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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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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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16-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Running Pirate TV Service
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested by police in France for running a pirate TV service. The ARTV website and its associated Android app offered 176 channels belonging to Canal +, M6, TF1 Group, France Television Group, Paramount, Disney, and FOX. The teenager now faces up to three years in prison and a 300,000 euro fine.
December 11, 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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170 'Pirate' IPTV Vendors Throw in the Towel Facing Legal Pressure
Backed by two recent rulings from the European Court of Justice, anti-piracy group BREIN has pressured dozens of vendors of copyright-infringing IPTV services to halt their sales. Those who still fail to comply risk tens of thousands of euros in fines and potential prison sentences, the group warns.
November 21, 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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ACE and CAP Shut Down Aussie Pirate IPTV Operation
The Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment and the Coalition Against Piracy have teamed up to shut down an illicit IPTV operation in Australia. The company allegedly sold devices bundled with a 12-month subscription to pirated movies, TV shows, and sports but under pressure, agreed to close down.
November 28, 2017
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ACE Warns Kodi Addon Developer to Sign Settlement Agreement, Or Else
The MPA, Netflix, Amazon, and dozens of other content companies are ramping up the pressure on a third-party Kodi addon developer. Last year, JSergio123 was warned by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment to cease his activities and sign a confidential settlement agreement. He did not and now he's coming under pressure to comply. But what are ACE's demands?
March 6, 2018
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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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All Oscar Contenders Leaked on Pirate Sites, Again
With the Academy Awards ceremony coming up, we traditionally take a look at the availability of nominated films on various pirate sites. This year, all 34 prime Oscar nominees are readily available on torrent and streaming sites, most in high quality. While screener leaks are stable, the number of camcorded films appears to be on the rise.
March 2, 2018
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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 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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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 Video Scares Kids With 'Fake' Malware Info
Malware is a persistent problem that affects millions of people every day. According to an entertainment-industry-backed campaign video, aimed at educating young children on Safer Internet Day, pirate sites are the number one way through which this malicious software is spread. But is that really the case?
February 6, 2018
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AnyDVD Supports UHD Blu-Ray Ripping, While Devices Patch Security Holes
The controversial ripping tool AnyDVD has released a new beta version that allows users to decrypt and copy UHD Blu-Ray discs. The software makes use of the leaked keys that came out recently and appears to work well. Meanwhile, disc drive manufacturers are patching security holes.
December 20, 2017
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Appeals Court Throws Out $25 Million Piracy Verdict Against Cox, Doesn't Reinstate "Safe Harbor"
The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has thrown out the $25 million piracy liability verdict against Internet provider Cox because of an erroneous jury instruction. This means that there will be a new trial. At the same time, however, the Court also concluded that Cox lost its safe harbor protection, as it failed to implement a meaningful repeat infringer policy, which should have the ISP worried.
February 1, 2018
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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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Apple CEO is Optimistic VPN Apps Will Return to China App Store
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook says he has "great optimism" that software recently pulled from China's version of the App Store will be reinstated. Dozens of VPN applications were taken down from the platform earlier this year after falling foul of government regulations. But, with no visible signs of compromise, it's still unclear when or if any will be restored.
December 6, 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 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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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 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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Avoid uTorrent desktop and Web client
I don't know if anyone else is using Bittorrent via the uTorrent client or their web client. For security reasons, you should not use the these clients any more.
February 22, 2018
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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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Bell Asks Employees to Back Pirate Site Blocking Plan
Bell, Canada's largest telecommunications company, is asking its employees to support the company's calls to have pirate sites blocked. Through an internal message, employees are encouraged to share their thoughts with the local telecom regulator CRTC, However, this effort may just backfire.
February 22, 2018
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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 Client Transmission Suffers Remote Takeover Vulnerability
Transmission, one of the most used non-commercial BitTorrent clients, has a vulnerability that allows outsiders to gain control over people's computers. The flaw affects users who have remote control enabled with the default password. The vulnerability was revealed by a Google researcher, who plans to disclose similar remote code execution flaws in other torrent clients as well.
January 16, 2018
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BitTorrent Inc. Emerges Victorious Following EU Trademark Dispute
BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the BitTorrent and uTorrent torrent clients, has emerged victorious following a long-running trademark dispute in Europe. The battle involved a German company, previously called Bittorrent Marketing GmbH, the EU Intellectual Property Office, the company itself, and an argument over a useless fax machine.
December 13, 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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Blockchain Startup White Rabbit Calls on Pirate Sites to Do Business, Legally
There's a general belief that many pirates would be happy to pay for content if it was presented in a convenient manner. So what if people could reward creators automatically when downloading content from pirate sites? That's what blockchain startup White Rabbit is proposing with its browser-based plugin. It's an intriguing but incredibly complex proposition
January 2, 2018
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BMG Wants Appeals Court to Rehear Cox Piracy Liability Case
Music publisher BMG has petitioned the Court of Appeals for a rehearing of the piracy liability case against Internet provider Cox. The panel of judges reached the wrong conclusion when it overturned the $25 million verdict and issued a new trial, the company says. The RIAA and the National Music Publishers Association back the request.
February 26, 2018
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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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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 Government Triggers Major Copyright Review
The House of Commons has triggered a parliamentary review of Canada's Copyright Act, to be conducted by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. The music industry was quick to weigh in, congratulating government ministers and making it known that the so-called Value Gap, which concerns copyright takedown regimes and artist remuneration, will be high on the agenda.
December 14, 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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Canadian Pirate Site Blocks Could Spread to VPNs, Professor Warns
A group of prominent Canadian ISPs and movie industry companies are determined to bring pirate site blocking efforts to North America. This plan has triggered a fair amount of opposition, including cautioning analyses from law professor Michael Geist, who warns of potential overblocking and fears that VPN services could become the next target.
February 19, 2018
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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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Center For Justice Wants Court to Unveil Copyright Trolling Secrets
Center for Justice, a Washington non-profit organization, has asked a federal court to unseal several documents that may provide more insight into the financial agreements between filmmakers, lawyers and piracy tracking outfits. The so-called copyright trolling operations may, in fact, be well-coordinated "illegal settlement factories" that prey on people with limited financial resources.
November 16, 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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Christmas Surprise: Hive-CM8 Leaks More Pirated DVD Screeners
Movie pirates were welcomed with a few surprise gifts before and after Christmas when four new DVD Screeners leaked online. The movies were posted by infamous release group Hive-CM8, who state that they're predominantly aiming the releases at those too ill to make it to the movie theater or unable to see them locally.
December 26, 2017
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Chrome and Firefox Block 123movies Over "Harmful Programs"
Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the popular pirate streaming site 123movies, also known as 123movieshub and Gomovies. According to Google's Safe Browsing diagnostics service, the site contains "harmful programs," most likely triggered by suspicious advertisements running on the site.
February 9, 2018
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Chrome and Firefox Block Torrentz2 Over "Harmful Programs"
Chrome and Firefox are blocking direct access to the popular torrent meta-search engine Torrentz2.eu. According to Google's safe browsing program, some pages on Torrentz2 contain harmful programs. The site's operator contradicts this and notes that the only ad they have promotes a VPN service.
February 22, 2018
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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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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 Daily Stormer Evidence at Piracy Trial
Cloudflare doesn't want its termination of neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer to be used as evidence at the upcoming piracy liability trial against ALS Scan. The copyright holder used the issue to argue that Cloudflare can remove content from the internet, but the CDN provider fears that mentioning the site at trial may lead to "guilt by association."
March 27, 2018
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Cloudflare is Liable For Pirate Sites & Has No Safe Harbor, Publisher Says
Cloudflare should be held liable for copyright infringements committed by its customers, adult publisher ALS Scan has informed the California District Court. The company requests a partial summary judgment, claiming that the CDN provider assists pirates and doesn't qualify for safe harbor protection. "The evidence is undisputed," ALS writes.
