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ACE & MPA Target Pirate IPTV Provider & Yet Again, VOD Will Be The Achilles’ Heel

While torrent sites still play an important role in the piracy landscape, Hollywood and major content distributors consider illegal streaming to be a key threat. Of particular concern are pirate IPTV services that for just a small outlay per month, represent direct and credible competition for legitimate platforms. As a result, many IPTV services and...

Search Engines Reported to Monopoly Investigators Over Pirated Content

Every week, millions of Internet users turn to search engines hoping to find links to pirated content. Not to so long ago, this could prove effective but in recent years things have changed. Massive delisting operations to remove billions of links using copyright law have been supported by voluntary initiatives by Google, for example, to downgrade...

U.S. Embassy Donates 50 Laptops to Help Nigeria Fight Online Piracy

The United States Government is taking the lead role when it comes to copyright policies and enforcement around the globe. Through diplomatic pressure and positive reinforcement, it tries to steer foreign governments in the right direction. Assistance is also provided in a more hands-on form. For example, US delegations regularly host workshops...

Mega Has Now Terminated 95,000 Users For Repeat Copyright Infringement

Founded by Kim Dotcom following the takedown of Megaupload in 2012, Mega’s rise has been nothing less than impressive. Despite parting ways with the entrepreneur several years ago, the cloud storage platform has gone from strength to strength. Late 2013, the site was hosting around 0.6 million files, a figure that increased to 3.6 billion just a year...

‘Copyright Trolls’ Enter Brazil Demanding Money from Suspected Pirates

In recent years, millions of BitTorrent users around the world have received settlement demands from copyright holders. These so-called “copyright trolling” efforts have been a common occurrence in countries such as Germany, Sweden and the United States. More recently, it started in Brazil as well. The Usual Suspects While the letters are sent from...

BREIN Launches Anti-Piracy Campaign Targeting BitTorrent Uploaders

Anti-piracy group BREIN is at the forefront of the fight against copyright infringement in the Netherlands. Many of its efforts have been focused on legal action against big targets such as The Pirate Bay and the IPTV market, with the group achieving notable legal precedents along the way. Now, however, BREIN says it wants to strike at the heart...

Record Labels Secure Big Win in Piracy Lawsuit Against Spinrilla

Operating a mixtape site is not without risk. By definition, mixes include multiple sound recordings that are often protected by copyright. Popular hip-hop mixtape site and app Spinrilla, which has millions of users, is well aware of these risks. In 2017, the company was sued by several record labels, backed by the RIAA, that accused the company of...

Court Suspends ‘Copyright Troll’ Lawyer From Practicing Law

Over the past several years, independent photographers have filed more than a thousand lawsuits against companies that allegedly used their work without permission. The majority of these cases, with prominent targets such as Yahoo.com, Verizon.com, MSN.com, MTV.com, Gawker.com, are handled by attorney Richard Liebowitz. When we first spotted this...

Music Leaking Site ‘Kingdom Leaks’ Announces Imminent Closure

According to the music industry, the main threat to artists and labels from a piracy perspective is the availability of stream-ripping platforms and tools. On the other hand, however, a much more traditional threat also remains an issue. Recording labels have long lamented the fact that insiders and other people with access to new music have made it...

Pirate Bay Founder Warns US Govt. Against Mafia-Esque Copyright Lobby

Peter Sunde was one of the key people behind The Pirate Bay in the early years, a role for which he eventually paid with his freedom. While he cut his ties with the notorious torrent site many years ago, his activist nature hasn’t vanished. In recent years Sunde has focused on several other projects. His links to the domain registration service...

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