Media

Thunder and lightning

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has sued Chinese file sharing operator Xunlei for copyright infringement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit, which was filed in China, comes after Hollywood struck a deal with Xunlei last year that forced the service to filter infringing content. The studios contend that Xunlei never followed through on the deal, which apparently included requirements to block pirate sites, terminate repeat offenders and run any content licensing agreement by the MPAA for approval, according to Torrentfreak.

Big market, small price

Music subscription service Rdio launched in India Thursday, offering local users access to a catalog of more than 32 million songs. Rdio’s basic Pandora-like service will be free, and the company is charging 120 Rupees (about $2) per month for full on-demand access. Rdio’s launch in India follows its acquisition of local music service Dhingana ten months ago.

No more whispering

Neetzan Zimmerman — the former Gawker writer who joined Whisper as editor-in-chief, and later became embroiled in a controversy over the anonymous social network’s use of private information — has left the company, according to Capital New York. Zimmerman and other staff members were suspended last October while the company conducted an internal investigation into comments that were made to a British newspaper about Whisper’s practices. The Guardian ran several stories alleging that the service monitored the location of its users even if they turned off location-sharing features, and quoted one unnamed executive as saying that the service would be able to track the location of a sex-obsessed Washington lobbyist “for the rest of his life and he’ll never know.”

Two days after Amazon’s original drama Transparent won a Golden Globe for best TV series, the company announced it’s signed Woody Allen to write and direct a half-hour comedy series. It’s the first TV show Allen has done and will be available exclusively through Prime Instant Video in 2016. More details “will be made available in the future.”

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