November 13, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution renewing its international call to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Working under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, resolution 2184 (2014) calls on all able states to provide military forces to repress piracy in the region. ...[read more]
August 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A Somali police official on Monday reported that security forces arrested Somali pirate Mohamed Garfanji. Garfanji, second-in-command of Somalia's pirate industry, was arrested on Sunday for possessing illegal arms and other charges related to piracy. The Somali government implemented an ongoing ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday that the Netherlands' "piracy levy" tax added to the purchase price of copying materials such as blank CDs or DVDs does not properly account for the loss to copyright holders resulting from unlawful copies of protected work. The court stated ...[read more]
January 16, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialized division of the International Chamber of Commerce reported on Wednesday that maritime pirate attacks have reached their lowest levels in six years, dropping 40 percent since 2011. Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the IMB, attributes the ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Monday restating its call for member states to take steps against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The resolution urges UN member states to cooperate with "relevant international organizations to adopt ...[read more]
October 31, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
A Spanish court on Wednesday convicted six men of piracy and sentenced one of them to 12-and-a-half years and the other to five to eight years in prison. The men, Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, Mohamed Aden Mohamed, Issa Abdullah Issa, Abdillahi Mohamed Gouled, Mohamed Said Ahmed and Hamoud Elfaf Mahou, ...[read more]
October 14, 2013
by Addison Morris
Belgian authorities announced on Monday that suspected Somali pirate leader Mohammed Abdi Hassan was detained by authorities at the Brussels Airport on Saturday. Thought to be responsible for numerous vessel hijackings, Belgian prosecutors have been seeking Abdi Hassan, also known as "Big Mouth," ...[read more]
June 27, 2013
by G. Redd
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed a regional agreement announced Wednesday to deter piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government closed with the adoption of the International Maritime Organization Code of Conduct concerning the ...[read more]
June 25, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On June 25, 2010, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that it had opened a courtroom in Kenya to hear maritime piracy cases. The UNODC, with support from donor states such as Australia, Canada, the EU and the US, established the high security courtroom to prosecute suspected Somali ...[read more]
June 23, 2013
by Blake Lynch
A new anti-piracy bill allowing for websites to be blocked by Internet service providers (ISPs) upon copyright infringement claims passed through its final two readings in Russia's State Duma on Friday. Under the terms of the new bill, failure to remove site content suspected of infringement ...[read more]

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