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.
A movie industry body has claimed online piracy has fallen by half in New Zealand since the government implemented a three-strike copyright law in September 2011.
A US jury is waiting to decide the fate of Apple and Samsung’s high-profile patent dispute as the tech companies clash in a Californian court.
Copyright owners are increasingly demanding that Google removes links to allegedly pirated content, according to figures revealed in its Transparency Report in May.
Ireland’s largest ISP, Eircom, can continue enforcing its ‘three-strike’ warning system for illegal downloading after the High Court overturned an order banning the scheme.
During the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference in Prague in June 2012 Fadi Chehade introduced himself as the organisation’s new chief executive and set out his priorities.