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Last Build Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:32:55 +0000

 



Sci-Hub Battles Pirate Bay-esque Domain Name Whack-a-Mole

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:32:40 +0000

Academic publishers want Sci-Hub wiped from the Internet, but thus far their efforts have failed. While several of the site's domain names were suspended in recent weeks, it appears as if the controversy is only drawing more traffic. And with plenty of alternatives in hand, it's turning into a Pirate Bay-esque game of domain name Whack-a-Mole.

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CBS Drops Lawsuit Over ‘Pirated’ Screenshot of 59-Year-Old TV Show

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:44:13 +0000

CBS Broadcasting has dropped its lawsuit against a New York photographer who posted a screenshot of a 1958 episode of the TV series 'Gunsmoke' on social media. The suit was filed after the man first sued CBS for copyright infringement, a case that will likely be settled soon.

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Seized Popcorn Time “News” Domain Back in Court to Defend Free Speech

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:36:43 +0000

The battle over the legality of a seized Popcorn Time "news" domain is heating up again in Norway. Two digital rights groups are challenging the domain seizure, arguing that free speech is at stake. It's going to be the "revenge of the nerds," lawyer Kirill Miazine says.

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Kim Dotcom’s Extradition Battle Suffers High Court Setback

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:32:17 +0000

As Kim Dotcom continues his fight to avoid extradition to the United States, the entrepreneur suffered a setback this morning. Siding with the US government in a ruling published this morning, Justice Brewer at the New Zealand High Court rejected seven out of eight arguments put forward by the entrepreneur for judicial review.

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FCC Repeals U.S. Net Neutrality Rules

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:14:10 +0000

The FCC has repealed U.S. net neutrality rules.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.

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Canadian Government Triggers Major Copyright Review

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:16:40 +0000

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.

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Google Play Store Rejects App For Using the Word “BitTorrent”

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:58:01 +0000

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.

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BitTorrent Inc. Emerges Victorious Following EU Trademark Dispute

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:36:51 +0000

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.

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How The US Pushed Sweden to Take Down The Pirate Bay

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:42:07 +0000

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.

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YouTuber Convicted For Publishing Video Piracy ‘Tutorials’

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:07:34 +0000

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.

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Treasure Trove of AACS 2.0 UHD Blu-Ray Keys Leak Online

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:22:43 +0000

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.

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16-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Running Pirate TV Service

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:07:45 +0000

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 Télévision Group, Paramount, Disney, and FOX. The teenager now faces up to three years in prison and a 300,000 euro fine.

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Screener Piracy Season Kicks Off With Louis C.K.’s ‘I Love You, Daddy’

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:25:16 +0000

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.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 12/11/17

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:01:01 +0000

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.

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ETTV: How an Upload Bot Became a Pirate Hero

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:14:15 +0000

Popular torrent site ExtraTorrent is no more, but several torrent distribution groups carrying its name are still very much alive. ETTV and ETHD torrents are shared by millions of people every week, and they recently launched a new brand, ETMovies. Today, we ask the team how it all got started and where things go from here.

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Terrarium TV: The Best Android Movie Streaming App Faces Uncertain Future

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:33:57 +0000

There have been many all-in-one Netflix-style direct streaming movie and TV show apps but without doubt, Terrarium TV is the uncrowned king. Utilizing non-BitTorrent streaming from public sources, TTV has built up a significant following but after the disappearance of its website recently, its future is now uncertain.

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Hollywood and Netflix Ask Court to Seize Tickbox Streaming Devices

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:15:09 +0000

A group of major Hollywood studios plus Amazon and Netflix have asked a California court to halt the infringing activities of TickBox TV, a Kodi-powered streaming device. As part of their ongoing lawsuit, the companies request an injunction requiring Tickbox to remove infringing add-ons and for existing devices to be seized.

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CrimeStoppers Campaign Targets Pirate Set-Top Boxes & Their Users

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:41:50 +0000

In a series of four videos, UK charity CrimeStoppers is warning of the dangers of unauthorized third-party Kodi addons, highlighting everything from malware and identity theft through to child protection issues. CrimeStoppers also encourages the public to not only report box sellers but also anyone "directing" people to use pirate devices.

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Movie Company Has No Right to Sue, Accused Pirate Argues

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:21:08 +0000

The movie company behind the 2015 drama film Fathers & Daughters doesn't have the right to sue for online copyright infringement, an accused pirate from Oregon argues. In a motion for summary judgment, the defense shows that the filmmakers signed away the relevant distribution rights to a third-party.

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