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Far-reaching decision by the CJEU on copyright: The Pirate Bay can be blocked by ISPs!

by Hogan Lovells on

Swiftly following the CJEU decision in Filmspeler, in which the Court found that the selling of multimedia players with add-ons to illegal streaming websites amounted to copyright infringement, the CJEU has confirmed that an...more

EU Advocate General in favour of finding copyright infringement by indexing site The Pirate Bay

by Hogan Lovells on

The cases that deal with the meaning of “communication to the public” continue: in a current reference for a preliminary ruling, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) will have to decide whether the operators of websites that...more

Dismissal but No Fees for Innocent BitTorrent Defendant - Killer Joe Nevada, LLC v. Leaverton

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing whether a copyright infringement action based solely on IP addresses is frivolous or unreasonable, such that attorneys’ fees should be awarded upon dismissal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit...more

1 in 5,000: How John Doe Defeated Porn Producer Malibu Media

by BakerHostetler on

Litigation-friendly pornography producer Malibu Media has suffered a rare loss, which may spell trouble as it proceeds with more cases. According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Malibu Media has filed 5,207...more

Judge Halts Pornographer’s Subpoenas Against Potential Infringers Identified Through IP Addresses

by BakerHostetler on

Online content providers continue to struggle with the challenge of copyright infringement by BitTorrent users. One of the most aggressive tacks is the one taken by Malibu Media, which, after instituting over 4,500 lawsuits...more

Australia: Dallas Buyers Club LLC obtains customer identities from ISPs in landmark piracy ruling

by DLA Piper on

On Tuesday 7 April 2015, a single Federal Court Judge ordered six internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over the names and identities corresponding to approximately 4,700 unique IP addresses, which have allegedly...more

BONDing With NPE's - The requirement for security for costs or expenses under Section 1030 of the California Code of Civil...

A little used and often overlooked provision of the California Code of Civil Procedure recently played an important role in three recent cases brought by AF Holdings LLC, a foreign entity formed under the laws of the...more

Court Finds Improper Joinder of Defendants in Same BitTorrent Swarm

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Over the past several years, content providers, particularly in the adult film industry, have filed numerous suits against users who have copied their works via the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol. Put briefly, the use of...more

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