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US Attorney’s Office in Maryland takes down 55 sites live streaming World Cup games

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The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland has announced the seizure of 55 separate websites that were allegedly live streaming the World Cup games. Individuals visiting the sites will now see a message that the site has been seized by the US federal government and be redirected to another site for additional information.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the seizures, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international governing body of as...

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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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Kazakhstan ratifies the CIS agreement on the protection and enforcement of copyright

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President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Joomart Tokayev has ratified the agreement on 'Cooperation of the CIS Member States on the Protection and Enforcement of Rights to Copyright and Related Rights in Information and Telecommunication Networks'.

The agreement was adopted at a meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of Government on November 12, 2021. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was created after the collapse of the Soviet union and regroups Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakh...

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Meta threatens to pull out news content in California after the State Assembly passed the California Journalism Preservation Act

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The California State Assembly has passed the California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA) in a floor vote of 46-6. The bill would require platforms, reaching at least 50 million US-based users, "to remit a journalism usage fee payment to each eligible digital journalism provider."

The bill — sponsored by California Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) — would also require an eligible digital journalism provider to spend at least 70% of funds received on news journalists and support staff ...

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Court in Sofia orders three ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay and Zamunda

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A City Court in Sofia ruled on 31 May 2023 that three ISPs in Bulgaria have to block access to BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay, local site Zamunda and all subsequent mirror sites, sub-domains and proxy sites.

The ruling follows action from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) alongside BAMP, the trade body representing music labels in Bulgaria, on behalf of its members and three member record companies of IFPI — Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and W...

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