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Australian Pirate Site Blocks Actually Block Pirate Sites

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:26:14 +0000

New research, promoted by copyright holders, concludes that Australia's pirate site-blocking efforts are paying off. The court-ordered blockades have effectively limited the number of direct visits to blocked sites. Whether the effect is as pronounced as claimed is unclear though, in part because VPN usage is not accounted for.

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TVAddons Suffers Big Setback as Court Completely Overturns Earlier Ruling

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:23:15 +0000

In 2017, Kodi add-on site TVAddons was taken offline following a copyright complaint from Canada's largest telecoms companies. TVAddons' owner was subjected to a no-notice search, something which caused outrage at the time. Soon after a judge found serious errors in the execution of the search order and vacated it. Now, in a major setback for TVAddons, an appeals court has overturned that ruling.

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SkyTorrents Dumps Massive Torrent Database and Shuts Down

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:12:27 +0000

The ad-free and privacy-focused torrent site "SkyTorrents" has become a victim of its own success. With millions of pageviews per day, the site was too expensive to manage, leaving the operator no other option than to shut it down. People who are interested in the site's 15 million torrent database can now grab a copy before it disappears for good.

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Pirate Site Admin Sentenced to Two Years Prison & €83.6 Million Damages

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:07:47 +0000

A man said to be the brains behind one of France's most popular streaming sites has been sentenced in his absence by a court in the suburbs of Paris. Currently on the run, the 41-year-old was sentenced to two years in prison and a shocking 83 million euros in damages after infringing the rights of companies including Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.

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BitTorrent Client uTorrent Suffers Security Vulnerability (Updated)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:01:09 +0000

BitTorrent client uTorrent is suffering from an as yet undisclosed vulnerability. The security flaw was discovered by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who previously said he would reveal a series of "remote code execution flaws" in torrent clients. BitTorrent Inc. has rolled out a 'patch' in the latest Beta release and hopes to fix the stable uTorrent client later this week.

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Steal This Show S03E13: The Tao of The DAO

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:10:18 +0000

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest decentralization and file-sharing news. In this episode, we talk to Chris Beams, founder of the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Bisq.

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Copyright Trolls Target Up to 22,000 Norwegians for Movie Piracy

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:47:03 +0000

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.

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Canadian Pirate Site Blocks Could Spread to VPNs, Professor Warns

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:32:37 +0000

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.

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Flight Sim Company Embeds Malware to Steal Pirates’ Passwords

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:55:27 +0000

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.

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 02/19/18

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:58:17 +0000

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.

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Google on Collision Course With Movie Biz Over Piracy & Safe Harbor

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:38:26 +0000

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.

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Epic Games Uses Private Investigators to Locate Cheaters

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:31:05 +0000

After hiring the services of a private investigations firm, Epic Games discovered they'd sued another minor for alleged cheating. The gaming company asked the court to keep the personal information of the kid under seal. A private investigator was also used to locate another minor defendant in a separate case, who is now risking a default judgment.

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Sweden Considers Six Years in Jail For Online Pirates

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:12:39 +0000

Sweden's Minister for Justice has received recommendations as to how the country should punish online pirates. Heléne Fritzon received a proposal which would create crimes of gross infringement under both copyright and trademark law, leading to sentences of up to six years in prison. The changes would also ensure that non-physical property, such as domain names, can be seized.

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Game Companies Oppose DMCA Exemption for ‘Abandoned’ Online Games

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:01:21 +0000

Electonic Arts, Nintendo, Ubisoft and other major game publishers have asked the US Copyright Office not to make an exemption to preserve abandoned online games for future generations. The companies argue that libraries, museums, and their affiliates might exploit such a right for commercial purposes, competing with other games.

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Subtitle Heroes: Fansubbing Movie Criticized For Piracy Promotion

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:57:35 +0000

Subs Heroes is a just-released Italian documentary which tells the story of underground fan-made subtitling in a country which is "still paying the consequences of language barriers created by fascism." However, local anti-piracy groups and even the country's cinema industry are angry that the movie paints the volunteer translators on unauthorized subtitling sites as digital heroes.

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Major US Sports Leagues Report Top Piracy Nations to Government

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:44:25 +0000

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.

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Embedding a Tweet Can be Copyright Infringement, Court Rules

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:33:56 +0000

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.

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Court Orders Spanish ISPs to Block Pirate Sites For Hollywood

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:15:45 +0000

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."

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Pirates Crack Microsoft’s UWP Protection, Five Layers of DRM Defeated

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:26:17 +0000

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.

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