Sweden's Patent and Market Court has ordered a local ISP to block access to several large torrent and streaming platforms. The interim ruling, which comes into force at the end of October, requires Telia to block The Pirate Bay, Dreamfilm, FMovies, and NyaFilmer following a complaint from Hollywood and local studios.
Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive Software are taking a clear stand against cheat developers. An Australian Federal court has granted search and seizure orders against several people who are believed to be connected to the cheating software "Infamous."
Sites that link to copyright-infringing content aren't currently illegal under Japanese law but efforts are underway to close the loophole. The government is considering prison terms of up to five years for site operators who knowingly link to pirated content and refuse to respond to takedowns requests.
A video-on-demand platform recently declared "Poland's most popular piracy website" by the MPAA has hit back at Hollywood's claims. In a submission to the United States Trade Representative in early October the MPAA said that CDA.pl hides behind a reverse proxy server to thwart rightsholders. However, the company says it's legal, takes down content quickly, and even provides automated takedown tools.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'. 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' completes the top three.
Last year the film industry launched a legal search engine that targets 'pirates' specifically. The site is set up in such a way, that it draws people who search for pirate related terms. However, this also appears to have confused the "Web Sheriff," who targeted the site's URLs with takedown notices.
Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, conducted a study to find out which piracy warnings are seen as most effective by the general public. As it turns out, more explicit variants tend to be favored. "STOP. This is illegal. You may be monitored and you may be fined," paired with an appropriate warning icon, is seen as relatively most effective.
The creator of controversial third-party Grindr application 'Fuckr' has withdrawn his opposition to a Grindr copyright complaint. Grindr filed a DMCA takedown notice with Github in September, stating that Fuckr infringes Grindr's intellectual property rights. However, after initially filing a counter-notice to have his software reinstated, Fuckr's creator has now backed away, fearing a prolonged copyright battle.
Over the past weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about 'paid' seeding, which is one of the new proposals from the Tron/BitTorrent team. However, this idea is far from new. The Tribler research team has been working on its 'bandwidth as currency' idea for over a decade, and they now have a fully operational token marketplace in their torrent client.
In August, Russian tech giant Yandex was forced to remove pirated TV content from its search engine following orders from the Court. Yandex felt the law had been misapplied so filed appeals to have the order lifted. That effort has now been rejected by the Court for a second time pending a full hearing next week. Meanwhile, Yandex, Google and other tech companies are still trying to agree on the terms of a memorandum to deal with piracy.
With more than 1.7 million subscribers, 'Golden Modz' ranks among the more popular gaming YouTubers. In his videos, he often showcases GTA 5 and Fortnite cheats, referring to them as 'magical powers,' which are sold on a linked website. This type of magic is not what Epic Games wants to see and this week they sued Golden Modz and another alleged cheater for copyright infringement.
Acting on a criminal complaint filed three years earlier, in 2016 police took down Rarat, a private torrent site based in Sweden. Using information handed over by PayPal, police subsequently made arrests. This week two men were ordered to pay around $440k in damages, a sentence described as "a scandal" by a writer whose movie was leaked on the site.
After more than a decade, PayPal has kicked out a prominent cheat software provider. The action follows a copyright complaint from PUBG which, together with other developers, is taking a stand against cheating. While PayPal's decision is a setback for the cheat provider, it has found a reliable alternative in cryptocurrency.
Sports streaming service Eleven Sports is defying a decades-old ban on televising live football games on Saturday afternoons in the UK. The ban has been in place since the 1960s in order to protect attendances at live games. However, Eleven Sports recently aired two European matches and says it will do it again, in order to get business from fans who are otherwise turning to piracy.
A new cryptocurrency startup that popped up recently aims to offer an indestructible alternative to torrent sites. With Quality Magnet Coin (QMC) the platform's users all share the torrent database, with help from the blockchain. Add in some incentives for quality contributors, as well as spam control, and Hollywood may have a scary problem on its hands.
With record companies licensing more than 45 million tracks to hundreds of digital services around the world, consumers have fewer reasons than ever to pirate music. Nevertheless, a new report by IFPI reveals that 38% of global music consumers still obtain content illegally. While torrent sites and cyberlockers used to be enemy number one, stream-ripping is now the biggest threat.
In Denmark, prominent Internet providers are blocking access to hundreds of pirate sites. With an updated blocking page that launched today, ISPs, rightsholders, and the authorities hope to convert more pirates to legal consumers. The "Share With Care" campaign now adds a dedicated film search engine, pointing visitors to legal sources.
Sony Music, Warner Music, Universal Music, and ISP Sky Ireland will implement a "three-strikes" anti-piracy scheme. Sky subscribers who are caught pirating music online will now receive two warnings but on the third, their details will be handed to the labels. The music companies will then be able to take legal action to have infringers disconnected.