- DE - Police act on German file-sharing +/-
(BBC) Police in Germany have charged 3,500 users of a file-sharing network in the biggest single action against the illegal distribution of music online. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) - the record industry's global body - said each could face five years in prison. They may also have to pay compensation for offering up to 8,000 files at a time for download on the eDonkey site.
- EU warns China on piracy problem +/-
(BBC) European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has made a fresh call for China to do more to improve market access and cut down on piracy. He warned China would face a backlash in Europe unless it did more to 'apply rather than circumvent the rules'. Mr Mandelson's comments came during a visit to Beijing for talks with his Chinese counterpart Bo Xilai.
- FR - French book publisher sues Google +/-
(BBC) A French publishing group is to sue Google for publishing book excerpts online without permission. La Martiniere accuses the technology company of 'counterfeiting and breach of intellectual property rights' by digitising about 100 of its titles.
- Piracy fears over net generation +/-
(BBC) Net freedom fighter Lawrence Lessig has called for an end to what he described as 'extremism' in copyright laws. The Stanford law professor fears they could stifle the creativity of a new generation in the digital age. Prof Lessig told the Hay Festival in Wales that the 'age of prohibition' could turn 'kids into pirates'.
- RU - On a Russian Site, Cheap Songs With a Backbeat of Illegality +/-
(New York Times) AllofMP3.com, a music downloading service based in Moscow, offers a vast catalog of music that includes artists not normally authorized for sale online, at a fraction of the cost of services like iTunes. AllofMP3 asserts its legality by citing a license issued by a royalty collecting society, the Russian Multimedia and Internet Society, known as R.O.M.S. for its Russian initials. According to Russia's 1993 copyright law, collecting societies are permitted to act on behalf of rights holders who have not authorized them to do so.
- SE - Swedish piracy row gathers pace +/-
(BBC) The row between supporters of a Swedish website accused of piracy and the nation's authorities is escalating. A raid on The Pirate Bay site by Swedish police is thought to have been the catalyst for hack attacks on official websites. The attacks are being investigated by the Swedish security service, its domestic intelligence agency. Protestors took to the streets of Stockholm to show their support for the BitTorrent search site.
- SE - Website back after Swedish raids +/-
(BBC) A website accused of directing users to pirated films, music and software has reopened using servers in the Netherlands days after Swedish authorities shut it down. ThePirateBay.org has described itself as the largest search index for BitTorrent, a system used for sharing large files over the internet. But critics in the entertainment industry argue it is a major source of music and film piracy. The Pirate Bay says it does nothing wrong. Its operators maintain that the site's function is to direct users towards the files that they search for and manage the uploads and downloads. The website itself does not hold any copyright files.