A recently-dissolved industry code for online copyright infringement could rear its head again in a year’s time after rights holders and internet service providers agreed to lobby the government to put it on hold. Two months ago, Village Roadshow co-CEO Graham Burke stunned ISPs by revealing his company would no longer pursue the scheme after a year of negotiatons.
Torrent Freak — Solarmovie.ph will become the first piracy website to be blocked on copyright grounds by Internet service providers in Singapore. Legislation targeting pirate sites was introduced in 2014 but progress to lock off the first domain has been slow. The MPA praised the move as positive for creators and helpful in preventing the spread of malware.
EFF Org — If you operate your own website, be glad that you don’t host it in South Korea (or if you do, you might want to rethink that). Whereas in the United States, an important law called CDA 230 protects you from liability for comments contributed by users to your website, South Korea has some of the toughest liability rules in the world that can leave intermediaries such as website owners carrying the can for content they didn’t even know about.
Vietnam Net — Ministry of Cultures, Sports and Tourism inspectors and police found In September 2013 that 41 computers at the company were illegally using software of Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk and Lac Viet. Trimmers Vietnam admitted wrongdoing and promised to stop using the pirated products. It also committed to compensation and damage management. The company has done nothing about the problem.
The Australian Senate today voted through legislation which allows rights holders to apply to a court to block overseas websites facilitating copyright infringment. The legislation passed despite strong opposition from the Australian Greens and a number of independent and minor party MPs, the telecommunications industry, technology companies and consumer groups.
The owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club plan to go after customers of more internet service providers for alleged copyright infringement following their court battle with iiNet. Counsel for Dallas Buyers Club LLC and a number of ISPs including iiNet and Dodo today fronted court in the latest instalment of the case over alleged copyright infringement. Last month Justice Nye Perram ordered the ISPs to hand over the customer details associated with 4726 IP addresses that were alleged to have engaged in copyright infringement.
iiNet is planning to offer free legal advice to customers alleged to have shared infringing copies of Dallas Buyers Club online. The internet service provider yesterday said it was working with an unnamed law firm that has offered to provide pro-bono services to alleged copyright infringers. iiNet declined to provide further detail. iiNet’s financial controller Ben Jenkins also said the ISP will alert customers whose details are handed over to the owners of the Dallas Buyers Club film.