the relative damage could be worse. If you are insensitive to stealing from the rich and famous, I am hoping…