Looks like the copyright police are starting to hit back at the internet in a big bad way. A German court ruled today that YouTube is entirely responsible for the content found on its service, and must actively filter music videos belonging to the GEMA, a music royalty group. Not only that, but the European Read The Full Story
Cox Communications is one of the largest cable and internet providers in the country. Cox has found itself in the middle of a legal battle with a pair of music publishers after Cox refused to disconnect persistent music pirates.
LONDON – The ride-hailing service Uber is about to have a head-on collision with Germany’s taxis and legal system.A court in Frankfurt has banned Uber’s most popular service from operating in the country until a hearing later this year on the legality of the product, which allows people to use their smartphones to book rides with freelance drivers.
The European Union is planning its most aggressive move yet to curb Google's growing power. According to the FT , the European parliament is considering a motion that would suggest Google unbundle its search engine from its other products. Google executives are said to be "furious" about the proposal, which they only found out about a couple days ago.
Google's "right to be forgotten" tool was grudgingly implemented in Europe back in May , but now privacy regulators are pushing to scale up the web search censoring system to cover global results, not just those localized to countries in the EU.
The police in Germany have issued an international arrest warrant for two brothers who are accused of carrying out a series of violent crimes as part of an online turf war between rival torrent file-sharing websites. TorrentFreak reports that the German police have started an international public manhunt to try to findKastriot Selimi, 25, and his brother Kreshnik, who is 22.
"Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"...with radars that can"see" through walls. Because according toUSA Today, at least 50 law enforcement agencies in the US, including the FBI and the US Marshals, have been stocking up on handheld radars for the past two years.
LONDON – Is Google a pirate? Does Rupert Murdoch really love hamsters?Those questions were at the center of a heated war of words on Thursday after News Corporation accused Google of being “a platform for piracy and the spread of malicious networks, all while driving more traffic and online advertising dollars to Google.”And Google’s response? “Phew, what a scorcher. Murdoch accuses Google of eating his hamster!”Confused? Maybe you need to Google it.But for many Britons, at least, the allusion to a 1986 headline in the Murdoch tabloid The Sun was instantly recognizable: “Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster”The article claimed that Mr. Starr had eaten a pet, although the British entertainer has repeatedly denied the episode ever took place.
It's rare that you'll find a story about Grooveshark that doesn't include the phrases "copyright," "lawsuit" or "legally questionable." This may change in 2015, however, as it appears that the company is about to turn over a new leaf and play nicely with the music labels.
Google is making a strong push toward equipping YouTube with a plethora of legally sourced music (hence things like YouTube Music Key ), but that doesn't mean illicitly posted videos have gone away, and as has always been the case, there are entities trying to get some of them removed.
It seems like it wasn't that long ago when the Turkish government was trying to make the social network services Twitter and YouTube illegal in the country for not playing along with their censorship requirements. Oh, wait, that's because it was less than a year ago .
Before October 1st this year, you were probably a criminal. On that day, UK copyright law changed to include a private copying exception that, simply put, means you're allowed to copy media for your own personal use (not distribution, obviously). This is especially important when it comes to music.
BRUSSELS — The nominee to become the next antitrust chief for the European Union has said that keeping a close eye on American technology titans like Google and Apple will be among her top priorities if she is confirmed.
It's a familiar story: The Pirate Bay goes down, and then it comes back around some time later. Recently The Pirate Bay was taken down after a raid by police in Stockholm. The police seized hardware, including servers, and the result has been a long low lament across the Internet as the site remains offline.
On Thursday the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in a 4-3 vote that police officers are not required to have a judge sign a warrant in order to search a suspect's cell phone. While this certainly sends up red flags for privacy advocates, and rightly so, there are certain requirements that need to be met for a cell phone search to be valid.
Illegal file-sharing site The Pirate Bay could come back online on Feb. 1, based on a countdown clock that suddenly appeared on the site's holding page, Torrent Freak reports. The Pirate Bay, the world's largest file-sharing site, has been offline since police in Stockholm raided a web hosting company on Dec. 9 . Previously, that timer was counting up from the date that police shut down the site.