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A British court sentences software developer to 30 month in prison for enabling access to video content

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Chester Crown Court has sentenced a British citizen from Winsford, Stephen Millington, 42, to thirty months in prison for creating and building a software package which enabled illegal access to TV channels and video streaming services such as BT Sport, SKY and Netflix, among others.

Millington had pleaded guilty to multiple fraud and copyright offenses, including making and supplying software to enable illegal access to subscription content, distributing infringing film content via a dedic...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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French court finds stream-ripping site Mpgun.com guilty of infringement after legal action from SCPP

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A French court has found the operator of stream-ripping site Mpgun.com guilty of copyright infringement, following legal action initiated by neighbouring rights society SCPP.

The Nanterre court of first instance ruled that Mpgun.com had been committing infringement by the reproduction and making available to the public unlicensed works that are controlled by members of SCPP. The court found that “the transformation of the stream of data accessible in streaming into mp3 or mp4 files by their ...

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Disney and the authors of ‘Predator’ agree to a settlement

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The Walt Disney Company's affiliate 20th Century Studios has settled out of court with James and John Thomas, the brothers who authored the screenplay to 'Predator', which became a movie in 1987, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In a filing in a Los Angeles federal court, the two parties informed the court presided by US District Judge George Wu that they have reached an agreement and that they have dropped the copyright lawsuit. In December, the two parties had issued a notice informing the...

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The Association of American Publishers’ case against the State of Maryland is set for a Feb. 7 hearing

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United States District Judge Deborah Boardman has set for February 7 the hearing date for the case involving the Association of American Publishers (AAP) against the Maryland Attorney General regarding Maryland's new law on library ebook licensing, which sets a mandatory framework for publishers to make their digital books available to libraries.

The AAP sued Maryland at the end of December 2021 to try to block the law, which was adopted in the spring of 2021 and took effect on January 1, 20...

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