Megaupload.com gave copyright holders a fake “abuse tool” to remove infringing material and had a business model that encouraged pirated content, according to a summary of evidence in the conspiracy case against the file-sharing service.
Hollywood-backed legislation to fight online piracy, shelved this year after an Internet protest led by Google Inc. and Wikipedia, is “dead,” said the head of the trade group for the largest movie studios.
The value of pirated software worldwide rose 14 percent to $58.8 billion last year, almost double the total in 2003, amid rising theft of programs in emerging markets, according to a trade group that tracks piracy.
The Canadian government has given the country’s Wheat Board four years to come up with a plan to become a private company or cooperative under legislation that would end the board’s monopoly on marketing wheat and barley.
Philip Morris International Inc. , the maker of Marlboro, Benson & Hedges and Virginia Slims cigarettes, took a license to a patent on a nicotine-delivery system intended to reduce the harm of smoking.