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Megaupload Case Takes Toll on Finn Batato, But He'll Keep Fighting
It's easy to forget that Kim Dotcom is not the only one being hounded by the US Government. Finn Batato was Megaupload's advertising manager, but today he's facing extradition to the US and potentially decades in jail. After spending his savings fighting his case, he's now trying to save his marriage while conducting his own defense.
February 27, 2017
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Megaupload User Asks Appeals Court to Help Get His Files Back
Millions of users lost access to their personal files when Megaupload was raided, and after more than half a decade not much has changed. Former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin has been trying to get his files back for years. this week he urged the Appeals Court to intervene, before it's too late
April 26, 2017
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Megaupload Wants to Recover Failing Hard Drives, But Won't Sign Away Its Rights
After more than five years, some of the Megaupload evidence retained on hard drives has become unreadable. the MPAA and RIAA have submitted a plan to recover the data, and while Megaupload is in partial agreement, it refuses to sign away the constitutional right to access its own files. Instead, it presents an updated proposal.
March 27, 2017
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4shared: Copyright Holders Abuse Google's DMCA Takedown System
Popular file-hosting service 4shared is a true piracy haven, according to some copyright holders. Following numerous complaints the site has had more than 50 million of its URLs removed from Google's search index. However, according to 4shared many of these are the result of abusive takedown requests.
November 23, 2016
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4shared's Piracy 'Fingerprint' Tool Helps to Reduce Takedown Notices
4shared, one of the largest file-hosting services on the Internet, is building its own 'fingerprint' database of pirated music. Since the major rightholder groups are unwilling to participate, 4shared has taken the matter into its own hands. According to the site, this has helped to significantly reduce the number of takedown requests it receives.
December 5, 2016
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10 Years in Jail for Internet Pirates now Reality in the UK
Having received royal assent before the weekend, the UK's Digital Economy Bill is now law. as a result, Internet file-sharers can be jailed for up to ten years, if they knowingly make infringing content available to the public while exposing a copyright owner to even a risk of loss.
May 1, 2017
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20th Century Fox & Dreamworks Blackmailed Over the Boss Baby Leak
A man extorted cash from 20th Century Fox & Dreamworks after he obtained a leaked copy of their upcoming movie the Boss Baby. the studios were told to pay a bitcoin ransom to avoid the animated comedy leaking onto the Internet before its March 31 premiere. After an amount was paid by 20th Century Fox, a man was arrested and is now in custody.
March 24, 2017
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32% of all US Adults watch Pirated Content
Nearly a third of all US adults admit to having downloaded or streamed pirated movies or TV-shows, a new survey from Irdeto has found. Even though many are aware that watching pirated content is not permitted, a large number of pirates are particularly hard to deter.
January 19, 2017
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200 'Pirate' Media Player Sellers Shut Down After EU Court Ruling
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is reporting that 200 entities selling 'pirate' media players have ceased trading recently. The development appears to be a direct result of an April 2017 ruling by the European Court of Justice, which found that selling piracy-configured devices is a breach of copyright law.
June 30, 2017
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2016 was the first year streaming services provided the majority of the music industry's revenue
The industry grew at its fastest pace since 1998
March 30, 2017
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2016 was the Year Torrent Giants Fell
2016 has been a memorable year for torrent users but not in a good way. Over a period of just a few months, several of the largest torrent sites vanished from the scene. from KickassTorrents, through Torrentz to What.cd, several torrent giants have left the scene.
December 29, 2016
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A glitch for some Google Home users
People are complaining that the Google Home is giving an error message when they try to control connected devices.
March 7, 2017
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Adblock Plus Acquires Pirate Bay Founder's Micropayment Service Flattr
The company behind the popular Adblock Plus software has acquired Flattr, the micropayment service co-founded by Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde. with the deal the two companies hope to take their partnership to the next level, offering publishers a way to get paid without having to show annoying ads.
April 5, 2017
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Advertisers Promise to Boycott Pirate Sites After Police Visit
The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit says that it visited several companies found to be advertising on pirate sites. the visits, made alongside FACT, IFPI, BPI and PRS, resulted in promises from the organizations to stop advertising on 1,232 pirate sites.
January 13, 2017
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Ahashare 'Disappears After Domain Name Suspension'
The popular torrent site Ahashare has been unreachable for more than a week now. the site's domain name is currently listed as "suspended" by the registrar, hinting at possible legal issues. the site's operators have remained silent on the issue, and it's unclear if the site will return anytime soon.
January 31, 2017
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Alleged KickassTorrents Owner Considers 'Voluntary Surrender' to the US
Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, is wanted by the US Government. The Ukrainian is currently fighting an extradition request in Poland. But, according to paperwork submitted to an Illinois District Court this week, he's considering surrendering voluntarily under the right conditions.
June 16, 2017
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Alleged KickassTorrents Founder Released on Bail
Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, has been released from prison on bail. The Ukrainian will be able to await the extradition procedure as a relatively free man. He currently lives in a rented apartment where he was reunited with his wife and young son.
May 23, 2017
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Alleged KickassTorrents Owner can be Extradited to the US, Court Rules
Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, can be extradited to the United States, a Polish court ruled in first instance. the decision is the first of two in an extradition process which remains ongoing. According to the US, Vaulin and his co-conspirators are responsible for unlawfully distributing copyrighted materials worth $1 billion.
March 1, 2017
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Anti-Piracy Crusader's Sex Engine is a Pirate Linking Site After DNS Hijack
Four years ago, adult industry worker Robert King launched the StopFileLockers campaign, an anti-piracy initiative designed to shut down cyberlockers. Now, in 2016 and thanks to a DNS hijack, a domain bought by Robert King to act as a search engine is serving up an indexing site which uses cyberlockers to deliver pirated TV shows.
December 28, 2016
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Anti-Piracy Group Joins Internet Organization That Controls Top-Level Domain
An anti-piracy outfit, whose members include major international studios and record labels, has been welcomed as a member of the organization with overall responsibility for Denmark's top-level domain. Rights Alliance, which is behind the blocking of dozens of leading torrent and streaming sites, says it wants to create a "more secure internet" for companies doing business online.
October 19, 2017
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Anti-Piracy Group Shuts Down 'Pirate' Kodi Repos and Add-Ons
The websites of several Israeli Kodi repositories and add-ons have been shut down this week, following legal action from a local anti-piracy group. The operators of the platforms reportedly agreed to pay a settlement of thousands of shekels and face a hefty fine if they relaunch their services.
May 31, 2017
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Anti-Piracy Outfit Criticizes Authorities for not Prosecuting Pirates
An anti-piracy group representing national and international rightsholders including Hollywood and the major labels has openly criticized authorities in Denmark over piracy. Despite being assured that these offenses would be dealt with as a priority, few results have been forthcoming, Rights Alliance says.
March 18, 2016
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Antigua & Barbuda Threatens to Punish U.S. with Piracy Free-For-All
A long-running dispute between Antigua and Barbuda and the United States over gambling services has reached a critical point. In a letter to the WTO, the Caribbean nation warns that unless the US either stops blocking or compensates its gambling services, it will lift protection of US intellectual property rights in 2017.
November 29, 2016
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Appeals Court Won't Help Megaupload User to Get His Files Back
The Appeals Court has denied a request from former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin to intervene on his behalf. the sports videographer has been trying to get his files back for years and hoped to force a decision from the District Court, but this has proven unsuccessful. as a result, his files will remain under lock and key.
May 8, 2017
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Artists Highlight YouTube Piracy and Poor Payments in New Ad Campaign
A new advertising campaign run by the Content Creators Coalition paints YouTube as an artist-unfriendly platform. The video spots, which run on YouTube itself, highlight 'poor' payouts and ridicule the streaming service's DMCA takedown process.
October 26, 2017
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Artists Protest RIAA for Trampling on Their Moral Rights
A coalition of several artist groups has sent a letter to the RIAA, accusing the group of ignoring the moral rights of songwriters. In a recent response to a US Government consultation, the RIAA argues that it would be "complex" to always attribute writers for their work, on streaming services for example. However, the artist groups stress that their rights shouldn't be trumped by metadata concerns.
August 17, 2017
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Australia Copyright Safe Harbour Provision Backed by Prime Minister
Moves to introduce a copyright "safe harbor" provision for platforms such as Google and Facebook have received a boost in Australia after receiving backing from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Supporters believe the changes will fix a long-standing error in copyright law, but creative industries argue that it will hurt their ability to get paid fairly for their work.
March 13, 2017
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Australia Readies new Copyright Safe Harbor Consultation
Last month Australia dropped plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions to include platforms such as Google, Facebook and YouTube. a little over a month later and the topic is back on the agenda, with the government announcing a new consultation aimed at encouraging the growth of the digital economy while protecting copyright holders.
April 27, 2017
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Australia Shelves Copyright Safe Harbor for Google, Facebook, et al
In a surprise setback for companies such as Google and Facebook that leverage user-generated content, Australia has dropped plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions. the move follows intense pressure from copyright holders, who said that a change in the law would hurt artists' ability to get fairly paid for their work.
March 23, 2017
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Australian Govt Advisory Body Digs in Over Fair Use & Geo-Unblocking
A final inquiry report published by the Australian government's Productivity Commission is steadfastly maintaining the position that citizens should have the right to use VPNs to access geo-restricted content. the advisory body is also unmoved when it comes to delivering fair use exceptions, stating that rightsholder objections are based on flawed and "self-interested" assumptions.
December 22, 2016
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Attackers Infect Transmission Torrent Client with OS X Malware
Researchers at ESET say that malware designed to steal the content of OS X's keychain and maintain a permanent backdoor was found in a recent build of open source torrent client Transmission. Following an investigation, the Transmission team say they were subjected to an attack on their servers. Steps have been taken to ensure greater security in the future.
August 31, 2016
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Attention Swedish Pirate Bay Users, Copyright Trolls Have Arrived
After years of being left alone by entertainment industry companies, regular file-sharers in Sweden are now in the cross-hairs of copyright trolls. Using data gathered by anti-piracy outfit Excipio, lawyers are about to send users of the Pirate Bay and similar sites demands for hard cash - or else.
September 2, 2016
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Audible Magic Accuses YouTube of Fraud Over Content ID Trademark
Audible Magic, one of the best known anti-piracy companies operating in the digital fingerprinting space, has filed a complaint against Google at the US Patent and Trademark Office. the California-based company says that YouTube's registration of the trademark 'Content ID' was made fraudulently and should be canceled.
January 11, 2017
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Aussie Celebrities Join Campaign to Oppose Fair Use
A campaign has been launched in Australia to prevent proposed changes to copyright law and the introduction of a "fair use" doctrine. Australia currently has a "fair dealing" provision but the royalties and anti-piracy group APRA AMCOS and its celebrity supporters are opposing rules that would provide more freedom.
December 5, 2016
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Aussie ISPs Ordered to Block KickassTorrents 'Spinoffs'
Australia's Federal Court has issued a new blocking order targeting several KickassTorrents related sites. When the original site was taken down, music industry companies shifted the focus to several spinoffs. Twenty Internet providers now have two weeks to implement reasonable measures to block users from accessing the infringing domains.
May 1, 2017
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Aussie 'Pirate' Blocking Efforts Switch to Premium IPTV
After blocking dozens of torrent and streaming sites, rightsholders in Australia have switched towards premium IPTV. For a monthly fee, HD Subs delivers at least 600 live premium channels plus hundreds of top movies on demand, via set-top boxes and its own app. Village Roadshow and several major studios want to put an end to the practice.
November 6, 2017
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Belgium Wants to Blacklist Pirate Sites & Hijack Their Traffic
Draft proposals from Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister could see the country taking a tougher line against pirate sites. In addition to building a blacklist of infringing sites and associated proxies, Kris Peeters envisions local ISPs diverting Internet traffic away from pirate sites and towards legitimate content sources.
September 14, 2017
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Bill to Ban VPNs & Unmask Operators Submitted to Russia's Parliament
Russia is making good on its threat to crack down on VPN and proxy services that provide access to blocked sites. A new law submitted to the State Duma will see the country's telecoms watchdog identify such services and compel their hosts to hand over operators' personal details. Should block bypassing continue, access to the service will be terminated by the country's ISPs.
June 9, 2017
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BitTorrent Expert Report Slams Movie Piracy Evidence
In California, a copyright case between adult movie studio Malibu Media and a John Doe is heating up in court. the alleged downloader discredits the actions and technical evidence provided by the makers of the "X-Art" series, using a very detailed expert opinion from a former BitTorrent Inc. employee to back up his claims.
February 10, 2017
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BitTorrent Inc. to Refocus on what Made it Rich -- uTorrent
BitTorrent Inc is best known for its uTorrent client, but in recent years the company has publicly placed almost all of its emphasis on other projects, despite the software being its major breadwinner. Now, however, it appears the company is set for another shake-up, with yet another CEO and a fresh commitment to focus on its uTorrent and Mainline clients.
March 28, 2017
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BitTorrent Inventor Bram Cohen will Start His Own Cryptocurrency
BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen has already earned a spot in the Internet hall of fame, but he's not done yet. In recent years he's taken a strong interest in cryptocurrencies, something he will devote himself full-time to in the near future. this includes launching a new cryptocurrency which addresses some of the challenges facing Bitcoin.
April 24, 2017
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BitTorrent Users Form The World's Largest Criminal Enterprise, Lawyer Says
When someone uses a BitTorrent client to download content, it might seem like a small and insignificant act. However, according to a law firm trying to extract payment from five alleged infringers, every single one is engaged in the largest criminal enterprise ever witnessed on planet earth, one that threatens to tear down intellectual property itself.
July 31, 2017
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Blocking Pirate Sites Without a Trial is Allowed, Italian Court Rules
Italy's pirate site blocking regulation is not unconstitutional, or in violation of copyright law, the administrative court of Lazio has ruled. the verdict has been celebrated by rightsholders who have used the blocking mechanism to target hundreds of websites. Consumer rights organizations, however, are not happy with the outcome and plan an appeal.
April 3, 2017
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Blocking the Pirate Bay is Allowed Under EU Law, AG Concludes
Internet providers in Europe can be ordered to block access to the Pirate Bay, even though the site itself doesn't store any infringing material. this is the advice Advocate General Szpunar has sent to the EU Court of Justice in what may turn out to be a landmark case.
February 8, 2017
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Blizzard Beats "Cheat" Maker, Wins $8.5 Million Copyright Damages
Blizzard Entertainment has won a copyright infringement case against the developer of several popular game cheats and hacks. In a default judgment, the court ordered the German company Bossland to pay over $8.5 million in damages. In addition, the cheat maker is prohibited from marketing or selling its products in the United States.
April 3, 2017
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Blizzard Wants $8.5 Million Copyright Damages from "Cheat" Maker
Blizzard Entertainment has filed a motion for default judgment against Bossland, the maker of several popular game cheats and hacks. the game developer requests the minimum statutory copyright damages of $200 per infringement, arguing that the cheat maker sold at least 42,818 of its hacks in the U.S.
March 14, 2017
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BPI Breaks Record After Sending 310 Million Google Takedowns
The BPI has reached yet another landmark after 'piracy' takedowns sent to Google smashed through the 300 million barrier. The music industry group says that it has now sent more than 310 million requests to delist infringing URLs but informs TF that a takedown and staydown regime could really help to bring volumes under control.
June 19, 2017
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BREIN Goes After Developers of 'Pirate' Kodi Builds
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is actively going after developers of infringing Kodi builds. The group has thus far signed settlements with ten individuals, but more are likely to follow. Pursuing sellers and developers of pirate Kodi add-ons has become a prime focus in recent months after the European Court of Justice handed down a landmark ruling.
August 23, 2017
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BREIN 'Hunts Down' Pirate Media Player Vendors
Last month the European Court of Justice ruled that set-top boxes and similar devices can infringe copyright if they are sold pre-configured for piracy. with this decision in hand, anti-piracy group BREIN has pressured dozens of vendors to halt their sales. Those who fail to comply risk tens of thousands of euros in fines, the group warns.
May 12, 2017
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BREIN is Taking Infamous 'Piracy' Hosting Provider Ecatel to Court
Anti-piracy outfit BREIN will get a witness hearing against the operators of Ecatel, a hosting provider with a reputation for taking on customers other hosts prefer to avoid. BREIN says that Ecatel and associated companies host copyright-infringing websites and ignore takedown demands. The operators say that BREIN's complaint amounts to a fishing expedition.
August 15, 2017
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BREIN Reveals Anti-Piracy Tactics and Achievements
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has been very active over the past year. Through various enforcement actions it targeted hundreds of sites and services, with many shutting down or leaving their hosting providers. In addition, a strong focus on prolific uploaders resulted in several settlements with pirating BitTorrent, file-hosting, Usenet and Facebook users.
January 11, 2017
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BREIN Shuts Down 'Pirate Cinema" on Facebook
Anti-piracy group BREIN has shut down a popular Facebook page that acted as an online movie theater, live-streaming popular movies to tens of thousands of followers. the page in question was operated by a Dutch man who, faced with an ex parte court order, agreed to a €7,500 settlement.
January 30, 2017
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BREIN Takes Usenet Provider to Supreme Court Over "Piracy Liability"
The legal dispute between Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider News-Service.com will go all the way to the Supreme Court. Last year the Court of Appeal ruled that the company was not liable for pirating users, but BREIN disagrees and hopes to have the verdict overturned.
March 15, 2017
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BT's Piracy Warning Information is Confusing and Outdated
UK ISPs will soon begin sending piracy warning notices to their subscribers on behalf of the Get it Right from a Genuine Site campaign. BT, one of the ISPs involved, has just published an advisory which aims to inform customers how the system will work. While it's generally helpful, it confusingly mixes up terminology and focuses on out-dated sharing systems.
January 17, 2017
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Canadian ISP Bell Calls For Pirate Site Blacklist in NAFTA Hearing
In order to make the NAFTA trade agreement "work better", Bell, Canada's largest telecommunications company, is recommending that the Government commits to stronger intellectual property enforcement. The company envisions a system where all ISPs are required to block access to pirate sites, without court intervention.
September 25, 2017
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Canada Rejects Flawed and One-Sided "Piracy" Claims from US Govt.
As usual, Canada is one of the prospective "watch list" candidates for the US Trade Representative's annual list of countries with 'failing' intellectiual property protections. However, the Canadian Government has had enough of the allegations, describing the process as flawed as it's mainly driven by one-sided copyright industry claims.
March 10, 2017
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Canada Remains a "Safe Haven" for Online Piracy, Rightsholders Claim
The MPAA, RIAA and other entertainment industry groups are calling out Canada, claiming that it remains a "safe haven" for copyright infringers and pirate sites. the new "notice and notice" system is ineffective, they say, and the broader legal copyright regime fails to deter piracy.
February 14, 2017
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Canada's Supreme Court Orders Google to Remove Search Results Worldwide
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has ordered Google to remove a company's websites from search results. The case had nothing to do with copyright but according to music industry group IFPI, the implications are clear. When search engines link to illegal content, courts can compel them to permanently remove results, globally.
June 29, 2017
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Canadian Stock Exchange Blocked Megaupload 2.0 Plans
Late last week, Kim Dotcom was getting ready to make a major announcement about Bitcache and the new Megaupload 2.0 service. However, just before going public the news was halted due to a "roadblock." Today, Dotcom reveals that he planned to announce a merger with a publicly listed Canadian company, but the stock exchange got in the way.
January 24, 2017
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CBS Sues Man for Posting Image of a 59-Year TV-Show on Social Media
CBS Broadcasting has launched one of the most unusual copyright infringement cases in recent history. The media giant is suing a New York man who posted a screenshot of a 1958 episode of the TV-series 'Gunsmoke' on social media. The man now faces $150,000 in potential damages, but since he sued CBS first, it's likely that the case will not come to that.
October 30, 2017
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CD, DVD pirate sentenced to 5 years in prison
FBI investigated piracy ring with assistance from the RIAA and MPAA.
March 23, 2017
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China Bans Unauthorized VPN Services in Internet Crackdown
According to a notice published by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the government has launched a 14-month campaign to crack down on 'unauthorized' Internet platforms. that includes censorship-busting VPN services, which will require government pre-approval to exist.
January 23, 2017
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China Denies User VPN Crackdown, Blames False "Foreign Media" Reports
Following a report that Chinese authorities had ordered state-owned ISPs to block VPNs, the government has published a statement. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said no such notice had been issued and "legitimate access" to the global Internet, by businesses and general users, will be permitted.
July 13, 2017
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Chrome's Default 'Ad-Blocker' is Bad News for Torrent Sites
Torrent sites are having trouble maintaining a steady flow of revenue, with the increasing use of ad-blockers affecting sites right across the board. And with Google's plan to add a default ad-blocker to the Chrome browser looming, some operators fear that they might not be able to keep their sites afloat.
July 4, 2017
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Cisco Draws Attention to the Rise of Pirate IPTV
To the hardened file-sharer, paying for pirate content seems a ridiculous thing to do, but that's exactly what thousands of consumers are gravitating towards in 2017. Pirate IPTV services provide staggering amounts of live and VOD content for a small monthly fee and networking company Cisco suggests that the market may already be millions strong.
