Anti-Piracy Group Reveals Personal Details of Counter-Notice Senders – TorrentFreak


In what appears to be a retaliatory move against DMCA notice archive Lumen Database, anti-piracy outfit Remove Your Media has launched a transparency report of its own. The report lists people who have sent the company DMCA counter-notices but it goes much further than Lumen by publishing their names, addresses, and telephone numbers.

Source: Anti-Piracy Group Reveals Personal Details of Counter-Notice Senders – TorrentFreak

Shock: Copyright ‘Bullies’ Can Be Negotiated With – TorrentFreak


Copyright holders are often accused of making YouTube users’ lives a misery, with their nonsense claims over supposedly infringing content. But while it’s easy to feel victimized by these powerful groups, sometimes the most ridiculous claims are easily ironed out.

Source: Shock: Copyright ‘Bullies’ Can Be Negotiated With – TorrentFreak

Sony Thinks It Can Charge An ‘Administrative Fee’ For Fair Use | Techdirt

When HVBA’s webmaster emailed Sony Music to explain that the use of music clips in the lecture videos was fair use, Sony’s representative responded that the label had “a new company policy that uses such as yours be subject to a minimum $500 license fee,” and that “if you are going to upload more videos we are going to have to follow our protocol.” Sony’s representative didn’t say that she believed the video was not a fair use. Instead, she implied that even a fair use would require payment, and that Sony would keep using YouTube’s Content ID system against HVBA until they paid up.

Source: Sony Thinks It Can Charge An ‘Administrative Fee’ For Fair Use | Techdirt

Fair Use Needs Protecting & All Abusers Need to Be Punished – TorrentFreak

Fair use is an extremely important facet of copyright law and it needs to be defended when it’s wrongly targeted under the DMCA. So, let’s get down to business. Those who attempt to stifle it should get punished. And, to balance things up, those who blatantly claim fair use when it’s clearly not warranted should get punished too.

Source: Fair Use Needs Protecting & All Abusers Need to Be Punished – TorrentFreak

Fox ‘Stole’ a Game Clip, Used it in Family Guy & DMCA’d the Original – TorrentFreak

This week’s episode of Family Guy included a clip from 1980s Nintendo video game Double Dribble showing a glitch to get a free 3-point goal. Fox obtained the clip from YouTube where it had been sitting since it was first uploaded in 2009. Shortly after, Fox told YouTube the game footage infringed its copyrights. YouTube took it down.

Source: Fox ‘Stole’ a Game Clip, Used it in Family Guy & DMCA’d the Original – TorrentFreak

Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine – TorrentFreak

A software pirate is facing the most unusual punishment ever seen in a copyright infringement action. The man lost a case brought by an anti-piracy group but couldn’t pay damages, so instead agreed to star in PSA showcasing his life as a pirate. If that film doesn’t get 200K hits on YouTube, he’ll be required to pay a large fine.

Source: Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine – TorrentFreak

Universal Music and Kim Dotcom Prepared a Deal to Tax Google – TorrentFreak

A recording of Kim Dotcom and several Universal Music executives captured two days before the Megaupload raids has revealed the label planning to do a deal with the entrepreneur. Amid discussion of ‘taxing’ Google by diverting its ad revenue to the label, the execs offered to downgrade Dotcom from “evil” to “neutral” in return for dropping legal action over the “Mega Song”.

Source: Universal Music and Kim Dotcom Prepared a Deal to Tax Google – TorrentFreak

Anti-Piracy Group Hits Indie Creators For Using the Word ‘Pixels’ – TorrentFreak

An anti-piracy firm working for Columbia Pictures has hit Vimeo with a wave of bogus copyright takedowns just because people used the word ‘Pixels’ in their video titles. Several indie productions are affected, including an art-focused NGO, an award-winning short movie and a royalty free stock footage company.

Source: Anti-Piracy Group Hits Indie Creators For Using the Word ‘Pixels’ – TorrentFreak