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Getty Accuses AI Image Generator of Copyright Infringement

Today, the stock image company announced a legal action in the UK against AI tool developer Stability AI. They allege that the organization unlawfully duplicated and processed millions of images that Getty owns or represents, which are under copyright protection, along with the associated metadata. Getty also accuses Stability AI of scraping images from its …

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U.S. Law Enforcement Shuts Down Popular Sports Piracy Sites

While the FIFA World Cup continues, U.S. authorities have seized more than two dozen domain names belonging to popular sports streaming platforms. These targeted websites include weakstreams.com, freestreams-live1.com, crichd.pro, toplivematch.com, guduballs.com and score808.com. Each site has millions of monthly users. Sports piracy is rampant worldwide—more than half of sports fans are frequent users of unauthorized …

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HSI and CBP in NYC Warn Public About Holiday Counterfeits

In a co-hosted media event, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in New York highlighted the dangers of buying counterfeit goods and educated consumers on how they can protect themselves. The Dangers of Counterfeit Products CBP spoke about how the department is dedicated to protecting the country while enabling legal …

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Nike Sues for Trademark Infringement, Citing Sneaker Piracy

The complaint, filed with the U.S. District Court in New York on November 30, accuses Bill Omar Carrasquillo (“Omi”) and By Kiy LLC (“Kiy”) of promoting and selling fake Nike sneakers in various color combinations. According to the plaintiff, their activities amount to trademark infringement, unfair competition, false designation of origin and trademark dilution, significantly …

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Z-Library and LibGen Move Book Piracy to the Dark Web

One indication of how hard it is to completely eradicate book piracy is how quickly shuttered websites can find a new online home. Recently Z-Library head librarians were federally charged with copyright infringement, money laundering and wire fraud, and several of their websites were seized by the FBI. Shadow archivists—the digital librarians that maintain the …

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TikTok Hashtag Brings Down Z-Library Textbook Piracy Site

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Russian nationals Valeriia Ermakova and Anton Napolsky were arrested in Argentina on November 3 and charged with criminal copyright infringement in addition to money laundering and wire fraud. The Russians are allegedly the architects of the popular textbook piracy platform, Z-Library. The e-book pirates are accused of illegally …

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Torrent Site Co-Founder Guilty of Movie Piracy: #5 of 7

In 2020, a private torrent site called Asgaard was shuttered after significant legal pressure. Now its 47-year-old co-founder has been convicted for his role in massive movie piracy. He was sentenced to three months of probation, 80 hours of community service and a fine. In addition to Asgaard, he was also involved with other pirate …

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Labels Awarded $46.7 Million From ISP in Music Piracy Trial

In Austin, Texas, a federal jury has ruled that Grande Communications Networks LLC, rebranded as Astound Broadband, must pay several music labels $46.7 million as compensation for music piracy committed by its users. The jury decided that the internet service provider should be held responsible for users’ infringement activities on its platform. Plaintiffs included Warner …

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Developers Sue GitHub for Alleged Copilot Software Piracy

GitHub’s Copilot program removes the licenses of thousands of software developers, perhaps millions, leading to what is effectively software piracy on a massive scale. That is what’s at the center of an important class action lawsuit filed by Joseph Saveri Law Firm and programmer Matthew Butterick, in San Francisco’s federal court. Along with GitHub, the …

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IKEA Files Legal Action Over Alleged Trademark Infringement

The one-man indie game studio, Ziggy, has created The Store is Closed, a survival game that takes place in an “infinite furniture store,” where players must build fortifications and weapons so that they can survive the night. The problem: Jacob Shaw, the man behind Ziggy, must first survive a legal action claiming trademark infringement. Shaw …

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