April 13, 2017
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Cloudflare CEO Has to Explain Lack of Pirate Site Terminations
Adult entertainment publisher ALS Scan will be allowed to depose Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince, a request that was triggered by the Daily Stormer saga. According to the court, there are grounds to ask the CEO why he has not used his authority to terminate pirate sites. The questioning should be narrowly tailored towards this issue and limited to two hours.
October 10, 2017
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Cloudflare Counters MPAA and RIAA's 'Rehashed' Piracy Complaints
Cloudflare has responded to the repeated criticism of entertainment industry groups, which accuse the company of helping pirate sites. The CDN provider informs the U.S. Government that it operates in accordance with the law and that the complaints bring nothing new to the table.
October 20, 2017
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Cloudflare Doesn't Want to Become the 'Piracy Police'
Cloudflare is warning that far-reaching cooperation between copyright holders and Internet services may put innovation in danger. the company doesn't want to become the "piracy police" and is refusing to monitor infringing content proactively. Instead, Cloudflare urges rightsholders to see the Internet as an opportunity rather than a threat.
April 13, 2017
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Cloudflare Ordered to Expose Gay-Torrents Operator, Or Else...
A new DMCA subpoena has ordered Cloudflare to expose the person who manages the account of private torrent community Gay-Torrents.org. the request comes from adult company Flava Works, who warned Cloudflare that it might also face a potential lawsuit of its own if it fails to take action against the website in question.
April 28, 2017
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Cloudflare Puts Pirate Sites on new IP Addresses, Avoids Cogent Blockade
The Pirate Bay and dozens of other pirate sites that were blocked by Cogent's Internet backbone are now accessible again. Cloudflare appears to have moved the sites in question to a new pair of IP-addresses, effectively bypassing Cogent's blackhole. Whether Cogent has plans to block their new home as well is unknown.
February 16, 2017
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Cogent's Broad Pirate Site Block was 'Collateral Damage' of a Court Order
The mysterious pirate site blockade by Internet backbone provider Cogent was a 'mistake.' the Pirate Bay and dozens of other pirate sites were blocked as collateral damage, following a broad court order directed at a yet unnamed target. According to Cloudflare, which owns the associated IP-addresses, courts should understand how Internet systems work to avoid such unintended consequences.
February 17, 2017
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Congress is trying to give even more power to Hollywood
A new bill undoes over 100 years of history
April 3, 2017
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Copyright Troll Attorney John Steele Disbarred by Illinois Supreme Court
After admitting to several criminal acts, including the operation of a piracy honeypot, Prenda Law attorney John Steele has now been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court. As a result, the troubled attorney will no longer be allowed to practice law in the state. While the decision doesn't come as a surprise, several victims of the trolling operation will welcome it with a smile.
May 22, 2017
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Copyright Troll Claims Texan Woman Downloaded Over 54,000 Torrents
Copyright holders have leveled some quite outrageous accusations over the years, but Malibu Media is taking it to the next level. The company is trying to convince a Texas woman to settle a piracy lawsuit over 15 downloads while accusing her of a further 54,000 downloads of content belonging to other rightsholders' to increase the pressure.
July 13, 2017
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Copyright Troll Piracy 'Witness' Went Back to the Future -- and Lost
A witness for the world's most notorious copyright trolls appears to have time-traveling abilities. Guardaley's "expert" sent a declaration to the court claiming to have witnessed BitTorrent infringement more than a week before the offenses allegedly took place. Marty McFly's colleagues subsequently dropped the case.
May 26, 2017
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Copyright Troll's Intellectual Property Goes Up for Sale to Pay Giganews
A copyright troll that terrorized service providers over alleged copyright infringement is set to forfeit the very assets that made its entire campaign possible. After losing an aggressive lawsuit against Giganews, Perfect 10's multi-million dollar bill will now be satisfied by the Usenet provider liquidating the adult publisher's intellectual property.
March 8, 2017
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Copyright Trolls Hit Thousands of Swedish 'Pirates' With $550 'Fines'
Many thousands of alleged movie pirates in Sweden have been hit with demands for cash settlements in recent weeks. The 'fines', which amount to around $550 each, are being sent by Njord Law, a law firm acting on behalf of international copyright trolls active in several different countries, including the United States.
October 20, 2017
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'Copyright Trolls' Hit with Class Action Lawsuit for Theft by Deception
A new class-action lawsuit is targeting a group of filmmakers, lawyers, and BitTorrent monitoring experts. According to a complaint filed at an Illinois federal court, the "copyright trolls" have been engaging in misleading, threatening and intimidating tactics in order to obtain settlements from alleged movie pirates.
January 4, 2017
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Court Awards Damages Following Bogus DMCA Takedowns
Topdawg Entertainment Inc., Interscope Records and Universal Music Group must pay damages after issuing false DMCA notices which damaged an artist's reputation. Montreal hip hop artist Jonathan Emile teamed up with Kendrick Lamar on a track, but the labels wrongfully took it down from YouTube, iTunes and Soundcloud.
November 30, 2016
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Court Cracks Down on 'Future' Pirate Mayweather-McGregor Streams
A federal court in California has issued a preliminary injunction targeting several websites that could offer pirated streams for the upcoming Mayweather v McGregor fight. The order was requested by TV network Showtime, which fears it might lose a substantial amount of revenue due to piracy. Whether it will put a serious dent in the availability of unauthorized streams is doubtful.
August 21, 2017
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Court Freezes Megaupload's MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits
A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold until April next year, while the criminal case remains pending. Meanwhile, Megaupload is working hard to ensure that critical evidence on decaying hard drives is preserved.
November 24, 2016
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Court Grants Subpoenas to Unmask 'TVAddons' and 'ZemTV' Operators
A District Court in Texas has granted a series of subpoenas to Dish Network, aimed at identifying the people behind the TVAddons website and the ZemTV Kodi addon. This allows Dish to request detailed information on associated accounts of the alleged copyright infringers at services including Amazon, Github, Google, Twitter, Facebook and PayPal.
June 21, 2017
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Court Orders Advertisers to Freeze Revenue of 'Pirate' Sites
A federal court in Florida has granted a preliminary injunction against more than two dozen relatively small pirate sites. The order allows the media conglomerate ABS-CBN to seize the associated domain names. In addition, advertising networks including Google Adsense and MGID are instructed to freeze their funds.
July 7, 2017
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Court Orders Aussie ISPs to Block Dozens of Pirate Sites
Following two new court orders issued today, Australian Internet providers must block dozens of additional pirate sites. The new blockades were requested by Foxtel and Village Roadshow, and cover many of the most used pirate sources, including Gomovies, RARBG, 1337x and EZTV. Creative Content Australia warns that people who bypass the blocks could easily run into malware, viruses and other nastiness.
August 18, 2017
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Court Orders French ISPs to Block (Dead) Torrent Sites
The French music industry is continuing its efforts to make torrent sites unavailable. After obtaining a blocking injunction against the Pirate Bay, it has now managed to do the same with LimeTorrents, TorrentHound, TorrentReactor, and TorrentFunk. the effect of the blockade will be relatively limited though, as two of the sites have already shut down.
December 12, 2016
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Court Orders Google to Remove Links to Takedown Notice
A German Court has ordered Google to stop linking to a takedown notice received by the company. The search engine regularly publishes links to takedown notices to increase transparency, but the court ruled that this can go too far. The case in question deals with defamation, but many copyright holders who've complained about Google's "transparency" efforts will likely welcome the order.
June 16, 2017
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Court Orders ISP to Hand Identities Behind 5,300 IP Addresses to Copyright Trolls
From almost a standing start, Sweden has a copyright troll crisis on its hands. Following a ruling by the Patent and Market Court, ISP Telia must hand over the personal details of individuals behind 5,300 IP addresses to companies known to make a business out of settlement fees. In all, around 20,000 persons could be sucked into the controversy.
March 15, 2017
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Court Orders Pornhub to Expose Copyright Infringers
A federal court in California has ordered Pornhub to hand over names, email addresses, IP addresses, and other identifying information related to uploaders of pirated videos. the subpoena was requested by a producer of adult content which listed more than 1,000 infringing videos on the streaming service.
April 5, 2017
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Court Orders Pornhub to Identify Potentially Thousands of Users
Just like any other copyright holder, porn studios can -- and do -- exercise their rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to force X-rated "tube" sites (think YouTube, but with more genitals) to take down infringing videos. One company has apparently gotten tired of this game of Whac-A-Mole and gotten a court order that could lead to legal threats against thousands of people who uploaded videos to one popular tube site.
April 7, 2017
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Court Overturns 'Pirate' Site Blockade Based on EU Ruling
A site that was outlawed following mass court action against more than 150 domains has been cleared on appeal. Kisstube embeds movies, some of them infringing, hosted on other platforms such as YouTube. However, the Rome Court of Appeal found that according to an EU ruling, merely embedding pirated content is not illegal.
December 2, 2016
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Court Suspends Ban on Roku Sales in Mexico
A federal judge in Mexico has suspended the ban on sales and imports of Roku media players, at least temporarily. Roku is happy with the decision and says it will continue to work with entertainment industry stakeholders on a variety of anti-piracy measures.
June 23, 2017
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Court: 'Falsely' Accused 'Movie Pirate' Deserves $17K Compensation
An Oregon District Court has sided with a wrongfully accused man, who was sued for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the Adam Sandler movie the Cobbler. According to the court's recommendations, the man is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation as the result of the filmmakers "overaggressive" and "unreasonable" tactics.
December 6, 2016
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Court: Fan-Funded Star Trek Film is not 'Fair Use'
The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is gearing up for a trial. this week the court ruled on motions for summary judgment from both parties. While the case could still go both ways, the court has decided that the fan-film is not entitled to a fair use defense.
January 5, 2017
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Court: Megaupload's Failing Drives can be Fixed, But not Accessed
The sixteen failing hard drives containing Megaupload data at hosting provider Cogent can be restored and preserved. the court has granted the MPAA and RIAA's version of the preservation order, meaning that no person will be able to access the data without permission. Megaupload is disappointed that it's still unable to freely access the evidence and fears that it won't get a fair trial.
March 30, 2017
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Court: Usenet Provider is not Liable for Piracy
After several years, the appeals court has reached a final decision in the case between anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider NSE. the court ruled that the Usenet provider is not liable for the copyright infringements of its users. However, it also requires the service in question to offer a fast and "effective" takedown procedure.
December 6, 2016
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Court: Warner Bros Needs Stronger Evidence Against Alleged BitTorrent Pirate
In Germany, several major Hollywood studios are actively pursuing alleged BitTorrent pirates, charging hundreds of euros for illegally downloaded movies and TV-shows. While this is common practice, a local court recently clarified that the copyright holders must provide solid evidence if they want their claims to hold.
July 18, 2017
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Cox Must Pay $8 Million to Cover BMG's Legal Fees in Piracy Case
Internet provider Cox Communications must pay more than $8 million to compensate the legal fees of music group BMG. the Virginia federal court argues that the Internet provider crossed a line with its "deeply flawed DMCA defense" and sees the high fees as a proper incentive to improve its anti-piracy policies.
February 15, 2017
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Cox: Supreme Court Suggests That Pirates Shouldn't Lose Internet Access
Last week the Supreme Court ruled that convicted sex offenders can't be barred from social media, as that would violate their free speech rights. Internet provider Cox Communications argues that if this is the case, then pirating subscribers should certainly not be disconnected from the Internet solely based on copyright holder complaints.
June 27, 2017
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Cox's Repeat Infringer Policy was an Elaborate Sham, BMG Says
Music rights group BMG has filed its response to the $25 million damages appeal of Internet provider Cox Communications. According to BMG there is no reason to overturn the earlier verdict. Among other things, the company stresses that Cox's policy to terminate accounts of repeat infringers was an elaborate sham.
January 1, 2017
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Cryptocurrency Miner Targeted by Anti-Virus and Adblock Tools
This month, The Pirate Bay successfully propelled the idea of a Javascript-based cryptocurrency miner to a mainstream public. While many sites are now experimenting with the new revenue model, possible abuse has also drawn the attention of ad-blockers and anti-virus tools. Coinhive, the company behind the miner, hopes that it can reverse this trend.
September 26, 2017
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Curb Your Enthusiasm on Those HBO Leaks
The people behind the HBO hack have released a new series of breached data to the press. The new batch of leaks includes episodes from the highly anticipated ninth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," as well as other titles including "Barry," "Insecure" and "The Deuce." While there's no shortage of media coverage thus far, the actual leaked files are hard to find.
August 14, 2017
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Cybercrime Officials Shutdown Large eBook Portal, Three Arrested
Three individuals believed to be behind a large illicit eBook portal have been arrested. Lul.to carried an estimated 200,000 titles, including eBooks, audiobooks, and newspapers, each downloadable for a small fee. It claimed to be the largest site of its type in the world. Bitcoin and a large quantity of cash have been seized.
June 26, 2017
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Danish ISPs Stand Up Against 'Mafia-Like' Copyright Trolls
Following a recent victory in Norway, Internet provider Telenor now hopes to put the brakes on copyright trolling efforts in Denmark as well. The company is backed by other ISPs and the local Telco Industry Organization, which notes that users must be protected from these "mafia-like" practices
May 30, 2017
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Daily Mail Sued For 'Pirating' Dozens of Viral Videos
The Daily Mail is one of the best known British tabloids, read by millions of people around the globe. The website regularly features viral videos, which can be quite entertaining, but according to a new lawsuit filed at a federal court in California, dozens are being used without permission.
July 11, 2017
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DailyMotion Permanently Blocked in Russia After Copyright Complaints
Video-hosting platform DailyMotion has been permanently blocked in Russia . the platform, owned by French company Vivendi, was ordered to be blocked by the Moscow City Court after repeated allegations of copyright infringement were not adequately addressed by the company.
January 27, 2017
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Database of U.S. Internet Pirates will be Decentralized
Starting in a few months, millions of online 'pirates' will be monitored as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA and all major U.S. Internet providers. Alleged infringers will be notified about their misbehavior, and repeat offenders will eventually be punished. Thus far the details on the operation have been very slim, but TorrentFreak has learned that unlike in France, the U.S. database of Internet pirates will be decentralized.
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'Deadpool' is the Most Torrented Movie of 2016
As 2016 nears its conclusion we take a look at the most pirated movies of the year on public torrent sites. Deadpool comes out on top in a list that's heavily populated by superhero and comic movies, without any major surprises.
December 30, 2016
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Deadpool was the Most Pirated Movie of 2016 - Report
Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War, and the Force Awakens also made the list.
January 1, 2017
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Demonoid Returns After Two Months Downtime
After nearly two months of downtime, the semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid resurfaced online this weekend. the site was pulled offline due to hosting problems and had to endure some internal struggles as well, but barring a few bugs, it's now back in action.
March 19, 2017
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Demonoid Suffers Extended Downtime Due to Hosting Issue
The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has been offline for more than two days due to an unforeseen hosting problem. the site's operators planned to move the site to a new location earlier this week but hit a roadblock. While the site could remain offline for a few more days, the team plans to bring it back up as soon as possible.
January 26, 2017
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Denuvo Accused of Using Unlicensed Software to Protect its Anti-Piracy Tool
In what could be a severe case of irony overload, anti-piracy company Denuvo is being accused of using unlicensed software to protect its infamous anti-piracy tool. A developer of VMProtect, software which itself protects against reverse engineering and cracking, says that Denuvo has been using the product without obtaining the necessary permission.
June 5, 2017
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Denuvo Crisis After Total Warhammer 2 Gets Pirated in Hours
Denuvo, the world's most feared gaming anti-piracy mechanism, was deployed yesterday on the brand new Total War: Warhammer 2. Instead of the months, weeks, or even days of protection usually offered by the system, the whole thing collapsed within hours.
September 29, 2017
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Denuvo Piracy Crisis as Resident Evil 7 Gets Cracked in Record Time
After just five days on the market, the Denuvo-protected PC version of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has already appeared on pirate sites. Denuvo usually offers months of protection, so this is not only a record defeat but a landmark moment for the world's most famous anti-piracy technology.
January 30, 2017
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Denuvo: we don't Give Refunds When Games Get Cracked
The company behind Denuvo has refuted claims that refunds are given to games companies when titles are cracked within a specific time frame. the makers of Doom removed the protection because it had served its purpose, the company's co-founder said. But if it's been paid for and doesn't affect performance, why bother?
December 19, 2016
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Dish Network Sues 'ZemTV' and 'TV Addons' For Copyright Infringement
American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network has filed a lawsuit against Kodi add-on ZemTV and TVAddons.ag, the largest add-on library. The complaint accuses ZemTV of direct copyright infringement of various TV channels. TVAddons is liable for distributing the addon in question, according to the complaint.
June 5, 2017
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DMCA Doesn't Shield Cloudflare from Anti-Piracy Injunctions, Court Rules
When the RIAA targeted CDN provider Cloudflare with an injunction to block access to a known pirate site, the company objected. Cloudflare argued that the DMCA shielded the company from the broad blocking requirements. However, a Florida federal court has now ruled that the DMCA doesn't apply in this case, opening the door to widespread anti-piracy filtering.
March 28, 2017
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DMCA Helps YouTube Avoid Up to $1bn in Royalties Per Year, Study Claims
The safe harbor provisions of the DMCA allow Internet platforms to avoid liability for the infringements of their users. However, it also helps them avoid paying for content, critics say. a new study from the US which aims to put a value on the revenues lost claims that the sums are huge, potentially up to $1 billion per year on YouTube alone.
March 30, 2017
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DMCA Used to Remove Ad Server URL From Easylist Ad Blocklist
Easylist, the popular adblock filter list used by millions of subscribers, appears to be under attack. Github, where the project is maintained, has recently received a DMCA notice requiring a domain URL to be removed from the list. That domain appears to be owned by US-based anti-adblocking company Admiral.
August 11, 2017
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Dreamhack Organizer Arrested in Torrent Site Crackdown
Earlier this month Swedish police took down Rarat.org, one of the largest private torrent trackers in the country. with help from PayPal the authorities were able to identity and arrest the prime target, who also happens to be an organizer of the upcoming winter edition of Dreamhack.
November 21, 2016
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Drug vendors are ditching dark web markets to start their own private P2P shops
In spite of a long streak of high-profile busts over the past few months, illegal trading on the dark web seems to be burgeoning -- so much so that some vendors have began leaving behind popular marketplaces to set up their own private shops.
October 20, 2017
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Dozens of Pirate Sites Targeted in new Aussie Crackdown
As Australians get used to the idea of the Pirate Bay being blocked by ISPs, more obstacles are on their way. Movie company Village Roadshow has initiated new legal action, targeting dozens of domains belonging to some of the most popular torrent, streaming, and direct download sites.
February 24, 2017
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Dutch Film Distributor to Target BitTorrent Users For Cash 'Fines'
Netherlands-based movie distributor Dutch Filmworks is set to target Internet users who download and share copyrighted content using BitTorrent. Details of the plan have been made public by the Dutch Data Protection Authority, which needs to be formally advised in order for the data collection to go ahead. Users found to be infringing copyright will receive a demand for cash settlement.
August 2, 2017
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eBook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds
A new study has found that people who illegally download eBooks are older and wealthier than mosption of the average pirate. Commissioned by anti-piracy company Digimarc, the study suggests that people aged between 30 and 44 years old with a household income of between $60k and $99k are most likely to grab a book without paying for it.
March 16, 2017
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Ed Sheeran Tells Musician Fan He'll "Sort Out" Facebook Copyright Ban
When musician Charlotte Campbell posted a 15-second video of herself singing an Ed Sheeran track, she never expected Warner would step in and have her banned from Facebook for copyright infringement. She was even more surprised when Ed Sheeran called by, promising to sort out the mess.
March 10, 2017
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EFF Criticizes PIPCU's new Domain Name Policing Effort
The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has partnered with the International Anti Counterfeiting Coalition's 'RogueBlock' program to take down websites offering infringing goods and content. PIPCU will augment RogueBlock's ability to remove payment systems from cyberlockers and similar sites but the EFF has criticized the lack of accountability and transparency.
April 6, 2017
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EFF Warns Against Abusive Lawsuits Targeting Kodi Add-on Repository
The EFF is speaking out against abusive lawsuits from copyright holders that aim to expand copyright liability for neutral platforms, such as third-party Kodi add-on distributors. The digital rights group calls out two recent lawsuits against TVAddons where the operator of the service is being held accountable for offering downloads of open source add-ons.
October 2, 2017
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Elsevier Wants $15 Million Piracy Damages From Sci-Hub and Libgen
'Pirate' sites Sci-Hub and LibGen face millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. Elsevier has requested a default judgment of $15 million against the defendants for their "truly egregious conduct" and "staggering" infringement.
May 18, 2017
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Entire Kim Dotcom Spying Operation Was Illegal, High Court Rules
The whole New Zealand-based spying operation against Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-defendants was illegal, the High Court has ruled. The revelation appears in a newly released decision, which shows the GCSB spy agency refusing to respond to questions about its activities on the basis that could jeopardize national security.
August 25, 2017
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Epic Games Sues Man Over Bitcoin Mining Fortnite 'Cheat'
Game developer and publisher Epic is taking cheaters to court over copyright infringement, but it doesn't stop there. In a new case filed with a California, the company is also suing a man for distributing a cheat that's actually a Bitcoin miner.