February 1, 2018
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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 Terminates Service to Sci-Hub Domain Names
Cloudflare has terminated service to several domain names of Sci-Hub, which is often referred to as "The Pirate Bay of Science." The CDN provider was compelled to take this action in response to a permanent injunction the American Chemical Society obtained late last year. While Cloudflare previously objected to a similar request, there is no sign of protest this time around.
February 5, 2018
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Coalition Against Piracy Wants Singapore to Block Streaming Piracy Software
The recently-formed Coalition Against Piracy, which counts Disney, Fox, Sony, HBO, NBCUniversal, BBC Worldwide and the Premier League among its members, is demanding greater action against illicit streaming. The powerful group has called on the government in Singapore to not only block 'pirate' streaming software but also unlicensed streams from entering the country.
December 4, 2017
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Controversial Roku 'Piracy' Ban Stays in Place in Mexico
Last year the Superior Court of Justice of the City of Mexico responded to a copyright complaint filed by a TV company by banning all imports and sales of Roku devices. After a temporary suspension of the decision, the ban soon returned and the company and various sales outlets have been fighting ever since. New rulings mean that the controversial restrictions will continue, at least for now.
March 23, 2018
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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 Trolls Target Up to 22,000 Norwegians for Movie Piracy
The Oslo District Court has effectively given a Danish law firm the go-ahead to target up to 21,804 potential pirates with cash settlement demands. Njord Law ran into trouble at the Supreme Court last year when it was found that its evidence against alleged pirates failed to show serious levels of infringement. This time around it has clearly learned from its earlier experiences.
February 20, 2018
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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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Corel Patents System to Monetize Software Piracy
Canadian software company Corel, known for iconic products such as CorelDRAW and Winzip, has a new anti-piracy patent. Instead of implementing tougher restrictions, the company proposes to reach out to pirates through a messaging system, offering 'amnesty' to those who are willing to pay up.
January 5, 2018
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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 Dismisses Playboy's Copyright Claims Against Boing Boing
A California district court has dismissed Playboy's copyright infringement complaint against Boing Boing. Playboy's allegations that the popular blog induced or contributed to copyright infringement by publishing hyperlinks are not strong enough, Judge Olguin writes. The complaint is dismissed with leave, allowing the magazine publisher to file an improved version within two weeks.
February 15, 2018
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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 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 Hosting Provider to Stop Pirate Premier League Streams
The UK's Premier League has won a landmark case against hosting provider Ecatel. The Court of The Hague ordered the company to null-route the servers of customers who offer illegal live streams. The provider has to respond within 30 minutes after being notified, or pay a hefty fine. The ruling can be seen as a clear victory but only on paper, since Ecatel was dissolved last year.
January 26, 2018
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Court Orders Spanish ISPs to Block Pirate Sites For Hollywood
Following complaints from Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner, a court in Spain has ordered several ISPs to begin blocking a pair of pirate sites. Describing the action as "necessary", the MPA says that the blocks will assist with the "sustainability of the creative community."
February 16, 2018
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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: Accused Pirate Doesn't Have to 'Spy' on Family Members
A German court has ruled that a man, whose Internet connection was used to share pirated films, cannot be required to 'spy' on his family members. The law firm representing the Internet subscriber stresses that these kinds of investigations violate the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which protects respect for private and family life.
November 27, 2017
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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: 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: 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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Cracking Group 3DM Loses Piracy Case Against Game Maker
The infamous Chinese cracking group 3DM has lost its legal battle with Koei Tecmo. A Chinese court sided with the game maker, awarding the company the equivalent of $245,000 in piracy damages and legal fees. In addition, the group is ordered to stop pirating Koei Tecmo games in future.
November 15, 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 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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Deezer Piles Pressure on Pirates, Deezloader Reborn Throws in the Towel
Music streaming service Deezer is piling on the pressure in order to stop people downloading music from its service. Various tools have already been targeted but even evasive action appears to enjoy limited success. After moving from code repository Github to Gitlab following a copyright complaint, the popular Deezloader Reborn tool has been hit once again and is now out for good.
March 15, 2018
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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 Has Been Sold to Global Anti-Piracy Outfit Irdeto
Denuvo, the company behind the world's most famous video game anti-piracy system, has been sold. The buyer is global anti-piracy outfit Irdeto, which specializes in protecting all kinds of content, with an emphasis on the audio-visual sector. The news comes a day after Denuvo's latest protection was defeated by pirates after a couple of months in the wild.
January 23, 2018
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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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Despite Protests, ISP Ordered To Hand Over Pirates' Details to Police
A Swedish ISP has lost its battle to keep the personal identities of some users a secret. Bahnhof, which doesn't consider piracy a serious offense, previously refused to hand over the details of suspected copyright infringers to the police. Now, however, the Administrative Court in Stockholm has handed down a ruling which will compel it to do so in future.
February 1, 2018
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Dish Network Files Two Lawsuits Against Pirate IPTV Providers
Dish Network, a leading US TV provider with more than 13 million subscribers, is continuing its crackdown on unauthorized streaming services. In a pair of lawsuits filed in Maryland and Texas, Dish targets two illicit IPTV providers, claiming that each illegally captures and retransmits dozens of its channels to US citizens.
January 3, 2018
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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 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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Dotcom Affidavit Calls For Obama to Give Evidence in Megaupload Case
Former US president Barack Obama will jet into New Zealand later today with an extensive ban on media and publicity in place. One person who won't be shying away is Kim Dotcom, who has seized the opportunity to file an affidavit with the High Court. Dotcom suggests that the political motivations behind the Megaupload case mean that Obama should give evidence while he's in New Zealand.
March 20, 2018
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Dotcom Wins Privacy Breach Case Against New Zealand Government
The Human Rights Tribunal in New Zealand has ruled that the Government violated the Privacy Act by withholding information from Kim Dotcom. The Megaupload founder is now calling for the resignation of New Zealand's Privacy Commissioner and claims that the pending extradition case is done. "It is OVER!" he writes.
March 26, 2018
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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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Dutch Continue to Curb Illegal Downloading But What About Streaming?
After previously being legal for personal use, in 2014 the Netherlands banned downloading of copyrighted content. In 2013, 41% of people engaged in the practice but according to a new study, just 24% admitted to having downloaded pirate media within the previous 12 months. While that sounds like good news, unauthorized streaming is absent from the stats.
February 22, 2018
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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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'Dutch Pirate Bay Blocking Case Should Get a Do-Over'
In the legal battle over the legality of the Dutch Pirate Bay blockade, Advocate General Van Peursem has advised the Supreme Court to throw out the previous order and do the case all over again. Citing recent EU jurisprudence, the Attorney General suggests that the previous freedom of entrepreneurship and information defenses are less likely to survive a do-over.
March 16, 2018
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EFF Urges US Copyright Office To Reject Proactive 'Piracy' Filters
As entertainment companies and Internet services spar over the boundaries of copyright law, the EFF is urging the US Copyright Office to keep "copyright's safe harbors safe." In a petition just filed with the office, the EFF warns that innovation will be stymied if Congress goes ahead with a plan to introduce proactive 'piracy' filters at the expense of the DMCA's current safe harbor provisions.
February 13, 2018
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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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Embedding a Tweet Can be Copyright Infringement, Court Rules
A New York federal court has ruled that people can be held liable for copyright infringement if they embed a tweet posted by a third party. The case was filed by Justin Goldman, whose photo of Tom Brady went viral and eventually ended up at several news sites, which embedded these 'infringing' tweets.
February 16, 2018
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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: Cloud-Based TV Recorder Requires Rightsholder Permission
VCAST advertises itself as a VCR for the cloud, allowing users to record terrestrial TV into online storage to watch at a later point. But is it legal? According to a new ruling from the European Court of Justice, making TV shows available to consumers in this fashion must be authorized by rights holders.
