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Movie Downloaders in Nigeria Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail 18 individuals in front of a court in Nigeria stood accused of downloading and sharing local movies without permission, and last week each was quickly sentenced to 45 days in jail. Following a complaint from the local Hausa Film Makers Association, the file-sharers were arrested under suspicion of online piracy of so-called Kannywood films Wrestling Industry Joins Copyright Trolls The daughter company of World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE Studios Finance, has recently filed "copyright trolling" lawsuits against alleged downloaders of the movie "Eliminators" featuring WWE superstar Wade Barrett, in the attempt to uncover the identities of dozens of BitTorrent pirates Swedish Pirates Caught through Money Trail Swefilmer alleged operators finally showed up in court – the landmark trial launched, accusing them of running a popular unauthorized streaming platform. The individuals, 26 and 22 years old, also stand accused of generating $1.5m in advertising and donations. MegaUpload’s Lawsuits Put on Hold, Again A US judge has granted the request of the defunct file-sharing service to place the cases filed by the music and movie industries against it on hold for another 6 months. Before, these lawsuits have already been frozen for several months, with the parties to the lawsuit waiting for progress in the criminal case against MegaUpload. German Wi-Fi Operators Will Be Protected From Piracy Liability A draft law allowing businesses to run open Wi-Fi hotspots without bearing responsibility for the copyright infringements of their customers has just been approved in Germany. At the same time, rights owners will still be able to request that certain websites are blocked to prevent repeat infringement Spanish Police and Europol Shut Down Large IPTV Piracy Group Major IPTV piracy operation was dismantled in Spain with help from Europol and Bulgarian authorities. The ring was operating through 2 legitimate Internet service providers in Spain and Bulgaria, Australian Watchdog Launched Case against Apple The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched federal court action against Apple over violating consumer rights. The move followed the ACCC’s investigation of the so-called “error 53” fault, which brought down thousands of iPads and iPhones after their owners downloaded IOS 9. Blizzard Sued “Cheat” Maker and Won Millions in Copyright Damages The German company, which developed several popular game cheats and hacks, lost a copyright infringement case to Blizzard Entertainment, with the court ordering it to pay more than $8.5 million in copyright damages. Besides, the cheat maker won’t be able to market or sell its products in the US. Canadian Court Didn’t Allow FBI to Access MegaUpload Servers During the raid against MegaUpload 5 years ago, most of its servers were seized in the US, but 32 were targeted in Canada. Like in the US, the battle to determine who can access them has been ongoing over the past years. FMovies Faces $210,000 in Copyright Infringement Damages FMovies is a relatively new but already quite popular movie streaming service, which is now facing a damages award for facilitating copyright infringement: the Philippine media conglomerate is asking a court for a default judgment of $210,000 against FMovies, claiming that the website offers pirated streams of its video
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