October 19, 2017
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Epic Sues 'Fortnite' Cheaters For Copyright Infringement
Game developer and publisher Epic is taking 'Fortnite' cheating very seriously. After banning thousands of accounts, the company has now filed lawsuits against two prolific cheaters of the popular Battle Royale game. "Nobody likes a cheater. And nobody likes playing with cheaters," Epic notes.
October 12, 2017
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EU Court Hands Copyright Defeat to Streaming Site TVCatchup
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in favor of major UK broadcasters in their case against TVCatchup. the Court said that the platform, which claimed to operate legally when it streamed TV content broadcasted by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, could not rely on legislation that was designed to assist in the development of cable infrastructure decades ago.
March 2, 2017
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EU Piracy Filter Proposals Being Sabotaged Says MEP Julia Reda
Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda has warned that efforts are underway to sabotage the Parliamentary process relating to the EU's plans for mandatory piracy filtering. The Pirate Party member says there's now just over a week to protest against an 'alternative compromise' text that makes current plans look "tame".
June 1, 2017
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EU Proposes Take Down Stay Down Approach to Combat Online Piracy
The European Commission published a set of guidelines today outlining how online service providers should tackle illegal content, including piracy. The recommendation follows the notice-and-stay-down principle, proposing proactive automated filters and measures against repeat infringers.
September 28, 2017
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EU Representative: Ukraine Must Tighten Noose on Internet Pirates
According to the head of the trade section of the European Commission's delegation to Ukraine, the country risks damaging relations with the EU over Internet piracy. Nicholas Burge says that legal action against the operators of pirate sites must be supported by ISPs bearing responsibility for hosting them.
February 3, 2017
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EU Votes Today On Content Portability to Reduce Piracy (Updated)
Members of the European Parliament will vote today on draft rules that would allow citizens to enjoy legally purchased music and movie streaming subscriptions when they travel to another EU country. It's hoped that improved access to content will help to dampen frustrations and reduce Internet piracy.
May 18, 2017
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Europe Has the Highest Online Piracy Rates, by Far
An in-depth analysis of billions of worldwide visits to torrent, streaming and download sites has revealed that Europe is a hotbed for piracy. the piracy rate is the highest in Latvia, where nearly half of the population visits pirate sites, and the entire global top ten is made up of European countries.
August 1, 2016
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Europe's 'Net Neutrality' Doesn't Ban BitTorrent Throttling
Today, the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communication (BEREC) published its implementation guidelines for Europe's net neutrality rules. While public protests resulted in several positive changes from a net neutrality perspective, BitTorrent throttling is still allowed.
August 30, 2016
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ExtraTorrent Takes on 'Leeching' Proxy Sites
ExtraTorrent has taken steps to block unofficial proxy sites from "stealing" traffic and thus, their revenue. this will also help to keep users safe from rogue sites that may cause other kinds of harm. of course, ExtraTorrent users are still welcome to use any of the official proxies to bypass ISP blockades.
December 19, 2016
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ExtraTorrent Uploader Groups Launch Their Own Torrent Site
With the shutdown of Extratorrent, another major torrent site threw in the towel last spring. This also meant that many prominent uploaders groups became homeless. Several of the major players, including ETTV, ETHD, and DTOne have now joined forces and launched their own official download portal.
October 31, 2017
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ExtraTorrent's Distribution Groups ettv and EtHD Keep Going
With ExtraTorrent's closure this week another BitTorrent giant has fallen. While many torrent sites have come and gone over the years, ExtraTorrent's departure also means that several prominent torrent uploaders are without a home. That said, after a few days it appears that several of these groups will carry on, keeping the ET spirit alive.
May 19, 2017
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ExtraTorrent's Main Domain Name Shut Down by Registrar
ExtraTorrent, one of the world's largest torrent indexes, has lost control of its main domain Extratorrent.cc. the domain name has been disconnected by the registrar, which has rendered the site hard to reach. However, it's still accessible through several backups.
March 2, 2017
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Facebook and Foxtel Team Up to Crack Down on Live Streaming Piracy
Following an unprecedented live streaming "piracy fest," Facebook and Foxtel are working on a new tool that should make it easier to shut down unauthorized streams in the future. Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh compares piracy to "stealing a loaf of bread" and says the company will do everything in its power to stop live streaming from gaining traction.
February 13, 2017
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Facebook Bans Sale of Piracy-Enabling Products & Devices
Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to include a ban on "products or items" that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media. The new rule has almost certainly been put in place to stop the further spread of "fully loaded" set-top devices running modified Kodi and similar software.
May 25, 2017
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Facebook Buys Startup to Expand its Anti-Piracy Repertoire
Social networking giant Facebook has bought a startup that focuses on intellectual property protection and management services. The acquisition will help to expand Facebook's anti-piracy repertoire, and make sure that copyright issues are properly handled.
July 25, 2017
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FACT Lawyer Reveals Challenges of Kodi Box Seller Prosecutions
A lawyer who has worked on piracy cases for the Federation Against Copyright Theft has revealed the challenges posed by Kodi and IPTV box prosecutions. Ari Alabhai says that copyright can be complicated for a jury to understand, so prosecutions under the Fraud Act may be preferred. Even that has its complications, however.
January 6, 2017
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FACT Threatens Users of 'Pirate' Kodi Add-Ons
UK anti-piracy group FACT is doing its best to scare anyone who goes near a pirate Kodi add-on. After sellers of pirate boxes and add-on developers, streaming users are now on notice as well. It's a scary proposition but threatening talk is much easier than action.
June 28, 2017
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Fan-Funded Star Trek Film Claims Fair Use as Defense
The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is heating up again. with a trial scheduled for early next year, both parties have submitted motions for summary judgment. the defendants argue, among other things, that their fan-film clearly falls under fair use.
November 22, 2016
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FBI Cannot Examine Megaupload Servers, Canada Appeal Court Rules
When Megaupload was raided in 2012, more than 1,100 servers were seized in the United States. In addition, 32 were targeted in Canada, and the battle to determine who can access them has continued ever since. the Ontario Court of Appeal has now decided that won't be the FBI.
April 3, 2017
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Film Industry's Latest Search Engine Draws Traffic with "Pirate" Keywords'
A new search engine launched by the Dutch film industry is targeting 'pirates' specifically. Every movie or TV-show page lists legal viewing options but also includes pirate keywords and descriptions, presumably to draw search traffic. "Don't Wrestle with Nasty Torrents. Ignore the Rogue One: a Star Wars Story torrent," the site advises.
February 1, 2017
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Filmmakers Take Dutch State to Court Over Lost Piracy Revenue
A coalition of Dutch film and TV producers is following through on their threat to file a lawsuit against the local Government. the filmmakers hold the authorities responsible for the country's high piracy rates. they claim the government tolerated and even encouraged unauthorized downloading for years and want to see compensation as a result.
March 9, 2017
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Finnish Government Investigates as Tens of Thousands Face Piracy 'Fines'
The Finnish government will launch an investigation after it was revealed that tens of thousands of citizens are facing demands for cash settlements for alleged piracy offenses. with both police and parliament now involved, the Ministry of Education and Culture says that copyright legislation is not designed for the public to be "milked".
January 26, 2017
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First Aussie Pirate Bay Block Gets Defeated in Seconds
Telstra has become the very first Australian ISP to block the Pirate Bay, a move designed to crack down on piracy in the country. However, the blocking method chosen by the ISP is the most basic option permitted under the Federal Court's order. as a result, it's been defeated in seconds.
December 20, 2016
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First DVD Screener Leak of 2017 is Denzel Washington's Fences
The leaked DVD screener drought has been broken with the release of the Denzel Washington movie Fences. the copy carries a Paramount Pictures "For your Consideration" watermark. with more leaks said to be on the way, the group behind the leak informs TorrentFreak that they prefer not to brag about their achievement.
January 3, 2017
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'First Pirated Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disk' Appears Online. AACS 2.0 Cracked?
A few hours ago a pirated copy of the "Smurfs 2" UHD Blu-Ray Disc appeared on the well known private torrent trackers UltraHDclub and IPT. the release suggests that the AACS 2.0 encryption technology used to protect these discs may have been circumvented for the first time. However, without further details, it's probably wise not to jump to conclusions too quickly.
May 3, 2017
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Five Million Brits Go Crazy for Illegal Streaming
Almost five million Brits are regularly streaming TV content from illegal Internet services. That's one of the findings from a new YouGov study which shows that Kodi-powered devices and Android apps are particularly popular with users. of concern to authorized services is that hundreds of thousands of pirates say they're canceling their official subscriptions.
April 25, 2017
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Florida Court Orders 'Pirate' Site KissAsian to Pay 1.8M in Damages
A Florida court has ordered the operators of KissAsian to pay $1,810,000 in damages for copyright and trademark infringement offenses. The default judgment is in favor of media giant ABS-CBN, which managed to score several victories in US courts this year. Despite the hefty verdict and the loss of its domain name, KissAsian continues to serve pirated content.
August 25, 2017
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Font Maker Sues Universal Music Over 'Pirated' The Vamps Logo
Universal Music Group is being sued by HypeForType, which accuses the record label of using 'pirated' copies of its fonts for the logo of The Vamps. The font is widely used for artwork, promotion material and merchandising of the popular British band, and the font creator is looking for a minimum of $1.25 million in damages.
August 2, 2017
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Football Coach Retweets, Gets Sued for Copyright Infringement
Pennsylvania-based King's College and head football coach Jeffery Knarr are being sued for copyright infringement. Sports psychologist and author Dr. Keith Bell alleges that both committed offenses when Knarr retweeted a page from his book, that was initially tweeted by someone else, almost two years ago.
September 28, 2017
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Four Men Jailed for Running Pirate Movie Sites
Four people, including a board member of the Pirate Party, have been jailed for running a network of pirate sites. the men, aged between 21 and 31, ran streaming portal Dreamfilm and were involved in others including Piratehub and Tankefetast. they will serve between six and ten months in prison, sentences similar to those handed down to the operators of the Pirate Bay.
May 10, 2017
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Foxtel Targets Pirate Streaming Sites in new ISP Blocking Case
Pay TV company Foxtel has launched a new case to have several key 'pirate' streaming platforms blocked by ISPs in Australia. Yes Movies, Los Movies, watch Series and Project Free TV are targeted in the action, which will see local ISPs forced to block the popular movie and TV show portals.
May 8, 2017
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Free TV-Show Streaming Hurts Online Sales, Research Finds
New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that online piracy is not the only worry for TV distributors. Based on Downton Abbey streaming and sales data provided by PBS, the researchers find that free legal streams can significantly reduce download sales. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that free streaming options should be banned.
December 1, 2016
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French Police Shut Down Pirate Streaming Site, Arrest Operator
French police have shut down the popular pirate streaming site Films-regarder.co and arrested its operator. According to the local movie industry group ALPA, which referred the case to the authorities, the site may have caused more than 30 million euros in damages.
January 23, 2017
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FUNimation Targets 'Pirate' Streaming Site KissAnime
Anime distributor FUNimation has obtained a DMCA subpoena from a federal court in Texas, hoping to unmask part of a massive pirate streaming operation. The target is associated with the popular anime streaming site KissAnime and uses cloud provider DigitalOcean and Google's server to distribute copyright infringing content.
June 1, 2017
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'Game of Thrones' Most Torrented TV-Show of 2016
for the fifth year in a row Game of Thrones has taken the crown for the most pirated TV-show on the Internet. the Walking Dead remains in second place, with newcomer Westworld right behind.
December 25, 2016
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Game of Thrones Piracy Peaks After Season Finale
The season finale of Game of Thrones is the highlight of the year for many TV fans, including those who get their fix on pirate sites. Like previous years, Game of Thrones piracy peaks after the final episode. For HBO this also ends a period of rough weeks full of leaks and hacker threats.
August 28, 2017
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Game of Thrones Pirates Being Monitored By HBO, Warnings On The Way
HBO is doing its best to keep Game of Thrones piracy under control. The company is monitoring various popular torrent swarms and sending thousands of warnings targeted at Internet subscribers whose connections are used to share the season 7 premiere of the popular TV series.
July 19, 2017
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Game of Thrones Premiere Ignites Annual Piracy Bonanza
With hundreds of thousands of people jumping on the latest torrents for the season seven premiere, Game of Thrones remains the most-shared TV show on BitTorrent. However, the piracy landscape is much broader than that, and the yearly piracy bonanza is clearly noticeable on streaming sites as well.
July 17, 2017
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'Game of Thrones Season 7 Pirated Over a Billion Times'
Data published by piracy monitoring firm MUSO suggests that the seventh season of Game of Thrones was pirated more than one billion times. Most of the traffic was generated by unauthorized streaming services, with torrent and direct downloads accounting for just a small piece of the pie, roughly fifteen percent.
September 5, 2017
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Game of Thrones Traffic Surge Slowed Down The Pirate Bay
The Pirate Bay suffered some downtime today, welcoming users with a Cloudflare error message, which is nothing new really. But earlier this week the site was hard to reach for a more unusual reason; the Game of Thrones season finale overloaded the torrent site with visitors.
August 30, 2017
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Game Pirates Celebrate Fall of Denuvo's Brand new Protection
A new version of the Denuvo anti-piracy technology that was supposed to prevent games being cracked quickly has been defeated in a month. as usual, pirates are celebrating, but this time it's a bit more personal. When raising funding for their game 2Dark the makers promised no DRM, so the cracking of their title is being viewed as particularly sweet.
April 14, 2017
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Germany Approves Draft Law to Protect WiFi Operators from Piracy Liability
Germany has approved a draft law that will enable businesses to run open WiFi hotspots without being held liable for the copyright infringements of their customers. Copyright holders will still have the ability to request that certain sites are blocked to prevent repeat infringement.
April 7, 2017
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Getty Images Bites back in $1 Billion Copyright Dispute
Last week Carol Highsmith filed a copyright complaint against Getty Images after an agent threatened the photographer for using her own photograph without their permission. now Getty is fighting back, warning that it will defend itself vigorously if the dispute can't be settled.
August 1, 2016
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Getty Images Slams Google for Seeking Copyright Safe Harbor
The proposed introduction of a 'safe harbor' provision to Australian copyright law is producing yet more conflict today, with Getty Images accusing Google of promoting piracy. the image library says providers like Google "do nothing" to detect or prevent copyright infringement and that safe harbors actually encourage them to turn a blind eye.
March 19, 2017
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Giant Cyberlocker Morphs into new Anonymous Sharing Site
A giant cyberlocker that announced its closure amid a government piracy crackdown and other threats, will be born again. EX.UA says that its service will resume under a new domain and business model, with anonymous sharing of files of any size and format, with cloud streaming and other features to follow.
January 4, 2017
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Global Entertainment Giants Form Massive Anti-Piracy Coalition
Some of the world's largest entertainment groups have formed a huge coalition with a mission to reduce online piracy. The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment is comprised of 30 companies including the studios of the MPAA, Amazon, Netflix, CBS, HBO, BBC, Sky, Bell Canada, CBS, Hulu, Lionsgate, Foxtel, Village Roadshow, and many more.
June 13, 2017
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GoMovies Moves to GoStream.is and Evades Google 'Ban'
The popular movie streaming site Gomovies has relocated to a new domain name once again. Going forward, the site will be operating from gostream.is and will no longer list any infringing links on the homepage. The change comes right after the site's previous homepage was removed from Google following a takedown notice.
July 14, 2017
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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches
UK.gov tells search engines to demote dodgy websites or face legislation
February 25, 2017
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Google and Microsoft agree to demote piracy search results in the UK
Deal struck after lengthy spat between search engines and entertainment industry.
February 25, 2017
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Google and Microsoft agree to demote search results for pirated movies, music and streaming sport
Users of Google and Bing will find it more difficult to track down illegal content via the search engines after Google and Microsoft signed up to a voluntary code of practice. the deal means that pirate search results will be demoted in results in the UK, making it less likely that searchers will click on them.
February 25, 2017
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Google Anti-Piracy Agreement will Tping, Share Search Data
More details surrounding the voluntary anti-piracy agreement between Google, Bing, and major rightsholders have emerged. In addition to efforts to mitigate pirate sites' efforts to jump domains to avoid downranking, the search engines will "exchange detailed information" with rightsholders "on a confidential basis" in order to better understand how users are searching for content.
March 7, 2017
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Google Asked to Delist Pirate Movie Sites, ISPs Asked to Block Them
Google and several French ISPs are being asked by the movie industry to take action against four 'pirate' sites. Among them is a massively successful clone of Zone-Telechargement, France's largest pirate site before it was shut down in 2016. While the ISPs are being asked to block access to the platforms, Google is required to delist them from search results.
October 18, 2017
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Google Asked to Remove 3 Billion "Pirate" Search Results
Copyright holders have now asked Google to remove more than 3,000,000,000 allegedly infringing links from its search engine results since it began publishing records. A new milestone for sure, but not one celebrated anywhere. While Google sees it as confirmation that the DMCA process is working, copyright holders still have plenty of work to do.
October 18, 2017
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Google Asked to Remove a Billion "Pirate" Search Results in a Year
Copyright holders asked Google to remove more than 1,000,000,000 allegedly infringing links from its search engine over the past twelve months. a new record, in line with the continued rise of takedown requests and the increase in pressure on Google to do more to tackle piracy.
November 28, 2016
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Google Assistant learns how to read texts as its prime-time rollout continues
Google's voice-activated Assistant can finally interact with our messages.
March 7, 2017
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Google faces another antitrust complaint in Europe
The Open Internet Project has thrown its weight behind charges that Google is abusing its dominance of the smartphone operating system market
March 7, 2017
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Google Removed 2.5 Billion 'Pirate' Search Results
Google has just reached a new landmark after removing 2.5 billion 'pirate' URLs from its search results. The staggering number is the result of increased efforts from copyright holders to remove links to copyright infringing material from the web. Despite this massive takedown effort by Google, not all rightsholders are pleased.
July 6, 2017
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Google Removes MEGA Frontpage from Search Results
Google has removed the homepage of the popular cloud storage service Mega from its search index. the surprise move, which is the result of an inaccurate DMCA takedown notice from a movie company, directly impacts the site's incoming search traffic.
January 12, 2017
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Google says 99.95% of January 2017 DMCA takedown notices were bogus
To protect intellectual property online, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was introduced on October 28, 1998. this law implemented two WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) treaties from 1996, amending Title 17 of the United States Code to "extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of online services for copyright infringement by their users." this limitation of liability crossed the pond into the European Union in 2000 via the Electronic Commerce Directive.
February 24, 2017
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Google: 99.95% of Recent 'Trusted' DMCA Notices Were Bogus
In comments submitted to a U.S. Copyright Office consultation, Google has given the DMCA a vote of support, despite widespread abuse. Noting that the law allows for innovation and agreements with content creators, Google says that 99.95% of URLs it was asked to take down last month didn't even exist in its search indexes.
February 22, 2017
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Google's Neural Machine Translation engine learns three new languages, with more on the way
It now understands Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese, with more languages on the way.
March 7, 2017
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Google, Microsoft pledge to strike piracy sites from front page searches
Bing and Google will make 'pirate' links harder to find in a new UK agreement.
February 21, 2017
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Grumpy Cat Wants $600k from 'Pirating' Coffee Maker
Grumpy Cat is not pleased, yet. Her owners have asked a California federal court to issue a $600,000 judgment against a coffee maker which allegedly exploited their copyrights. In addition, they want damages for trademark and contract breach, and a ban on the company in question from selling any associated Grumpy Cat merchandise.
August 29, 2016
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Hackers Demand Ransom Over Stolen Copy of 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'
Hackers are demanding money from Disney to stop the leaking of a pirate copy of an upcoming film. While Disney CEO Bob Iger didn't mention the movie by name when he announced the news, reports have identified the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' as the target.
May 16, 2017
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Hackers Leak Netflix's Orange is the new Black Season 5
A hacking group calling itself TheDarkOverlord is threatening to leak a trove of unreleased TV shows and movies. the group has already backed up its warning by uploading the season five premiere of Netflix's Orange is the new Black. the group says it obtained the content from a post-production studio and after the company failed to pay a ransom, spilled it onto torrent sites.
April 28, 2017
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Hackers Use Pirate Sites to Ruin Your Life, State Attorneys General Warn
With a new public service announcement, a group of State Attorneys General warns the public that pirate sites are a severe threat to online safety. Hackers use pirate websites to steal IDs and financial information, or even take over people's webcams without their knowledge, they say.
July 27, 2017
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Hardcore UK Pirates Dwindle But Illegal Streaming Poses New Threat
The Intellectual Property Office reports that while UK infringement levels are stable, new threats are challenging progress. Around seven million people are consuming some level of copyright infringing content, but illicit streaming and stream-ripping are increasing in popularity. Interestingly, however, the number of consumers accessing exclusively free content is at an all time low.
July 7, 2017
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Hardware Provider is Liable For Live Streaming Piracy, Court Rules
Sky Deutschland has won a copyright infringement case against the operator of live streaming site Stream4u.tv, as well as the provider of the hardware that was used to decrypt a Sky signal. The District Court of Hamburg, Germany, ruled that they must pay €18,000 in damages.
