The French anti-piracy body that hunts down suspected Internet pirates on file-sharing networks has fined its first Internet user, nearly three years after it was formed.
The rising number of domain name disputes at WIPO reflects concerns over the threat of cybersquatting under the new gTLD programme, according to lawyers.
Google is trying to restrict access to The Pirate Bay by preventing two of its domains from appearing automatically or instantly when searched by Internet users.
Police in India are investigating more than 1,000 people for allegedly downloading or uploading the Malayalam-language film Bachelor Party.
The organisation overseeing the new gTLD programme has targeted December 2012 as the date for finally resolving how to create batches of applications.
A trio of US members of congress has expressed “deep” concerns over the way government officials shut down websites that are suspected of aiding piracy or selling counterfeit goods.
A US authors’ group has demanded that Google pays it $750 for each book the Internet company has scanned without authorisation under its Google Books initiative.
The French government is planning to scale back the body responsible for monitoring illegal downloading and implementing a three-strike law, saying it is too expensive and ineffective.
Google has begun modifying its algorithms to relegate websites in its search rankings that are subject to high numbers of “valid copyright removal requests”.
In a ruling that could cause a “tectonic shift” in the way domain name arbitrators approach the laches legal doctrine, a panellist refused to transfer a website despite its copying a company’s trademark.