FAB IPTV, one of the major providers of unlicensed streaming content in the UK, says it has shut down completely following a Europol-led raid. The statement follows raids and arrests in both England and Southern Ireland last week. Europol previously indicated that a warrant had been executed in Scotland, where FAB IPTV is reportedly based, but is yet to confirm the news.
Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest decentralization and file-sharing news. In this episode we talk with Emin Gün Sirer, co-director of The Initiative For Cryptocurrencies & Contracts and associate professor of computer science at Cornell University.
The EU Intellectual Property Office has published a new study into malware and 'potentially unwanted programs' being made available on pirate sites. While many samples of malware and PUPs were found, the EUIPO concludes that copyright-infringing websites and streaming services are not normally considered to be dominant sources of malware.
A recent DMCA subpoena has ordered Cloudflare to expose the people linked to various popular pirate sites and tools. The request, quietly submitted out of public sight, comes from a group of movie studios attempting to hold site owners responsible for piracy damages.
The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been presented with the Intellectual Property Champions Award for Excellence in Enforcement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center. The award, handed for the first time this year to an international player, is in recognition for the unit's work in anti-piracy enforcement.
The Association of Independent Music has teamed up with anti-piracy outfit MUSO to help its members remove infringing links from the Internet. The early results are promising, with five million takedown requests in a few months. However, on close inspection, it appears that they're all excited about nothing.
The Free Software Foundation's Defective by Design campaign today celebrates its 12th annual International Day Against Digital Restrictions Management. DRM is the controversial practice of restricting what consumers can do with legitimately acquired digital media. Given its pervasive nature, is it possible for you to completely avoid DRM for the day?
Unlike countries in Europe where legislation has already been tested, there is no legal basis in Japan to block 'pirate' websites and the country's constitution forbids censorship. Now, however, the Japanese government has presented a draft report which indicates that blocking websites on copyright grounds should be considered as a policy option.
An Australian court has issued a permanent injunction against the maker of the popular GTA V cheat 'African Engine.' The Brisbane man, a known figure in the Xbox 360 modding community, is ordered to halt all infringing activities. The injunction is part of a mutual agreement with Take-Two Interactive Software, which effectively ends the legal battle.
Last week NitroXenon, the developer of popular 'pirate' app Terrarium TV, announced he was shutting the project down for good. While that was a big enough blow to fans around the world, the developer has worrying news for former users. NitroXenon informs TorrentFreak that if required, he'll give up user data to the authorities.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Skyscraper' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story'. 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' completes the top three.
The US Government is recommending a six-month prison sentence for a California man who uploaded a pirated version of the movie Deadpool to Facebook. In just a few days the copy was viewed 6,386,456 times. A strong sentence is needed to deter the defendant, other Facebook users, and the public at large, the US argues.
Developers of 'pirate' apps that provide access to mainstream movies and TV shows face a catch-22 situation that's really difficult to escape. While success and indeed reward is measured by a large uptake and corresponding levels of adulation from users, rocketing popularity means that sleeping easy at night becomes increasingly difficult.
In this day and age ownership of digital media is often an illusion. When you buy a book or movie there are severe restrictions on what you can do with these files. In some cases, purchased content can simply disappear overnight. These limitations keep copyright holders in control, but they breed pirates at the same time.
The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled that ISPs are entitled to compensation for looking up the details of alleged copyright infringers. This is the result of a dispute between Rogers and movie company Voltage Pictures, which demanded details of tens of thousands of alleged pirates. The scale of compensation is yet to be determined.
Last month, following a lawsuit filed by several major broadcasters, Russian tech giant Yandex was forced to remove pirated TV content from its search engine. While Yandex felt the law had been misapplied, its subsequent appeal was rejected. In response to the confusion, the government will now seek to amend the country's copyright laws.
The Pirate Bay and Demonoid, two of the oldest torrent sites on the web, are facing rough waters. TPB has had some intermittent downtime and remains inaccessible to a large group of users, while Demonoid has become unusable to many due to technical problems.
More than three years after file-hosting service Rapidshare shut down its operations, the site's founder, his wife, and a former lawyer are standing trial in Switzerland. The public prosecutor accuses the three of assisting copyright infringement, demanding fines and damages on behalf of several copyright holders.
Fox has obtained another website blocking injunction against popular 'pirate' sports portal Rojadirecta. The order was handed down by Peru's National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property in response to a complaint from Fox Sports Latin America.