May 29, 2017
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HDClub, Russia's Leading HD-Only Torrent Site, Permanently Shuts Down
After more than a decade online, HDClub, Russia's leading HD & 3D torrent site, has permanently shut down. With around 170,000 users, HDClub was known for high-quality releases that often leaked to sites like The Pirate Bay. However, its operators say that continual complaints from rightsholders, third-party attacks, and the demise of hardcore enthusiasts, mean the end of the site.
August 30, 2017
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Healthy Aussie Pirates Set To Face Cash 'Fines', Poor & Sick Should Be OK
Village Roadshow says it will carry through on threats to track down Australia-based Internet pirates this year and force them to pay a 'fine' or face court. Interestingly, anyone who is sick or in dire financial straights will only have to promise to be good in future. Meanwhile, company boss Graham Burke has lashed out at Google, after searches for the movie Dunkirk allegedly led him to malware.
August 21, 2017
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High Court Passes Judgment in Illegal Sky Sports Streaming Case
A Sky customer who illegally streamed Sky Sports content via a piracy blog has been ordered to pay £16,000 in legal costs to the broadcaster. UK-based Yusuf Mohammed has also been ordered to provide the personal details of his co-conspirators while revealing how much he made from his activities.
October 26, 2017
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Hold ISPs Responsible for Piracy After Brexit, Music Biz Says
The powerful UK Music coalition, which includes the BPI and PRS, has published its 2017 manifesto. It takes a keen interest in IP issues, particularly post-Brexit. UK Music says that the UK's departure from the EU will provide a good opportunity to clarify issues with hyperlinking and also to hold ISPs accountable for piracy.
May 12, 2017
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Hollywood Keeps Screener Piracy 'Alive' by Mailing 70,000 Discs a Year
Every year movie studios send out tens of thousands of DVD and Blu-ray discs to awards voters. Although it's much cheaper and safer to use digital screeners which can only be watched online, the studios keep the physical discs in rotation fearing that voters won't watch them otherwise. By doing so, they also keep screener piracy alive.
November 2, 2017
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Hollywood Lawsuit Expands Pirate Bay & ExtraTorrent Web Blockade
The MPA recently filed a complaint in Norway seeking to expand a blockade of the Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent and several other sites that was put in place during 2015. the Hollywood group aimed to add seven new ISPs and several additional sites to the country's blocklist. It has now achieved its goals but critics say that holding ISPs responsible for copyright infringement is unfair.
January 13, 2017
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Hollywood Obtains Order to Block Pirate Streaming Sites in Ireland
The Motion Picture Association has scored a victory in Ireland where several Internet providers have been ordered to block access to pirate streaming sites. the Hollywood studios claim that online piracy causes millions in losses and are likely to seek out several new targets now that movie4k.to, primewire.ag and onwatchseries.to have been dealt with.
April 4, 2017
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Hollywood Sees Illegal Streaming Devices as 'Piracy 3.0'
After hunting down torrent sites for more than a decade, Hollywood now has a more complex piracy threat to deal with. According to the Motion Picture Association, illegal streaming devices can be seen as "Piracy 3.0," offering a Netflix-like experience to consumers, but without rightsholders getting paid.
June 2, 2017
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Hollywood Wants Governments to Push Voluntary Anti-Piracy Deals
Hollywood's MPAA sees voluntary anti-piracy agreements as a key element to fight cross-border piracy. The industry is already cooperating with advertisers and payment providers, but more can be done. Local governments could help to negotiate new deals with online intermediaries such as hosting providers, CDNs and search engines, the group suggests.
July 4, 2017
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How Much Money Can Pirate Bay Make From a Cryptocoin Miner?
In a surprise move, The Pirate Bay decided to add a cryptocurrency miner to its website last weekend. The notorious torrent site wanted to see whether this could replace the ads on the site. A controversial idea, but how much money can a site like The Pirate Bay make through mining?
September 14, 2017
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Huge Coalition Protests EU Mandatory Piracy Filter Proposals
The EFF, Creative Commons, Wikimedia, Mozilla and sixty other groups are protesting proposals by the EU to force service providers to police copyrighted content. Article 13 would require sites to introduce piracy filters and content recognition systems but the groups describe the plans as backward looking, damaging, and ill thought through.
May 30, 2017
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I Know what you Downloaded on BitTorrent....
Most people know that BitTorrent is far from anonymous, but seeing all your recent downloads listed on a public website is still quite a shock. 'I Know what you Download' says it does exactly that, and also helps people to uncover the torrenting habits of friends with a nifty spy tool.
December 23, 2016
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IFPI Sneers at YouTube's $1 Billion Music Industry Revenue Payout
Google has just announced that during the past 12 months, YouTube paid out $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone. However, the IFPI remains unimpressed, accusing the platform of taking advantage of artists and producers. YouTube exploits loopholes in the DMCA, the industry group argues, while calling for legislative change to address the "value gap."
December 6, 2016
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Illegal IPTV & VOD Provider Settles with BREIN
BREIN says it has reached a 10,000 euro settlement with a supplier of illegal IPTV services. the Dutch anti-piracy outfit obtained an ex-parte court order against the individual, who was selling cheap subscriptions to otherwise premium channels, accessible via a set-top box or regular PC.
May 4, 2017
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Indie Game Developer Shares Free Keys on The Pirate Bay
While many copyright holders are filled with rage when they see their content showing up at The Pirate Bay, not all are. The developer of the indie adventure game 'Paradigm' decided to hand out free keys on the popular torrent site instead, realizing that not everyone can afford to buy it legally.
June 26, 2017
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Internet Backbone Cogent Blocks Cloudflare's new 'Pirate Site' IP-addresses
The Pirate Bay and several other pirate sites are unavailable again in many parts of the world, due to a new blockade from Internet backbone provider Cogent. the site's IP-addresses, which are owned by CDN provider Cloudflare, have been blackholed, in what appears to be another case of over-blocking.
March 22, 2017
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Internet Backbone Provider Cogent Blocks Pirate Bay and other "Pirate" Sites
Several Pirate Bay users from ISPs all over the world have been unable to access their favorite torrent site for more than a week. Their requests are being stopped in the Internet backbone network of Cogent Communications, which has blackholed the CloudFlare IP-address of the Pirate Bay and many other torrent and streaming sites.
February 9, 2017
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Internet Provider Refutes RIAA's Piracy Allegations
Internet Provider Grande Communications has asked a Texas federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the music group RIAA earlier this year. According to Grande, the Rightscorp notices the RIAA provides as evidence do not prove actual infringement. Even if they did, the ISP says it is a victim of piracy, not a perpetrator.
June 19, 2017
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IPTV Piracy Generates More Internet Traffic Than Torrents
Piracy comes in many shapes and sizes, including unlicensed IPTV subscriptions that offer cheap access to live sports and premium TV channels. While this sort of piracy doesn't regularly make headlines it's quite substantial. New data reveals the traffic generated by these services is massive, much larger than torrent traffic, for example.
November 1, 2017
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IPTV Service Raided By Police & Shutdown, Operator Arrested
A UK-based IPTV service appears to have shut down as a result of police action. After doing business for two years, BulkyIPTV's service went dark yesterday. Shortly after the service's owner sent out an email saying that the ride was over. "Today I was arrested. Everything has been shut down," he said.
July 19, 2017
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Iran Arrests Six Movie Pirates After Rival 'Licensed' Pirates Complain
Six people said to be the administrators of 'pirate' movie site Tinymoviez have been arrested by Iranian authorities. What makes the case unusual is that it's possible for such sites to be licensed by the state, to legally 'pirate' Hollywood content. It's reported that licensed 'pirate' site operators complained about their rival and the platform was partially shut down.
October 3, 2017
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Is Putlocker Dead? Streaming Site Directs Users to 'Scammy' Videos
Putlocker, one of the most-used video streaming services among pirates, has been unusable for more than a week now. the streaming site no longer lists any new videos and the existing ones now link to 'scammy' videos that advertise a suspicious pay service. is this the end of the road for the site?
April 6, 2017
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ISP Blocks Pirate Bay But Vows to Fight Future Blocking Demands
Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget has begun blocking the Pirate Bay but it will not give up the fight. the provider says that in order to ensure that private players "do not have the last word regarding content that should be accessible on the Internet," it will be forced to fight any new blocking demands. Meanwhile, several of the blocked domains appear to be linking to legal sites.
March 1, 2017
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ISP Can't Have Blanket Immunity from Pirating Subscribers, Court Rules
A New York federal court has dismissed the 'piracy liability' case U.S. Internet provider Windstream filed against music group BMG and its anti-piracy partner Rightscorp. the court rules that, without concrete examples of alleged copyright infringements, it can't just give blanket approval to the ISPs business model.
April 20, 2017
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ISP Doesn't Have to Expose Alleged BitTorrent Pirates, Finnish Court Rules
The Finnish market court has dealt a severe blow to local copyright trolls. In a unanimous ruling, seven judges ruled that the privacy of the alleged BitTorrent pirates outweighs the evidence provided by the filmmakers. While it was clear that copyright infringement was taking place, the rightsholders failed to show that it was significant enough to hand over the requested personal details.
June 15, 2017
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ISP RCN and BMG Agree to Settle Internet Piracy Lawsuit
Last year, US-based Internet provider RCN sued music publisher BMG, asking the court to declare that it's not liable for copyright infringements committed by its customers. After dozens of filings the case, which involved anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, has suddenly come to an end, with the parties agreeing to settle their differences - in private.
March 31, 2017
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ISPs don't Have Blanket Immunity from Piracy, BMG Says
Music rights group BMG has asked a New York federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Internet provider RCN. the ISP requested a declaratory judgment on their potential liability for pirating subscribers. However, according to the music group, ISPs don't have "blanket immunity" against secondary infringement claims.
January 27, 2017
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It's "National Get a VPN Day" in Australia
Australia's mandatory data retention scheme comes into effect today, with telecoms providers expected to retain and store their customers' Internet usage metadata. In response, privacy group Digital Rights watch has declared this event National Get a VPN Day, vowing to equip citizens with the tools they need to avoid surveillance.
April 12, 2017
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Italian ISPs Say New Copyright Amendment Infringes Human Rights
A copyright amendment approved by the Italian authorities breaches the EU convention on human rights, an ISP organization has warned. The law allows the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority to issue "take down, stay down" instructions to websites listing allegedly infringing content but without intervention from the judiciary
July 28, 2017
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Italy Blocks 290 'Pirate' Movie & TV Show Domains in 4 Months
Authorities in Italy are continuing a huge crackdown on sites involved in the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content. this week the domains of another 41 platforms offering first-run movies, TV shows, and live sports were targeted, bringing the total for the last four months to 290 sites.
February 22, 2017
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Italy's Pirate Site Blocklist Expands with Flashx, RARBG and Others
Following complaints from copyright holders, Italian ISPs are required to block hundreds of websites, a list that continues to expand. During the past week a handful of new sites were added including Flashx and RARBG, with streaming site 123movies being next in line. the question remains, however, how effective these measures are.
March 6, 2017
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Judge Recommends ISP and Search Engine Blocking of Sci-Hub in the US
Sci-Hub, which is regularly referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," faces one of the strongest anti-piracy injunctions we have seen in the US to date. A magistrate judge in Virginia has recommended a broad order which would require search engines and Internet providers to block the site.
October 3, 2017
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Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers
A District Court judge in Seattle has taken a novel approach in a series of default judgments targeting alleged BitTorrent pirates. Since the defendants are accused of sharing files in the same swarm, they should also share the penalty among each other, the judge argues. According to the order, these cases are not intended to provide a windfall to filmmakers.
February 17, 2017
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Judge Threatens to Bar 'Copyright Troll' Cases Over Lacking IP-location Evidence
A Californian judge is threatening to throw up a roadblock for Malibu Media, the adult media publisher that has sued thousands of alleged BitTorrent pirates. the judge might bar dozens of cases in his district until the accuracy of the company's geolocation technology is fully vetted.
May 12, 2017
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Julia Reda MEP Likened to Nazi in Sweeping Anti-Pirate Rant
Julia Reda MEP has been targeted in an extremely controversial article published by musician and industry activist David Lowery. In a piece titled 'Why is it Every Time We Turn Over a Pirate Rock White Nationalists, Nazi's and Bigots Scurry Out?', Lowery suggests that Reda's complaints over copyright restrictions on Anne Frank's Diary are based out of a far-right agenda.
September 26, 2017
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Kanye West's the Life of Pablo is the first album to go platinum entirely from streams
The Life of Pablo makes streaming history
April 4, 2017
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KickassTorrents Defense: U.S. Indictment Remains Fatally Flawed
The legal defense team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin has reiterated that the allegations put forward by the U.S. Government are fatally flawed. According to the defense, the Government's indictment still includes several misleading claims, which have no foundation in criminal law.
November 21, 2016
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Kim Dotcom Asks Court For $829K to Fund Family Expenses
When Kim Dotcom was raided in 2012, US$42.5m of assets were seized in Hong Kong. A report detailing a new court hearing has revealed that the Megaupload founder is requesting access to NZ$1.2m (US$829,400) of that pool, to fund everything from rent to car maintenance and family holidays.
November 2, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Asks Police to Urgently Interview FBI Director Jim Comey
Kim Dotcom has filed a formal complaint with police in new Zealand after FBI director James Comey arrived in the region for a conference. Dotcom's complaint says that Comey should be urgently interviewed over the unlawful removal of hard drive clones obtained following the raid on Megaupload in 2012.
April 25, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Extradition to Go Ahead, But not on Copyright Grounds
The new Zealand High Court today ruled that Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, but it won't be on copyright grounds. After months of deliberation, Justice Murray Gilbert agreed with the US Government's position that this is a fraud case at its core, an offense that is extraditable. Dotcom says he will fight on.
February 25, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Opposes US's "Fugitive" Claims at Supreme Court
In an effort to regain control over millions of dollars in seized assets, Kim Dotcom's legal team has filed a brief at the Supreme Court, countering the US Government's position. The US uses the fugitive claims as a coercive weapon, which offends due process and fundamental fairness, according to the Megaupload founder.
June 22, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Plots Hollywood Execs' Downfall in Wake of Weinstein Scandal
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Kim Dotcom is offering support to victims of similar abuse. The entrepreneur says he'll find funding for a class-action lawsuit exposing the crimes of high-ranking Hollywood executives. Five years after the Megaupload raid, it seems that having a shared enemy could bring kindred spirits together.
October 11, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Says Family Trust Could Sue Mega Investor
Kim Dotcom says the trustees of a trust set up for the benefit of his children could sue one of the most controversial figures in new Zealand. Dotcom says that businessman Bill Liu, who has just pleaded guilty to money laundering charges, unlawfully diluted the trust's majority share in file-hosting site Mega.
May 11, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Spying Fiasco Puts Prime Minister Under Pressure
New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English is the latest high-ranking official to come under pressure as a result of the Kim Dotcom spying fiasco. English, who was acting Prime Minister in 2012 when much of the spying took place, now stands accused of acting unlawfully when he tried to have the surveillance of Dotcom recognized as a state secret.
July 25, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Takes Fight Over Seized Millions to US Supreme Court
Kim Dotcom has petitioned the US Supreme Court in the hope of regaining control over millions of dollars in assets that were seized by the US Government. Dotcom's legal team is challenging the finding that as a fugitive, Megaupload's founder has no standing to reclaim his seized property.
April 10, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Wants K.im to Trigger a "Copyright Revolution"
Kim Dotcom hopes that his new file-sharing service K.im will create a "copyright revolution." The platform will offer a secure platform for people to share files and get paid for them while offering copyright holders the option to monetize piracy.
August 31, 2017
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Kim Dotcom's Extradition Appeal Gets Underway
Last year a District Court judge in new Zealand found that there was an "overwhelming" case for Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited to the United States to face trial for their alleged roles in the Mega Conspiracy. Today the trio were in the High Court to mount their appeal.
August 29, 2016
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Kim Dotcom's Extradition Hearing will be Live Streamed on YouTube
Kim Dotcom's request for his extradition hearing to be live streamed on the Internet has been granted by a new Zealand High Court judge. Beginning tomorrow, proceedings will be broadcast live on YouTube, despite protests from the United States that the stream could prejudice Dotcom's criminal trial in the U.S. should he be extradited.
August 30, 2016
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Kim Dotcom's Historical Speeding Conviction Still a Deportation Danger
Could a historical speeding conviction see Kim Dotcom kicked out of new Zealand if the case to extradite him to the United States fails? That's the situation faced by the Megaupload founder, as an investigation into how he became a resident in the country after not declaring a traffic offense turns two-and-a-half years old.
March 19, 2017
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Kodi: Users who stream illegal content should 'Bugger off'
A week ago, Kodi took to Twitter to express its hatred for popular third-party add-ons site TVAddons, claiming that it should be shut down as it brought "nothing but misery to everyone."
October 10, 2017
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'Klingon Language' Copyright Battle Ends, for Now
The case between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is going to trial later this month, but the future of the Klingon language is no longer at stake. this week the court excluded Klingon from the copyright battle, together with several other "items" including Vulcans' appearance, warp drives, and the Federation logo.
January 13, 2017
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Kodi Addon Repository Sees Massive Surge in Users
TVAddons, the leading repository for unofficial Kodi addons, continues to broaden its user-base. Last month nearly 40 million unique users connected to the site's servers, transferring a dazzling petabyte of data. If it's up to the site's operators, the recent growth will be just the beginning of an ongoing trend.
April 17, 2017
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'Kodi Box' Consultation Launched by Intellectual Property Office
Following complaints from rightsholders and broadcasters, the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is considering how the law can be tightened to tackle the so-called Kodi epidemic. Interested parties are invited to participate in a consultation to assess how copyright, fraud, and other legislation can target both device sellers and end users.
February 28, 2017
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Kodi Counters Scaremongerers and Clarifies Its Stance on DRM
Facing a constant stream of rumors and inaccurate news reports, the Kodi team has felt the need to clarify its stance on DRM. the Kodi software will never prohibit users from accessing content, legal or not, they stress. Compatibility with low-level DRM is an option, but only so that external parties can offer their content securely.
April 27, 2017
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Kodi Turmoil Continues as TVAddons Mysteriously Disappears
TVAddons, the leading library for unofficial Kodi add-ons, has mysteriously disappeared. The site's domain names have become unresponsive after the DNS entries were removed. It's unclear why these drastic actions were taken, but since TVAddons was sued last week, some fear the worst.
June 13, 2017
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Landmark Movie Streaming Trial Gets Underway in Sweden
A landmark trial of two men accused of running a popular streaming site begins today. the operators of Swefilmer, whose case had been put on hold pending a copyright ruling from the European Court, face charges of copyright infringement and money laundering. the case is a first of its kind in Sweden.
January 16, 2017
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Landmark 'Pirate' Kodi Box Trial Canceled After Man Changes Plea to Guilty
A landmark trial over the sale of Kodi devices augmented with 'pirate' addons has been canceled after the defendant changed his plea. UK-based Brian Thompson would've been the first person to fight charges of "circumvention of effective technological measures" in such a case but a late guilty plea means he'll be sentenced next month.
September 25, 2017
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Landmark Usenet Piracy Verdict Stands, Despite RIAA and MPAA Protests
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to rehear the case Usenet provider Giganews won against Perfect 10. the decision not only comes as a disappointment to the bankrupt magazine publisher but also to the MPAA and RIAA, who warned the court that the decision is a disaster for copyright holders.
May 10, 2017
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Large IPTV Piracy Ring Shut Down by Spanish Police and Europol
Police in Spain have shut down a large IPTV piracy operation with help from Europol and Bulgarian authorities. the group was operating through two legitimate ISPs in Spain and Bulgaria, which were allegedly set up to facilitate the illegal offering. Eight people have been arrested in connection with the piracy ring.
April 7, 2017
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Lawmakers Won't Force Google to Police Piracy but Doubt Voluntary Code
A Digital Economy Bill amendment that would've given the UK government the power to impose an anti-piracy code on Google has been withdrawn. Instead, the voluntary agreement announced this week will be given a chance to do its job, but in parliament, law lords were split over whether it will achieve its aims.
February 24, 2017
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Leading Kodi Addon Repository TV Addons Reveals Plans for 2017
One of the world's leading repositories for third-party Kodi addons has revealed some of its plans for 2017. TV Addons says it will streamline the entire Kodi addon experience, making the process easier for all. Greater emphasis will be placed on 'legitimate' addons too, alongside calls for people to stop selling ready-configured hardware devices that attract negative attention.
December 27, 2016
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London Has Fallen Copyright Trolls Test Norway After US Retreat
The copyright trolls behind the action movie London Has Fallen are testing out the Norwegian market after things got tricky in the US. In November, LHF Productions backed away from suing a US citizen after they were threatened with exposure, but now they're demanding money in Europe.
January 20, 2017
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Mac DeMarco Tells Fans to Grab Leaked Album from the Pirate Bay, Or Kazaa...
When singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco found out that his new album "This Old Dog" had leaked three weeks before its official release, he did something unusual. Instead of complaining, he actively encouraged fans to download a free copy from the Pirate Bay, Soulseek, or even long defunct pirate classics such as Napster, Limewire, and Kazaa.