November 29, 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 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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European Commission Steps Up Fight Against Online Piracy
The European Commission is determined to step up the fight against online piracy and counterfeiting. To achieve this, it will support voluntary agreements to cut off revenue to piracy sites, while also exploring new blockchain-based anti-piracy technologies. In addition, the Commission provides detailed guidance on how current legislation should be interpreted.
November 29, 2017
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Europol Hits Huge 500,000 Subscriber Pirate IPTV Operation
A Europol-led operation involving police forces from Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands, has targeted one of the largest pirate IPTV operations in the world. At least three people have been arrested. Servers in Bulgaria and the Netherlands reportedly supplied the content to an estimated 500,000 subscribers worldwide, generating annual revenues of around five million euros.
January 11, 2018
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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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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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Facebook Rejects 31% of All Piracy Takedown Requests
Facebook has published data on the number of piracy takedown notices the company receives. During the first half of 2017, the social media giant removed 1.8 million posts or files, following copyright holder requests. Interestingly, the company rejected nearly a third of all requests in their entirety.
December 19, 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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FCC Repeals U.S. Net Neutrality Rules
The FCC has repealed U.S. net neutrality rules. As a result of today's vote, Internet providers have the freedom to restrict, or charge for, access to certain sites and services if they please. This also means that BitTorrent throttling and blocking could become commonplace once again, as it was a decade ago.
December 14, 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 Want The Right to Break DRM and Rip Blu-Rays
Breaking DRM or ripping Blu-Rays discs is a crime In the United States. While there are fair use exemptions, these don't apply to the public at large. Interestingly, filmmakers themselves are now urging the Copyright Office to lift some of the current restrictions, so that they can make the films they want.
December 28, 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 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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Flight Sim Company Embeds Malware to Steal Pirates' Passwords
Flight sim company FlightSimLabs has found itself in trouble after installing malware onto users' machines as an anti-piracy measure. Code embedded in its A320-X module contained a mechanism for detecting 'pirate' serial numbers distributed on The Pirate Bay, which then triggered a process through which the company stole usernames and passwords from users' web browsers.
February 19, 2018
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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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Fox Networks Obtains Piracy Blocking Injunction Against Rojadirecta
Fox Networks Group Latin America has obtained a website blocking injunction against popular 'pirate' sports portal Rojadirecta. The head of the media company's anti-piracy unit described the ruling, which will see Uruguayan ISPs block the streaming portal, as "the beginning of judicial awareness on online piracy issues."
April 05, 2018
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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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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 Leaks "Carried Out By Former Iranian Military Hacker"
A man who leaked confidential Game of Thrones information and unaired HBO shows has been charged by the Department of Justice. Behzad Mesri, an Iranian national, is said to have demanded $6 million in Bitcoin from HBO. US authorities are warning that while he's currently at large, for Mesri "winter will come."
November 22, 2017
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'Game of Thrones' Most Torrented TV-Show of 2017
For the sixth 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 Rick and Morty right behind.
December 26, 2017
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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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Gamers Want DMCA Exemption for 'Abandoned' Online Games
Several organizations and gaming fans are asking the Copyright Office to make a DMCA circumvention exemption for abandoned online games, to preserve them for future generations. The exemption would allow museums and libraries to offer copies of abandoned online servers, so these games won't turn to dust.
December 21, 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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GoDaddy Ordered to Suspend Four Music Piracy Domains
GoDaddy, the world's largest domain name registrar, has been ordered to disable four domains that facilitate access to four 'pirate' music sites. The order was handed down via the Peruvian Copyright Commission following a complaint from a member organization of IFPI.
March 27, 2018
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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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GoMovies/123Movies Launches Anime Streaming Site
Popular movie streaming site GoMovies has launched a new sister site, Animehub. The operators hope to turn the new venture into the prime destination for anime 'pirates.' Needless to say, copyright holders will be less enthusiastic.
December 4, 2017
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Google & Facebook Excluded From Aussie Safe Harbor Copyright Amendments
Back in March, Australia shelved plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions to services such as Google and Facebook. Now, following consultations with the entertainment industries, the government has revealed it will exclude such platforms from amendments to be tabled Wednesday. Educational institutions and libraries will enjoy new freedoms, however.
December 5, 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 Blocks Pirate Search Results Prophylactically
Google is accepting "prophylactic" takedown requests to keep pirated content out of its search results. Caleb Donaldson, copyright counsel at Google, explains that the company is 'removing' infringing links before they are indexed. Aside from these novel features, the company also has high hopes for artificial intelligence.
January 3, 2018
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Google Defeats Worldwide Site Blocking Order in US Court
Google has won its case against Canadian company Equustek Solutions. The search engine is not required to block content worldwide based on a Canadian Supreme Court hearing, a California Federal Court has affirmed. An important ruling for Google, which argued that freedom of speech was at stake.
December 18, 2017
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Google on Collision Course With Movie Biz Over Piracy & Safe Harbor
Google and one of Australia's leading movie companies are on a collision course over piracy. Village Roadshow's outspoken co-chief Graham Burke has twice this month accused Google of facilitating crime and is now inviting the company to sue him. Meanwhile, Google is fighting for new safe harbor protections that Village Roadshow insists should be denied.
February 19, 2018
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Google Play Store Rejects App For Using the Word "BitTorrent"
Google Play has rejected a popular BitTorrent client because it uses the word "BitTorrent" in the full description. Apparently, Google now sees references to an open source transfer protocol as a no-go, stating that BitTorrent is another brand. While BitTorrent Inc. had the term trademarked years ago, the company didn't ask Google to take this action.
December 13, 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 Should Begin Delisting Pirate Sites, Aussie Rightsholders Say
Search engines such as Google and Bing should be forced to de-list pirate sites from search results to enhance Australia's site-blocking regime. That's the call from entertainment companies including Village Roadshow and Foxtel, who have responded to a government consultation on the efficacy and future standing of the country's leading anti-piracy mechanism.
March 22, 2018
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Google Wipes 786 Pirate Sites From Search Results
Google and several leading Russian search engines have completely wiped 786 'pirate' sites from their search results. That's according to telecoms watch Rozcomnadzor, which reports that the search providers delisted the sites after ISPs were ordered by a Moscow court to permanently block them.
November 21, 2017
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Google Wipes 786 Pirate Sites From Search Results
Google and several leading Russian search engines have completely wiped 786 'pirate' sites from their search results. That's according to telecoms watch Rozcomnadzor, which reports that the search providers delisted the sites after ISPs were ordered by a Moscow court to permanently block them.
November 21, 2017
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Google Won't Take Down 'Pirate' VLC With Five Million Downloads
VideoLAN, the team behind the VLC media player, recently revealed that they turned down several tens of millions of euros to bundle their software with advertising. The same cannot be said of third-party developers cloning VLC for profit, however. An ad-supported clone discovered on Google Play has a staggering five to ten million downloads and breaches VLC's GPL license, yet Google refuses to take it down.
February 6, 2018
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Grumpy Cat Wins $710,000 From Copyright Infringing Coffee Maker
Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and is somewhat pleased. Her owners have won a $710,001 jury verdict in California, against a coffee maker that exploited their copyrights. The bulk of the damages were awarded for copyright and trademark infringement, with a symbolic $1 in nominal damages for contract breach.
January 25, 2018
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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 Asks New UK Culture Secretary To Fight Online Piracy
Stan McCoy, president of the Motion Picture Association's EMEA division, has penned an open letter to the UK's new culture secretary Matt Hancock. McCoy implies that more can be done to tackle online piracy, including dealing with pirate sites and illicit streaming devices. Considering the UK already has a considerable track record tackling all of these things, an eyebrow or two might be raised.
