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First off today, Ben Woods at The Next Web reports that Google has pulled Chromecast support from Grooveshark after determining that the music streaming service infringes the copyright of record labels, thus violating their terms of service.
Chromecast is a device made by Google used to get content from a variety of sources on the TV. Grooveshark, is a music streaming service that has a checkered history with the record labels over its policy of allowing users to upload their music to the service for others to stream. Though Grooveshark claims to be just like YouTube, but for audio files, the record labels have been engaged in long-running litigation against it.
Grooveshark had addd support for the Chromecast to stream its music over the TV, but Google has now pulled that feature following a complaint from the record labels. Grooveshark, in a bid to get reinstated, has said that it will provide Google with any proof of licensing and Digital Millennium Copyright Act compliance.
Next up today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that UK ISPs have begun blocking many popular BitTorrent proxy sites, including PirateProxy, which was previously the most popular one for accessing The Pirate Bay.
The UK recently began requiring ISPs to block access to websites that are found to be copyright infringing. In response to those blockades, and similar ones in other countries, some create proxies, domains that redirect users to the original source. The UK has long been blocking these proxies but the recent action involves dozens of sites, including PirateProxy, which was the 12th most popular its in the country.
PirateProxy has already said it has moved to a new domain, one that is not blocked. Other proxies, however, have been seized by the City of London Police as part of their ongoing piracy efforts.
Finally today, Lars Brandle at Billboard reports that Will Page, the director of economics at Spotify, unveiled research that indicates that music piracy, both volume and population, is declining in Australia as a result of the launch of Spotify in the country.
As part of his presentation at the Bigsound conference, revealed that one in six Australians have tried Spotify since it was launched in 2012 and three quarters of its users are under the age of 34. They say that the service is having a significant impact on music piracy and is turning the tide on the issue.
The presentation comes as Australia’s government is considering passing tough new copyright legislation that could include site blocking and/or a graduated response system to punish repeat copyright infringers.
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