April 18, 2017
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Major YouTube audio-ripping site agrees to shut down after getting sued by labels
Say goodbye to YouTube-MP3.org
September 4, 2017
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Malicious Subtitles Threaten Kodi, VLC and Popcorn Time Users, Researchers Warn
Millions of people risk having their devices and systems compromised by malicious subtitles, Check Point researchers revealed today. The threat comes from a previously undocumented vulnerability which affects users of popular streaming software, including Kodi, Popcorn-Time, and VLC. Developers of the applications have already applied fixes or will do so soon.
May 23, 2017
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Man Faces Prison For Sharing Pirated Deadpool Movie on Facebook
A 21-year-old man from California has been arrested for allegedly sharing a pirated copy of the movie Deadpool on his Facebook page, shortly after it premiered last year. The man was indicted following an FBI investigation and faces a prison sentence of up to three years.
June 14, 2017
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Mandatory Piracy Filters Could Breach Human Rights, EU Members Warn
Several EU member states are questioning whether plans to modernize copyright law in Europe are fully compatible with EU law. One of the main problems is the mandatory piracy filters Internet services could be required to use, which could violate existing case law and human rights.
September 6, 2017
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Many Film Students Pirate Films for Their Courses
New research shows that piracy is a common habit among film students. Not just for pleasure, but also to obtain mandatory course materials. In fact, obtaining films illegally is more common than getting them through university reserve desks.
August 22, 2017
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Mayweather versus McGregor Caused Massive Surge in Streaming Piracy
Last weekend millions of people were glued to their television to watch the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. While the event was a sporting and financial success, not everyone was willing to pay close to a hundred dollars to view it. This resulted in a surge in pirate IPTV streams on Saturday night.
August 28, 2017
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Megaupload 2.0 News Delayed by 'Expected' Roadblock
A few hours ago Kim Dotcom was gearing up to make an important announcement about a new version of the defunct Megaupload service. However, with minutes left to go, the Megaupload 2.0 plans hit an "expected" roadblock, which means that the wait continues.
January 20, 2017
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Microsoft and Google will demote piracy search results in the UK
In a press release today, the British Phonographic Industry (the UK's recorded music trade association) and the Motion Picture Association announced that an agreement has been inked with Microsoft and Google to demote piracy search results on their respective search engines, in the United Kingdom.
February 25, 2017
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Millions of North American Households Use Kodi with Pirate Add-ons
New data published by Canadian broadband management company Sandvine reveals that close to 9 percent of all North American households have at least one Kodi device. Roughly two thirds of these actively use pirate add-ons, which is good for millions of families in total.
May 4, 2017
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More Pirated Ultra HD Blu-Ray Discs Leak Online, But Mystery Remains
There's quite a buzz among movie pirates who have an eye for high-quality video. After the first Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc leaked last month, two more releases have now followed. While some have rumored that AACS 2 encryption may have been cracked, a bypass is just as likely. And with the leakers themselves staying quiet, the mystery remains.
June 12, 2017
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Most Millennials Regularly Stream Pirated Content, Survey Finds
More than half of all North American millennials regularly use pirate streaming services to watch TV-shows or movies, a new survey shows. While legal streaming is preferred, pirate sources are more popular than traditional TV, DVDs or Blu-Rays. Interestingly, only a tiny fraction of the respondents feel guilty about using these unauthorized platforms.
April 12, 2017
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Movie Cammer & Prolific Uploader Receives Community Sentence
A man from the UK who admitted recording movies in a cinema then uploading them to the Internet has been handed a community sentence. Shaun Forry was charged with fraud and copyright infringement offenses, but despite recording two movies and illegally distributing more than 670 others, he avoided a custodial sentence.
February 7, 2017
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Movie Company Issues Warning Over Fake "Piracy" Fines
Automated piracy fines and settlement letters have become a serious threat in several countries. this week several Dutch Internet users received a letter in the mail, asking them to pay a small "settlement" to avoid worse. However, the Dutch movie company on the letterhead has nothing to do with the campaign, which turns out to be an elaborate scam.
February 24, 2017
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Movie Director Steals Clam Chowder to Avenge Illegal Downloads
An Emmy-award winning director who discovered that one of his movies had been downloaded from torrent sites and handed out among store employees has gotten his revenge. Casey Tebo went to the store in question and started stealing ingredients to make a clam chowder. Unlike most pirates, however, he got caught.
January 19, 2017
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Movie Industry Wants Irish ISPs to Block Pirate Movie Streaming Portals
The Motion Picture Association is trying to have three popular streaming portals blocked by Irish Internet providers. In a new court case, the movie studios describe movie4k.to, primewire.ag and onwatchseries.to as massive copyright infringement hubs, with each offering thousands of infringing movies.
February 7, 2017
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Movie Piracy Blackmail Plot Fails, Six Arrested
In 2017 there's a trend of people threatening to leak movies online unless a ransom is paid. With Disney refusing to pay in a similar situation this week, there are clear signs that perpetrators can and do get caught. That was the case with a plot against Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, a record-breaking movie taking India by storm.
May 17, 2017
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Movie Pirate Sites Disappear from Google's Search Results
Several prominent movie pirate sites have completely disappeared from Google's search results. the list includes domain names belonging to streaming portals 123movies and Fmovies, which both have millions of visitors. at the same time, the popular converter platform YouTube-MP3 has also been stripped from Google's listings.
December 9, 2016
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MPAA & RIAA Demand Tough Copyright Standards in NAFTA Negotiations
The MPAA and RIAA have made their positions clear in submissions to the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. Both want allies Canada and Mexico to commit to tightened copyright law, including restrictions on safe harbor provisions that go beyond current US practice.
June 21, 2017
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MPAA and RIAA Present Plan to Recover Megaupload's Failing Hard Drives
The MPAA and RIAA have asked a Virginia federal court for a preservation order to recover and secure stored Megaupload data. Last year, Megaupload's former hosting company Cogent had warned that several drives, which are preserved as evidence, have become unreadable. the rightsholder groups say they want to act swiftly, before it's too late.
March 15, 2017
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MPAA and RIAA's Megaupload Lawsuits Remain on Hold
A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to keep the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold until April next year. Since all crucial data on Megaupload's servers was preserved earlier this year, the MPAA and RIAA have no objections against the stay, which was triggered by slow progress in the criminal case.
October 23, 2017
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MPAA Chief Praises Site-Blocking But Italians Love Piracy -- and the Quality
Outgoing MPAA chief Chris Dodd praised European site-blocking efforts Monday but slammed unauthorized content sites that "steal sensitive data and make profit any way they can." Speaking in Italy, Dodd called for the education of youngsters against piracy but that could be tough. Italians carry out 669 million acts of piracy every year and they're happy with the quality of pirate copies.
June 6, 2017
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MPAA Reports Pirate Sites, Hosts and Ad-Networks to US Government
The MPAA has submitted a new list of "notorious websites" to the US Government. The list features a wide variety of pirate sites including The Pirate Bay, Gostream, and Rapidgator, and also mentions fully-loaded streaming boxes. For the first time, the overview also includes ad-networks, highlighting the Canadian company WWWPromoter as an example.
October 4, 2017
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MPAA Takes Credit for the Shutdown of KickassTorrents
Earlier this year KickassTorrents was taken down following a criminal investigation into the site's alleged operators. While the U.S. Department of Justice handles the case, based on an FBI investigation, they were not the only ones involved. According to comments made by MPAA boss Chris Dodd, Hollywood played a crucial role as well.
December 14, 2016
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MPAA Tracks 'The Fate of the Furious' Pirates, Two Men Arrested
In a relatively rare event, two men have been arrested and charged after being caught 'camming' the movie Fate of the Furious. Troy Cornish and Floyd Buchanan were followed by an MPAA investigator who alerted police after he saw the men recording in a theater in Maryland, United States. the men are described as known movie piracy suspects.
April 18, 2017
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MPAA Wins Movie Piracy Case in China After Failed Anti-Piracy Deal
The international arm of the Motion Picture Association of America has chalked up a copyright victory against a huge Chinese video platform. The suit, filed against Xunlei in 2015 following the failure of an oppressive anti-piracy initiative, claimed copyright infringement on 28 Hollywood titles. The MPAA was awarded just over $210,000 in damages, plus legal fees.
August 22, 2017
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MPAA: Almost 70% of 38 Million Kodi Users Are Pirates
During a panel discussion hosted by the Copyright Alliance this week, the MPAA's Senior Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs had a few choice words about Kodi. Noting that the platform itself is legally used by around 12 million users, a further 26 million configure the media player with piracy addons.
November 4, 2017
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MPAA: Dealing with Kodi is the $64,000 Question
While torrent sites have been a thorn in the side of the MPAA for more than a decade, there's a new kid on the block. Speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, MPAA chief Chris Dodd cited the growing use of the Kodi platform for piracy, describing the problem as the "$64,000 question."
February 16, 2017
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MPAA: Net Neutrality Rules Should Not Hinder Anti-Piracy Efforts
While millions of people were sending in comments urging the FCC to stop a looming repeal of current net neutrality rules, the MPAA focused on something else. In a recently submitted letter, the Hollywood group doesn't argue for or against the proposals. It merely wants to ensure that future net neutrality regulation doesn't hinder anti-piracy efforts.
September 12, 2017
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MPAA's Anti-Piracy Injunction Targets Wrong IP-Address Due to a Typo....
Going after alleged pirate sites through third-party service providers such as domain registrars and hosting companies is a sensitive issue. with the SOPA pushback fresh in mind, the MPAA is now carefully testing this approach in court. Considering the delicate matter at hand it's rather painful that a recent injunction targeted an innocent IP-address, due to a typo.
March 17, 2017
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Mr. Robot 'Plugs' uTorrent and Pirate release Groups
The latest episode of award-winning TV show Mr. Robot includes a nod to online pirates. the main character Elliot is shown pirating a movie using uTorrent, while his movie folder lists movies from various pirate groups including YIFY. the group in question appreciates the "bad ass" mention, while another group casts doubt on the hacker's choice of BitTorrent client.
July 29, 2016
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Music Group Protests ISPs Move for a Declaratory Ruling on Piracy Liability
Music rights group BMG says that Internet providers RCN and Windstream should not be allowed to obtain a declaratory judgment on their potential liability for pirating subscribers. According to BMG, the providers are improperly trying immunize themselves, hiding behind the DMCA's safe harbor.
September 1, 2016
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Music Industry Wants Piracy Filters, No Takedown Whack-a-Mole
A group of prominent music groups including the RIAA has asked the Copyright Office to help solve the "broken" and "ineffective" DMCA law. the current takedown provision results in a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, they say, arguing that automated piracy filters are the way forward.
February 22, 2017
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Music, Movie & Gaming Industries Seek Piracy Blockades in Belgium
An entertainment organization comprising companies from the music, movie, and videogame industries is targeting several pirate sites for blocking in Belgium. the Belgian Entertainment Association informs TorrentFreak that it wants local ISPs to block nine of the most popular streaming sites under principles established by the Court of Justice of the European Union.
February 6, 2017
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Mysterious Group Lands Denuvo Anti-Piracy Body Blow
From nowhere, the previously unknown group 'SteamPunks' has delivered a crack for the popular game Dishonored 2 but with a potentially significant twist. Instead of taking the conventional route of hacked code, the group's solution is a key generator for Denuvo licenses. This presents the possibility that Denuvo might have been seriously compromised.
June 7, 2017
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Nagra Targets Pirate Kodi Streaming Addons and IPTV
While reasonably effective satellite and cable TV anti-piracy systems do exist, these are being entirely circumvented by pirate content delivered over the Internet. No surprise then that conditional access companies such as NAGRA are spreading their wings, targeting illegal IPTV and third-party Kodi addons.
April 11, 2017
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Nature Picks 'Pirate' in this Year's Top People in Science
Over the past year science's pirate portal Sci-Hub has become the center of an academic debate about copyright's 'stranglehold' on science. the site was sued by one of the largest academic publishers but also received praise from researchers. this controversy makes its founder, Alexandra Elbakyan, one of the top ten people that mattered in science this year, according to Nature.
December 20, 2016
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Netflix Downloader Pulled Offline Following Trademark Complaint
DVDVideoSoft has ceased the development of 'Free Downloader for Netflix' following a third-party complaint. the software company is no longer offering the tool for download following a trademark complaint and it's doubtful that it will ever come back.
January 10, 2017
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Netflix Gets Serious About Its Anti-Piracy Efforts
Since Netflix's priorities are shifting more to the production of original content, piracy is also turning into a more serious problem. the company wasn't very concerned about copyright infringement in the past, but today it has its own "Global Copyright Protection Group" and an anti-piracy focus that's on par with many major Hollywood studios.
March 24, 2017
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Netflix Joins DMCA Takedown Bandwagon to Frustrate Pirates
Netflix has jumped on the DMCA takedown bandwagon. In recent weeks the company has reported tens of thousands of pirate links to Google alone, hoping to make pirated copies of their programming harder to find. Netflix's position on piracy deviates from a few years ago, when CEO Reed Hastings highlighted its positive sides.
March 18, 2016
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New BBC iPlayer Rules Easily Defeated, Especially via VPN
A change in the law means that from today, all UK viewers of BBC iPlayer need to pay a £145.50 license fee, regardless of which services they use. the UK's TV licensing body says it will crack down on those using iPlayer without a license but in reality that will be an extremely difficult task. for those using a VPN, being detected will be all but impossible.
September 1, 2016
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'New "DeUHD" Tool Can Rip UHD Blu-Ray Discs'
A Russian company has released a Windows application that claims to rip UHD Blu-ray discs. The tool, dubbed 'DeUHD,' currently supports a limited number of drives and discs but is the first commercially available application to decrypt AACS 2.0 protected discs.
October 2, 2017
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New Lawsuit Demands ISP Blockades Against 'Pirate' Site Sci-Hub
Shortly after Sci-Hub was ordered to pay $15 million in piracy damages to Elsevier, the American Chemical Society filed a lawsuit of its own against the "Pirate Bay for Science." The scientific society would also like to see a cut of the loot. In addition, it asks the court for a broad injunction which would require ISPs to block the site.
June 29, 2017
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New "Out of Control" Denuvo Piracy Protection Cracked
The new Denuvo system 'protecting' the game 'RiME' has been defeated in less than a week. This is notable, not least since the developers promised to remove Denuvo if it was cracked. Furthermore, a report from the cracker suggests that an apparently desperate Denuvo pulled out all the stops to protect RiME, but still failed.
June 2, 2017
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New Premier League Blocking Disrupts Pirate IPTV Providers
This weekend the Premier League began a new round of actions targeting illegal streaming. Reports reveal disruption at many IPTV providers, with some indicating that using VPNs is now a must for UK IPTV subscribers. Interestingly, however, sources at some providers claim to have already mitigated the threat.
August 14, 2017
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New Tool Downloads Any Netflix Video Instantly
There's a new tool on the market that offers something many people have been desperately looking for. with 'Free Netflix Downloader' people can download videos from Netflix instantly, on Windows at least. the first of its kind tool appears to work surprisingly well, despite the lack of high definition video quality.
December 28, 2016
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New Torrent Search Engine Abuses Wikipedia to Get Traffic
Getting a torrent site off the ground is no easy feat in the current environment but doing so by misleading the public isn't a great start. a new torrent search site appears to be doing just that, by editing the Wikipedia pages of famous torrent sites in order to drive traffic to its domain.
May 3, 2017
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New UK 'Kodi' Piracy Blocking Injunction is a Pretty Scary Beast
The new piracy blocking injunction obtained by the UK's Premier League is groundbreaking on several levels, court papers have revealed. not only did the football outfit work closely with Sky, BT and Virgin (who all have a vested interest) but the ISPs also monitored traffic from 'pirate' servers requested by their customers. Live blocking of streams will be possible too, with no immediate court oversight.
March 14, 2017
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NO. the Grand Tour is not the Most Pirated TV-Show in History.
There's a new piracy king in town. According to various major news outlets, Amazon's the Grand Tour has taken over the reign of most pirated TV show in history from Game of Thrones. the news comes as a total surprise, and for a good reason. it's complete nonsense.
December 13, 2016
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No, ExtraTorrent Has Not Been Resurrected
Just days after ExtraTorrent closed its doors, various sites popped up claiming to be the popular torrent site resurrected. Some even go as far as stating they're operated by former staffers, which was quickly picked up by the press. In reality, however, the widely covered copycat appears to be a Pirate Bay mirror with an ExtraTorrent skin.
May 24, 2017
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Not Warning Kid About Piracy makes Father Liable, Court Rules
A German court has ruled that a father is liable for an audiobook his 11-year old son downloaded. the man told the kid to only use the computer for school purposes and not to simply download things. However, the court ruled that this was not a proper anti-piracy instruction.
March 3, 2017
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Now Anyone Can Embed a Pirate Movie in a Website
Vodlocker.to is offering an interesting service that not only provides streaming movies and TV shows in the browser but also allows them to be published anywhere on the web. After entering the movie's IMDb number, users get an embed code which can be entered into any web page, where the movie will play in a YouTube-like window. There's even support for Chromecast.
May 22, 2017
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Of Course Atlus Hit RPCS3's Patreon Page Over Persona 5
Many gamers are disappointed that game developer Atlus targeted the Patreon page of the RPCS3 emulator with a DMCA notice yesterday. The RPCS3 team had heavily promoted the fact that their emulator could run the frankly brilliant title Persona 5, something which seriously excited fans of the console-only game. But really, is anyone genuinely surprised at Atlus' actions?
September 27, 2017
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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?
Ripping teens leave the file sharing to Sad Old Dads
July 10, 2017
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Online Piracy can Boost Comic Book Sales, Research Finds
A new academic study shows that piracy can have a positive effect on comic book sales under some conditions. the empirical research, which zooms in on Japanese Manga comics, suggests that sales of ongoing comics dip when pirated versions are more readily available, while those for completed series go up.
February 25, 2017
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Online Piracy Moves Away from the Desktop
Traffic to pirate sites via regular desktop browsers is fading, new data suggests. a new report released by piracy research firm MUSO shows that traffic through mobile browsers is relatively stable. Whether piracy is down overall remains debatable, though, as streaming media players, which mostly fall outside the scope of the research, are still booming.
April 14, 2017
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Online Platforms Should Collaborate to Ban Piracy and Terrorism, Report Suggests
A new report from the Digital Citizens Alliance, which bundles Internet piracy, hacking, malware, and fake news into one convenient bundle, suggests that platforms like Facebook and YouTube should collaborate to weed out "bad actors." In the same way that casinos share information about cheats, Internet platforms should do the same, the report argues.
June 8, 2017
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Opera Browser Asked to Blacklist Pirate Sites in "Turbo Mode"
The Opera web browser feature 'Turbo Mode' is designed to speed up browsing. as a side effect, it also bypasses website blocks, something popular with pirates. However, it appears that the company has been in talks to integrate a blacklist which could stop access to.
November 22, 2016
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Operation 'Pirate On Demand' Blocks Pirate IPTV Portals
A crackdown on groups that provide unauthorized IPTV services has continued today with the blocking of several portals. Operation 'Pirate On Demand' is being carried out by the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), a department under Italy's Minister of Economy and Finance. Nine locations have been blocked so far and two people have been arrested.
June 28, 2017
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Parents Must Identify Pirate Kids Or Pay Their Fines, Court Rules
If parents are aware that their children have committed copyright infringement they must identify them to the court if required to do so, or pay their fines. that was the ruling of Germany's Federal Court of Justice this week in a case concerning the unlawful distribution of 'Loud' by Rihanna, carried out by a minor in 2011.
March 31, 2017
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Perfect 10 Takes Giganews to Supreme Court, Says It's Worse Than Megaupload
After filing a lawsuit against Giganews for alleged piracy, Perfect 10 has been continually defeated by the Usenet provider. Now, with a final throw of the dice, the company has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court, bemoaning the efforts of the courts, Justice Department and Congress, while claiming that Giganews offered 200 times more infringing movies than the infamous Megaupload.
September 6, 2017
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Peru Authorities Shut Down First 'Pirate' Websites, Three Arrested
Authorities in Peru have shut down the country's leading 'pirate' websites. With a focus on Spanish language content, Pelis24 (Movies24) and Series24 were popular across all of South America. The sites are now offline following arrests and domain seizures, the first of their type to be carried out in Peru.
September 25, 2017
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Piracy 'Disaster' Strikes The Hitman's Bodyguard
As the top grossing film for two weeks in a row, The Hitman's Bodyguard is doing very well at the US box office. This week the makers of the action comedy are faced with a serious setback though, as a high definition copy of the film has leaked online. It's unknown how this will impact future grosses, but movie studio Millennium Films might have to confront pirates head-on.
August 29, 2017
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'Piracy Filters Are Expensive and Far from Perfect'
The US Copyright Office is considering whether the DMCA copyright law is still fit to deal with online piracy and has asked various stakeholders for input. Copyright holders have suggested that automated piracy filters are a way forward. However, a research paper submitted by the non-profit organization Engine argues that this will do more harm than good.
March 29, 2017
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Piracy? RIAA Labels Asked Us to Promote Their Music, Spinrilla Says
Popular hip-hop mixtape site and app Spinrilla has responded to the piracy lawsuit filed by several RIAA labels last month. the company reveals that it uses a piracy filter the labels themselves suggested, and adds that many of the allegedly infringing works were promoted upon the labels' requests.
