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NFTs Excite Hollywood But Not Because They Can Solve Piracy

The fleeting non-fungible token (NFT) craze showed that some people are willing to pay vast amounts of money for digital assets that are not guaranteed to retain their value. These digital entries are stored on a blockchain and allow buyers to prove that they are legitimate ‘owners’ of some underlying asset or right. While NFTs don’t grant copyrights,...

$16m Pirate IPTV Lawsuit Magically Returns $32m Thanks to Bankruptcy

Advanced TV Network (ATN) was an IPTV service in Sweden that supplied more than a thousand TV channels to customers via the Internet. In 2008, that was an unusual achievement. ATN gave the impression of operating legally. As a registered company it was generating annual sales of around $7 million by 2013 and paid taxes to the state. However, the content...

Cheat Developer Can Pursue ‘Hacking’ Claims Against Bungie, Court Rules

In 2021, Bungie filed a complaint at a federal court in Seattle, accusing AimJunkies.com of copyright and trademark infringement, among other things. The same accusations were also made against Phoenix Digital Group, the alleged creators of the Destiny 2 cheating software at the center of the complaint. AimJunkies denied the claims and argued that...

UK Govt: 3.9 Million People Illegally Streamed Live Sports in 2022

The UK Government’s Intellectual Property Office has published a new edition of its Online Copyright Infringement Tracker study. The annual survey aims to understand the piracy habits of citizens aged 12 and above. This is the 12th wave of the report and relates to consumption during 2022. The overarching trend is one of overall piracy rates remaining...

Nintendo ‘Hacker’ Gary Bowser Seeks Early Prison Release

In the fall of 2020, the U.S. Government indicted three members of the infamous ‘Team Xecuter’ group, the masterminds behind various Nintendo hacks. Authorities located Canadian Gary Bowser in the Dominican Republic and arrested him there. Meanwhile, Frenchman Max Louarn was detained in Tanzania. The prosecution characterized 52-year-old Bowser as...

Pirate IPTV: U.S. Helped Taiwan Track Chinese Pirates…..Back to the U.S.

For the past several years, Chinese-manufactured Ubox IPTV boxes have flooded the market in Taiwan. With more than 30% of the population using the devices, which grant access to more live streaming content than most people can consume, Taiwan came under pressure from the United States. Taiwan made amendments to copyright law that outlawed piracy-configured...

Magnitude of Canada’s Piracy Problem “Nearly Impossible to Overstate”

According to at least one assessment, Canada is currently the third-best country in the world overall. When it comes to piracy issues, major U.S. rightsholders place Canada among the worst. In a report to the United States government, the powerful International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) pulls no punches. On behalf of the MPA, RIAA, Entertainment...

Pirate Bay Proxy Defeats Police’s GitHub Takedown with DMCA Counternotice

Various courts around the world have come to the conclusion that The Pirate Bay is a copyright-infringing website. As a result, Internet providers in dozens of countries are required to block access to the site. This works well, but blocking measures are also quite easy to circumvent. Some people may resort to VPN services, for example, or replace...

Yout.com Reignites RIAA Stream-Ripping Dispute at Court of Appeal

YouTube’s terms and service prohibit users from downloading audio and video, but there are numerous ‘stream-ripping’ sites available on the web that do just that. These services are a thorn in the side of recording labels which consider them a major piracy threat. Some operators of these stream-ripping tools disagree, pointing at the variety of legal...

ACE Delivers Major Blow to Spanish Private Torrent Site Scene

After building their sites almost from scratch and then populating them with the right kind of users, private torrent site owners understand the long haul. Private tracker users also tend to be more invested, partly due to a community spirit mostly absent from public sites. For these reasons and more, merging two private sites into one is a fairly...

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