January 19, 2018
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Hollywood Commissioned Tough Jail Sentences for Online Piracy, ISP Says
The owner of ISP Bahnhof has criticized new proposals currently under consideration by the Swedish government. The new rules, which envision copyright infringers going to prison for up to six years, are said to be needed to bring Sweden into line with other EU countries. However, according to Bahnhof chief Jon Karlung, the extended tariffs have been commissioned by Hollywood
February 27, 2018
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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 Says Only Site-Blocking Left to Beat Piracy in New Zealand
The Motion Picture Distributors' Association, which represents the major Hollywood studios in New Zealand, says that there is "nothing" that can be done to tackle piracy other than site-blocking. Noting the local popularity of The Pirate Bay, MPDA is placing faith in government to pass the necessary legislation. Meanwhile, so-called "Kodi-boxes" are cited as a rising threat.
January 23, 2018
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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 Studios Force ISPs to Block Popcorn Time & Subtitle Sites
The Oslo District Court has issued a judgment ordering 14 Internet service providers to block subscriber access to a range of websites offering and used by three Popcorn Time application variants. The ban, obtained by six major Hollywood studios, includes a pair of subtitle sites and extends to YTS, YIFY, and EZTV branded domains.
November 13, 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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Hollywood Wins ISP Blockade Against Popular Pirate Sites in Ireland
The Motion Picture Association has scored a victory in Ireland where several Internet providers have been ordered to block access to eight popular pirate sites. The websites, including 1337x.io, EZTV.ag, 123movieshub.to, putlocker.io and RARBG.to, serve millions of visitors per day. While the blockades will have some effect, they are far from perfect.
January 16, 2018
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Hosting Provider Steadfast Maintains DMCA Safe Harbor Defense For Trial
A California District Court has denied ALS Scan's motion for summary judgment against hosting provider Steadfast. The latter is accused of contributory copyright infringement and failing to implement a repeat infringer policy as required by the DMCA. However, since both sides made valid arguments, the court will leave the ultimate decision up to the jury.
February 12, 2018
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How Facebook and TV companies are winning the fight against illegal pay-per-view streaming
Livestreaming is increasingly mainstream. Social behemoths like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook all come with the feature baked-in and prominently displayed. With just a flick of a button, anyone anywhere can broadcast anything to hundreds of thousands of people.
January 8, 2018
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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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How The US Pushed Sweden to Take Down The Pirate Bay
A series of documents released by the US Department of State have revealed how Sweden was pressed to take action against The Pirate Bay. According to US officials, this directly led to law enforcement's decision to shut down the torrent site more than ten years ago. Sweden, meanwhile, avoided a spot on the feared US Trade Representative's 301 Watch List.
December 12, 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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Iflix Sees Piracy as Main Competitor, Not Netflix
With millions of subscribers throughout Asia and Africa, iflix is one of the leading video streaming services in emerging markets. While the company is up against streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon, it sees piracy as its main adversary.
March 30, 2018
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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 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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Internet Users Warned Over Fake 20th Century Fox Piracy 'Fines'
People are being warned to be on their guard after fake piracy fines demanding hundreds of euros were sent out to Internet users in Germany. The emails claim that the user has infringed the rights of 20th Century Fox by streaming illegal content from popular platform Kinox. But the whole thing is an elaborate scam designed to part people from their hard-earned cash.
December 20, 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 Your Kodi Setup Being Spied On?
Large numbers of people are running Kodi with a poorly-protected remote access interface, which enables third-parties to view their addons and other sensitive information. In some cases, people's private videos are also vulnerable to being viewed remotely by anyone with a browser. Worst still, attackers can change Kodi users' settings, which can cause chaos to the unexpecting.
January 1, 2018
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ISP Books Partial Victory Against RIAA in Piracy Lawsuit
The piracy liability case between the RIAA and Internet provider Grande Communications continues, but only based on the contributory infringement claim. Texas District Court Judge Lee Yeakel fully adopts the earlier recommendation from the Magistrate Judge, despite objections from both the RIAA and Grande.
April 05, 2018
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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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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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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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Japanese Govt Intervention Fails to Stop Mass Dragon Ball Super Piracy
On Saturday night, fans of Dragon Ball Super gathered in their tens of thousands across South America to watch public screenings of the penultimate episode of the hit series. Despite being organized by local governments, every screening was unlicensed and completely illegal. Not even personal intervention by the Japanese government could halt the fun.
March 19, 2018
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Judge Issues Devastating Order Against BitTorrent Copyright Troll
A Washington District Court has issued a devastating order against a copyright holder of the film "Once Upon a Time in Venice," which chases alleged BitTorrent pirates for cash settlements. The Court points out that one of their experts is unqualified, doubts whether declarants even exist, and highlights that IP-address evidence may have been obtained illegally.
January 10, 2018
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Judge Issues Mixed Order in RIAA's Piracy Case Against ISP Grande
ISP Grande Communications and the RIAA are continuing their fight in court. US Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin recommends dropping the infringement claims against Grande's management company and the vicarious infringement claim against the ISP itself. However, the request to dismiss the contributory infringement claim should be denied.
March 6, 2018
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Judge Pushes Pirate Set-Top Box Cases Back, Demands Quality Evidence
Two ground-breaking legal actions in Australia, in which rightsholders are hoping to block Internet-based set-top box piracy for the first time, have been pushed back to April. Movie outfit Village Roadshow and Hong Kong broadcaster TVB were warned in court today that their evidence needs to meet a high standard or they might not obtain the injunctions they require.
February 2, 2018
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Judge Puts Brakes on Piracy Cases, Doubts Evidence Against Deceased Man
A federal court in Seattle has asked a copyright holder of the film "Once Upon a Time in Venice" to provide more information on the evidence it has against accused BitTorrent pirates. The accuracy of the tracking tools was put in doubt after the company sued a now-deceased man, who was mentally and physically incapable of operating a computer at the time of the accusation.
November 14, 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 Tells Movie Company That it Can't Sue Alleged BitTorrent Pirate
A federal judge in Oregon has told a movie company targeting a local Internet user that it won't be able to sue him for alleged movie piracy via BitTorrent. Judge Michael H. Simon informed the company behind the 2015 drama film Fathers & Daughters that since it didn't possess exclusive rights as required under the United States Copyright Act, it has no standing to bring a lawsuit.
January 18, 2018
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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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KeepVid Site No Longer Allows Users to 'Keep' Videos
The popular video download service KeepVid no longer allows users to download videos. Instead, the site has transformed into an educational page warning people about copyright issues and urging visitors to use legal options, if available.
March 20, 2018
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Key Internet Players Excoriate Canadian Pirate Site Blocking Plan
The Internet Society and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) are fiercely against the Canadian pirate site blocking plan. With prominent members such as Amazon and Google, i2Coalition points out that the "internet censorship" proposal would stifle innovation and cause tremendous collateral damage.
March 23, 2018
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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 Begins New Fight to Avoid Extradition to United States
Should Kim Dotcom and his former Megaupload colleagues be sent to the US to face charges of copyright infringement, racketeering, and money laundering? The New Zealand District Court ruled that they can and in December 2017, the Hight Court reached the same conclusion. In a hearing now underway in the Court of Appeal, lawyers for the defendants will attempt to turn the tide.
February 12, 2018
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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 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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'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 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 Piracy and Addon Predictions for 2018
In many ways, the Kodi addon scene was one of the most turbulent in 2017. Today we sit down with the former operator of the Ares Project, the group behind the popular Ares Wizard, which shut down recently following legal threats. He gives his thoughts on what 2018 could have in store for unofficial Kodi projects and what threats lie in wait for the hugely popular platform.
December 28, 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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Kodi-Addon Developer Launches Fundraiser to Fight "Copyright Bullies"
Shani, the developer of the popular Kodi-addon ZemTV, is asking the public for help so he can defend a lawsuit filed by American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network. A proper defense is needed to avoid a bad precedent, he stresses. "The fight is rigged against the little guy, they are trying to make something illegal that shouldn't be illegal."
November 20, 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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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 Scale" Music Pirate Settles With BREIN For 10,000 Euros
A pirate who uploaded large volumes of music to the Internet without permission has agreed to pay Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN 10,000 euros ($12,374) to avoid a lawsuit. Although the individual uploaded the content to the newsgroups, which are sometimes considered to be more secure, BREIN forced his Usenet provider to hand over his details, making it easy to track him down.
