Italian Police Obtain Preventative Seizure Order Targeting 10 ‘Pirate Sites’
Following a complaint from the Italian Federation of Newspaper Publishers, Italian authorities say they have carried out a "preventative seizure" of 10 'pirate sites' involved in the illegal distribution of newspapers, magazines and eBooks. The content was stored on foreign servers in violation of copyright law. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-25 17:11:54 READMORE
Denuvo Cracker EMPRESS “Arrested”, Blames Repacker FitGirl & Reddit For Witch-Hunt
Last year, games cracker EMPRESS told pirates that if they wanted Denuvo-protected games cracked and placed online, they would have to help fund that. While controversial, over the past few weeks this proposal has been overshadowed by a catastrophic social-media-fueled meltdown that has culminated - if reports are to be believed - in EMPRESS being targeted by the police. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-25 01:19:44 READMORE
Record Labels Blame YouTube For a Lot of Things But Continue to Upload Music
A UK parliamentary inquiry has once again revealed that many music industry insiders are not happy with YouTube. The platform is a source of piracy and doesn't pay nearly enough to rightsholders, they claim. On top of that, it's also seen as an important reason why subscription services such as Spotify can't raise their prices. Meanwhile, labels continue to upload their music to YouTube. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-24 17:06:53 READMORE
YouTube Identifies Operator of “Shell Company” Behind Class Action Piracy Lawsuit
A class-action lawsuit filed by musician Maria Schneider and Pirate Monitor claims that YouTube restricts access to takedown tools and fails to act against repeat infringers. However, YouTube is steadily picking the case apart, including by identifying the operator of a "shell company" plaintiff whose earlier work will be familiar to fans of The Simpsons. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-24 02:44:50 READMORE
Copyright Coalition Asks President Biden to Help Fight Piracy and Big Tech
The CreativeFuture coalition, which represents companies and individuals in the film, TV, music, and publishing industries, is asking President Biden to help fight online piracy. Now that the felony streaming bill and the CASE Act have been passed, big tech companies such as Google and Facebook are key adversaries once again. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-23 18:38:32 READMORE
U.S. Copyright Groups Praise UAE’s Enforcement Against ‘Illegal’ VPN and Tor Use
The IIPA, which represents the MPA, RIAA, and other entertainment industry groups, is pleased with the United Arab Emirates' strict enforcement against the use of VPNs and Tor to access pirate sites. The industry group, however, urges the UAE authorities to go a step further and require VPNs to actively ban copyright-infringing activity. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-23 04:50:21 READMORE
Kim Dotcom, United States & NZ Supreme Court All Agree to Court of Appeal Referral
Following a rare moment of agreement, requests from Kim Dotcom and the United States government to refer the extradition case back to the Court of Appeal have been approved by the Supreme Court. The decision marks a split among the Megaupload defendants, after a request from Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato, and Bram van der Kolk to have the matter heard by a faster route was denied. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-22 18:22:58 READMORE
Top 10 Most Torrented Movies of The Week – 02/22/2021
Every week we take a close look at the most pirated movies on torrent sites. What are pirates downloading? 'Monster Hunter' tops the chart, followed by ‘Judas and the Black Messiah'. 'Wrong Turn' completes the top three. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-22 06:30:40 READMORE
DMCA Notice Wipes Reverse-Engineered GTA Code from GitHub
GitHub has removed a fan-made project that included reverse-engineered code of the popular GTA 3 and Vice City games. The developer platform responded to a DMCA takedown request from Take-Two Interactive, which also listed dozens of forks. While reverse engineering can in some cases be classified as fair use, it's certainly not always the case. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-22 02:17:03 READMORE
Pirate IPTV Providers With Millions of Visits Blocked Following La Liga Request
Spanish football league La Liga has been successful in its application to have Italian ISPs block access to five pirate IPTV providers distributing its games online without permission. It's estimated that the services attracted more than a million visits per month in Italy alone. No court process was necessary. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-21 16:29:31 READMORE
Hollywood & Netflix Win New Streaming Piracy Blocking Order at UK High Court
After several years' hiatus, the major Hollywood studios of the MPA have obtained a new site-blocking injunction at the HIgh Court in London. Apparently handed down this month, the order compels local ISPs to block several web-based streaming sites using the '123movies' branding. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-21 05:29:41 READMORE
University Runs Massive BitTorrent Seedbox to Showcase Music Streaming App
The Tribler lab at the Delft University of Technology has released a new Android app showcasing how the music industry can be revolutionized. With BitTorrent, a blockchain, and cryptocurrency, music streaming no longer needs any middlemen. "We fixed the 'predatory intermediary problem' by showing that music industry overhead can be 0%," project leader Johan Pouwelse says. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-20 17:27:40 READMORE
Bulgaria Asks United States to Help Shut Down Torrent Tracker Zamunda
After being called out by the US, Bulgaria has intensified its copyright enforcement in recent years. The Eastern European country is determined to shut down Zamunda.net, which is the most popular piracy site in the country by far. To achieve this goal the local prosecutor has asked the US Department of Justice for help, as several of Zamunda's servers are presumably located in America. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-20 05:25:31 READMORE
UK Govt. Parodies “You Wouldn’t Steal” Anti-Piracy Ad to Deter COVID Spreaders
To discourage people from meeting up illegally during the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government has put out a new PSA. Created by the Home Office, the video is a parody of the 2004 anti-piracy ad "Piracy is a crime", with people advised not to "start their own pubs" or go to raves. While the message is deadly serious, unintentional comedy is the end result. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-19 15:37:35 READMORE
Copyright Troll Lawyer Must Pay Victims $1.5 Million Restitution, Appeals Court Affirms
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that Paul Hansmeier, a convicted copyright troll lawyer, must pay more than $1.5 million in restitution to victims of a piracy honeypot scheme. Hansmeier protested a district court order, arguing that the amount also included legitimate settlements, but the appeals court disagrees. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-19 02:52:00 READMORE
Sci-Hub: Elsevier and Springer Nature Obtain UK ISP Blocking Order
Major UK ISP TalkTalk is reporting that in response to an order from a court in the UK, it is now required to block subscriber access to Sci-Hub. The injunction is reportedly the result of an application by academic publishers Elsevier and Springer Nature, who have teamed up in other regions to block access to 'The Pirate Bay of Science'. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-18 15:43:11 READMORE
ACE Targets Popular ‘Watched’ Streaming App Add-Ons in US Court
The popular 'Watched' streaming app is used by large numbers of viewers to watch movies, TV shows and live sports for free. However, global anti-piracy group ACE is taking action to undermine the user experience, including by attempting to track down the operators of sites that form crucial parts of the extended 'Watched' infrastructure. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-18 04:57:40 READMORE
Reddit Piracy Takedowns and Subreddit Bans Skyrocketed in 2020
Reddit's latest transparency report reveals that the number of copyright takedown notices it receives continues to rise. Last year, 375,774 pieces of content were removed following copyright holder complaints. This is a 300% increase compared to the year before. At the same time, Reddit's repeat infringer policy resulted in 303 users and 514 subreddits being banned. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-17 18:19:12 READMORE
NZ Government Lawyers Spent 40,500 Hours Battling Kim Dotcom and Megaupload
After more than nine years of legal battles, the staggering cost of the various copyright-related cases against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload have now been made public. Government lawyers in New Zealand have spent 40,500 hours working on cases related to Dotcom, in addition to burning through more than US$2.6 million in ancillary costs. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-17 04:47:50 READMORE