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First off today, Tony Mitchelhill at Cointelegraph reports that, in the UK, a parliamentary committee has urged the government to crack down on copyright infringement associated with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and work to mitigate harms to both creators and customers of such products.
According to the press release, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee called this the “most pressing issue” and said that there was a high risk of creators having their intellectual property misused. The report calls on the government to work with NFT marketplaces and create a code of conduct that protects all parties involved.
In addition to copyright concerns, the release also expresses concerns over various soccer organizations releasing “fan tokens” that are potentially deceptive to buyers and may cause financial harm to the fans who purchase them.
Next up today, Anne Lucy at the Irish Examiner reports that a pub in a Co Kerry village has been ordered to pay €20,000 ($21,250) to Sky Broadcasting over allegations that it illegally streamed Premiere League matches at the bar.
Sky filed the lawsuit and alleged that, on at least eight separate occasions between 2018 and 2023, the bar showed Premier League matches on their television without obtaining a business license from Sky. Sky claims that they sent a cease and desist letter, but the bar’s owners didn’t stop showing the matches.
According to sky, the fees for showing Sky at the bar would be €17,316 ($18,400) for the 2022/2023 season alone. Sky had sought damages and fees of €49,000, however, the judge noted the small size of the bar and the small number of customers and reduced it to the aforementioned €20,000 amount.
Finally today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that, in France, the country’s telecoms regulator, Arcom, is being credited for a decline in BitTorrent piracy over the past 12 years.
The announcement comes in documents published as part of an upcoming budget bill, which claims that the number of BitTorrent users in the country has dropped from eight million in 2010 to just 2 million in 2022.
However, the glowing praise ignores a more complicated reality, one where BitTorrent is on the decline in most places in the world, as pirates move to streaming websites that are both easier and safer for them to use. Arcom has said it’s now committed to fighting that kind of piracy and hopes to achieve similar results.