ISP Piracy Warnings Launching Within Weeks (PC Mag)
The Center for Copyright Information says participating ISPs expect to begin rolling out the new Copyright Alert System over the next two months, but exact launch dates will be up to each ISP.
Brands Cry Foul Over Unauthorized Sellers on Amazon (Reuters)
Amazon is grappling with a problem that eBay has struggled with for years – the proliferation of unauthorized third-party sellers that undercut the world’s top consumer brands.
Massachusetts Fines Thai Seafood Company Over Pirated Software (The Boston Globe)
Massachusetts’s fined the Narong Seafood Co. $10,000 over the use of pirated Microsoft software, marking the first time the state has ever used laws intended to combat unfair business practices against a company for illegally obtaining software.
BuzzFeed Lawsuit Over Celeb Photos Raises Copyright Questions (GigaOM)
At a time when online media is increasingly image-based, a $1.3 million lawsuit brought by a so-called “copyright troll” over BuzzFeed’s publication of nine celebrity photos raises questions about current copyright law.
Publishers Fight Back Against Schoolbook Piracy (The Village Voice)
With textbook piracy on the rise (spurred by rising costs of course materials and proliferation of tablets and e-readers), publishers have quickly embraced new technology to fight the growing piracy problem.
Cloud No Cover for Software Pirates, Claims FAST (CloudPro)
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) denounced the Pirate Bay’s move to the cloud as useless, saying measures already exist for governments to access cloud data in cross-border criminal investigations.
Retailers, Libraries, and Internet Companies Join “Owners Rights” Coalition (Publishers Weekly)
With ownership rights at issue in the Kirtsaeng vs. Wiley case, a new coalition of businesses and libraries has formed to advocate for ownership rights while educating consumers, businesses, and policymakers.
Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.