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Netflix, Amazon and Hollywood Sue “SET TV” Over IPTV Piracy - In recent years, piracy streaming tools and services have become a prime target for copyright enforcers. This is particularly true for the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), an anti-piracy partnership forged between Hollywood studios, Netflix, Amazon, and more than two dozen other companies. After taking action against Kodi-powered devices Tickbox and Dragonbox, key ACE members have now filed a similar lawsuit again...
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How Many Piracy Warnings Would Get You to Stop? - For the past several years, copyright holders in the US and Europe have been trying to reach out to file-sharers in an effort to change their habits. Whether via high-profile publicity lawsuits or a simple email, it’s hoped that by letting people know they aren’t anonymous, they’ll stop pirating and buy more content instead. Traditionally, most ISPs haven’t been that keen on passing infringement notices on. However, the BMG v Cox lawsuit see...
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Steam Censors MEGA.nz Links in Chats and Forum Posts - With more than 150 million registered accounts, Steam is much more than just a game distribution platform. For many people, it’s also a social hangout and a communication channel. Steam’s instant messaging tool, for example, is widely used for chats with friends. About games of course, but also to discuss lots of other stuff. While Valve doesn’t mind people socializing on its platform, there are certain things the company doesn’t want S...
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Russia Blacklists 250 Pirate Sites For Displaying Gambling Ads - Blocking alleged pirate sites is usually a question of proving that they’re involved in infringement and then applying to the courts for an injunction. In Europe, the process is becoming easier, largely thanks to an EU ruling that permits blocking on copyright grounds. As reported over the past several years, Russia is taking its blocking processes very seriously. Copyright holders can now have sites blocked in just a few days...
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Facebook Privacy Fiasco Sees Congress Urged on Anti-Piracy Action - It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Facebook, and some would say quite rightly so. The company is a notorious harvester of personal information but last month’s Cambridge Analytica scandal really brought things to a head. With Facebook co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg in the midst of a PR nightmare, last Tuesday the entrepreneur appeared before the Senate. A day later he faced a grilling from lawmak...
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Cloudflare Kicks Out Torrent Site For Abuse Reporting Interference - As one of the leading CDN and DDoS protection services, Cloudflare is used by millions of websites across the globe. The company’s clients include billion dollar companies and national governments, but also personal blogs, and even pirate sites. Copyright holders are not happy with the latter category and are pressuring Cloudflare to cut their ties with sites like The Pirate Bay, both in and out of court. Cloudflare, howev...
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Married Torrent Tracker Couple Settles With BREIN - Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has targeted operators and uploaders of pirate sites for more than a decade. The group’s main goal is to shut the sites down. Instead of getting embroiled in dozens of lengthy court battles, it prefers to settle the matter with those responsible. This week, BREIN announced another victory against a small torrent site, Snuffelland. The private tracker was targeted at a Dutch audience and the anti-piracy group m...
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Pirates Taunt Amazon Over New “Turd Sandwich” Prime Video Quality - Even though they generally aren’t paying for the content they consume, don’t fall into the trap of believing that all pirates are eternally grateful for even poor quality media. Without a doubt, some of the most quality-sensitive individuals are to be found in pirate communities and they aren’t scared to make their voices known when release groups fail to come up with the best possible goods. This week there’s been a sustai...
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IsoHunt Founder Returns With New Search Tool - Of all the major torrent sites that dominated the Internet at the beginning of this decade, only a few remain. One of the sites that fell prey to ever-increasing pressure from the entertainment industry was isoHunt. Founded by the Canadian entrepreneur Gary Fung, the site was one of the early pioneers in the world of torrents, paving the way for many others. However, this spotlight also caught the attention of the major movie studios. After a l...
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Pirate Party Urges Swedish Govt to Stop ‘Copyright Troll’ Invasion - In recent years, millions of file-sharers around the world have been ordered to pay significant settlement fees, or face legal repercussions. These so-called “copyright trolling” efforts have been a common occurrence in several countries, with Sweden one of the latest hunting grounds. Over the past months, tens of thousands of Swedes have been targeted in this manner. The copyright holders go to court, armed with a list of...
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