British Government insists Police Anti-Piracy Unit Will Be Funded Beyond June 2019

British Government insists Police Anti-Piracy Unit Will Be Funded Beyond June 2019

A report from a UK tabloid, which suggests that funding for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit might be in question, has been refuted by the Intellectual Property Office. The paper claims that the unit might be funded by industry players but commitments had “fallen through”. The IPO says that there are no such plans and it intends to continue funding the unit.

Leading African Anti-Piracy Group Set To Shut Down

Leading African Anti-Piracy Group Set To Shut Down

The Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT) is shutting down. According to the Board of Directors, it lacks sufficient funding after several members gave up their support. The organization was reportedly plagued by a variety of scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment against a senior executive.

Four Out of Ten Music Consumers Are Pirates

Four Out of Ten Music Consumers Are Pirates

With record companies licensing more than 45 million tracks to hundreds of digital services around the world, consumers have fewer reasons than ever to pirate music. Nevertheless, a new report by IFPI reveals that 38% of global music consumers still obtain content illegally. While torrent sites and cyberlockers used to be enemy number one, stream-ripping is now the biggest threat.

Honeypot Pornography: Anti-Piracy Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering, Perjury, Mail and Wire fraud

Honeypot Pornography: Anti-Piracy Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering, Perjury, Mail and Wire fraud

Paul Hansmeier, one of the lead attorneys behind the controversial law firm Prenda, has pleaded guilty to mail, wire fraud, and money laundering. The Pirate Bay provided important evidence in the case, where Hansmeier and his colleague were found creating and uploading porn movies to file-sharing sites to extract settlements from alleged pirates.

Computer Programs and Nigeria’s Copyright Protection By Busa Inem Esq.

Computer Programs and Nigeria’s Copyright Protection By Busa Inem Esq.

A copyright owner possesses certain legal rights over his intellectual property and the use of that property. The state via its legal mechanisms creates a property right; it then grants sovereignty over that property to its owner. Computer programs are one such intellectual property, and under Nigerian law the owners of these programs enjoy these rights subject to certain restrictions. Other considerations with computer programs include copying their functionality, the doctrine of fair dealing and enforcement of the intellectual property right.