Search Engines Developed Voluntary Anti-Piracy Code for UK Search giants have prepared to strike a voluntary agreement with the UK entertainment industry and address the appearance of infringing content links in their search results. After roundtable discussions, it was agreed that the code should take effect by this summer. UK Political Parties Asked for Advice on Cyber-Attacks British political parties have approached their local surveillance agency GCHQ asking for advice on how to improve their online security. The National Cyber Security Centre confirmed that the parties had contacted it in an informal manner and that it expected to be asked to provide formal advice on security. Kim Dotcom Wants New US Attorney-General to Review His Case MegaUpload founder expects the US Justice Department to review his case in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. Indeed, High Court judge has been deliberating for 5 months on whether to uphold or overturn a District Court ruling in Dotcom’s extradition case Irish ISPs Are Urged to Block Pirate Streaming Sites The entertainment industry is trying to force Irish ISPs to block 3 popular streaming websites: movie4k.to, primewire.ag and onwatchseries.to. The movie studios call them “massive copyright infringement hubs”, saying that they offer thousands of infringing videos each. Russia May Consider Returning Snowden to US as a Favor to Trump The rumors are that Russia is considering turning over the NSA leaker as a "gift" to Donald Trump. Belgian Copyright Holders Seek Piracy Blockades The Belgian Entertainment Association, which unites companies from the music, movie, and videogame industries, has urged ISPs to block a number of pirate sites in the country. WhatsApp Introduced 2-Step Verification WhatsApp has implemented a new two-step verification process in order to boost security for users. The feature is optional and is meant to considerably increase the hurdles for a third-party when breaking into your account Music Labels Sued Hip-Hop Mixtape Site A number of the largest record labels have sued Spinrilla, a popular hip-hop mixtape website and app. Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records and Universal Music Group accuse Spinrilla’s operators of copyright infringement and claim damages that could reach millions of dollars. US Hosting Provider Denied Liability for Client’s Infringement Adult publisher ALS Scan sued a hosting company from Chicago, claiming that the latter is responsible for the actions of its client ImageBam. However, the hosting company, Steadfast, argues that it's protected by the DMCA's safe harbor. UK ISP Will Force Pirates to Remove File-Sharing Apps British Internet service providers are prepared to notify their subscribers about the facts that their accounts are used for sharing copyrighted content without permission. Although the UK campaign will be purely educational, one of the UK ISPs announced that persistent infringers will be asked to remove file-sharing clients from their devices.
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