â€˜Game of Thronesâ€™ was pirated more than a billion times â€” far more than it was watched legally â€” The Washington Post has a full rundown of the numbers from anti-piracy analyst firm MUSO. And the reason for such high numbers may surprise you: “A 2015 study commissioned by ScreenFutures, a group of screen producers, found that the main attraction for those who watched or downloaded illegally obtained television shows was that it was free and they werenâ€™t afraid of being caught.”
Update â€“ Ninth Circuit Amends Opinion in Mavrix v. LiveJournal, Clarifying that Websitesâ€™ Use of Automatic Content Blocking Software Does Not Weigh Against Eligibility for Copyright Safe Harbor â€” Brianna Dahlberg of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard looks at last week’s amended opinion in the closely watched case involving the DMCA safe harbors.
AG Szpunar advises CJEU on cloud-based recording and private copying exception â€” Eleonora Rosati has the details on the recent advisory opinion regarding whether Italy’s “private copying exception is applicable in a context in which the act of reproduction is not done directly by the beneficiary of the exception [ie a â€œnatural personâ€], since copying requires the intervention of a service provider.” The answer is “yes, with a but.”
Worldâ€™s Largest YouTube Ripping Site Ordered to Shut Down â€” Variety reports, “The music industry has scored a major legal victory, sinking the pirate outfit YouTube-mp3.org, a global ‘stream ripping’ site operating out of Germany that was facilitating the theft of millions of dollars worth of music intellectual property per year.”