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ISP Faces ‘Net Neutrality’ Investigation For Pirate Site Blocking Retaliation - It’s safe to say that Swedish ISP Bahnhof is one of the most aggressive companies when it comes to defending its customers from interference initiated by outside parties. The ISP is an outspoken critic of copyright trolls and has taken a number of measures to ensure that it’s extremely difficult for them to identify Bahnhof subscribers. It also believes in the open Internet and by extension is against site-block...
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Warner Bros. Files Copyright Complaint Against Harry Potter-Inspired Kickstarter - Privately raising cash to bring ideas and projects to fruition can be a daunting task. Convincing potential investors is rarely easy, with many demanding a large piece of the final pie in return. To help solve this problem, in 2009 US-based Kickstarter was born, a site that has developed into a global crowdfunding platform where anyone can throw a few dollars at projects they believe could enjoy future succes...
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Shuttered Leechers Paradise Tracker Will Rise From the Dead to Serve Millions - Thanks to wonders of DHT and PEX, public torrents can be shared among millions of people without a need for a dedicated tracker. However, the existence of standalone trackers is always a plus for torrent users, since these servers are able to put sharers in touch with each more quickly, speeding up the discovery and distribution of similar content. Public trackers of this type are in short supply so it was a big...
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Oops! EU Piracy Watchlist Includes a Perfectly Legal Site - Following the example of the United States, the EU now has its very own piracy watch list. The plan was first announced in January by the European Commission, which asked various stakeholders for input. This eventually resulted in a 40-page report in which various pirate sites and third-party intermediaries are identified. There’s a fair bit of overlap with the US report, as both highlight familiar brands such as The Pirate Bay and...
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Mainstream Media Outlets Promote ‘Pirate’ Streaming Boxes Now? - In recent years it has become much easier to stream movies and TV-shows over the Internet. Legal services such as Netflix and HBO are flourishing, but millions of people are streaming from unauthorized sources as well, often paired with perfectly legal streaming platforms and devices. Hollywood insiders have dubbed this trend “Piracy 3.0” and are actively working with stakeholders to address the threat. Just a few weeks ago, t...
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Yandex and TV Giants Make Peace Over ‘Pirate’ Search Results - In many developed countries, rightsholders are in dispute with search engines over the appearance of pirated content in search results and other indexes. Back in August, TV companies under the Gazprom-Media umbrella filed complaints at the Moscow City Court, demanding that Yandex remove links to infringing content. Yandex initially refused to comply but under threat of ISP blocking, eventually took preventative action. In Septem...
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Tipster Gets $10,000 Reward for Reporting Software Piracy - Over the past two decades, the Software Alliance (BSA) has represented major software companies including Adobe, Apple, Microsoft and Oracle, in their fight against under-licensed businesses. This has resulted in audits at thousands of companies worldwide, whose computers are carefully inspected to see if the business owner has failed to pay his or her dues. Some of these audits have been controversial and the evidence collection p...
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EU Members Approve Upload Filters for “Terrorist Content” - The ‘upload filters’ topic has been widely debated in the European Parliament this year. While most attention has been focused on copyright-infringing material and Article 13, another filtering discussion has been going on at the same time. This summer the EU Commission pushed forward a plan to require content hosting platforms including Google, Twitter, and Facebook to swiftly remove terrorist content when a national authority poi...
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Rightsholders Say Latest Article 13 Text Won’t Close the Value Gap - This September, the European Parliament backed the controversial Article 13 proposals, something that was met with a chorus of support from the entertainment industries, the music sector in particular. The final text of Article 13 is yet to be finalized so the EU Parliament will need to vote again, once that’s completed. However, as Article 13 mutates to address the concerns of opponents, rightsholders have been expressing...
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Nintendo Targets Sellers of Pirated Switch Games in Court - At the start of the year the infamous hacking group Team Xecutor announced an ‘unstoppable’ Nintendo Switch hack. This made it possible to load pirated games onto the popular console, an opportunity many people have taken advantage of. Some have taken it a step further by offering Nintendo Switch “modifications” for sale, specifically mentioning the Team Xecuter hack. This is what California resident Mikel Euskaldunak did, accordin...
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