U.S. Government Settles Software Piracy Case (The Washington Post)
The U.S. government is paying $50 million to software publisher Apptricity to settle a case in which the Army used thousands more copies of a system than what they had licensed, and attempted to hack the software to get around the licenses.
Hotfile Shuts Down After $80M MPAA Piracy Settlement (Variety)
In a settlement ending more than two years of fighting between the MPAA and cyberlocker Hotfile, Hollywood studios will collect $80 million, and Hotfile has shut down after having been ordered by the court to cease operations unless it employed copyright filtering technologies.
Facebook Aims To Weed Out Piracy By Analyzing Personal Data (Forbes)
Facebook has been granted a patent over the use of personal data – such as a user’s location, friends and interests – to identify potential piracy or other unauthorized content.
French Court Orders Search Firms to Block Pirate Sites (BBC)
The High Court in Paris has ordered Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, to block 16 video-streaming sites from their search results, after ruling the websites were dedicated to the “distribution of works without consent of their creators.”
White House Backs House Patent Bill (The Hill)
The White House endorsed a House bill aimed at cracking down on frivolous patent lawsuits. The House is expected to vote this week on this Innovation Act, authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
Keith Kupferschmid is General Counsel and SVP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA. Follow Keith on Twitter at @keithkup and sign up for the Intellectual Property Roundup weekly newsletter here.