London, United Kingdom – 2013, May – An astounding 4.4 million viewers tuned in to watch the premier of the third season of the Game of Thrones, but they weren’t the only viewers watching the show. According to Torrent Freak, approximately 1 million additional viewers also downloaded the show through torrents with up to 160,000 people sharing downloads simultaneously. Unsurprisingly, most of the torrent download requests came from people in the U.S. and U.K.
The reaction of HBO came as a surprise to many. Rather than denounce the illegal downloads, Michael Lombardo, the network’s programming president, made the statement that the incredible number of downloads of the show was actually “a compliment of sorts.” He is also quoted as saying that downloads of prior seasons “certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales.”
Additionally, a study published by the European Commission Joint Research Centre concluded that pirated music does not harm legitimate music sales, and after studying a sample of 16,000 Europeans, the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies stated that freely streamed music may actually result in boosted sales figures for the music industry.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) expressed doubt about the legitimacy of the research of both organisations and said that, “The findings seem disconnected from commercial reality.” Regardless of whether the research findings are right or wrong, the piracy of movies, music and intellectual property is illegal, and, in general, most can agree that people are entitled to own the products of their labors.
Shireen Smith, founder of Azrights, best-selling author and an intellectual property and social media specialist, has stated, “The Internet is a wonderful tool that impacts many aspects of society, business and law. Whilst I understand that it’s important for the Internet to be “free,” that does not necessarily mean that everything on it is supposed to be free.”
The U.K. has already taken steps to try to limit piracy and copyright infringement. In 2012, the government established the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which grants owners of trademarked and copyrighted goods the right to request that Google take down sites that are pirating their property. A record number of takedown requests, 51.3 million, were received in 2012 alone. Firms like Azrights that specialise in intellectual rights as it pertains to online businesses and social networking may be especially impacted as the law is clarified and new methods of enforcement are developed.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor who plays Jamie Lannister in Game of thrones, gave a very accurate description of Internet piracy when he said, “At the end of the day it’s stealing. I know it doesn’t feel like it but it is and it’s not right.”
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Shireen Smith and Stefano Debolini will be speaking on the subject of copyright enforcement online. The talk will cover modern approaches to dealing with the unique difficulties presented when copyright material is made available online, also delving into some of the more relevant technical issues in connection with anonymity. Follow the link below to register your interest:
In a UK first, Azrights Solicitors has developed a ‘virtual’ trade mark registration service for use by other law firms.
For a small fee, law firms can sign up for a ‘white label’ trademark registration service, where all work is undertaken by intellectual property specialist solicitors Azrights.
Firms keep control by having web-based remote access to their client’s files, while a dedicated web site provides firms with standard letters of engagement, factsheets and other tools available to help them market the service to clients.
Shireen Smith of Azrights said:
“Increasingly company lawyers are required to complete trademark work as part of corporate deals, while a lot of IP firms simply don’t do trademark registration. Our service fills a gap in the marketplace and allows law firms the luxury of adding a ‘virtual trademark registration department’ to their practice.
“We offer a seamless and simple solution, giving remote access to client files via a Sharepoint system hosted by Microsoft in the Cloud. As far as the client is concerned, the relationship remains with the main law firm.”
Shireen Smith on 020 7700 1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
The service does not require law firms to get involved in forwarding emails or letters. All emails are sent out using their domain address, and written on notepaper using their own letterhead.
Azrights Solicitors, based in Islington, London, are a specialist Intellectual Property and Internet law firm providing International trademark registration and other IP services. For further information visit http://www.ip-brands.com/ or read our earlier press release here.
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In April, Shireen Smith will be giving a conference on Marketing and Brand Development for Law Firms. This conference will discuss the future of the legal profession and “How can law firms market and brand themselves to thrive in the new business environment?”. Follow the link to book your place now or read the brochure to find out more about the event.
Azrights Solicitors is the first UK law firm to devise a white labelled trademark registration service for other law firms. The Azrights solution is completely seamless, giving remote access to client files. As far as the client is concerned, the law firm it has the relationship with is providing the service – yet the firm does none of the work, and is free of duties such as email or letter forwarding that characterise some services currently attempting to offer white labelling.
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Shireen Smith will be speaking on the impact that Web 2.0 and Social Media have had on the business world. The talk will also cover the risks associated with taking a business online, how these can be managed, and the importance of monitoring and protecting brands on the Internet. Read the brochure to find out more about the event.