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First off today, a study released by the research firm NPD Group found that only 9% of Internet users pirate music over P2P networks, down from 16% just three years ago. The study is not a complete picture of the piracy situation as it only covers P2P downloads, not illegal streaming and one-click hosting sites, which have been on the rise, but it does hint that at least certain elements of the piracy problem are on the wane.
Next up today, Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) announced that it will be appealing its case against local ISP iiNet to the country’s High Court. AFACT previously had sued iiNet claiming that the ISP authorized copyright infringement on its service by failing to take action when notified of misuse. Two lower courts found that iiNet had not violated the law but the Appeals Court ruled that, if the notices had been more clear and other changes had been made, the verdict could have been different. In light of this, AFACT has decided to appeal the verdict to the High Court where, if it does make it, a verdict may be rendered by the end of this year or early next year.
Finally today, Baidu, China’s largest search engine, is combating criticism from authors that it enables and tolerates piracy on its book and document search product by introducing anti-piracy technology that will filter out infringing works. Baidu has also often been criticized for enabling illegal downloads of MP3 files via its music search, but Baidu said it is not taking the same approach with that search feature.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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