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Tech Giants Oppose Broad Anti-Piracy Injunctions - In recent months there have been several lawsuits in the U.S. in which copyright holders were granted broad injunctions, allowing them to seize domain names of alleged pirate sites. In addition, these injunctions were sometimes directed at hosting providers, search engines and ISPs, preventing these companies from doing business with these sites. Most recently, such a request came from the publishing company Elsevier, w... http://ow.ly/30Spt7
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Anti-Piracy Lawfirm Defrauded Rightsholders Out of Millions - More than a decade ago, international and Danish entertainment industry groups banded together to tackle piracy of movies, music and other media. Their aggressive collaboration became known as Antipiratgruppen (Anti-Piracy Group). Of course, all anti-piracy groups need lawyers and as a result Danish lawfirm Johan Schlüter was hired for the job. The lawfirm became deeply entrenched in tracking down pirates whe... http://ow.ly/30QvDK
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Kim Dotcom Appeals to Reclaim ‘Mega Millions’ from U.S. - Following the 2012 raid on Megaupload and Kim Dotcom, U.S. and New Zealand authorities seized millions of dollars in cash and other property. Claiming the assets were obtained through copyright and money laundering crimes, last July the U.S. government launched a separate civil action in which it asked the court to forfeit the bank accounts, cars and other seized possessions of the Megaupload defendants. Megauplo... http://ow.ly/30PmF4
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Google Scolds MPAA’s “Cozy” Anti-Piracy Lobby in Court - Late last year leaked documents from the Sony hack revealed that the MPAA helped Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to revive SOPA-like censorship efforts in the United States. In a retaliatory move Google sued the Attorney General, hoping to find out more about the secret plan. The company also demanded internal communication from the MPAA and its lawfirm Jenner & Block. After the Hollywood group and its lawye... http://ow.ly/30NwL7
In a new filing at a Washington District Court, Google has called out the MPAA for its "cozy" relationship with the Mississippi General Attorney. In addition to helping him draft anti-piracy measures, Google highlights that the Hollywood group organized fundraisers, donated money, and sent rather jovial emails to the Attorney General's staff.
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French Magazine Fined €10,000 For Encouraging Piracy - Last summer the bimonthly computer magazine “Téléchargement,” French for “Download,” released an issue documenting the various ways people can pirate films, TV-shows, games and music on the Internet. The cover featured a pirate skull and advertised “the best software and websites to download for free.” The local music industry group SCPP was appalled by the controversial issue and decided to take legal action in res... http://ow.ly/30KEje
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Cloudflare Reveals Pirate Site Locations in an Instant - Five years ago, discovering the physical location of almost any ‘pirate’ site was achievable in a matter of seconds using widely available online tools. All one needed was an IP address and a simple lookup. As sites became more aware of the need for security, cloaking efforts became more commonplace. Smaller sites, private trackers in particular, began using tunnels and proxies to hide their true locations, hamper... http://ow.ly/30I4ZV
In recent times its become common for 'pirate' sites to use U.S.-based Cloudflare as a 'shield' from the outside world and copyright holders in particular. However, as yet another torrent site learned this past week, Cloudflare is not only ineffective in this respect, but it will also lead anti-piracy companies directly to their true location.
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YouTube Doesn’t Have To Police Piracy Proactively, Court Rules http://ow.ly/30RnhS
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Kim Dotcom Appeals to Reclaim ‘Mega Millions’ from U.S. - Following the 2012 raid on Megaupload and Kim Dotcom, U.S. and New Zealand authorities seized millions of dollars in cash and other property. Claiming the assets were obtained through copyright and money laundering crimes, last July the U.S. government launched a separate civil action in which it asked the court to forfeit the bank accounts, cars and other seized possessions of the Megaupload defendants. Megauplo... http://ow.ly/30PvvE
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VPN Providers Respond To Allegations of Data Leakage - As Internet users seek to bypass censorship, boost privacy and achieve a level of anonymity, VPN services have stepped in with commercial solutions to assist with these aims. The uptake among consumers has been impressive. Reviews of VPN services are commonplace and usually base their ratings on price and speed. At TorrentFreak we examine many services annually, but with a focus on privacy issues instead. Now a team... http://ow.ly/30On2E
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Organized Crime Police Raid ‘Pirate’ Android TV Box Sellers - As highlighted in a TorrentFreak report earlier this month, anti-piracy outfits are running out of patience with the proliferation of software and devices that allow for movies, TV shows and sports to be pirated and streamed with ease. Popcorn Time and Kodi/XBMC derivatives are the industry’s primary targets and their installation in hardware devices including cheap Android-style set-top boxes is clearly beco... http://ow.ly/30LE3w
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Court Orders Namecheap to Identify Pirate Site Operator - Last month the long running lawsuit between the RIAA and Grooveshark came to an end. However, within days a new site was launched aiming to take its place. The RIAA wasn’t happy with this development and quickly obtained a restraining order, preventing domain registrars and hosting companies from offering their services to the site. In a response Namecheap quickly suspended the site’s account. However, the “new” ... http://ow.ly/30JaJE
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Malwarebytes Offers Pirates Free “Amnesty” Keys - Like most other popular software, Malwarebytes has many unauthorized users who use cracks or keygens to unlock the programs paid features. Traditionally, Malwarebytes has taken a fairly lenient stance towards pirates. Two years ago the company started tracking down this group of users, asking them kindly not to steal the software. Now, the San Jose company has a new surprise in store. A few days ago Malwarebytes began sc... http://ow.ly/30H3Ho
The widely used anti-malware application Malwarebytes is offering pirates a free 12 month upgrade under the newly launched "amnesty" program. The goal of the free upgrade is to replace the older key generation algorithm which could easily be abused.
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