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Rojadirecta Operator Faces Multi-Year Prison Sentence in Upcoming Trial

Founded more than 16 years ago, Rojadirecta is one of the oldest and most popular linking sites for sports streaming events. The site, which is operated by the Spanish company Puerto 80 Projects, has built a loyal user base over the years. At the same time, it has fought quite a few legal battles too. Copyright holders have repeatedly accused Rojadirecta...

Tor Project Mounts Legal Challenge to Oppose Russian Blocking

In an effort to control what its citizens can access on the internet, over the past several years Russian authorities have stepped up their blocking and censorship efforts. Some initiatives, such as the blocking of websites and URLs to reduce copyright infringement, are commonplace outside Russia but local authorities have also begun defining additional...

Google Drive Flags Text Files With “1” or “0” As Copyright Infringements

The entire digital world is made up of binary code, often 1’s and 0’s. When you piece enough of them together, beautiful things can be created. By themselves, these two numbers are not that impressive. However, Google Drive appears to see them as a threat of sorts. The Infringing “1” Yesterday, Dr. Emily Dolson, an Assistant Professor at Michigan...

Movie Companies Use DMCA ‘Shortcut’ To Expose Alleged CenturyLink Pirates

When copyright holders observe an IP address sharing unauthorized content in a BitTorrent swarm, they need to match that IP address to a real-life name and physical address if they want to take things any further. Since there are no online resources that can reliably supply that information, copyright lawsuits – especially those aimed at extracting...

RIAA Discards EFF’s YouTube-DL Letter, Notes That it ‘Regularly Sides With Infringers’

Last October, the RIAA secured a major victory in its piracy lawsuit against YouTube-rippers FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com, and their Russian operator Tofig Kurbanov. A Virginia federal court issued a default judgment in favor of several prominent music companies after the defendant walked away from the lawsuit. According to the order, there is a clear...

WOW! Must Share Personal Details of Most Prolific ‘Pirates’ with Filmmakers

Over the past two decades, online piracy has proven a massive challenge for the entertainment industries. Some copyright holders have tried to go after individual pirates in court but, increasingly, third-party intermediaries are targeted as well. There are several lawsuits pending in US courts where rightsholders accuse Internet providers of not...

Pirate IPTV Reseller Ordered to Pay TV Companies $164,000 in Damages

Due to the way many pirate IPTV services are structured, top level suppliers often rely on a cascading marketing system whereby subscriptions are sold and resold through a network of so-called resellers. This type of arrangement allows lower-level individuals to sell subscriptions to their own customer bases while also helping to shield providers from...

Cheat Makers ‘Troll’ Activision Lawyer, Brag They Will Never Be Found

In reponse to rampant cheating in Call of Duty games, earlier this month Activision filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against cheat maker EngineOwning UG and CMN Holdings S.A. The complaint also named six individuals (Valentin Rick, Leonard Bugla, Leon Frisch, Ignacio Gayduchenko, Marc-Alexander Richts, Alexander Kleeman) and added 50 ‘Doe’ defendants....

EU Parliament Adopts DSA Without Banning ‘Dumb’ Upload Filters and Site Blocking

In recent years the European Commission has proposed and adopted various legislative changes to help combat online piracy. This includes the Copyright Directive which passed in 2019. A year later, the EU proposed more copyright regulations as part of the Digital Services Act, which was up for a vote this week. Big Tech and Takedowns The Digital...

Record Labels Face Sanctions Over ‘Destroyed’ Piracy Evidence

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 with the backing of legal pressure, ISPs are increasingly being held to this standard. Billion Dollar Lawsuits Several major music industry companies including Artista Records,...

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