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Canadian Pirate Site Blockade No Longer Blocks Original Domains

Late last year, Canada’s Federal Court approved the first piracy blockade in the country. Following a complaint from three major media companies, Rogers, Bell and TVA, the Court ordered ISPs to block access to domains and IP-addresses of the pirate IPTV service GoldTV. The blocking injunction sets a new precedent that could have far-reaching consequences....

Stop Selling Pirate IPTV Packages or Pay €10,000 Per Day, Court Rules

BREIN is the leading Dutch anti-piracy outfit, tackling piracy of movies, TV shows, and a range of other infringing content. In recent years and in common with its overseas counterparts, BREIN has been working to slow down the spread of pirate IPTV. In 2019, it reportedly curtailed the activities of around two dozen sellers but even after intense legal...

Bright House Doesn’t Directly Profit From Pirating Subscribers, Court Rules

Last year a group of music industry giants, including Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros, sued Bright House Networks for failing to disconnect pirating subscribers. Bright House is owned by Charter, which was sued in a separate complaint simultaneously. In both cases, the music companies demanded compensation for their alleged losses. The lawsuits,...

Number of Online Pirates in Italy Steady But Research Summary Downplays Big Success Story

For the past several years, market research company Ipsos has carried out an annual study on behalf of local anti-piracy outfit FAPAV. The aim of the work is to measure overall piracy rates in the country, including the number of participants, content consumed, and the number of infringing acts. The manner in which the data is presented this year...

Trump’s Meme Post Survives on Facebook Despite New York Times Complaint

A few days ago, the mainstream media jumped all over the news that the New York Times had removed a Trump ‘meme’, posted by President Trump, on Twitter. The NYT owns the right to the underlying photo that was taken by photographer Damon Winter and used in a 2015 feature on the President. While the newspaper admitted that there are fair-use considerations...

ISP Cox Hands Six Month Internet Ban to Alleged Repeat Infringer

In 2019, ISP Cox Communications was hit with an unprecedented $1 billion verdict after a jury found it liable for infringements carried out by its customers. More than 50 music companies including Capitol Records, Warner Bros, and Sony Music, successfully argued that Cox failed to terminate repeat copyright infringers and profited from their piracy....

Rapidgator Uses DMCA to Crack Down on Premium Link Generators

Founded in 2010, Rapidgator has grown to become an established name in the file-hosting business over the past decade. The site has millions of regular users but is not particularly well-liked by copyright holders. This resulted in a spot on both US and EU lists of notorious piracy markets. Rapidgator dismisses these characterizations and bills itself...

Amazon Piracy Lawsuit: Court Restrains Assets & Domains of Pirate Sites

Earlier this week, Amazon Content Services, publisher Penguin Random House and several authors including John Grisham and Lee Child, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against ‘pirate’ eBook sites operating under the Kiss Library brand. Accusing the platforms of “rampant and willful infringement” due to their sales of pirated eBooks to the public,...

Wrongfully Accused ‘Pirate’ Wins $4,420 Judgment Against Movie Company

Around the world, file-sharers are regularly pressed to pay significant settlement fees, often backed up by pressure from a lawsuit. These efforts, often characterized as “copyright trolling,” share a familiar pattern. Copyright holders acquire a subpoena to get the personal details of an alleged pirate and then contact the person with a settlement...

Group Who Operated 20 Pirate ‘beIN’ Streaming Sites Found Guilty, Leader Jailed

The Association Against Audiovisual Piracy (ALPA) has been active in France since 1985. The group is predominantly focused on protecting the rights of companies in the audiovisual and movie sectors and over the years has targeted everything from file-sharing forums through to torrent and movie/TV show streaming platforms. In more recent years, ALPA...

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