March 9, 2018
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Linking Is Not Copyright Infringement, Boing Boing Tells Court
The popular blog Boing Boing has asked a federal court in California to drop the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against it by Playboy. With help from the EFF, Boing Boing argues that its article linking to an archive of hundreds of centerfold playmates is clearly fair use. Or else it will be "the end of the web as we know it," the blog warns.
January 19, 2018
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"LOL," The Pirate Bay Adds Donation Options, Mocks Bitcoin Cash?
The Pirate Bay has added several new cryptocurrency donation options to its site, including fresh Monero and Litecoin addresses. While the operators believe in the power of cryptocurrency, they don't appear to be fans of Bitcoin Cash, 'mocking' the Bitcoin fork across the entire site.
December 27, 2017
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Local Governments in Mexico Might 'Pirate' Dragon Ball
Hit anime TV series Dragon Ball Super reaches episode 130 this Saturday with millions lining up to watch "The Greatest Showdown of All Time! The Ultimate Survival Battle!!" In Mexico, it looks like turning into a national event, with local governments planning screenings in football stadiums and other public places. Trouble is, they have no license to do so and Toei, the company behind the series, is extremely unhappy.
March 16, 2018
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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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Major Pirate Site Operators' Sentences Increased on Appeal
Two men behind defunct pirate streaming site Swefilmer have had their sentences increased by the Court of Appeal in Sweden. The main operator was originally sentenced to three years in prison but is now required to serve a four-year sentence and pay additional damages. The second man has had his conditional sentence augmented with a fine.
March 30, 2018
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Major US Sports Leagues Report Top Piracy Nations to Government
The Sports Coalition, which includes prominent leagues such as the NBA, NFL, and MLB, has shared its concerns over sports piracy with the US Trade Representative. The coalition urges the US Government to place the Netherlands and Switzerland on the Priority Watch List, as many pirated games are broadcast from these European countries.
February 16, 2018
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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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Mashup Site Hit With Domain Suspension Following IFPI Copyright Complaint
A Canada-based site dedicated to mashups lost use of its main domain last week following a copyright complaint from the IFPI. The music industry group contacted UK-based registrar Domainbox, citing copyright infringement on Sowndhaus.com. The registrar then removed the site's DNS entries. Sowndhaus insists that under Canadian law, it acts entirely legally.
November 27, 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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Media Giant Can Keep Seized Ad Revenue From Pirate Sites
A federal court in Florida has signed a default judgment against more than two dozen relatively small pirate sites. The order grants media conglomerate ABS-CBN ownership of the associated domain names. In addition, it can keep the sites' previously seized advertising revenue from networks including Google Adsense and MGID.
January 9, 2018
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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 Sued Over 'Baseless' Piracy Threats
Microsoft and the BSA are accusing Rhode Island-based company Hanna Instruments of pirating software. Despite facing threats of millions of dollars in damages the company maintains its innocence, backed up by license keys and purchase receipts. The BSA's lawyers are not convinced, however, so Hanna have decided to take the matter to court.
November 13, 2017
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Microsoft: Poisoned Torrent Client Triggered Coin Miner Outbreak
A poisoned version of MediaGet, an all-in-one BitTorrent client developed in Russia, was used to offload malicious cryptocurrency miners. According to research from Microsoft, the application helped to kick off the Dofoil campaign that targeted hundreds of thousands of computers. Mediaget says that the issue has been fully resolved at their end.
March 15, 2018
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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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Modding Legends Team-Xecuter Announce "Future-Proof" Nintendo Switch Hack
Team-Xecuter, a hacking group with a long history of defeating console security dating back to the PlayStation One, has revealed a new defeat for Nintendo Switch. According to the group, the solution will be a future-proof route to custom firmware, something which is likely to herald both homebrew code and mass piracy.
January 4, 2018
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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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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 Hides Anti-Piracy Messages in 'Pirate' Subtitles
Players in the Belgian movie sector have found a brilliantly innovative way to deliver anti-piracy messages to the public in a playful way. While watching films like The Hitman's Bodyguard, those using unofficial subtitles get an unexpected twist in the story, with Samuel L. Jackson suddenly taking a keen interest in movie piracy and potentially sub-standard sources.
January 25, 2018
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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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MPA Met With Russian Site-Blocking Body to Discuss Piracy
Last week, Stan McCoy, president of the Motion Picture Association's EMEA division, met with the head of Russia's telecoms watchdog in Moscow. Rozcomnadzor says that a number of issues were discussed, including strengthening international cooperation. For once, Russia had some anti-piracy achievements to boast about that the United States couldn't match.
February 9, 2018
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MPA Reveals Scale of Worldwide Pirate Site Blocking
Motion Picture Association Canada has revealed the scale of pirate site-blocking around the world. In a submission to the CRTC, the Hollywood group states that at least 42 countries are now obligated to block infringing sites. In Europe alone, 1,800 sites and 5,300 domains have been rendered inaccessible, with Portugal, Italy, the UK, and Denmark leading the way.
April 10, 2018
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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'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 Brands 123Movies as the World's Most Popular Illegal Site
The MPAA is visiting Vietnam to discuss with local authorities how they can properly deal with movie piracy sites. One target that was singled out is 123movies, a streaming site that is said to be operated from Vietnam. According to the movie industry group, it is "the most popular illegal site in the world."
March 16, 2018
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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 Wants Filmmakers to Pay Licenses, Not Rip Blu-rays
Late last year several filmmaker groups asked the US Copyright Office to lift some of the current DMCA circumvention restrictions, so they can rip and use clips from Blu-rays and other videos without repercussions. The MPAA and other industry groups don't think this is a good idea and point out that filmmakers have plenty of other options.
February 27, 2018
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MPAA Wins $19.8 Million From Pirate Site Pubfilm
A New York federal court has issued a default judgment against pirate streaming site Pubfilm in favor of the MPAA. The movie studios were granted nearly $20 million in statutory damages and an order to have the site's domain names permanently seized. Taking the site down completely might be easier said than done, however.
January 19, 2018
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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: 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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Musician's White Noise YouTube Video Hit With Copyright Complaints
A music technologist who teaches in an Australian university music department has seen his self-generated ten-hour video containing white noise flagged by several copyright holders. Sebastian Tomczak informs TorrentFreak that all of the rightsholders chose to monetize his work, meaning that they're making money from his efforts, rather than him.
January 5, 2018
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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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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 Is Not Going to Kill Piracy, Research Suggests
Netflix and other on-demand streaming services barely help to curtail piracy, new research shows. While legal streaming services are commonly used nowadays, the limited availability of recent content and the associated price tag are serious hurdles for many pirates.
November 29, 2017
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Netflix, Amazon and Hollywood Sue Kodi-Powered Dragon Box Over Piracy
Several major Hollywood studios, Amazon, and Netflix have filed a lawsuit against Dragon Media Inc, branding it a supplier of pirate streaming devices. The companies accuse Dragon of using the Kodi media player in combination with pirate addons to facilitate mass copyright infringement via its Dragon Box device.
January 11, 2018
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New Anti-Piracy Coalition Calls For Canadian Website Blocking
A new coalition of Canadian companies is calling on the local telecom regulator CRTC to establish a local piracy site blocking program. The plan is the first of its kind in North America, aimed at lowering local piracy rates. Opponents, however, believe the proposal goes too far and equate it to a censorship deal.
January 30, 2018
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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 Police Anti-Piracy Task Force May Get Involved in Site Blocking
In an effort to tackle online copyright infringement, the Danish Government has set up a new task force of investigators who will exclusively deal with IP crimes. The new police unit, which is operating on a trial basis, will help copyright holders deter piracy and may also request site blockades in the future.
