The Associated Press has sued Meltwater News in a New York court, alleging copyright infringement and so-called hot news misappropriation.
A Swedish court fined a housesitter $900 when he was found to have used Bittorent to download dozens of files.
US President Obama devoted a portion of his annual State of the Union address to promise tougher anti-piracy enforcement.
Authors and composers collected €7.5 billion in royalties in 2010, a 5.5% increase on the previous year, according to figures published by international body CISAC.
Belgian collecting society Sabam came a step closer to suing internet access providers after they refused to agree to pay fees to compensate copyright owners.
The two firms paid by former file-sharing company Megaupload to store users' data agreed to wait at least two weeks before they began deleting the files.
The Irish government is expected to amend the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 with a statutory instrument to help block websites.
A UK judge dealt a fatal blow to website The Pirate Bay, ruling that both operators and users infringe copyrights owned by a range of music companies.