March 16, 2017
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Pirate App Store Operator Jailed for Criminal Copyright Infringement
Five years after the FBI took down several pirate Android app 'stores,' SnappzMarket's Joshua Taylor has been sentenced to 16 months in prison. While the defense highlighted that Taylor only played a small role as 'server guy,' the judge ruled that a lengthy jail sentence is appropriate.
July 10, 2017
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Pirate Android App 'Store' Member Jailed for 46 Months
A unique FBI operation carried out four years ago targeted several pirate Android app marketplaces, seizing their domains and arresting their operators. this month saw the first conviction, with SnappzMarket's 'PR manager' Scott Walton receiving a 46-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.
August 31, 2016
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Pirate Bay's Iconic .SE Domain has Expired
The Pirate Bay's iconic .SE domain name has expired and will be deactivated soon if no action is taken. This means that thepiratebay.se, which played a central part in the site's history, is no longer redirecting to the most current Pirate Bay domain.
October 16, 2017
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'Pirate' Kodi Box Seller Enters "Not Guilty" Plea in Landmark Case
The man at the center of a landmark case involving the supply of "fully-loaded" Kodi boxes pleaded not guilty this morning. Middlesbrough shopkeeper Brian Thompson admits selling modified set-top boxes but denies that they were primarily designed to "facilitate the circumvention of effective technological measures."
January 27, 2017
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'Pirate' Kodi Box Sellers Fail to Overturn Sales Ban in Canada
Sellers of so-called "fully" loaded set-top boxes have failed in their bid to have a Canada sales ban lifted. An injunction was granted by the Federal Court last June after content producers and cable companies took action against sellers of Kodi and Showbox-enabled devices. the Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal has now upheld the ban.
March 21, 2017
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'Pirate' Movie Streaming Sites Declared Legal by Italian Court
A Court of Appeal in Rome has overturned a 600,000 euro ruling against four unlicensed sites that offered streaming movies to the public. the Court found that merely providing links does not qualify as distributing files protected by copyright, even though the sites generated revenue via advertising.
March 27, 2017
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Pirate Party Wins Big in Czech Parliament Elections
The Czech Pirate Party has booked a significant win in local parliamentary elections. With more than ten percent of the total vote, the Pirates became the third largest party in the country, entering parliament with 22 seats. With its newly gained power, the party hopes to overhaul copyright legislation, fight corruption, and abolish Internet censorship, among other things.
October 20, 2017
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Pirate Site Blockades Violate Free Speech, Mexico's Supreme Court Rules
Broad pirate sites blockades are disproportional, Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice has ruled. the Government can't order ISPs to block websites that link to copyright-infringing material because that would also restrict access to legitimate content and violate the public's freedom of expression. the ruling is a win for local ISP Alestra, which successfully protested the Government's blocking efforts.
April 25, 2017
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Pirate Site 'Coke and Popcorn' Shuts Down, Points Users to Netflix
The pirate streaming site "Coke and Popcorn" has shutdown. the site, which linked to a wide variety of TV-shows and movies, doesn't specify a reason but says that the decision is permanent. the operator warns users not to fall for any copycat sites and points them to "safe" and "better" options such as Netflix instead.
May 9, 2017
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Pirate Site Operators Caught by Money Trail, Landmark Trial Hears
The landmark trial of two men accused of running a popular streaming site has got underway in Sweden. the 26 and 22-year-old stand accused of running the country's most popular streaming portal while generating $1.5 million in advertising and donations.
April 11, 2017
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Pirate Site Pubfilm Taunts Hollywood With Domain Name Whac-A-Mole
Pirate streaming site Pubfilm is not impressed by the lawsuit filed by major Hollywood studios earlier this year. The site has already lost several domain names following a court order. However, Pubfilm continues to taunt the studios by offering its service from new locations, as if nothing ever happened.
May 25, 2017
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"Pirate Sites Generate $111 Million In Ad Revenue a Year"
A new report commissioned by the Trustworthy Accountability Group estimates that the top "pirate sites" generate $111 million in annual ad revenue. However, they say that this figure could have been twice as much without the ad-industry's anti-piracy efforts. While the numbers are certainly impressive, insiders and experts suggest they are way off.
October 5, 2017
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Pirate Streaming Box Operation Nets £370k But Only a Suspended Sentence
A man who ran a commercial business buying Android boxes from China and installing them with Kodi and pirate addons has escaped jail. Despite making £370K from the business, the 28-year-old received only a suspended sentence. There was no fine either but he must pay towards prosecution costs.
July 3, 2017
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Pirate Streaming Site 123Movies Rebrands as GoMovies
After several days of downtime, pirate movie streaming site 123movies has renamed itself to GoMovies for a fresh start. with the brand change and a new domain name, the popular site hopes to clearly set itself apart from the many fake sites that surfaced online recently.
March 29, 2017
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Pirate-Friendly Coinhive's DNS Hacked, User Hashes Stolen
Coinhive, the cryptocurrency mining service that has proven a hit with 'pirate' sites, has been hacked. After failing to update a password that was at least three years old and potentially part of an earlier breach, the platform's DNS records were manipulated, allowing hackers to "steal" hashes from Coinhive users.
October 25, 2017
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Pirates Leak Copy of Kim Dotcom Documentary Online
While the United States is still trying to have Kim Dotcom extradited, in one of the largest copyright infringement cases ever, a documentary about the unprecedented case is topping various official download charts. Meanwhile, in what some might see as an ironic twist, various pirated copies of the film have just started to appear online.
August 23, 2017
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Pirates pirate Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and demand ransom from Disney
Hackers claim to have stolen the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film and are demanding that Disney pay a ransom or else have it released online, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.
May 15, 2017
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Plex Gets Tough Over Unofficial Kodi Addon But Crisis Quickly Averted
TVAddons hosts thousands of third-party addons for Kodi but one, which was submitted last week by now-retired developer MetalKettle, has drawn criticism from the makers of Plex. In a strongly worded legal letter, Plex threatened tough action. But, after TVAddons promptly assisted, the dispute was quickly settled. This, TVAddons says, is a demonstration of how disputes should be handled.
August 31, 2017
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Police Arrest Man Trying to Sell Brotherhood on the Dark Web
Detectives from the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit say they have arrested a man attempting to sell the movie Brotherhood on the dark web. the 35-year-old is suspected of offering the movie , which is the follow-up to the successful Kidulthood and Adulthood, in advance of its retail release.
November 22, 2016
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Police Bust 'Pirate' Kodi Box Sellers on Behalf of Sky, Virgin, BT, Premier League
Police have arrested five people on suspicion of selling 'pirate' set-top boxes configured to receive pay TV. the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit teamed up with FACT, Sky, Virgin, BT, and the Premier League to arrest the sellers, who allegedly supplied Kodi with unlicensed addons.
February 8, 2017
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Police Confiscate 245 'Pirate' Media Players
Following a tip from Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, local police have confiscated 245 "pirate" media players. The vendor had previously promised to stop selling the devices but while the boxes disappeared from an online store, they were still available offline.
August 29, 2017
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'Pirate' IPTV Provider Loses Case, Despite Not Offering Content Itself
A company that sold Kodi-based software which accessed infringing TV, movie and sports streams has lost an interesting case featuring Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. MovieStreamer claimed that it only provided a referral service to third-party content through a series of links but the court found that despite the convoluted process, it still communicated copyrighted works to the public.
October 31, 2017
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Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit Secures Funding Until 2019
The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has secured additional government funding which will keep it in action until at least 2019. The London-based operation, which has been instrumental in disrupting the activities of dozens of sites and people operating generally in the 'pirate' sector, has been given £3.32m to spend over the next two years.
August 23, 2017
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Police Investigate Former BPI Anti-Piracy Chief & PIPCU Board Member
The BPI's former head of anti-piracy is under police investigation, TorrentFreak has learned. Former policeman David Wood was an important stakeholder figure at the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit but was dismissed from the BPI for gross misconduct in 2015. the music group recently forced Wood into bankruptcy.
March 17, 2017
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Police Raid Pirate Android Box Sellers, Six Arrested
The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has arrested six individuals suspected of being involved in the supply of 'pirate' set-top boxes configured to obtain free TV from the Internet. the operation, targeting the north of England, was carried out in conjunction with the Federation Against Copyright Theft.
March 18, 2016
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Police Say "Criminal Gangs' Are Selling Pirate Media Players
A seminar hosted at the Scottish Police College has heard how 'criminal gangs' have entered the IPTV and so-called 'Kodi box' market. Those in attendance, including Trading Standards, HM Revenue & Customs and the UK Intellectual Property Office, were informed that this kind of piracy has increased by 143% in the past year alone and is now considered an emerging threat by police.
April 19, 2017
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Police Seize Domains of Fifty 'Pirate' Newspaper and Magazine Sites
Italian authorities have seized 50 domains involved in the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content. the seizure, ordered by the Court of Rome, targeted sites that were offering free digital versions of dozens of national newspapers and magazines including Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair.
February 1, 2017
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Police Shut Down France's Largest Pirate Site (Updated)
The cybercrime unit of the French military police has shut down the country's largest pirate site, Zone-Telechargement. In addition, the popular download site DL-Protect has also gone offline. with millions of regular visitors, both download portals have been a prime target of local copyright holders for years.
November 29, 2016
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Popcorn Time Creator Readies BitTorrent & Blockchain-Powered Video Platform
Popcorn Time creator Federico Abad is part of a new team prepping a BitTorrent and blockchain powered YouTube competitor. In just under two weeks time, Flixxo will begin its token sale, kicking off a platform that will reward users for both creating, producing, and distributing content using BitTorrent.
October 12, 2017
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Popular Kodi Add-Ons Quit Following Prominent Piracy Lawsuit
Over the past few days, several prominent third-party Kodi add-ons have thrown in the towel, at least temporarily. While most developers remain vague about the exact nature of their decisions, it appears that legal worries are the main trigger for many.
June 7, 2017
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Popular Kodi Addon 'Exodus" Turned Users into a DDoS 'Botnet'
Exodus is one of the most-used Kodi addons out there, allowing users to obtain easy access to pirated movies and TV-shows. However, over the past week the same users were unwittingly part of a DDoS attack. After the issue raised eyebrows in the community, the Exodus developer rolled back the malicious code and retired.
February 3, 2017
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Popular Release Group ShAaNiG Permanently Shuts Down
In the wake of successes by other commodity 'brand' groups such as aXXo and YIFY, popular release group ShAaNiG carved out an enthusiastic following among public BitTorrent and file-host users. But after thousands of releases the ride is now over, with the group's website and operations closed down for good.
June 12, 2017
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Porn Copyright Trolls Terrify 60-Year-Old But Age Shouldn't Matter
As people get used to the wave of copyright trolling that has flooded the Internet in recent years, fewer cases hit the headlines. Every now and again, however, a special case appears, such as the one in Canada where a 60-year-old woman has been accused of downloading porn several times. She's reportedly terrified, but should age be the only defense against these scare tactics?
October 3, 2017
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Porn Producer Says He'll Prove That AMC TV Exec is a BitTorrent Pirate
Porn producer Flava Works is going toe to toe with Marc Juris, President & General Manager of AMC-owned WE tv. Unusually in such cases, Juris sued Flava Works first, after the company approached him with an offer to settle, which would have kept his identity a secret. With that no longer an option, the battle lines are being drawn.
August 18, 2017
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Pornhub Piracy Stopped Me Producing Porn, Jenna Haze Says
With YouTube's safe harbor protections under pressure from record labels, a related issue is facing the adult industry. In response to Conan O'Brien wishing Pornhub a happy 10th anniversary, former adult star Jenna Haze has called out to fans not to support the site, accusing it of stealing her content and forcing her out of the porn production business.
May 31, 2017
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Portugal Passes Bill to Restrict Use of DRM, Grant Circumvention Right
Portugal's parliament has approved a bill that will restrict how Digital Rights Management is applied to some creative works, including those in the public domain or funded by public entities. Even when DRM is present, citizens will be able to circumvent the protection for education and private copying purposes.
April 10, 2017
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Portugal's Pirate Site-Blocking System Works "Great," Study Shows
New research, commissioned by Hollywood, concludes that Portugal's voluntary pirate site-blocking system is very effective. It significantly reduced traffic to the country's most used pirate sites and serves as an example for other countries. The MPAA hopes that these results will help to export the anti-piracy measures across the globe.
July 28, 2017
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Premier League Wins New Stream Blocking Injunction to Fight Piracy
The UK's Premier League has obtained a new High Court injunction that will enable it to continue the fight against illicit online soccer streaming next season. In common with an order obtained earlier this year, the new injunction will require ISPs to promptly block access to Internet servers illegally distributing Premier League content.
July 27, 2017
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Prenda Attorney Pleads Guilty to Operating a Piracy 'Honeypot'
For years Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars in cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, leaving misery in its wake. Now, John Steele, one of its lead attorneys, has signed a guilty plea admitting the honeypot scheme. the Pirate Bay provided important evidence in the case, as Steele used the site to upload pirated files himself to lure potential victims.
March 7, 2017
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Prenda Copyright Trolls Arrested and Charged with Fraud and Extortion
For years Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars in cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, leaving misery in its wake. While the firm no longer exists, two of its principals have now been arrested. the duo hafe been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, and perjury. Interestingly, the Pirate Bay plays a key role in the case.
December 16, 2016
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Private Anti-Piracy Deals with Domain Registries are Dangerous, Professor Warns
Last year the MPAA signed its first anti-piracy deals with a domain name registries, hoping to limit widespread copyright infringement. a dangerous development, according to University of Idaho Law Professor Annemarie Bridy, who warns that DNS filtering could gradually become a common tool to supress disfavored speech.
March 2, 2017
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Private Torrent Site Legal Battle Heard By Court of Appeal
A super-aggressive prosecution of a private torrent site operator which concluded with a relatively light sentence for the accused is now back on again at the court of appeal. The case against SwePiracy has been running for more than five years but neither side is happy with last year's verdict.
September 12, 2017
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Private Torrent Tracker Freshon.tv Shuts Down
After more than ten years, the private TV torrent tracker Freshon.tv has decided to shut its doors. The site's operators note that they have lost interest in the project and prefer to move on. Meanwhile, other private trackers have lined up to take in refugees.
May 19, 2017
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Public Domain Project Calls on EU to Abandon Piracy Filter Proposals
A project tackling issues concerning the public domain in the digital environment has called on the European Commission to abandon its proposals for mandatory service provider filtering of user-uploaded content. Communia, which has Creative Commons as a founder member, says such filters will violate users' fundamental rights.
January 10, 2017
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"Public Figure" Threatened With Exposure Over Gay Piracy 'Fine'
An adult film studio has reportedly warned a "prominent public figure" that he faces exposure over his sexual preferences unless he pays a $97,000 'fine'. The unnamed individual was accused by the CEO of a gay porn company of pirating content and told that the 'fine' would increase to $525,000 if not settled quickly. The man has now gone on the offensive with his own lawsuit.
August 17, 2017
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PureVPN Explains How it Helped the FBI Catch a Cyberstalker
After several days of radio silence, VPN provider PureVPN has responded to criticism that it provided information which helped the FBI catch a cyberstalker. In a fairly lengthy post, the company reiterates that it never logs user activity. What it does do, however, is log the IP addresses of users accessing its service.
October 16, 2017
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PureVPN Logs Helped FBI Net Alleged Cyberstalker
A Massachusetts man was arrested late last week on suspicion of conducting a cyberstalking campaign against a female former roommate, her friends, and family. Court documents reveal that logs, obtained by the FBI from privacy service PureVPN, helped the prosecution. Until now, PureVPN had always maintained it carried no logs--almost.
October 9, 2017
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Putin Signs Law to Remove Pirate Proxies From Search Engines
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law that will enable pirate mirror, proxy and other derivative sites to be blocked quickly by ISPs. Sites will be approved for blocking by the government and the local telecoms watchdog, and ISPs will be given 24 hours to block all access. Search engines will also be compelled to remove all variants from results.
July 3, 2017
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'Putlocker' Loses Domain Name Following Court Order
Putlockers.ch, one of the most-used video streaming services among pirates, has lost its domain name. the site's registrar EuroDNS was ordered to suspend the domain name following a decision from a Luxembourg court, in favor of an entertainment industry group.
February 28, 2017
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Real-time video streaming service PhenixP2P raises $3.5M
PhenixP2P, one of the five finalists in our 2016 Disrupt London Battlefield competition, today announced that it has raised a $3.5 million Series a round led by KB Partners. with this, the company has now raised $5.5 million for its real-time video streaming solution that promises to offer far lower latency and a better user experience than similar services.
April 4, 2017
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Reddit's Piracy Sub-Reddit Reopens After Mutiny Shutdown
A popular section of Reddit devoted to piracy discussion was shut down last night following a dispute that boiled over into mutiny. After being helped by Reddit's admins, the people now in charge of /r/piracy say that a former moderator went rogue, promoting his own 'fake' websites, while holding threads hostage and censoring critique.
May 23, 2017
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Renowned Kodi Addon Developer MetalKettle Calls it Quits
MetalKettle, one of the most famous Kodi addon developers of recent times, has called it quits. Citing concerns over the current legal environment, 'MK' says he considered what would happen if he found himself targeted by lawyers. Not wanting to take any more risks, he says he'll concentrate on being a husband and father instead.
August 29, 2017
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Research: Piracy 'Warnings' Fail to Boost Box Office Revenues
A new academic study shows that graduated response policies against file-sharers fail to boost box office revenues. the empirical research, which looked at the effects in various countries including the United States, suggests that these anti-piracy measures are not as effective as the movie studios had hoped.
January 3, 2017
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Researchers Issue Security Warning Over Android VPN Apps
A research team has issued a warning over the lack of security in many VPN apps available from Google Play. a worrying 38% of the apps tested contained some kind of malware while 67% featured at least one third-party tracking library. More than eight out of ten leaked IPv6 traffic.
January 25, 2017
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RIAA and MPAA back $25 Million Piracy Verdict Against Cox
Several entertainment industry associations including the MPAA and RIAA have submitted their opinions in the landmark piracy case between Cox Communications and BMG. Contrary to telecom industry and digital rights groups, they argue that the District Court made the right decision by holding the ISP responsible for pirating subscribers.
January 9, 2017
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RIAA Identifies Top YouTube MP3 Rippers and Other Pirate Sites
The RIAA has just submitted its latest list of "notorious" piracy websites to the U.S. Government. The report has a strong focus on YouTube MP3 rippers and also includes many of the other usual suspects, including The Pirate Bay and Rapidgator.
October 6, 2017
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RIAA Labels Sue Hip-Hop Mixtape Download Site Spinrilla
A group of major record labels including Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, and Universal Music Group has filed a lawsuit against Spinrilla, a popular hip-hop mixtape site and app. Helped by the RIAA, the labels accuse the site's owners of copyright infringement, demanding damages that could reach millions of dollars.
February 6, 2017
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RIAA: Hip-Hop Mixtape Site Has No DMCA Safe Harbor
Spinrilla, a popular hip-hop mixtape site and app, is defending itself against a piracy lawsuit filed by several RIAA labels. The company argued that the DMCA's "safe harbor" shields it from infringing files that were uploaded by its users. However, the RIAA points out that Spinrilla doesn't have the required repeat infringer policy and failed to register a DMCA agent as well.
July 31, 2017
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RightsAlliance Forces Ten-Year-Old Site to Delete all Torrents
A private tracker that has been plagued with all kinds of legal trouble over a decade has finally succumbed to copyright holder pressure. the Internationals weathered the storm of its owner being arrested four years ago but has just been forced to delete all of its torrents.
January 1, 2017
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Rojadirecta Ordered to Shut Down by Spanish Court
A court has ordered famous sports streaming site Rojadirecta to shut down. the ruling, which was handed down following a complaint from broadcaster Movistar+, requires Rojadirecta parent company Puerto 80 to pay damages. Broadcasters estimate the site cost them 500 million euros a year.
February 9, 2017
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Roku Gets Tough on Pirate Channels, Warns Users
Users of the popular media player Roku receive a stark warning when they install channels outside of the official store. While these private or "non-certified" channels are still permitted, the company says that copyright-infringing channels may be pulled without prior notice. The news follows a few weeks after Roku was dragged into a piracy lawsuit in Mexico.
August 15, 2017
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Roku Sales Banned in Mexico Over Piracy Concerns
A Mexican court has ordered local retailers to stop importing and selling Roku media players, as these allow the public to access pirated content. In addition, several banks are prohibited from processing payments that are linked to piracy services on the Roku platform.
June 19, 2017
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Roku Shows FBI Warning to Pirate Channel Users
The popular media player Roku is flashing an FBI anti-piracy warning to users of "pirate" channels, including XTV. After been shown the FBI's well known anti-piracy seal, users are informed that unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law and that the associated channel was removed.
October 9, 2017
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Russia Bans 'Uncensored' VPNs, Proxies and Tor
A new bill, just signed into law by President Putin, requires proxies, VPNs, Tor and other anonymizing services to prohibit access to blocked domains. If these services fail to comply, they will be blocked themselves. Search engines also face sanctions for linking to banned sites.
