YouTube's CEO is warning that the platform may have to begin blocking videos in response to legislation making its way through the EU Parliament. The final text of Article 13 is yet to be decided but Susan Wojcicki is warning that the current wording would hold it responsible for the copyright infringements of users, something that could impact the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.
Hitman 2 is due to hit the streets on November 13, protected by the most up-to-date variant of Denuvo's anti-tamper technology. However, a cracking group appears to have obtained a version of the game destined for pre-order buyers, cracked it, and released it online three days early. Just last week, Denuvo suggested that four days protection could prove significant for game sales.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Equalizer 2'. 'The Meg' completes the top three.
In 2007 and as recently as January 2018, the director of the movie The Man From Earth was championing the promotional effects of piracy. Last week, out of nowhere, he appeared to do a complete turnaround, branding the phenomenon as a threat to all creators. Something didn't feel right about this apparent change of heart. Diving into the details, a bigger picture begins to emerge.
In a recent submission to the US Trade Representative, the MPAA again states that Switzerland’s copyright law is wholly inadequate, making it extremely attractive to host illegal sites there. The European country has plans to update its laws, but the proposed changes are no significant improvement, Hollywood's trade group notes.
Earlier this year, Corel obtained a patent which enables the company to offer software pirates an amnesty deal via a messaging system. While this can be a smart approach, it is not without its flaws. This week, the company remotely disabled the software of a fully-licensed user of Paintshop Pro and left his medical-related business unable to meet customer needs.
Academic publisher Elsevier has repeatedly made the news for its battle with Sci-Hub, the "Pirate Bay" of science. However, while Elsevier is using copyrights to protect its business, academic-insiders accuse the publisher of "anti-competitive" actions.
Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox has been one of the major entertainment industry stories this year. Indirectly, it also impacts Hollywood's industry group the MPAA, which loses one of its six members. This prompted insiders to rethink the organization's future and reportedly, streaming giants such as Netflix are being considered as future members.
Following a request from a local anti-piracy group, Greek Internet service providers are required to block access to The Pirate Bay, 1337x, YTS, and several other pirate sites. The order, issued by a special Government-affiliated commission, also targets several popular subtitle sites.
A landmark anti-piracy agreement between rightsholders and technology companies in Russia might soon have a new signature. Major publishers have asked to join the scheme, which will see the creation of a centralized database of infringing content and rapid takedowns. Meanwhile, search giant Yandex might avoid a legal battle with TV companies after signing the document last week.
The Dutch Government's Telecom Agency is alerting the public that its name is being abused by scammers to demand piracy fines. In a warning issued today, it recommends recipients not to respond to these emails. It appears that scammers are capitalizing on the news that rightsholders may soon start sending 'fines' to alleged pirates.
Anti-piracy outfit Denuvo has published figures that suggest huge 'losses' for games not using its anti-tamper technology. The company says that an unnamed AAA sports title was downloaded more than 355,000 times by BitTorrent users in its first two weeks online, with 12% of those shares happening in the first day. A fortnight of protection, it now suggests, is Denuvo's window of opportunity.
Today, Google released a report of its latest progress on the anti-piracy front. Among other things, it stresses that pirate site demotion in search results has helped the company to stay well within the thresholds agreed with the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which are part of the voluntary deal with UK rightsholders.
The campaign to have The Pirate Bay blocked worldwide has taken another step forward. Several Hollywood studios including Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, Paramount, Universal, and Columbia, have obtained a court order in Romania that forces several local ISPs to restrict access to the site. Two other sites, FilmeHD and FilmeOnline, will also be targeted.
Internet provider AT&T plans to terminate the accounts of over a dozen subscribers who were repeatedly flagged for copyright infringements. This is reportedly the first time the company has taken this measure, which is based on copyright holder complaints.
After being pushed towards fringe advertising networks, some pirate sites now display ads that many users would prefer not to encounter. Starting in December, however, a new version of Chrome will attempt to curtail certain "abusive experiences" on all sites, by preventing rogue redirects and misleading dialog boxes, while nuking video 'play' buttons that lead to unwanted downloads.
The director of The Man From Earth and The Man From Earth: Holocene has done a complete 180 on the benefits of movie piracy. In 2007, the first movie soared in popularity due to word-of-mouth marketing by BitTorrent users so the sequel was put up on torrents by its makers early this year. Now, however, pirates apparently pose an "existential threat" to all creators.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Equalizer 2' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Meg'. 'Incredibles 2' completes the top three.
The Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT) is shutting down. According to the Board of Directors, it lacks sufficient funding after several members gave up their support. The organization was reportedly plagued by a variety of scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment against a senior executive.