Earlier this week we reported how a Canada-based mashup site had its domain suspended following a copyright complaint filed by music group IFPI. Today we can put some meat on the bones, revealing how a single unproven allegation disabled an entire site, without its operators even having a chance to respond.
A Canada-based site dedicated to mashups lost use of its main domain last week following a copyright complaint from the IFPI. The music industry group contacted UK-based registrar Domainbox, citing copyright infringement on Sowndhaus.com. The registrar then removed the site’s DNS entries. Sowndhaus insists that under Canadian law, it acts entirely legally.
Two founders of The Pirate Bay have been ordered by a court in Finland to pay record labels more than $477,000 in compensation. Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm were found liable for ongoing copyright breaches on the site. Neither appeared to mount a defense so both were found guilty in their absence.
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has ordered Google to remove a company’s websites from search results. The case had nothing to do with copyright but according to music industry group IFPI, the implications are clear. When search engines link to illegal content, courts can compel them to permanently remove results, globally.