July 31, 2017
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Russia Blocks 4,000 Pirate Sites Plus 41,000 Innocent as Collateral Damage
A new study has revealed the extent of the collateral damage caused by Russia's site blocking regime. Introduced in 2013, blocking legislation was designed to prevent piracy and has since blacked-out more than 4,000 sites. However, due to its cumbersome nature, an additional 41,000 sites have also been affected, raising questions over the effectiveness of the campaign.
September 5, 2017
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Russia Plans Instant Movie Pirate Site Blockades, Without Court Order
The Russian Ministry of Culture has tabled a new proposal that will allow filmmakers to have pirate sites blocked within 24 hours, without a court order. Officials say that new measures are needed to better protect the revenues of the local movie industry. Interestingly, the plan applies only to local content so major Hollywood productions are not covered.
November 8, 2017
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Russia Plans to Ban VPNs & Proxies that Unblock Blocked Sites
The Russian government is preparing to scale-up its war on blocked sites by hitting services that provide workarounds. a new bill developed by the government requires VPNs and other anonymizing services to stop providing access to blocked domains. If they do not, they themselves will also be blocked. Search engines also face sanctions for linking to banned sites.
April 20, 2017
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Russian MP Says She Loves Torrents, Hates Web Blockades
When it comes to Internet file-sharing, most mainstream politicians rarely have anything good to say, but for Senator Lyudmila Bokova of the Russian parliament, things are clearly quite different. "I like to use torrents," she says, "because they provide the ability to download information quickly and cheaply."
April 17, 2017
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Russian Site-Blocking Chiefs Under Investigation For Fraud
A scandal is emerging in Russia after several officials of Russian site-blocking body Rozcomnadzor were charged with fraud. Those arrested include the watchdog's spokesman and top lawyer, both of whom have been placed under house arrest. It's alleged that the telecoms authority 'employed' ghost staff whose salaries were actually paid to existing employees, on top of their own money.
October 24, 2017
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"Save the Meme" Campaign Protests EU's Proposed Piracy Filters
The EU's proposed new copyright law is not without controversy. One of the most discussed proposals is the requirement for online services to install mandatory piracy filters. Several legal scholars and experts have already warned about the plan, and the public now has an option to join in through the "Save the Meme" campaign.
March 8, 2017
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Sci-Hub Faces $4.8 Million Piracy Damages and ISP Blocking
Sci-Hub, which is regularly referred to as the "Pirate Bay of science," faces another setback in a US federal court. After the site's operator failed to respond, the American Chemical Society now requests a default judgment of $4.8 million for alleged copyright infringement. In addition, the publisher wants a broad injunction which would require search engines and ISPs to block the site
September 5, 2017
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Sean Parker's 'Screening Room' Patents Anti-Piracy Technologies
If Napster co-founder Sean Parker has his way, people will soon be able to watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters in their living room as soon as they premiere at the box office. New details laid out in a series of patent applications reveal that the platform will likely be equipped with advanced anti-piracy technologies, including a "P2P polluter."
May 26, 2017
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Search Engines & Copyright Holders Ready Voluntary Anti-Piracy Code
Google and other search companies are close to striking a voluntary agreement with entertainment companies to tackle the appearance of infringing content links in search results. Following roundtable discussions chaired by the UK's Intellectual Property Office, all parties have agreed that the code should take effect by June 1, 2017.
February 8, 2017
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Search Engines and Rightsholders Sign Landmark Anti-Piracy Deal
After well over half a decade of backroom meetings facilitated by the UK Government, search engines and major rightsholder groups have signed an anti-piracy agreement. Both sides agreed on a deal in which search engines will delist and demote pirated content, faster and more effectively than before. the voluntary agreement, targeted at UK consumers, is the first of its kind in the world but appears to offer little new.
February 25, 2017
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'Secret' MPAA Lawsuit Targeted Domains of Pubfilm's "Piracy Ring'
The MPAA is responsible for taking down several domain names of the popular streaming site Pubfilm, unsealed court records reveal. the anti-piracy group sued operators of the "piracy ring" in a New York federal court and obtained an injunction ordering GoDaddy, VeriSign, and Enom to disable six Pubfilm associated domains.
March 13, 2017
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Selling Piracy-Configured Media Players is Illegal, EU Court Rules
Selling devices pre-configured to obtain copyright-infringing content is illegal, the European Court of Justice effectively ruled today. the decision, which evolved from a case involving anti-piracy group BREIN and a shop that sold piracy-configured media players, will have far-reaching consequences across the EU, particularly for those selling piracy-enabled Kodi setups.
April 26, 2017
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Several TVAddons Domains Transferred to Canadian Lawfirm
Last month, leading Kodi addon repository TVAddons shut down in the wake of a lawsuit filed in the US by satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network. Just over a month later and with no other news surfacing, TF has now discovered that several recent and historical TVAddons' domains have been transferred to a Canadian law firm.
July 18, 2017
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Share files securely and anonymously with OnionShare
OnionShare is an open-source cross-platform application for sharing files securely and anonymously.
February 28, 2017
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'Six strikes' anti-piracy initiative ends after failing to scare off 'hardcore' pirates
The MPAA and RIAA are giving up on their much-hyped "six strikes" initiative to scare people out of pirating TV shows, movies, and music. Their reason for ending it: the initiative didn't really work.
January 30, 2017
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Sky: People Can't Pirate Live Soccer in the UK Anymore
Sky's head of litigation made a rather surprising statement at an industry convention in Macau this week. Matthew Hibbert told those in attendance that thanks to site-blocking, it's no longer possible to watch pirated live soccer in the UK anymore. Meanwhile, the UK Intellectual Property Office has revealed that when questioned a while back, rightsholders told them that pirate boxes weren't a problem. How things change.
November 8, 2017
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Sony & Warner Sue TuneIn For Copyright Infringement in UK High Court
Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group are reportedly suing US-based streaming audio provider TuneIn for copyright infringement in the UK. Industry sources say a claim covering at least 800 unlicensed music streams was filed at the High Court last week. TuneIn is yet to respond to what could be a weighty piece of legal action.
November 9, 2017
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Sony Files Lawsuits to Block Video Game Piracy Sites
Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed seven lawsuits in the Moscow City Court targeting sites that offer its gaming titles without permission. The aim is to have the sites blocked permanently by Russian ISPs, so that users can longer access the sites by regular means.
May 19, 2017
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Spain announces new Campaign to Fight Internet Piracy
Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has announced a new initiative for tackling piracy, especially online. Minister αigo Mendez de Vigo said a special prosecutor's office will be developed alongside enhanced technological and human resources. An educational campaign targeting children is also on the agenda.
December 1, 2016
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Spanish Police Shut Down ISP's IPTV Piracy Business
Following a complaint from the UK Premier League, Spanish police raided an ISP in Malaga which offered unlicensed IPTV subscriptions. the Internet provider serves many local customers and is reportedly owned by two UK citizens, who remotely tried to destroy evidence while the raid was ongoing.
February 10, 2017
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Spinrilla Refuses to Share Its Source Code With the RIAA
Spinrilla, a popular hip-hop mixtape site and app, is refusing to share its source code with the RIAA. The major record labels want to use the code as evidence in their ongoing piracy lawsuit against the company. Spinrilla notes, however, that handing over its "crown jewel" goes too far, while stressing that the RIAA's piracy claims are overblown.
August 15, 2017
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Spinrilla Wants RIAA Case Thrown Out Over 'Lies' About 'Hidden' Piracy Data
In its continuing legal battle, popular hip-hop mixtape site and app Spinrilla is striking back against the major record labels. The company accuses the labels of maliciously hiding crucial piracy data, which puts it at a severe disadvantage. Spinrilla now wants to see the entire case dismissed.
October 16, 2017
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Spotify Threatened Researchers Who Revealed 'Pirate' History
A team set to publish a book on the untold history of Spotify were threatened by the company, one of its researchers has revealed. Earlier this year, Rasmus Fleischer, who was also one of the early figures at The Pirate Bay, said that Spotify used 'pirate' MP3s to launch its beta. Soon after, the researchers were contacted by a lawyer, with strong suggestions to stop what they're doing.
October 6, 2017
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'Star Trek' Fan Film Settles Copyright Battle with Movie Studios
The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is over. a few days before the start of the trial both parties agreed to a settlement which allows the film to be published in a highly edited fashion.
January 23, 2017
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State Dept, MPAA, RIAA Fake Twitter Feud" Plan Backfires
An email leaked by a Stanford law professor has revealed plans by the US State Department to initiate a "fake Twitter feud" to promote Intellectual Property protection. With the MPAA and RIAA on board, it's suggested that people could promote the work of Benjamin Franklin. However, Franklin refused to patent his work, insisting that inventions should be freely shared.
July 6, 2017
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Streaming Pirate Content isn't Illegal, UK Trading Standards Says
Every day millions of people use PCs, tablets, phones and Kodi-style devices to stream pirated content, but is it illegal? According to Trading Standards, local UK authorities tasked with investigating commercial organizations, if users only stream and don't download, they're likely exempt from copyright law.
March 6, 2017
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Streaming Site Operator Jailed for Three Years After Landmark Trial
Following a landmark trial, the key player at streaming site Swefilmer has been jailed for an unprecedented three years, longer than any defendant in the earlier Pirate Bay case. An administrator of the site received a relatively lenient sentence of probation and community service.
May 16, 2017
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Stripping 4K Content Protection is Fair Use, Court Hears
LegendSky, a hardware manufacturer that creates devices enabling consumers to bypass 4K copy protection, has informed a New York federal court that they're not breaking any laws. the company is being sued by Warner Bros. and Intel daughter company Digital Content Protection, who want to shut down their sales.
March 8, 2016
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Studios Mull new Movies at Home, 30 Days After release for $30
If a plan by six major studios comes to fruition, consumers could be enjoying new movies in the home as early as 30 days after theatrical release for as little as $30. While that could slash the current delay by more than a third, negotiations are said to be at an early stage, with studios in disagreement over time-scales and compensation payments to theater chains.
March 22, 2017
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Study: 70% of Young Swedish Men Are Video Pirates
A new study from Sweden has found that just over half of all young people admit to obtaining movies and TV shows from the Internet without paying, a figure that rockets to 70% among young men. with the Pirate Bay about to be blocked by one ISP with more to follow, can piracy rates be controlled?
February 17, 2017
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Supreme Court Denies Kim Dotcom's Petition Over Seized Millions
The US Supreme Court has denied the petition of Kim Dotcom and his former Megaupload colleagues over millions of dollars in seized assets. While this means that all legal options in the US have been exhausted, Dotcom's legal team now plans to take the issue to New Zealand and Hong Kong, where most funds are being held.
October 3, 2017
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Surprise! Aussie Internet Pirates Are the best Customers
A report commissioned by the Australian government has found a drop in piracy rates for 2016. the fall is being attributed to improved availability of legal streaming alternatives, but in a juicy twist, the report also reveals that the much reviled Aussie pirate is often the industry's best customer.
November 21, 2016
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Sweden Supreme Court: Don't Presume Prison Sentences For Pirates
In the wake of a case involving the administrator of a now-defunct private torrent tracker, Sweden's Supreme Court has handed down an important ruling. Following requests from prosecutors seeking jail sentences for copyright infringement, the Court has ruled that the offense is not one where the presumed sentence should be imprisonment.
October 10, 2017
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Swedish Govt. Mulls Tougher Punishments to Tackle Pirate Sites
Authorities in Sweden are mulling new measures to deal with evolving 'pirate' sites. as part of a legislative review, the government wants to assess potential legal tools, including categorizing large-scale infringement as organized crime, tougher sentences, domain seizures, and site-blocking.
January 31, 2017
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Swefilmer Piracy Trial Ends, Operators Face Years in Jail
The trial of the operators of defunct streaming site Swefilmer ended this week with the prosecutor likening the operation to organized crime and seeking lengthy custodial sentences for the men involved. on top, they face potential damages of more than $1m.
April 28, 2017
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Symantec Patent Protects Torrent Users Against Malware
Symantec Corporation has secured a patent that uses reputation scores to evaluate whether torrent files can be trusted or not. Through this system, the company can warn torrent users if they are about to download a fake torrent, or one that likely links to malware or other scammy content.
June 6, 2017
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T411, France's Most-Visited Torrent Site, Has Been Shut Down
T411, France's most-visited torrent site, has been shut down by police in France and Sweden. With millions of users, the platform was a true giant and a top 50 site in France, period. Two Ukrainians have been arrested under suspicion of copyright infringement and money laundering offenses. Servers have been seized from a hosting company in Sweden.
June 27, 2017
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Takedown Notices Can't Stop Unfinished 'Mummy Trailer' from Spreading
Yesterday, IMAX accidentally leaked an unfinished trailer of the Mummy film, which will air in movie theaters next summer. the video, without proper music or sound effects, turns out be quite amusing. However, Universal Pictures isn't happy with all the attention and is trying to fight its distribution with various takedown notices.
December 21, 2016
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Tax Authority Grilled VLC Player Over Link from a Torrent Site
With more than two billion downloads, VLC is one of the most popular media players around. the open source tool can play virtually every video file available and comes recommended by many, including some pirate sites. the latter has drawn the attention of France's Tax Investigation Branch, which suggested that VideoLAN might be doing 'shady' deals. Luckily, they soon admitted their mistake.
January 30, 2017
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Team DIMENSION Returns to The Piracy Scene
The popular TV Scene group DIMENSION reappeared this week, after a hiatus of nearly two months. The group is a household name among many pirates, who are welcoming the new releases. Although there's no official explanation for the stretch of absence, the group is now back in full swing.
June 8, 2017
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Tech Giants Protest Looming US Pirate Site Blocking Order
The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, is protesting a looming injunction that would require search engines, ISPs and hosting companies to stop linking to or offering services to several "pirate" sites. The injunction requested by --- is overbroad, the tech giants warn.
October 13, 2017
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Thailand Arrests Brits Over Pirated Football Streams
Following a complaint from the UK Premier League, authorities in Thailand have arrested two Brits and a local citizen. The trio are accused of offering unlicensed IPTV subscriptions through the website 365sport.tv. The authorities seized a variety of hardware and handed over the two British men to their local embassy.
May 17, 2017
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That Horrible Sinking Feeling When You See a Pirate's Dark Future
After more than a decade writing about piracy, viewpoints inevitably twist and turn but it's still the human elements that manage to stir up emotions. Stories about site operators ending up fined or jailed are commonplace, but seeing the car crash from the beginning isn't pleasant. These are human beings, after all.
July 17, 2017
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The Evil Within 2 Used Denuvo, Then Dumped it Before Launch
Bethesda's third-person survival horror game The Evil Within 2 appears to have chosen Denuvo to protect it from pirates, then dumped it at the last minute. Preview code sent out to reviewers reportedly contained the anti-tamper technology but the final release version has been confirmed clean. If true, this tops off the most disastrous few days in Denuvo's history.
October 13, 2017
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The RIAA is now Copyright Troll Rightscorp's Biggest Customer
Music industry group RIAA, which represents the leading recording labels in the US, is now a major customer of anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp. In fact, the RIAA's commitment to the copyright troll outfit is so significant that its business accounted for 44% of Rightscorp's revenue in 2016.
April 24, 2017
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TheDarkOverlord Leaks Eight Episodes of an Unreleased ABC Show
Hacking entity TheDarkOverlord (TD0) has followed through with its threat to leak more unaired TV content. Speaking with TF this morning, TDO said it had approached ABC "with a most handsome business proposal" not to leak eight episodes of Steve Harvey's Funderdome but was "rudely denied an audience." The content is now spreading via The Pirate Bay.
June 5, 2017
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Third of EU Citizens OK with Piracy When There Are No Legal Options
A new study from the European Union Intellectual Property Office has found that 31% of EU citizens believe that Internet piracy is acceptable when legal options aren't immediately available. Also, in a clear signal to content providers, a massive 83% say they would prefer to consume content from affordable legal sources.
March 27, 2017
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Three Men Sentenced Following £2.5m Internet Piracy Case
Three men from the UK have been sentenced after pleading guilty to providing unauthorized access to pirate movies, music, games, and books. The main player, who allegedly made £500,000 over a number of years, was handed a 24 month suspended sentence. The other pair received 12 months each.
June 22, 2017
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Three Months On, eBay's "Total Kodi Ban" Doesn't Exist
Exactly three months ago, UK tabloid The Sun announced that eBay had "banned TV boxes that allow Brits to stream sports and films for free." But today, eBay still seems to be the platform of choice for box sellers, despite rightsholders having full access to takedown programs.
July 11, 2017
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TIDAL Downloads Made Possible by Teenage Coder
Subscribers of TIDAL usually need the platform to listen to their favorite tracks on repeat, but a teenager from Germany has other ideas. Coder and recent high-school student Lordmau5 has just debuted TiDown, a piece of software that allows Tidal tracks to be permanently downloaded to a desktop machine.
August 30, 2016
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To Torrent or To Stream? That is The Big Piracy Question
When movies and TV shows are so readily accessible via streaming platforms, why would anyone go to the trouble of using a torrent site anymore? It's an interesting question that raises issues not only for the future of consumer piracy but also for the health of the underlying content ecosystem.
May 29, 2017
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"Top ISPs" Are Discussing Fines & Browsing Hijacking For Pirates
Some of the "top ISPs" are in "very thorough" discussions with anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp over proposals to hijack the browsers of alleged pirates until a fine is paid. Rightscorp is presenting this as an opportunity for ISPs to avoid being sued as well as a way to generate profit for the company.
June 14, 2017
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Top Spotify Lawyer: Attracting Pirates is in Our DNA
Spotify is not only one of the world's most popular music platforms, it's also one that's proven particularly popular with both current and former pirates. In a new interview, General Counsel of Spotify Horacio Gutierrez explains that tackling the piracy problem was one of the company's key goals, describing the effort as being embedded in the company's DNA.
December 25, 2016
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Trolls Want to Seize Alleged Movie Pirates' Computers
New legal cases filed on behalf of copyright trolls are requesting authority to seize alleged pirates' computers after they failed to pay cash settlement offers. A Finnish law firm says there's a risk of another 'Chisugate', the massive controversy that ensued when police raided a home and confiscated a child's Winne the Pooh laptop in 2012.
November 1, 2017
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Tumbleweed at Vuze as Torrent Client Development Grinds to a Halt
Since its launch in 2003, Vuze has been one of the most visible clients in the BitTorrent scene, but there is concern among users that something might now be amiss. After years of constant and swift development, Vuze development ground to a halt in April, breaking the steadfast monthly update pattern. No one from the team has yet offered any explanation.
July 10, 2017
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TVAddons and ZemTV Operators Named in US Lawsuit
Dish Network has identified the people behind the TVAddons website and the ZemTV Kodi addon. The company submitted an amended complaint in a Texas District Court where the two stand accused of copyright infringement. TVAddons, however, maintains its innocence and sees the case as a threat to online innovation.
September 26, 2017
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UK Could Force Google to Tackle Piracy, by Law if Necessary
Copyright holders and Google are reportedly close to a deal to limit the appearance of infringing content in search results. However, in case that doesn't happen, an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, should it be approved, will see the government impose an anti-piracy code on search engines.
February 15, 2017
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UK Court Dismisses Case Against Torrent Site Proxy Operator
More than two-and-a-half years ago, City of London Police arrested a man for operating several reverse proxies for torrent sites, including the Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. Facing counts of money laundering and fraud, the operator risked a hefty prison sentence, but it didn't go that far. Nottingham Crown Court has dismissed the case, and police opted not to appeal the verdict.
March 7, 2017
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UK Government Spied on BitTorrent Users -- in Planes
BitTorrent users all around the globe are well aware that they're probably being monitored as they share files from home or workplace. However, it now appears that the spies employed at the UK's GCHQ have also monitored torrents being transferred by airline passengers more than 10,000ft up in the sky.
December 9, 2016
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UK Govt Refuses to back Down Over Criminalization of File-Sharers
As part of the Digital Economy Bill winding its way through parliament, there will be a harmonization of penalties for offline infringements with those carried out online. with up to ten years imprisonment on the table, the Open Rights Group asked for a threshold to be put in place, to separate petty and serious offenders. Sadly the government doesn't appear to be interested.
March 6, 2017
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UK ISPs to Start Sending 'Piracy Alerts' Soon
Early 2017 will see the long-awaited start of a broad UK anti-piracy effort. with help from copyright holders, ISPs will send email notifications to subscribers whose connections are allegedly used to pirate content. These "alerts" will educate copyright infringers about legal alternatives in the hope of decreasing piracy rates over time.
November 30, 2016
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UK Jails Pirate IPTV Box Supplier for Four Years
A man who supplied piracy-configured Internet-enabled set-top boxes to pubs and consumers in the UK received a four-year prison sentence. the prosecution, brought by the Premier League and supported by the Federation Against Copyright Theft, also resulted in a second man receiving a two-year suspended sentence.
December 12, 2016
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UK 'Pirates' Get 20-Day Grace Period After Each Warning
UK Internet providers will soon begin sending piracy warnings to subscribers whose accounts are used to share copyright-infringing material. the associated "Get It Right" campaign has now published a detailed website, answering the most asked questions, while adding some new information as well.
