Tag: online piracy

isoHunt shut downisoHunt shut down

The file sharing website IsoHunt.com is shutting down. In a Stipulation and Proposed Judgment filed with a District Court in California it has agreed to halt all operations and to be permanently enjoined from further infringements. In addition, isoHunt and its founder Gary Fung have agreed to be jointly and severally liable for damages in the amount of US $110 million dollars.

The settlement follows isoHunt’s summary judgment loss in which District Court Judge Stephen Wilson issued an order permanently enjoining isoHunt and Gary Fung from continuing to engage in copyright infringement.

UK Culture Secretary calls for boldness in dealing with online piracyUK Culture Secretary calls for boldness in dealing with online piracy

UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants action to protect and encourage investment in intellectual property. In a Speech  given to the Royal Television Society on September 14, 2011 he signaled that the UK was exploring all options available to do so. This includes making it more difficult for online sites that contribute to piracy to stay online and making search engines take reasonable steps to make it harder to access sites that a court has deemed contain unlawful content or promote unlawful distribution of content.

Murdoch urges reforms to stem online copyright free ridingMurdoch urges reforms to stem online copyright free riding

James Murdoch, the head of News Corp.’s European and Asian operations, has urged governments to do more to protect copyright online. He is reported to have said “There’s no difference between stealing a bag of Pringles or a handbag, or stealing material on the Web”. He made these comments at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit.

Newspapers such as the Financial Times and the New York Times are looking at ways to monetize their content due to losses in advertising such as by charging for access over the Internet.