Online Copyright Alert System Launches; Violators To Receive Escalating Warnings

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 11:40pm PST

A coalition of copyright owners and Internet Service Providers including Comcast, AT&T, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon will begin issuing notices to illegal downloaders this week as part of the … Read More »

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Copyright Infringement: British Man Makes Deal To Avoid Extradition To U.S.

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 10:36pm PST

A British student who faced extradition to the U.S. and a possible prison term over a web site he created for sharing TV shows and movies has struck a deal, BBC reports. Richard O’Dwyer, of Sheffield in northern England, … Read More »

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MPAA “Optimistic” About Google’s New Rules To Punish Pirating Sites

It’s not shutting them down as many in Hollywood would like but if a site is repeatedly posting pirated material then Google announced today that they’re going to flag it. “Starting next week, we will begin taking into … Read More »

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Megaupload Search Warrants Invalidated But Extradition Of Kim Dotcom May Proceed

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 12:02am PDT

A New Zealand judge has ruled that search warrants used to seize evidence in the Megaupload case were illegally broad and vague. Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom still faces a battle to avoid extradition to the U.S. but the … Read More »

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Another NinjaVideo Leader Sentenced In Criminal Copyright Conspiracy

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 2:55pm PST

WASHINGTON — A founder of, a website that provided millions of users with the ability to illegally download high-quality copies of copyright-protected movies and television programs, was sentenced today to 14 months in prison. The sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center).

Matthew David Howard Smith, 24, of Raleigh, N.C., was sentenced today in Alexandria, Va., by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga also ordered Smith to serve two years of supervised release following his prison term, to pay $172,387 and to forfeit to the United States five financial accounts and various computer equipment involved in the crimes. Smith pleaded guilty on Sept. 23, 2011, to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement.

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Copyright Infringement: British Man Faces Extradition To U.S.

By | Friday January 13, 2012 @ 9:39pm PST

A 23-year-old British student faces possible extradition to the United States for trial on charges of copyright infringement for hosting a website that pointed visitors to illegal download sites. Richard O’Dwyer’s website TV Shack listed links to other websites where users could access movies and TV shows but did not … Read More »

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Wikipedia Founder Considers Site Blackout To Protest Stop Online Piracy Act Advocated By Showbiz

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 12:07am PST

Wikipedia BlackoutWikipedia founder Jimmy Wales blogs that he is considering a blackout of pages on the popular site to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act. Wales has asked users and editors of Wikipedia to weigh in with their opinions … Read More »

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Final NinjaVideo Co-Founder Pleads Guilty; Warrant Issued For Co-Conspirator

By | Thursday November 3, 2011 @ 5:55pm PDT

The last remaining co-founder of pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Virginia. The site facilitated illegal downloads of movies and TV shows and took in $505,000 in revenue from ads and donations from users. Justin A. Dedemko, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Alexandria Division of the Eastern District of Virginia. Dedemko’s fellow co-founders Matthew David Howard Smith and Hana Amal Beshara pleaded guilty separately to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement in September. Dedemko was responsible for locating infringing content on the Internet and uploading it to servers used by the website, some of which were located in the Eastern District of Virginia. Dedemko subsequently focused on marketing and advertising, which resulted in the $505,000 in income. Dedemko admitted he personally received $58,004 and agreed to pay restitution. Sentencing is set for February 24, 2012. He faces a maximum of five years. Read More »

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Lawsuit: ‘Hangover II’ Stole Groom’s Story

By | Monday October 17, 2011 @ 6:17pm PDT

The Hangover Part II is beginning to seem like a litigation magnet. The latest lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in Los Angeles according to Entertainment Weekly. It alleges that filmmakers mimicked a script that aspiring scribe … Read More »

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Content Producers Vow To Confront Web Users Who Steal Copyrighted Works

People who illegally download copyrighted movies, TV shows, and music will soon receive a series emailed warnings — and may temporarily see Internet speeds reduced or have their Web surfing blocked — a coalition of content producers and distributors announced … Read More »

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Feds Seize 9 Websites For First-Run Films

By | Wednesday June 30, 2010 @ 3:56pm PDT
Mike Fleming

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced the launch Wednesday of “Operation In Our Sites,” a new initiative aimed at Internet counterfeiting and piracy. In the first action carried out as part of the initiative, authorities seized nine domain names of Web sites that were offering first-run movies, often within hours of their theatrical release. Seven of those sites were targeted for seizure by the SDNY.

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