Before the end of January Ireland will have enacted its own SOPA-style legislation - without discussion or vote in the Oireachtas, the Irish parliament - allowing parts of the internet deemed to aid piracy or infringe copyright to be censored from the Irish public.
Threatened by legal action from EMI Ireland, the Irish Government has agreed to publish an order next month, "plugging a gap" in Irish copyright law and effectively allowing record companies to restrict access to whole websites in Ireland as they please.
The number of pirated video games has increased by 20% in the last five years, that's according to research published by internet piracy analysts Envisional. Game publishers are worried that they are potentially losing millions in lost revenue to illegal downloads.
Notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay is working on new dedicated music sharing project, entitled “The Music Bay”, which will instill further fear into the heart of the phonographic industry. The Pirate Bay is currently used by millions to facilitate sharing of (mostly pirated) music, movies, and software.
According to Dutch gaming site PS3-Sense, Sony may introduce serial keys along with PS3 games in an effort to combat a recent spate of successful console hacks. Last month the PS3 root key was revealed, potentially allowing PS3 users to authenticate their own pirated games.
The debate about internet piracy, in particular music and movie piracy, reemerged yesterday after a High Court decision in favour of UPC stated that the company was not responsible for piracy policing on its network.