Internet piracy

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Internet piracy

The illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material on the Web. See software piracy.

SOPA, PIPA and the 2012 Blackout
On January 18, 2012, Wikipedia and thousands of other websites either went offline or displayed prominent messages to protest two Internet piracy bills pending in the U.S. Congress. The protests were effective as congressional proponents dropped their support the very next day (stay tuned!).

The House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Senate's Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP Act) were written to block websites that contain copyrighted content, counterfeit drugs or anti-DRM software or have links to sites that do.

Although they targeted overseas sites, opponents claimed the loosely written bills would promote Internet censorship as well as place a huge monitoring burden on search engines and websites that host user-generated content or simply have links to content. In addition, they would allow rights holders to take suspected infringers quickly offline without conclusive evidence. DNS blocking, the suggested method for redirecting traffic away from rogue sites was also a sticking point, with experts claiming it would be problematic. See Megaupload.

Blackout Day
January 18, 2012 was a day coordinated to raise awareness. Whether sites went entirely dark or not, their combined messages reached more than 200 million people.
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The defendants in these cases ignored common sense and copyright laws by peddling software they didn't have rights to sell," according to Scott Bain, chief litigation counsel and director of internet anti-piracy for SIIA, which has filed more than 100 lawsuits in the U.
IFPI's internet anti-piracy team has increased the number of links to infringing music that it removed from 550,000 in 2007 to nearly three million in 2008.
Jeremy Banks, head of the IFPI's Internet Anti-Piracy Unit, said: "OiNK was central to the illegal distribution of pre-release music online.
Says Tom Temple, worldwide head of Internet anti-piracy at the MPAA: "I think there is a general lack of insight into what's going on piracywise.
The industry is acting decisively by using anti-copy measures on CDs and internet anti-piracy actions.
He also spent two years coordinating Paramount's Internet anti-piracy efforts.
Without the financial returns, software developers cannot innovate their existing products, nor can they develop new products to release to the market," said Mike Flynn, manager, Internet Anti-Piracy.
The lawsuit adds a new dimension to BSA's Internet anti-piracy campaign that to date has involved the shutting down of thousands of warez web sites and working closely with law enforcement to promote criminal prosecutions.

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