A Texas District Court has sanctioned TVAddons operator Adam Lackman for failing to disclose evidence requested by Dish. Within five days, he must share how much money was earned through TVAddons.ag and Offshoregit.com. At the same time, the court reprimanded Lackman's lawyer for an "egregious disruption" of the court proceedings.
A UK man who sold 8,000 set-top boxes that provided illegal access to Hollywood movies and live sports has been jailed for five years and three months. John Haggerty founded Evolution Trading, a company that provided XBMC (Kodi) based devices loaded with a subscription IPTV service. His wife received a two-year suspended sentence.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rampage' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Ready Player One'. 'Overboard' completes the top three.
According to the US Constitution, copyrights exist to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts." It's meant to facilitate and encourage artists to create content, which the public can enjoy. But is this how copyright still functions today? Texan A&M law professor Glynn Lunney Jr doesn't think so.
Being an entrepreneur in the digital age comes with risks, particularly when a business model is connected in any way with the music and movie industries. Kim Dotcom says he's spent $40 million in legal bills fighting his corner while TVAddons founder Adam Lackman is already facing potential bankruptcy. Neither defendant is anywhere close to a full trial on the merits of their respective cases.
With help from the RIAA, several companies are waging a legal battle against Grande Communications, accusing the company of not taking proper action against pirating subscribers. It turns out that this idea didn't originate at the music group. Instead, it was anti-piracy group Rightscorp that prompted the lawsuit.
A government-backed portal set up to convince pirates that going straight is the best philosophy is being flagged as dangerous by security software. People who receive piracy notices are directed to GetitRightFromaGenuineSite.org but according to anti-virus vendors and even third-parties like Twitter, the domain should be avoided due to a potential malware and phishing threat.
Game developer and publisher Epic can continue its copyright infringement lawsuit against a minor. A Carolina federal court, which reviewed a scathing letter of the alleged cheater's mother as a motion to dismiss, sees no grounds to throw out the lawsuit at this stage.
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN stresses that its plan to go after frequent seeders of pirated material is still on. The outfit will use its own tracking software to detect persistent infringers and hold them accountable. Movie distribution Dutch FilmWorks is working on a similar scheme, which is also yet to launch.
Russia's State Duma has adopted a draft law that aims to tackle software applications through which pirated content is distributed. The proposals foresee the owner or operator of an application being warned that infringement is taking place while giving them time to remove the offending content. Failure to do so will result in the software application being blocked by ISPs.
YouTube will release a new tool to help initial uploaders to take action against those who duplicate and re-upload their content without permission. Copyright Match, which will be available to high-traffic users initially, will alert users to new uploads of their work while allowing them to take a range of actions, including communicating with the uploader or taking content down.
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has scored a partial victory against Usenet provider Newsconnection. The Court of Appeal ruled that the company must ensure that it can identify potential infringers. Newsconnection is not required to implement the strict measures BREIN requested, but the court made it clear that pirates shouldn't be anonymous.
Following pressure from Warner Bros. lawyers, the yearly Harry Potter festival in Odense, Denmark, has changed its name. The movie studio condoned the non-profit event over the past years, but that's no longer the case. All names and images referring to the young wizard's movies are now off limits, which has far-reaching consequences.
A court in New Zealand has ruled that 'Kodi' boxes sold on the basis that they can receive otherwise premium channels breached both the Fair Trading and Copyright Acts. The decision was welcomed by Sky TV, which brought the case against device seller Fibre TV. In response, a spokesperson for the company threatened to "wipe the floor" with the broadcaster.
Three men connected to the IPTV operation ATN have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay damages of $24 million. The company, which generated millions in profits and served over 70,000 customers at its height, has since gone bankrupt. The case was filed by the Qatari company beIN Sports, which is battling unauthorized broadcasts on several fronts.
Convert2MP3 is a site that allows users to download audio from platforms including YouTube. Following legal action carried out by Rights Alliance on behalf of music industry group IFPI, Convert2MP3 has been declared unlawful by a Danish court which has now ordered ISPs to block it. It's the first time worldwide that a so-called stream-ripping site has been declared illegal.
A federal court in Florida has granted a temporary restraining order against 33 relatively small pirate sites. The order, requested by media conglomerate ABS-CBN, targets the sites' domain names, advertising revenue, as well as any associated PayPal and other bank accounts.
Two men from the UK have been handed lengthy jail sentences for selling piracy-configured set-top devices. Glenn Burrows and Darren Wicks were behind the now-defunct Oobersticks operation which sold thousands of Kodi-powered devices through two UK companies. Burrows was jailed for 22 months while Wicks was sentenced to 20 months, suspended for two years.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rampage' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Ready Player One'. 'Escape Plan 2: Hades' completes the top three.