Two more major agency holding companies have pledged to take greater action to combat digital piracy that costs the advertising industry billions of dollars every year.
Ad blocking is costing the industry $781 million a year—yet makes up only a sliver of the total $8.2 billion lost to major problem areas including bot traffic and content piracy.
Google is learning what all neighborhood cops know. If you shoo away the baddies from one block, they'll just come back after you leave. The Digital Citizens Alliance, a consumer coalition, is once again calling out Google for profiting from the promotion of illegal activity on YouTube.
Consumers that illegally download movies, music or TV shows could start receiving warning notices from Internet service providers this week. Persistent downloaders might even see slower Internet connections.
Under scrutiny by regulators in both the U.S. and Europe for its privacy and business practices, it's not surprising that Google continues to lead the tech lobby pack when it comes to spending. The company shelled out nearly $4 million in second quarter, according to congressional lobbying disclosure reports.
Batman has the bat signal. Defenders of the Internet will soon have a "cat signal," a beacon of light that will be projected from spotlights into the sky or on buildings in major cities to alert the masses when the Internet is threatened by the government.
The Internet's newly anointed congressional Internet deities, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called during this Monday morning's Personal Democracy Forum in New York for Congress and the Internet community to adopt a digital bill of rights. Issa and Wyden helped to shut down the advancement of the Stop Online Piracy Act early this year.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, joined by three senators, today reopened the debate over protecting U.S. intellectual property with a new report connecting the IP economy with jobs.
The advertising industry took a major step Thursday in fighting rogue websites that steal copyrighted material and sell counterfeit goods. To cut off the financial support that keeps rogue sites alive, the nation’s two major ad industry associations recommended agencies and marketers take steps to keep brands' ads off those sites.
The two controversial piracy bills in Congress may be temporarily on hold, but that doesn't mean the fight is over. Far from it.