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Last Build Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:11:26 +0000

 



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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Dutch Film Distributor Wins Right To Chase Pirates, Store Data For 5 Years

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:16:10 +0000

Film distribution Dutch FilmWorks has been successful following its application earlier this year to track BitTorrent pirates and store their data. In a decision handed down Wednesday, the Dutch Data Protection Authority said that permission had been granted for IP address and other information to be stored for up to five years.

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Resilient TVAddons Plans to Ditch Proactive ‘Piracy’ Screening

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:14:49 +0000

Just a few months ago TVAddons was decimated after being dragged into two copyright infringement lawsuits. Despite the legal trouble and a devastating domain seizure, millions of people have found their way back to the platform. Now that the dust has settled somewhat, the site also plans to ditch the proactive addon vetting process that's currently in place.

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Movie & TV Companies Tackle Pirate IPTV in Australia Federal Court

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:54:06 +0000

Hong Kong-based broadcaster TVB has filed a Federal Court action to force Australian ISPs to block seven allegedly infringing IPTV services. Meanwhile, in a separate case, Village Roadshow, Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount told the court today that DNS blocking probably won't be enough to tackle IPTV service HDSubs+, since the service appears to be taking evasive action.

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Apple CEO is Optimistic VPN Apps Will Return to China App Store

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:38:56 +0000

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.

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New Police Anti-Piracy Task Force May Get Involved in Site Blocking

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:57:29 +0000

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.

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Google & Facebook Excluded From Aussie Safe Harbor Copyright Amendments

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:00:13 +0000

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.

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ISPs and Movie Industry Prepare Canadian Pirate Site Blocking Deal

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:37:34 +0000

A coalition of Canadian ISPs and movie industry companies is preparing a deal to block pirate sites without a court order. The plan, which will be submitted to the telecom regulator CRTC later this month, is the first of its kind in North America. While major ISPs are on board, the Government's response has been rather reserved.

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GoMovies/123Movies Launches Anime Streaming Site

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:07:27 +0000

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.

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