December 6, 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 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 uTorrent Web Streams and Downloads Torrents in Your Browser
BitTorrent Inc. has quietly rolled out its brand new "uTorrent Web." The software allows users to download and stream torrents directly in their default web browser. In the long run, the web version is expected to rival the "original" client.
February 23, 2018
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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 All Canadian ISPs Are Pro Site Blocking
Several of the largest Canadian telecommunications companies including Bell and Rogers are in favor of a national pirate site blocking scheme. However, not all ISPs are eager to implement such measures. Several smaller ISPs, including TekSavvy, warn that the proposal will be costly and ineffective while violating current legislation.
April 06, 2018
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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 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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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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Owner of ShareBeast and AlbumJams Sentenced To Five Years in Prison
Last September, Artur Sargsyan, the owner and operator of a number of piracy-focused websites including Sharebeast.com, Newjams.net, and Albumjams.com, pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement. Yesterday a U.S. District Judge sentenced the 30-year-old to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and more than $642,000 in restitution and forfeiture.
March 23, 2018
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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 Falls 6%, in Spain, But It's Still a Multi-Billion Euro Problem
Piracy of digital content in Spain fell 6% in 2017, according to an entertainment industry report. The Coalition of Creators and Content Industries says that the figure matches the 6% decrease achieved the previous year.
April 09, 2018
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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 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' Boxes & Infringing Streams Cost eBay Sellers Dearly
Ebay and social media are popular places to sell and obtain 'pirate' streaming devices but for two sellers, things haven't gone to plan. According to the Premier League and partners the Federation Against Copyright Theft, the men have agreed to pay £18,000 and £8,000 respectively, for supplying piracy-configured Kodi boxes and subscriptions to illicit streams.
February 9, 2018
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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 Admins Receive Suspended Sentences, Still Face €60m Damages Claim
Four men behind one of France's most successful pirate sites have been handed suspended sentences by the Rennes Criminal Court. Aged between 29 and 36 years old, the former Liberty Land administrators were arrested back in 2011 following a SACEM investigation. The quartet still face a massive 60 million euro damages claim.
March 13, 2018
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Pirate Site Blockades Enter Germany With Kinox.to as First Target
Following a complaint from a German movie distribution company, Internet provider Vodafone has been ordered to block subscribers from accessing the popular pirate streaming portal Kinox.to. This is the first pirate site blocking order of its kind in Germany and while it's provisional thus far, it's not likely to stop here.
February 13, 2018
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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' Jail Sentences Overturned By Court of Appeal
Four men sentenced last year for their part in running several pirate sites have been told they will no longer have to spend time behind bars. After being ordered to spend up to ten months in prison, the court of appeal has now decided that for their activities on Dreamfilm, TFplay, Tankafetast and PirateHub, the men should walk free but pay increased damages to the entertainment industries.
February 26, 2018
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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 Giant 123Movies Announces Shutdown
Popular pirate streaming site 123movies, also known as 123movieshub and GoMovies, has announced its shutdown. According to a message posted on the site, it will close its doors at the end of the week. At the same time, the operators are now urging their users to respect filmmakers by paying for movies and TV-shows.
March 19, 2018
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Pirate Streaming Search Engine Exploits Crunchyroll Vulnerability
The popular streaming platform Crunchyroll, which specializes in anime and manga content, appears to have a gaping security hole. As a result, the site's videos can be accessed through the pirate meta-search engine StreamCR, which ironically streams it directly from Crunchyroll's servers.
February 13, 2018
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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 Crack Microsoft's UWP Protection, Five Layers of DRM Defeated
Video games pirates have reason to celebrate today after scene cracking group CODEX defeated Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform system on Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection. While the game it was protecting isn't exactly a fan favorite, it was reportedly protected by five layers of DRM within the UWP package, including the Denuvo-like Arxan anti-tamper technology.
February 15, 2018
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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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Planned Piracy Upload Filters are 'Censorship Machines,' MEPs Warn
In a new campaign video, several Members of the European Parliament warn that the EU's proposed mandatory upload filters pose a threat to freedom of speech. The new filters would function as "censorship machines" which are "completely disproportionate," they say. The MEPs encourage the public to speak up, while they still can.
January 22, 2018
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Playboy Brands Boing Boing a "Clickbait" Site With No Fair Use Defense
Playboy has fired back a new volley in response to an assertion by Boing Boing and the EFF that linking to an archive of hundreds of centerfold playmates was fair use. Branding Boing Boing a "clickbait" site, Playboy told a federal court in California that the popular blog profits off the work of others and has no fair use defense.
January 26, 2018
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Playboy Wants to Know Who Downloaded Their Playmate Images From Imgur
Playboy's initial attempt to hold the popular blog Boing Boing liable for copyright infringement failed last month. However, this doesn't mean that it's completely over. The publisher has requested personal information on the people who uploaded the infringing centerfold footage on YouTube and Imgur, to determine what steps to take next. Interestingly, Imgur 'downloaders' are targeted too, which technically includes everyone who viewed the images.
March 13, 2018
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Playboy's Copyright Lawsuit Threatens Online Expression, Boing Boing Argues
After being branded a clickbait site by Playboy, popular blog Boing Boing has stressed the importance of hyperlinks to a Federal Court in California. Links are a crucial part of the Internet and an important tool for free speech, it argues. This means that, under the right conditions, linking to copyright-infringing material should be considered fair use.
February 2, 2018
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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 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 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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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 Danish Torrent Tracker Shuts Down After Hack
The popular Danish torrent tracker Hounddawgs has shut down following a breach of its server. The operators confirmed that outsiders exploited a vulnerability, but initially denied that the entire database had been compromised. However, the alleged hacker countered this and posted more than 20 gigabytes of data online.
January 2, 2018
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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 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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Popular Torrent Site Loses Domain After Copyright Complaint
The domain name of Yggtorrent, one of the largest French torrent communities, has been put on hold after a complaint sent on behalf of anti-piracy outfit SACEM. While this effectively took out the site and its tracker, Yggtorrent made a swift comeback on a new domain, which they registered with Peter Sunde's Njalla.
April 09, 2018
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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'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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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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Publisher Gets Carte Blanche to Seize New Sci-Hub Domains
Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," remains a thorn in the side of academic publishers. After obtaining an injunction against the site last year, the American Chemical Society went back to court for an update, which now gives it the authority to seize newly registered domain names as well. But will that end the domain whac-a-mole?
April 10, 2018
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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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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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Release Windows of Digital Movie Downloads Are Shrinking
An often heard motivation for people to illegally download or stream content is the long gap between a movie's theatrical release and its debut through other channels. New research shows that for digital downloads this gap is shrinking rapidly. But is that enough?
March 22, 2018
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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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Researchers Use a Blockchain to Boost Anonymous Torrent Sharing
Researchers at Delft University of Technology have released a major update to their decentralized and pseudo-anonymous BitTorrent client. The new Tribler has its very own blockchain that tracks how much people are sharing, so users can be rewarded accordingly. This should ultimately improve the efficiency of the client's Tor-like protection.
January 26, 2018
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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: 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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Rightscorp Has a Massive Database of 'Repeat Infringers' to Pursue
Anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp has a database of nearly a billion copyright infringements, ready to use, including many repeat infringers. Responding to a crucial court decision last week, the company says that it is ready to help copyright holders identify persistent pirates and hold Internet providers accountable if needed.
February 8, 2018
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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 500+ Google IPs & Domains, Fails to Shutdown Encrypted Chat App
Last month, Russia's telecoms watchdog told ISPs to block 15 million IP addresses to shut down the encrypted chat app Zello. Most of those IP addresses belonged to Amazon, which responded by asking Zello not to use its servers. With Zello now operating via Google services, instructions have been sent to block 286 IP addresses and 285 domains belonging to the search giant.
