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Grand Jury Charges ‘Omi in a Hellcat’ With Conspiracy to Pirate Xfinity & Spectrum TV Services

A little under two years ago, the federal government shut down Gears-branded IPTV services operated by Bill Omar Carrasquillo (aka Omi in a Hellcat). IRS and FBI agents seized “at least” $5.2m from his bank accounts along with a laundry list of supercars and other vehicles, alleged to have been purchased with revenues from Carrasquillo’s TV services....

RLSLOG: Pirate Release Blog Pioneer Throws in the Towel After 15 Years

Founded in 2006, RLSLOG.net was one of the pioneers of the ‘release blog’ format. When it first launched, visitors were able to read about the latest pirate releases, who had placed them online and, importantly, what the files were called. Unlike so-called ‘pre databases’ that displayed only raw information, new releases on RLSLOG were presented in...

Appeals Court Revives Canadian Reverse Class Action Against BitTorrent Pirates

Movie studio Voltage Pictures has gone after alleged movie pirates for many years now. The company and its subsidiaries have filed numerous lawsuits against alleged pirates in the United States, Australia, and Europe, which likely brought in substantial revenues. Last week, we reported that Voltage just launched a new legal campaign in the UK. At...

Virgin Media Subscribers Told to Pay “Thousands of Pounds” to Settle Piracy Lawsuits

Last week TorrentFreak broke the news that Voltage Holdings LLC, a company well known for tracking down pirates worldwide, has obtained a High Court order compelling Virgin Media to hand over subscriber data. As a result, some of the ISP’s subscribers have begun receiving letters accusing them of pirating the movie ‘Ava’ with the advice that if the...

U.S. Copyright Holders Want Tougher Anti-Piracy Measures in China

The American copyright industry generates billions of dollars in annual revenue and is generally seen as one of the primary export products. Whether it’s movies, music, software or other goods, US companies are among the market leaders. US companies also have a clear presence in China which, with more than a billion potential consumers, is a massive...

DMCA Takedown Errors Can Make it Harder to Find Movies Legally

The purpose of search engines is to help people find what they are looking for. Today’s web would be pretty much unusable without them. This urge to search also comes with a downside, as not everything on the web is posted with permission. Pirate sites are a prime example. Removing Pirate Sites from Search A few years ago this led to rather bizarre...

YouTubers Frustrated By Site’s Anti-Piracy Policies Are Being a Little Naive

Twenty, thirty, even forty years ago, piracy of movies was something done relatively quietly between trusted suppliers, friends and family. With the rise of the Internet, however, discussion of how to obtain movies without paying for them was opened up to the masses. Sometime around 2010, the massive success of YouTube and social media tore away...

Yout Files Refocused Lawsuit Against RIAA to Have YouTube-Ripping Service Declared Legal

In 2020, the RIAA attempted to have YouTube-ripping tool youtube-dl removed from Github and in the wake of that, YouTube-ripping service Yout filed a preemptive lawsuit against the RIAA. Yout said that the RIAA’s earlier efforts to have its homepage delisted by Google, on the basis that Yout circumvented YouTube’s ‘rolling cipher’ technology, were...

RIAA and Rightscorp Counter Renewed ‘False and Fraudulent’ DMCA Notice Claims

Under US copyright law, Internet providers must terminate the accounts of repeat infringers “in appropriate circumstances.” In the past such drastic action was rare but, backed by several court orders, ISPs are increasingly being held to this standard. Music Companies sued RCN Internet provider RCN is also under legal pressure. Two years ago, the...

“The Card Counter” Webscreener Adds New Twist to Early Movie Leaks

Historically, pirated copies of movie screeners often start to leak on pirate sites around Christmas. This year Christmas has come early for pirates. A few days ago, two screener copies of the Netflix movies “The Power of the Dog” and “The Guilty” leaked online, ahead of their planned premieres. EVO The releases are linked to the piracy group EVO,...

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