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Last Build Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:30:39 +0000

 



Selling Media Players With Pirate Add-ons is Illegal, Says Top EU Adviser

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:30:39 +0000

Selling media players with pirate add-ons violates EU law, according to a recommendation from Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona. He issued the advice in a landmark case over the legality of pre-loaded XBMC/Kodi devices, which are widely sold across Europe. Whether users of these players also liable depends on whether they know that the content is infringing.

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Denuvo Removed From Doom After Game Gets Cracked

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:54:20 +0000

In an unexpected move, the infamous anti-piracy technology Denuvo has been removed from the PC version of Doom. The development follows a similar move last month when developer Playdead removed Denuvo from its game 'Inside'. Did a refund clause in the Denuvo deal trigger these removals?

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IFPI Sneers at YouTube’s $1 Billion Music Industry Revenue Payout

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:19:34 +0000

Google has just announced that during the past 12 months, YouTube paid out $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone. However, the IFPI remains unimpressed, accusing the platform of taking advantage of artists and producers. YouTube exploits loopholes in the DMCA, the industry group argues, while calling for legislative change to address the "value gap."

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Court: Usenet Provider is Not Liable for Piracy

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:32:18 +0000

After several years, the appeals court has reached a final decision in the case between anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider NSE. The court ruled that the Usenet provider is not liable for the copyright infringements of its users. However, it also requires the service in question to offer a fast and "effective" takedown procedure.

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Court: ‘Falsely’ Accused ‘Movie Pirate’ Deserves $17K Compensation

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:00:51 +0000

An Oregon District Court has sided with a wrongfully accused man, who was sued for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler. According to the court's recommendations, the man is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation as the result of the filmmakers "overaggressive" and "unreasonable" tactics.

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Pirate Bay Blocking Case Heads Back to Court in Sweden

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:06:11 +0000

In 2015, a coalition of copyright holders lost a court case which demanded an ISP blockade of The Pirate Bay in Sweden. A year later and Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music and Nordisk Film are back, hoping for a victory in a brand new court that could open the floodgates for widespread website blocking.

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4shared’s Piracy ‘Fingerprint’ Tool Helps to Reduce Takedown Notices

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:18:23 +0000

4shared, one of the largest file-hosting services on the Internet, is building its own 'fingerprint' database of pirated music. Since the major rightholder groups are unwilling to participate, 4shared has taken the matter into its own hands. According to the site, this has helped to significantly reduce the number of takedown requests it receives.

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Aussie Celebrities Join Campaign to Oppose Fair Use

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:32:41 +0000

A campaign has been launched in Australia to prevent proposed changes to copyright law and the introduction of a "fair use" doctrine. Australia currently has a "fair dealing" provision but the royalties and anti-piracy group APRA AMCOS and its celebrity supporters are opposing rules that would provide more freedom.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 12/05/16

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:52:36 +0000

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ben Hur' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Inferno'. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' completes the top three.

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Alphareign: DHT Search Engine Takes Public Torrents Private

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:54:29 +0000

AlphaReign is a relatively new torrent site that populates its index through BitTorrent's 'trackerless' Distributed Hash Table. Unlike other sites with public torrents, people need an account to try it out. The operator hopes that this will limit the number of DMCA takedown requests served on the platform, among other things.

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