April 12, 2018
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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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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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RuTracker Reveals Innovative Plan For Users to Subvert ISP Blocking
Even though it's subjected to massive ISP blocking in Russia, torrent giant RuTracker refuses to give up the fight. After regular mirrors and proxies were easily scooped up by the country's blocking regime, RuTracker has a new plan. If you're a user and have a domain name to hand, the site will help you set up your very own access portal with a minimum of effort.
January 10, 2018
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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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Sci-Hub Loses Domain Names, But Remains Resilient
Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," lost three of its domain names this week. The suspensions are likely the result of the lost court case against the American Chemical Society. Despite the setback, Sci-Hub remains resilient, pointing out that there are other ways to access the site including its own custom DNS servers.
November 22, 2017
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Screener Piracy Season Kicks Off With Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy'
It's that time of year again. The first DVD screener has just made its way onto various pirate sites. This year the honor goes to Louis C.K.'s "I Love You, Daddy," which was dropped by distributor The Orchard recently. The film was carefully chosen by release group Hive-CM8, who say that it would be a waste if nobody ever gets to see it.
December 11, 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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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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'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 customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook
It's a mystery how they found out. Call Sherlock
January 9, 2018
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Sky Hits Man With £5k 'Fine' For Pirating Boxing on Facebook
A 34-year-old man from the UK has agreed to pay Sky £5,000 after the broadcaster tracked an illegal Facebook stream of the 2017 Joshua v Klitschko fight to his account. Craig Foster, who was warned of a potential £85,000 award should the case go to court, claimed that he wasn't responsible. Backtracking, he says he now wants a fight with Sky.
January 8, 2018
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Sky's Pirate Site-Blocking Move is Something For North Korea, ISPs Say
Sky TV is pioneering 'pirate' site-blocking in New Zealand after applying for an injunction against several local ISPs. But the move hasn't been well received, with one group of ISPs reacting with anger to the move. Vocus Group says Sky is acting like a dinosaur, with an Internet censorship effort more suited to North Korea.
November 29, 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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Spanish Authorities Launch New Campaign to Block Pirate Websites
The Civil Guard, Spain's oldest law enforcement agency, has announced a new anti-piracy campaign. Targeting websites promoting content on P2P networks such as BitTorrent, the agency says it has just blocked 23 websites dealing in movies, TV shows, music, and videogames. This is claimed to be just the beginning but the pirates are already fighting back.
February 23, 2018
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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 Emails Warning to 'Pirates' Using Hacked Apps
People who access Spotify using hacked apps that remove some of the restrictions placed on free accounts are receiving warning emails from the company. Noting that "abnormal activity" has been observed from the user's software, Spotify warns that future breaches could result in suspension or even termination of a user's account.
March 5, 2018
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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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Spotify's Two Million Unauthorized Users Hammered Google For Alternatives
Earlier this month, Spotify began taking action against users abusing its free tier. After detecting their modified Android files, countless people were suspended or excluded from the service. Now Spotify has revealed that it had a staggering two million unauthorized users and data from Google shows that many flooded the search engine during March looking for a way back in.
March 26, 2018
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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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Streaming Joshua v Parker is Illegal But Re-Streaming is the Real Danger
The Police Intellectual Property Unit and Federation Against Copyright Theft teamed up today to warn people against illegally streaming the upcoming Joshua v Parker fight. While receiving the bout without paying is against the law, casual pirates should be aware that it is the re-streaming of content on sites like Facebook that represents the largest threat.
March 29, 2018
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Streaming Link Search Engine Alluc Shuts Down
After 13 years, the popular streaming link search engine Alluc is shutting down. The people behind the site, which was regularly used by pirates, say they will focus on other projects instead. The team still see a future for "uncensored search" and hope someone else will fill the gap the site leaves behind.
March 9, 2018
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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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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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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 Data Authority Investigates Piracy Settlement Letters
Letters being sent out to Internet account holders in Sweden accusing them of copyright infringement are under investigation by Sweden's Data Protection Authority. Since the letters demand a cash payment, they could be considered a debt collection measure. If that's indeed the case, they must comply with strict legislation.
November 15, 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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T-Mobile Blocks Pirate Sites Then Reports Itself For Possible Net Neutrality Violation
After blocking several Pirate Bay clone sites following requests from rightsholders, T-Mobile in Austria has reported itself over a potential net neutrality breach. EU law says that pirate sites can be blocked but the ISP is concerned that doing so without a court order could be a breach of the Telecom Single Market (TSM) Regulation passed in 2015.
January 30, 2018
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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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Tamilrockers Arrests: Police Parade Alleged Movie Pirates on TV
Three men said to be behind notorious India-focused pirate site Tamilrockers have been arrested. One of the men is believed to be a site administrator and all are said to be well educated, with degrees in computer science and engineering. Indian police paraded the men before the media yesterday. Two other men, reportedly linked to partner site DVD Rockers, were also detained.
March 15, 2018
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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 Companies Meet EC to Discuss Removal of Pirate & Illegal Content
Representatives from platforms thought to include Google, Facebook and Twitter will meet with five EU Commissioners today to discuss progress in tackling the spread of illegal content online. While focus is being placed on terrorist propaganda and hate speech, intellectual property rights infringements are also high on the agenda.
January 9, 2018
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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 Man from Earth Sequel 'Pirated' on The Pirate Bay -- By Its Creators
With the file-sharing wars in full swing, 2007 saw the movie The Man From Earth being pirated all over the Internet, but its creators didn't fight the movement. Instead, they embraced pirates and thanked them for their attention. More than a decade on its sequel, The Man From Earth: Holocene, is again being shared on The Pirate Bay. But this time its creators put it there themselves.
January 16, 2018
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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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Thor Ragnarok Furiously Pirated After iTunes Pre-Order Blunder
Marvel's Thor Ragnarok was due it be released digitally on February 19th. However, some kind of blunder at Apple means that people using MoviesAnywhere and Vudu were offered it for immediate download via iTunes. Copies are now all over the Internet and getting pirated at a furious rate.
January 22, 2018
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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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Tickbox Clearly Promotes and Facilitates Piracy, Hollywood Tells Court
The owner of TickBox TV, a Kodi-powered streaming device, is being sued for copyright infringement by a group of major Hollywood studios plus Amazon and Netflix. The box seller previously argued that it's operating legally but in a scathing reply the movie companies counter this assertion.
January 15, 2018
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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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Torrent Links Disappear From Torrentz2, For Adblock Users
The popular torrent meta-search engine Torrentz2 is without links to external torrent sites once again, for some, which makes the site harder to use. This time the issue is not caused by the site though, but by ad-blockers that use the popular Easylist filter.
January 26, 2018
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Torrent Site Blocking Endangers Freedom of Expression, ISP Warns
Website blockades are spreading throughout Europe, where they've become a common tool for copyright holders to target piracy. This is also the case in Lithuania, where a court has ordered ISPs to prevent subscribers from accessing the hugely popular BitTorrent tracker Linkomanija. The affected ISPs are likely to appeal the case as it could restrict freedom of expression and speech.
November 28, 2017
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Treasure Trove of AACS 2.0 UHD Blu-Ray Keys Leak Online
A massive list of 72 AACS 2.0 keys is circulating on the Internet, allowing people to rip previously well-protected UHD Blu-ray discs. The leak is a massive setback for Hollywood and the licensing company AACS LA, who have done everything in their power to keep UHD discs secure.
December 11, 2017
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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 Ask Court to Dismiss U.S. Piracy Lawsuit
The people behind TVAddons and the ZemTV Kodi addon have asked a Texas District Court to dismiss the piracy lawsuit filed by Dish Networks against them. Both defendants are foreign nationals who say they have no connection to Texas. The case, therefore, violates their due process rights, the defense argues.
January 8, 2018
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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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U.S. Border Seizures of DMCA Circumvention Devices Surges
New data released by Homeland Security shows that U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized significantly more DMCA circumvention devices in 2017. The seizures, which includes mod chips for gaming consoles, increased 324% compared to the year before, although the actual number remains fairly low.
