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July 29, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A dozen Hollywood production companies have filed a new lawsuit against the file-sharing website the Pirate Bay. Columbia Pictures, Disney Enterprises, Universal Studios and 10 others are demanding the site's operators be fined and prevented from distributing TV series, including "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," and films such as "Batman."
December 20, 2008
After five years and about 35,000 lawsuits, the major record companies have ended their prodigious litigation campaign against music fans who shared songs online without the labels' permission. It's a welcome step for many reasons, not the least of which being that the suits were eroding the public's support for copyrights in general. But as the Recording Industry Assn.
December 14, 2008 | Stan Lehman, Lehman writes for the Associated Press.
In late 2007, Carlos Miguel Sobral and 14 other Brazilian police investigators were getting ready for another day of fighting Internet crime when one of them suggested looking into peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. Sobral said the other federal investigators agreed, choosing to focus on eMule, Brazil's most popular file-sharing program. The investigators soon saw that the network was being used to distribute child pornography, not just in Brazil but around the world, Sobral told the Associated Press on Friday.
August 11, 2008
When the Los Angeles band Buckcherry announced that its next album of party-till-you-puke rock would arrive Sept. 16, it noted that a track from the album was already being swapped online. The band bemoaned the leak, saying, "Honestly, we hate it when this [expletive] happens, because we want our FANS to have any new songs first." But it was surprisingly well-prepared for the breach, offering a video for the track, "Too Drunk ...," supposedly made after it appeared online.
August 2, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Federal regulators issued a warning to all Internet service providers Friday with a sharp rebuke of Comcast Corp. for blocking some customers from using file-sharing technology. By a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission found that the cable company failed to tell its subscribers about the blocking, lied about it when confronted by the commission and tried to cripple online video sites that compete with its on-demand service.
July 29, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
The Federal Communications Commission will adopt rules barring Internet service providers such as Comcast Corp. from interfering with customers' ability to share videos and other online files. A majority of the five-member commission has agreed that the FCC can halt the practice, Chairman Kevin J. Martin said. The agency has scheduled an Aug. 1 public hearing for a vote. The agency also plans to censure Comcast for interfering with customers using peer-to-peer file-sharing services, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
July 12, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said Friday that he wanted to stop Comcast Corp. from hampering subscribers' ability to share big files such as movies online. Comcast, the biggest U.S. cable operator, violated the FCC's so-called network neutrality principles by interfering with high-speed Internet customers' use of file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent, Martin said at a news conference.
May 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The six major Hollywood studios have won a $111-million judgment for copyright infringement against shut-down file-sharing website The judgment, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, charged the operator of the website, Valence Media, $30,000 per violation. It applied to nearly 3,700 movie and TV show downloads. The Motion Picture Assn. of America said the judgment sends a strong message to copyright violators.
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