January 25, 2017
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UK Police Arrest Man for Selling 'Pirate' Kodi Devices
A man who sold devices containing piracy-enabled custom builds of Kodi has been arrested in the UK. the 32-year-old company director from Norfolk was detained by police last week. Since then, both the man and his wife have allegedly been subjected to death threats on Facebook.
December 21, 2016
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UK Police Claim 64% Drop in Mainstream Advertising on 200 Pirate Sites
City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit is claiming success in denying potential revenue to more than 200 'pirate' sites. as a result of Operation Creative, the division says that in the past twelve months there has been a 64% decrease in advertising placed by the UK's top ad spending companies.
March 3, 2017
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UK Police Claim Success in Keeping Gambling Ads off Pirate Sites
City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit is claiming success following recent efforts to keep gambling related advertising off 'pirate' sites. New research has revealed an 87% drop in adverts for licensed gambling operators being displayed on Infringing Website List domains during the past 12 months.
June 14, 2017
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UK Police "Don't Anticipate" Working with Copyright Troll Partner
Last week following his release from prison, UK-based copyright troll partner Robert Croucher said that he'd become involved in a private funding initiative for the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Speaking with TorrentFreak, PIPCU have confirmed that while they have met with Croucher, they don't anticipate doing business with him.
November 28, 2016
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UK Piracy Alerts: the First Look Inside the Warning System
Last month it was revealed that UK ISPs were ready to begin sending out piracy warnings to their customers. Today we can reveal what an actual warning looks like and how the GetItRight website dovetails with ISP systems in order to handle and document users' infringement notices.
February 10, 2017
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UK 'Piracy Warnings' Are Coming this Month; Here's how it Works
This month UK Internet providers will start their long-awaited piracy alerts campaign. with help from copyright holders and support from the Government, ISPs will send email notifications to subscribers whose connections are allegedly being used to pirate content. Today we take a look at what's in store.
January 11, 2017
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UK's Piracy Blocklist now Exceeds 3,800 URLs
By now, most UK Internet users have gotten used to pirate sites being blocked by their ISPs. Internet providers have been ordered to block a wide variety of torrent, direct download and streaming portals that offer copyright-infringing content. the full list uf URLs, which includes several reverse proxies, has now swelled to more than 3,800 according to one of the ISPs involved.
March 21, 2017
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Unauthorized Subtitles for Movies & TV Shows Are Illegal, Court Rules
A group of fansubbers who turned the tables on BREIN by taking the anti-piracy group to court have lost their legal battle. the Free Subtitles Foundation sought a legal ruling determining that fansubbers act within the law, but this week the Amsterdam District Court sided with BREIN on all counts.
April 21, 2017
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Uploaded.net Terminates Accounts of Persistent Pirates
Popular file-hosting service Uploaded.net terminated the accounts of many users this week, citing frequent copyright infringements. the account holders in question, many of which used the site to generate revenue, are no longer able to share their files and are actively looking for alternatives.
April 12, 2017
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US Ambassador Asks Vietnam to Target 123movies, Putlocker and Kisscartoon
While copyright industry groups frequently call on governments to take action against pirate sites, it's not often that we see such requests on the highest diplomatic level. That's exactly what happened this week, when the US Ambassador to Vietnam called on the local Government to criminally prosecute the movie streaming sites 123movies, Putlocker and Kisscartoon.
March 23, 2017
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US and KickassTorrents Go Head to Head in Court
The US Department of Justice and the legal team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin went head to head in court this week. Defense lawyer Ira Rothken asked the court to drop the case as there's no proof of actual criminal copyright infringement. the US prosecutor disagreed, describing the site as a piracy haven that made millions of dollars per year.
February 2, 2017
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US Court Orders Dozens of "Pirate" Site Domain Seizures
A federal court in Florida has granted a preliminary injunction against forty-three "pirate" streaming sites. The order, which follows an ex-parte request from the media conglomerate ABS-CBN, requires registrars to sign over the associated domain names.
September 27, 2017
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US Court Orders Pirate Streaming Site FMovies to Pay $210,000
The popular movie streaming service FMovies hasn't been around for very long, but it's already lost a federal lawsuit in the United States. The court issued a default judgment for copyright infringement against the site's operators, who chose not to defend themselves, ordering them to pay $210,000 in damages. In addition, the site may soon lose its domain name.
June 9, 2017
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US Court Orders Registries to Seize Control of 'Pirate' Domains
A district court in Florida has ordered registries to take control of 19 domains used to operate 'pirate' sites. the preliminary injunction was issued following an application by TV outfit ABS-CBN against platforms it accuses of copyright and trademark infringement. Domain privacy services were also ordered to unmask the operators of the sites.
May 8, 2017
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US Court Grants ISPs and Search Engine Blockade of Sci-Hub
Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," has suffered another blow in a US federal court. The American Chemical Society has won a default judgment of $4.8 million for alleged copyright infringement against the site. In addition, the publisher was granted an unprecedented injunction which requires search engines and ISPs to block the platform.
November 6, 2017
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US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over 'Pirate Bay' Domain
The US Embassy in Costa Rica has threatened to have the country's domain registry shut down unless it suspends ThePirateBay.cr. The registry says it won't comply without a court order and has written to the ICANN organization to complain about harassment and personal insults.
June 19, 2017
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US International Trade Administration Worries About Widespread Piracy
The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration sees piracy as a significant threat to the media and entertainment sectors. According to the agency, there are grave piracy concerns in top export markets such as Canada, India, and Brazil. These issues can be addressed through solid copyright laws and increased enforcement, among other things.
July 3, 2017
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US Government Targets Pirate Bay and other 'Piracy Havens'
The US Government has listed some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright-infringing venues. the USTR calls on foreign countries to take action against popular piracy sites such as the Pirate Bay, which has important "symbolic value," according to the authorities. In addition, stream-ripping is mentioned as an emerging threat.
December 22, 2016
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US Senators Ask Apple Why VPN Apps Were Removed in China
Two US senators have written to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking why the company reportedly removed VPN apps from the company's store in China. "If these reports are true," the senators wrote, "we are concerned that Apple may be enabling the Chinese government's censorship and surveillance of the Internet."
October 20, 2017
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Usenet Provider Giganews Sues Perfect 10 For Fraud, Demands $20m
In a prolonged legal action over copyright, Usenet provider Giganews retaliated against adult publisher Perfect 10 and beat it through every step of the legal system. Now Perfect 10 owes Giganews $5.6m, but the publisher hasn't paid up. That's prompted a new $20 million lawsuit from Giganews which alleges serial acts of fraud.
July 12, 2017
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Usenet Provider Giganews Wins Landmark Copyright Battle
Giganews is celebrating a hard-fought legal battle against adult publisher and serial copyright litigant Perfect 10. the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed the Usenet giant a comprehensive victory in the long-running case, one that will prove so financially damaging to Perfect 10 that the company will go into liquidation.
January 24, 2017
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Usenet Provider is Obliged to Identify Pirates, Court Rules
Usenet provider Eweka has lost another court battle with Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. The service provider must identify a former customer who's accused of uploading copyright-infringing material. According to the court, the provider is obliged to do the same in future cases, without a court order.
June 9, 2017
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uTorrent will Move to the Web Browser
BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen has unveiled plans to move the popular client uTorrent to the web browser. the next revision of the application will run in users' default browser, complete with a revamped interface and a significantly improved streaming experience.
April 21, 2017
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Viacom 18 Obtains Court Order to Block 1,250 'Pirate' Sites
In India, a court has gone to extreme lengths to protect a new movie distributed by Viacom 18. a so-called John Doe order filed against at least 40 ISPs instructs them to block a minimum of 1,250 websites that might make the newly released Force 2 available to the public.
November 23, 2016
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Village Roadshow Invests $1.5m in Anti-Piracy Technology Company
Australian entertainment giant Village Roadshow and its co-executive chairman have invested AUS$1.5m in a company developing anti-piracy technologies. Linius Technologies holds a patent which allows for the virtualization of video files, enabling the modification of streaming content on-the-fly and the viewing of secure "ghost files" on users' devices.
July 17, 2017
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vKontakte Responds to US Notorious Pirate Market Allegations
Despite its work with rightsholders, this week the United States Trade Representative described Russian social networking giant vKontakte as one of the world's most notorious pirate markets. Speaking with TorrentFreak, VK says it will continue its work to proactively license all the content available on its platform.
December 23, 2016
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Warner Theme Park Pirated Artists' Music for Six Years, Court Rules
The Supreme Court in Spain has ruled that during a six year period a Warner Bros. themed park failed to compensate artists and rightsholders. the Court found that between 2002 and 2008 Warner Park (Parque Warner) used unlicensed music in a "intense and continuous" manner and must now pay compensation of $354,000.
March 8, 2016
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Was The Disney Movie 'Hacking Ransom' a Giant Hoax?
Last week, Disney boss Bog Iger revealed that one of his company's movies had been stolen and was being held hostage for a bitcoin ransom. With press speculation that it might be the latest 'Pirates' movie, TF has spent more than a week trying to find out more. The whole thing seems highly questionable.
May 24, 2017
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What.cd is Dead, But the Torrent Hydra Lives on
With the demise of What.cd, the world's most comprehensive library of digital music disappeared overnight. However, music aficionados aren't easily defeated. Within a matter of days several new trackers appeared online. some of these alternatives already have close to 200,000 torrents in their collection, and that's just the start.
December 2, 2016
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Which Domain Names Are Safe From Copyright Bullies?
In recent years many "infringing" domain names have been suspended following complaints from rightsholders. How these complaints are handled largely depends on the policies of the associated domain registries. In a new whitepaper, EFF and Public Knowledge give some helpful pointers to find out which domains are safe from copyright bullies, and which aren't.
July 28, 2017
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Wrongfully Accused 'Movie Pirate' Gets $17,000 in Compensation
The makers of the Adam Sandler movie the Cobbler learned that suing alleged torrent pirates doesn't always pay. An Oregon District Court Judge ruled that a wrongfully accused pirate is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation, a direct result of the filmmakers' overaggressive tactics.
January 6, 2017
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WWE Takes Suspected BitTorrent Pirates to Court
WWE Studios Finance has filed a series of lawsuits against alleged downloaders of the movie "Eliminators," which features WWE superstar Wade Barrett. Through so-called "copyright troll" lawsuits, the daughter company of World Wrestling Entertainment hopes to uncover the identities of dozens of BitTorrent pirates to recoup their losses.
April 11, 2017
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Yarrrr! Dutch ISPs Block The Pirate Bay But It's Bad Timing for Trolls
By the end of today, two major Dutch ISPs will be blocking The Pirate Bay after several years of legal dispute. While local anti-piracy outfit BREIN will be rubbing its hands at this fairly historic victory, it comes at a less opportune time for the copyright trolls waiting to squeeze thousands of euros from the hands of Dutch pirates.
October 5, 2017
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YouTube Fair Use Case Ends in Victory For h3h3Productions
The husband-and-wife team behind YouTube channel h3h3Productions have won an important copyright case in New York. After the pair uploaded a reaction video poking fun at YouTuber Matt Hoss he sued them, claiming that republication of his clips amounted to copyright infringement. A summary judgment handed down yesterday rejected that argument in favor of fair use.
August 23, 2017
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YouTube Keeps People from Pirate Sites, Study Shows
In recent months music industry insiders have heavily criticised YouTube, with some claiming that it hurts legal sales. a new research report commissioned by the video streaming platform suggests otherwise. the study shows that YouTube keeps people away from pirate sites, while there is no evidence of significant cannibalization.
May 11, 2017
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YouTube ripping site YouTube-MP3 to close after record label lawsuit
YouTube-mp3.org -- "the easiest online service for converting videos to mp3" -- is closing down. The ripping site faced action from numerous record labels, but it has now come to an arrangement with the RIAA.
September 4, 2017
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YouTube-mp3.org settles with RIAA, website to shut down
Popular video ripping service YouTube-mp3.org has agreed to close its doors as part of an agreement with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which sued the website on behalf of major record labels late last year.
September 5, 2017
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YouTube-MP3 Settles With RIAA, Site Will Shut Down
YouTube-MP3, the world's leading YouTube ripping site, has agreed to shut down indefinitely and hand over its domain to the RIAA. A private settlement agreement, including an undisclosed payment, will end the copyright infringement lawsuit which was filed by several major record labels last year.
September 4, 2017
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Popcorn Time

Norwegian Police Seize Popcorn-Time "Information" Site
Norwegian economic crime police have seized the domain name of a local Popcorn-Time website. the site in question didn't offer any copyright infringing material, but featured news articles and links to external sites where the popular application could be downloaded. No arrests were made.
March 8, 2016
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Popcorn Time Launches new Torrent Tracker to Fight Copyright Monopolies
The people behind one of the most popular Popcorn Time forks have announced a new contribution to the BitTorrent ecosystem. with beating "content monopolies" a stated aim, the team has launched Popcorn Tracker, a new stand-alone BitTorrent tracker to serve the masses.
December 30, 2016
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The Pirate Bay

Pirate Bay Facilitates Piracy and Can Be Blocked, Top EU Court Rules
Internet providers in Europe can be ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay, even though the site itself doesn't store any infringing material. This is the conclusion of the EU Court of Justice in what has proven to be a landmark case. According to the Court, The Pirate Bay and similar sites commit an "act of communication" by helping their users to share infringing content.
June 14, 2017
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Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service
Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has a new privacy-oriented startup. Today he launches the domain registration service Njalla, which offers site owners full anonymity, shielding them from the prying eyes of outsiders. "Think of us as your friendly drunk (but responsibly so) straw person that takes the blame for your expressions."
April 19, 2017
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Pirate Bay Founder Wants to Save Lives With His New App
Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde likes to innovate to improve people's lives, but with his latest project, he wants to save them too. Currently under development by members of the former Flattr team, the app is a digital version of traditional early warning siren-based systems that alert the public to fire, floods, gas leaks, or even war.
July 14, 2017
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Pirate Bay Founders Ordered to Pay Music Labels $477,000
Two founders of The Pirate Bay have been ordered by a court in Finland to pay record labels more than $477,000 in compensation. Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm were found liable for ongoing copyright breaches on the site. Neither appeared to mount a defense so both were found guilty in their absence.
August 23, 2017
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Pirate Bay is Mining Cryptocurrency Again, No Opt Out
The Pirate Bay is mining cryptocurrency again, causing a spike in CPU usage among many visitors. For now, the notorious torrent site provides no option to disable it. The new mining expedition is not without risk. CDN provider Cloudflare previously suspended the account of a site that used a similar miner, which means that The Pirate Bay could be next.
October 11, 2017
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Pirate Bay Now Mines Cryptocurrency in Your Browser Without Consent
A few weeks ago, The Pirate Bay was in the news for its test-drive of a new revenue model--cryptocurrency mining in your browser. At the time, the site only implemented the mining on its main page and search results; individual torrent links were not affected. Now, TPB has turned the capability back on, and plans to leave it on for the foreseeable future.
October 12, 2017
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Pirate Bay Offered to Help Catch Criminals But Copyright Got in the Way
The Pirate Bay is often portrayed by copyright holders as a site that has no respect for the law, but that overstates the truth. According to one of its original founders, when the torrent site offered to help the authorities catch some really serious criminals several years ago, the police were completely disinterested.
January 9, 2017
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Pirate Bay Prosecution In Trouble, Time Runs Out for Investigators
At the end of 2014 Swedish police confiscated dozens of servers which many believed to belong to the Pirate Bay. the authorities later confirmed that an investigation involving copyright crimes was ongoing, but not much progress has been reported since. According to the prosecutor, the case isn't getting any stronger, as the statute of limitations for several key crimes is expiring.
February 27, 2017
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Pirate Bay Ruling is Bad News For Google & YouTube, Experts Says
The European Court of Justice handed down a ruling against The Pirate Bay yesterday, one which could have implications far beyond the torrent site. Platforms such as Google and YouTube, which play an active role in the way content is presented, could be seriously affected, experts warn.
June 15, 2017
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The Pirate Bay's .SE Domain is Back in Action
The Pirate Bay's .SE domain name is back in action. The iconic domain was deactivated last week and no longer forwarded to the torrent site. Today the domain is reregistered and is now awaiting the Supreme Court ruling in the ongoing domain name battle.
October 24, 2017
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Pirate Party's Pirate Site was Legal Under EU Law, Court Rules
Six years ago the Czech branch of the Pirate Party declared open war on a local anti-piracy outfit, opening several 'pirate' sites to draw fire from copyright holders. But, after being prosecuted in a criminal court last year, the matter has now been dropped after it was deemed the Pirates acted in accordance with a recent landmark EU ruling.
February 2, 2017
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The Pirate Bay and other Pirate Sites will be Blocked in Australia
Following a case brought by several prominent rightsholders, the Australian Federal Court has ordered dozens of local Internet service providers to block the Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, SolarMovie, plus many proxy and mirror services. the event marks the start of mass-blocking Down Under.
December 14, 2016
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The Pirate Bay is back running a cryptocurrency miner, with no way of opting out
Last month, we revealed how popular torrent site The Pirate Bay was secretly running a Javascript cryptocurrency miner from Coinhive in the background, increasing the CPU usage of visitors.
October 11, 2017
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The Pirate Bay Must be Blocked in Sweden, Court of Appeal Rules
A Court of Appeal has ordered the Pirate Bay and streaming portal Swefilmer to be blocked by an ISP in Sweden. the landmark ruling, in favor of Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, and the Swedish film industry, will see local ISP Bredbandsbolaget forced to block the sites for the next three years.
February 13, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Atomic Blonde'. 'War for the Planet of the Apes' completes the top three.
November 6, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Cars 3' tops the chart this week, followed by 'War for the Planet of the Apes'. 'Annabelle Creation' completes the top three.
October 30, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'War for the Planet of the Apes' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Annabelle Creation'. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' completes the top three.
October 20, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' tops the chart this week, followed by 'War for the Planet of the Apes'. 'Baby Driver' completes the top three.
October 9, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Baby Driver'. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' completes the top three.
October 2, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Baby Driver'. 'Despicable Me 3' completes the top three.
September 25, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Hitman's Bodyguard' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'. 'Baywatch' completes the top three.
August 28, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Baywatch' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'. 'The Mummy' completes the top three.
August 21, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Mummy'. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' completes the top three.
August 14, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Mummy'. 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' completes the top three.
July 31, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Mummy' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Ghost in the Shell'. 'The Boss Baby' completes the top three.
July 17, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Alien Covenant' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Ghost in the Shell'. 'Kong: Skull Island' completes the top three.
July 10, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Kong: Skull Island' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Wonder Woman'. 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' completes the top three.
July 3, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Kong: Skull Island' tops the chart this week, followed by 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword'. 'Wonder Woman' completes the top three.
June 26, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Wonder Woman' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Power Rangers'. 'The Fate of the Furious' completes the top three.
June 19, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Fate of the Furious' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Wonder Woman'. 'Life' completes the top three.
June 12, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'John Wick: Chapter 2' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Boss Baby'. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' completes the top three.
June 5, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'John Wick: Chapter 2' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Logan'. 'The Boss Baby' completes the top three.
May 29, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Ghost in the Shell'. 'Fist Fight' completes the top three.
May 15, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ghost in the Shell' tops the chart this week, followed by 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'. 'Logan' completes the top three.
May 8, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Fifty Shades Darker'. 'Kong: Skull Island' completes the top three.
May 1, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Fate of the Furious'. 'Kong: Skull Island' completes the top three.
April 24, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Kong: Skull Island'. 'Split' completes the top three.
April 17, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Kong: Skull Island tops the chart this week, followed by 'Split'. 'Rogue One' completes the top three.
April 10, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rogue One tops the chart this week, followed by 'Monster Trucks'. 'Logan' completes the top three.
April 3, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rogue One tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Great Wall". 'Logan' completes the top three.
March 27, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rogue One tops the chart this week, followed by 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage". 'Assassin's Creed' completes the top three.
March 19, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Assassin's Creed'. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' completes the top three.
March 13, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Passengers'. 'Arrival' completes the top three.
March 6, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Passengers'. 'Doctor Strange' completes the top three.
February 27, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Arrival' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Hacksaw Ridge'. 'Doctor Strange' completes the top three.
February 13, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Arrival' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Passengers'. 'Doctor Strange' completes the top three.
February 6, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Doctor Strange' tops the chart this week, followed by 'La La Land'. 'Arrival' completes the top three.
January 30, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Arrival'. 'La La Land' completes the top three.
January 23, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Girl on the Train' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Accountant'. 'Patriots Day' completes the top three.
January 16, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Accountant'. 'Keeping Up with the Joneses' completes the top three.
January 9, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Deepwater Horizon'. 'The Accountant' completes the top three.
January 1, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Magnificent Seven' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Accountant'. 'Rogue One: a Star Wars Story' completes the top three.
December 19, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Magnificent Seven' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Spectral'. 'Inferno' completes the top three.
December 12, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ben Hur' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Inferno'. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' completes the top three.
December 5, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ben Hur' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Pete's Dragon'. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' completes the top three.
November 28, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Pete's Dragon' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Jason Bourne'. 'Snowden' completes the top three.
November 21, 2016
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