March 9, 2018
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U.S. Navy Under Fire in Mass Software Piracy Lawsuit
German software company Bitmanagement is asking the US Court of Federal Claims for a partial summary judgment against the US Government. According to the software vendor, it's undisputed that the Navy installed its software on hundreds of thousands of computers without permission, infringing its copyright.
March 12, 2018
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Udemy Targets 'Pirate' Site Giving Away its Paid Courses For Free
Online learning platform Udemy is taking on FreeTutorials.us, a site making available a wide range of paid courses and tutorials for free. A California court has ordered Cloudflare to hand over all the information it has on FreeTutorials' operators but the site says it will continue its mission to provide free education for everyone.
January 26, 2018
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UEFA Obtains High Court Injunction To Block Live Soccer Streaming
UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, has obtained a High Court injunction in the UK to prevent unauthorized access to matches for which it holds the rights. Six major ISPs including BT, Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk will begin blocking live pirate-broadcasted matches from February 13, 2018, and will continue until at least May 26, 2018.
December 26, 2017
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UK Government Publishes Advice on 'Illicit Streaming Devices'
The UK's Intellectual Property Office has today published advice on so-called 'Illicit Streaming Devices'. Noting the importance of ensuring that copyright holders get paid, the IPO warns that 'Kodi boxes' and 'Android TV boxes' present a threat to child welfare while presenting an electrical safety hazard to the public. If you have one, you should wipe it clean now, the government says.
November 20, 2017
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UK Government Teaches 7-Year-Olds That Piracy is Stealing
The UK Government has expanded its copyright curriculum for small children, targeting them from the age of just five years old. By using cartoon videos with fictitious characters such as Kitty Perry, Ed Shealing, and Justin Beaver, it aims to educate kids on key intellectual property issues, including illegal downloading.
January 18, 2018
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UK IPTV Provider ACE Calls it Quits, Cites Mounting Legal Pressure
Citing legal pressure, last December one of the most popular unauthorized IPTV providers in the UK announced that it would only serve existing customers moving forward. That has now developed into a full shutdown, leaving customers and resellers of the service high and dry. While many are quite rightly annoyed, more experienced users understand how these things work.
April 02, 2018
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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 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 '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 Urges Online Intermediaries to Tackle Piracy, Or Else
In its newly released "Industrial Strategy" plan the UK government remains committed to protecting copyright holders. In addition to funding copyright education efforts, it will help to broker voluntary anti-piracy agreements between online services and copyright holders. If these efforts have produced no results by the end of the year, laws may be strengthened.
March 29, 2018
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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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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 Govt Brands Torrent, Streaming & Cyberlocker Sites As Notorious Markets
Keeping its annual tradition, the office of the United States Trade Representative has targeted some of the world's most famous 'pirate' sites in its latest report on copyright infringing venues. In addition to torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, RARBG, and RuTracker, hosting sites 4Shared and Openload come in for criticism. Again this year, a list of sites hosted in Switzerland are under attack.
January 15, 2018
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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 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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Misc. - V

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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Virgin Media Store Caught Running Movie & TV Show Piracy Software (Updated)
Virgin Media is one of the largest premium telecoms suppliers in the UK and Ireland but the way one of its stores has advertised its "Full House" package leaves a bit to be desired. While asking for 99 euros to supply a top-rated packaged, an advertising display simultaneously showed notifications from one of the most popular movie and TV show piracy applications.
February 5, 2018
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VPN Server Seized to Investigate Russian Ambassador's Assassination
A VPN server operated by ExpressVPN was seized by Turkish authorities to investigate the assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey. Authorities hoped to find more information on people who removed digital traces of the assassin, but the server in question held no logs.
December 19, 2017
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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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WebTorrent Desktop Hits a Million Downloads
WebTorrent Desktop is a multi-platform application that combines the best of BitTorrent with streaming, including casting support. It's a powerful combination that more and more people are discovering. This week the millionth application was downloaded and developer Feross Aboukhadijeh is hoping that a crowdfunding campaign will boost further development.
January 4, 2018
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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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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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Yet More Copyright Trolls Invade Sweden Demanding Much More Money
In recent months, thousands of alleged movie pirates in Sweden have been hit with cash demands by a Danish law firm. Sadly, instead of the situation calming down, things are now getting worse. According to a local report, several new law firms are getting in on the action, with one demanding almost double the figures quoted by the Danish outfit while warning of additional costs on top.
December 21, 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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YouTuber Convicted For Publishing Video Piracy 'Tutorials'
A YouTuber in Brazil has been prosecuted and fined for publishing videos that explain how people can pirate content online using IPTV devices. A TV industry group took exception to the man's tutorials and the Court agreed they served no other purpose than to help people infringe copyright.
December 12, 2017
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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 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 Founder's Domain Service "Mocks" NY Times Legal Threats
When The New York Times discovered that a site was sharing copies of their articles without permission, it demanded the associated domain registration service to identify the owner. While some companies may be eager to comply, Njalla is not. The anonymous registration service replied with some unusual responses instead, reminiscent of TPB's infamous 'legal threats' section.
January 25, 2018
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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 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 & 1337x Must Be Blocked, Austrian Supreme Court Rules
After a prolonged battle through every stage of the Austrian legal system, the Supreme Court has now ruled that local ISPs must prevent their subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay. The case, filed by a collecting society representing around 3,000 artists, also involves top 10 torrent site 1337x and long defunct index h33t.to.
November 14, 2017
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The Pirate Bay Has Trouble Keeping Afloat
For many people The Pirate Bay has been hard to reach over the past few days, causing concern among some BitTorrent users. The outages are likely caused by technical issues, which will be resolved in the near future. Meanwhile, some proxies and the Tor domain are still working fine.
November 28, 2017
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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'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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The Pirate Bay's Domain Suffers "40% Traffic Drop" After Dutch Blocking
According to anti-piracy group BREIN, traffic to The Pirate Bay's main domain suffered a 40% drop in Dutch traffic in the three months after local ISPs began blocking the site. While the figure initially seems dramatic, there are important things to consider that a straightforward percentage simply can't capture.
March 2, 2018
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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. 'The Commuter' tops the chart this week, followed by '12 Strong'. 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' completes the top three.
April 09, 2018
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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. 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Greatest Showman'. 'Molly's Game' completes the top three.
April 02, 2018
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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 Greatest Showman' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. 'I Kill Giants' completes the top three.
March 26, 2018
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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. 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Annihilation'. 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' completes the top three.
March 19, 2018
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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. 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'. 'The Shape of Water' completes the top three.
March 12, 2018
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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 Shape of Water' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Ferdinand'. 'Black Panther' completes the top three.
March 5, 2018
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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. 'Justice League' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Thor Ragnarok'. 'Pitch Perfect 3' completes the top three.
February 19, 2018
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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. 'Coco' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Thor Ragnarok'. 'Daddy's Home 2' completes the top three.
February 12, 2018
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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. 'Thor Ragnarok' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'. 'The Shape of Water' completes the top three.
February 5, 2018
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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. 'Thor Ragnarok' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Shape of Water'. 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' completes the top three.
January 26, 2018
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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 Shape of Water' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'. 'Blade Runner 2049' completes the top three.
January 15, 2018
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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. 'Blade Runner 2049' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Coco'. 'Justice League' completes the top three.
January 8, 2018
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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. 'Blade Runner 2049' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Justice League'. 'Bright' completes the top three.
January 1, 2018
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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. 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Dunkirk'. 'The Mountain Between Us' completes the top three.
December 18, 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. 'Dunkirk' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'. 'Mother!' completes the top three.
December 11, 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. 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Foreigner'. 'American Assassin' completes the top three.
December 4, 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. 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' tops the chart this week, followed by 'American Assassin'. 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' completes the top three.
November 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. 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Logan Lucky'. 'Wind River' completes the top three.
November 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. 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Hitman's Bodyguard'. '24 Hours to Live' completes the top three.
November 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. '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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