In response to alleged failures by Ukraine in the fight against online piracy, last year the MPAA, RIAA and other groups asked the U.S. Government to impose sanctions while the European Commission warned that Ukraine risks damaging relations with the EU. But according to the head of Ukraine's cyber-police unit, complaints received by him are few in number and are actually going down.
Shani, the brains behind the popular Kodi-addon ZemTV, has asked his attorney to stop defending him. The London-based developer says he doesn't have the funds to fight the legal battle against Dish Networks in a US court. As a result, there's a high likelihood that the broadcast provider will win a default judgment.
Several major ISPs have blocked dozens of pirate torrent and streaming platforms following orders from the Singapore High Court. The action, which covers platforms including The Pirate Bay plus KickassTorrents and Solarmovie variants, follows a successful application from the MPAA, which accuses the platforms of flagrant copyright infringement.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Avengers: Infinity War'. 'Deadpool 2' completes the top three.
Earlier this week Fairplay Canada, the coalition lobbying for a national piracy blocking mechanism, countered its critics in a detailed reply. Buried in the footnotes, the document also included a stab at TorrentFreak, 'discrediting' our coverage by labeling us a "pro-piracy" site. Interestingly, however, the same report later cites TorrentFreak as a reputable source on site-blocking jurisprudence.
Telenor, an ISP that has long fought against site-blocking in Sweden, will now begin blocking The Pirate Bay, apparently voluntarily. The development isn't the result of a direct court order against the company, rather its final consolidation with Bredbandsbolaget, an ISP owned by Telenor that was previously ordered to block the infamous torrent site.
The poet going by the name Shaun Shane has come to the forefront again, half a decade after his one-line poem triggered a takedown controversy. In a series of DMCA notices sent to Google, the poet posits that people are using black hat SEO to get to him. Targeted sites include BoingBoing and Techdirt, but also entirely unrelated ones, including the homepage of the company 'Shaun Shane Bricklaying.'
More than 150 law enforcement officers in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain have coordinated to dismantle a large pirate IPTV operation. TV channel sources, which were spread among companies, commercial premises and even private homes, were targeted in dozens of locations. The investigation focused on 49 suspects, five of whom were arrested and taken into custody.
Kodi addon library TVAddons was dragged to court last year by Dish Networks over alleged copyright infringement. However, in a new filing TVAddons' operator Adam Lackman denies these allegations. In addition, the defense states that the broadcast provider can't claim statutory damages without copyright registrations.
ExtraTorrent.ag, one of the Internet's most popular torrent sites, appears to have some serious domain issues. The site sprang up in the wake of the original ExtraTorrent's demise exactly a year ago, hoping to scoop up some of its traffic. But yesterday the domain, which was previously home to a top 10 torrent site, began pointing to a generic landing page and is now returning security warnings.
Fairplay Canada sees its own site blocking proposal as the best option to counter infringing websites. In a reply response to the CRTC, the coalition argues that the 'alternative' judicial option is uncertain, costly, and will take a lot of time. The response further criticizes misleading and false comments from the public, while adding more support for its blocking plans.
Serbian police say they've arrested a suspected member of TheDarkOverlord hacking group as part of an international operation led by the FBI. Authorities say the group amassed over 50 victims over the past several years but it was its hack of a company affiliated with Netflix and the subsequent leaking of season 5 of Orange is the New Black which grabbed the most headlines.
The Internet Association, an industry group that consists of several large technology companies, has lashed out against the MPAA. In a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, they accuse Hollywood's main lobbying group of using the Facebook scandal for "rent seeking" and "crony politics" to further its own interests.
Legitimate users of the Roku platform were greeted by an ominous message over the past few hours when accessing official channels including YouTube and Netflix. An FBI warning, which advised that "unauthorized copying is punishable under federal law", noted that the channels had been removed due to repeated claims of copyright infringement.
It's been nearly two decades since Metallica launched their crusade against Napster and piracy in general. While the band has received a lot of critique for it, guitarist Kirk Hammett says it was the right decision, suggesting that piracy destroyed the music business. But, while Hammett is mourning the state of the music industry, revenues are on the rise again, in part thanks to the new Napster.
The Premier League has confirmed reaching a sizeable settlement with pirate IPTV provider Ace Hosting. While £100,000 was listed in liquidation documents, operators of Ace agreed to pay £600K in total. The Premier League says that Ace voluntarily handed over subscriber details, so does that mean those customers are at risk? It's hard to say with absolute certainty but probably not, multiple sources suggest.
The Canadian pirate site blocking proposal threatens net neutrality, the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics warns. In a report that's supported across the political spectrum, the committee urges the Government to use its authority to intervene, if required.
The hunt is on to identify the operators of Mangamura, a huge pirate manga site that apparently shut itself down in April. In the last few months of its existence, Mangamura was accessed well over half a billion times, which led Toyko-based Kodansha, Japan's largest publisher, to file a criminal complaint. Anti-piracy group CODA estimates losses amounting to US$2.9 billion.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Black Panther' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Avengers: Infinity War'. 'Ready Player One' completes the top three.