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Despite US Criticism, Ukraine Cybercrime Chief Receives Few Piracy Complaints - On a large number of occasions over the past decade, Ukraine has played host to some of the world’s largest pirate sites. At various points over the years, The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, ExtraTorrent, Demonoid and raft of streaming portals could be found housed in the country’s data centers, reportedly taking advantage of laws more favorable than those in the US and EU. As a result, Ukraine has been regularly ...
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Kodi-Addon Developer Gives Up Piracy Defense Due to Lack of Funds - Last year, American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network targeted two well-known players in the third-party Kodi add-on ecosystem. In a complaint filed in a federal court in Texas, add-on ZemTV and the TVAddons library were accused of copyright infringement, with both facing up to $150,000 for each offense. While TVAddons operator Adam Lackman responded to the allegations last week, ZemTV’s developer ‘Shani’ decide...
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Singapore ISPs Block 53 Pirate Sites Following MPAA Legal Action - Under increasing pressure from copyright holders, in 2014 Singapore passed amendments to copyright law that allow ISPs to block ‘pirate’ sites. “The prevalence of online piracy in Singapore turns customers away from legitimate content and adversely affects Singapore’s creative sector,” said then Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah. “It can also undermine our reputation as a society that respects the protection of...
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Fairplay Canada Discredits “Pro-Piracy” TorrentFreak News, Then Cites Us - At TorrentFreak we do our best to keep readers updated on the latest copyright and piracy news, highlighting issues from different points of view. We report on the opinions and efforts of copyright holders when it comes to online piracy and we also make room for those who oppose them. That’s how balanced reporting works in our view. There is probably no site on the Internet who reports on the negative consequences of...
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ISP Telenor Will Block The Pirate Bay in Sweden Without a Shot Fired - Back in 2014, Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nordisk Film and the Swedish Film Industry filed a lawsuit against Bredbandsbolaget, one of Sweden’s largest ISPs. The copyright holders asked the Stockholm District Court to order the ISP to block The Pirate Bay and streaming site Swefilmer, claiming that the provider knowingly facilitated access to the pirate platforms and assisted their pirating users. Soon afte...
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The Curious Takedown Notices of ‘Tongues of Glass’ Poet Shaun Shane - Over the years we have published numerous articles on dubious or inaccurate takedown notices, both from large media conglomerates and independent copyright holders. One of the most curious cases is without doubt that of Shaun Shane and his poem ‘Tongues Made of Glass.’ Five years ago the case first made headlines when On Press Inc. started hounding people on social media because they dared to recite the single line poem, ...
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Police Forces Around Europe Hit Pirate IPTV Operation - Once upon a time, torrent and web streaming sites were regularly in the headlines while being targeted by the authorities. With the rise of set-top box streaming, actions against pirate IPTV operations are more regularly making the news. In an operation coordinated by the public prosecutor’s office in Rome, 150 officers of the Provincial Command of the Guardia di Finanza (GdF) this week targeted what appears to be a fairly large unauth...
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TVAddons Denies Copyright Infringement Claims in Court - Last year, American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network targeted two well-known players in the third-party Kodi add-on ecosystem. In a complaint filed in a federal court in Texas, add-on ZemTV and the TVAddons library were accused of copyright infringement. As a result, both are facing up to $150,000 in damages for each offense. The owner and operator of TVAddons, Adam Lackman, and ZemTV developer, Shahjahan Durrani, previou...
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ExtraTorrent Replacement Displays Warning On Predecessor’s Shutdown Anniversary - Exactly one year ago, millions of users in the BitTorrent community went into mourning with the shock depature of one of its major players. ExtraTorrent was founded in back in November 2006, at a time when classic platforms such as TorrentSpy and Mininova were dominating the torrent site landscape. But with dedication and determination, the site amassed millions of daily visitors, outperforming every other tor...
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‘Blocking Pirate Sites Through Court is Uncertain, Slow and Expensive’ - FairPlay Canada, a coalition of copyright holders and major players in the telco industry, wants to institute a national pirate site blocking scheme. The group submitted its plan to the Canadian telecoms regulator CRTC earlier this year, which subsequently asked the public for input. This consultation triggered a wave of responses. Those opposed to the blocklist idea highlight the risk of over-blocking, net neutrality ...
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