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  1. AEPI, the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property, has often called for pirate sites to be shut down for abusing the rights of artists. Now, somewhat ironically, there are calls for AEPI to be shut down for exactly the same thing. An audit was commissioned in 2015 but up until last September, AEPI refused to provide the necessary documentation. Only after the organization was fined did it comply. The final report, obtained by Greek publication TVXS, reveals a capital deficit of around 20 million euros, which according to the publication means AEPI cannot meet its obligations. Precisely how the group got into this mess still isn’t clear, but AEPI’s operating expenses certainly outstretched its income, creating an 11.3 million euro deficit for the period 2011 to 2014. During the same period, the company’s shareholders (CEO, General Manager, PR and Secretariat Manager) pocketed almost five million euros between them. AEPI’s CEO alone received an annual salary of 625,565 euros in 2011, more than 52,000 euros per month. This figure has prompted outrage in local media. But while they enriched themselves, the same could not be said about the artists AEPI claims to represent. According to the audit, AEPI’s IT system tasked with handling royalty payments was incapable of producing a report to compare royalties collected with royalties being paid out. But artists were certainly being short-changed on a grand scale. “By Dec. 31st 2014, the undistributed royalties to members and rightsholders amounted to 42.5 million euros, and have still not been awarded to members,” the Greek newspaper EfSyn notes.
  2. Last week Carol Highsmith filed a copyright complaint against Getty Images after an agent threatened the photographer for using her own photograph without their permission. Highsmith discovered that Getty and Alamy were offering more than 18,000 of her other photographs on their websites. Highsmith had previously donated her images to the Library of Congress for public use but noted that Getty was misrepresenting them by stating that users must buy a copyright license from the company to use them. “The Defendants are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees to people and organizations who were already authorized to reproduce and display the donated photographs for free, but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner and threatening individuals and companies with copyright infringement lawsuits that the Defendants could not actually lawfully pursue,” the complaint reads. However, both Getty and Alamy are more than capable of putting up an extremely spirited defense, especially when a billion dollars is on the table.
  4. Interesting read, did not expect this outcome. I'm kind of speechless that they got off completely scott free. I would have initially imagined there to be at minimal, some sanctions in which torrent bay is being managed. After all, why go after them if the government didn’t think they did something wrong in the first place? Excerpt: Four key Pirate Bay figures have a little something to celebrate this morning. After standing accused of committing criminal copyright infringement and abusing electronic communications, yesterday a Belgian court acquitted Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström. There can be little doubt that The Pirate Bay is the most infamous torrent site of all time. Its attitude towards copyright and related laws has landed the site and its operators in endless legal trouble for more than a decade, conflict that continues today. [source] [More...]