Film distribution Dutch FilmWorks has been successful following its application earlier this year to track BitTorrent pirates and store their data. In a decision handed down Wednesday, the Dutch Data Protection Authority said that permission had been granted for IP address and other information to be stored for up to five years.
Independent photographers are suing pirating mainstream media outlets by the dozens. Copyright infringement lawsuits against moguls such as AOL, CBS, NPR, Viacom, Warner Bros, and Yahoo have resulted in more than 200 private settlements this year alone and the end is still not in sight.
The music industry is doing its best to shutter YouTube converter sites and the RIAA recently reported several of them to the US Government. This didn’t sit well with digital rights group EFF, who wrote a reply stressing that the music group is twisting the law, as stream ripping sites are not by definition illegal.
A group of developers, who previously were the masterminds behind one of the most-used Popcorn Time forks, are now trying to meet people’s streaming needs legally. After being shut down by the MPAA, they joined streaming aggregator Reelgood. One of the goals is to provide a ”pirate site” interface to easily access the fragmented streaming landscape.
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde likes to innovate to improve people’s lives, but with his latest project, he wants to save them too. Currently under development by members of the former Flattr team, the app is a digital version of traditional early warning siren-based systems that alert the public to fire, floods, gas leaks, or even war.
Hackers are demanding money from Disney to stop the leaking of a pirate copy of an upcoming film. While Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t mention the movie by name when he announced the news, reports have identified the upcoming ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ as the target.