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Samsung Faces $1.3m Lawsuit Over Cinavia Anti-Piracy Tech Licensing Fees

For at least two decades, entertainment companies have been trying to prevent people from copying commercially produced DVDs and more recently Blu-ray discs. In common with most anti-piracy technologies the protections deployed were eventually circumvented, resulting in copies of every major film and TV show being copied and distributed, either on...

Nintendo Hits XXX-Rated ‘Peach’s Unknown Tale’ Game With Copyright Complaint

Over the past several years it has become increasingly apparent that Nintendo isn’t prepared to tolerate instances where its copyright or trademark rights may have been breached by third parties. Many of Nintendo’s responses are fairly straightforward, targeting platforms that offer Nintendo games without permission or those that provide tools, software...

Pirate Bay Renews Official Domain Until 2030 After Lapsed Domains Are Auctioned Off

Domain names are key assets for all websites and should be protected at all costs. This isn’t too complicated as registrars often offer the option to auto-renew domains. Even if that’s not the case, the domain registrant will still receive several warning emails before their domain is released back to the public. Despite these fail-safe systems,...

‘Copyright Troll’ Loses Legal Battle and Must Pay $172,173

Over the past years, dozens of independent photographers have taken their copyright disputes to court, accusing companies of using their work without permission. While many of them have a legitimate claim, these ‘photo’ lawsuits generally have a bad reputation. This is in part due to the tactics employed both in and outside of court. One of the most...

Spanish Piracy Giant ‘Megadede’ to Shut Down, Successors Queue Up

Spain is an interesting country when it comes to piracy. On the one hand, it has one of the highest piracy rates worldwide, but there is no shortage of enforcement actions either. In recent years there have been several criminal investigations into unauthorized IPTV streaming, torrent and streaming portals have been taken to court, and ISPs have been...

TuneIn Blocking Debacle: Bombing Internet Radio Back to the Stone Age

When it comes to copyright infringement matters, especially when that involves commercial players doing battle to prevent the wholesale spread of content, my basic position is that all is fair in love and war. If a torrent site, IPTV provider or streaming platform has a specific role to distribute premium copyrighted content to the masses for profit,...

YouTube Rippers ‘Flvto’ and ‘2Conv’ Will Take Legal Battle to US Supreme Court

In 2018, a group of prominent record labels sued two very popular YouTube rippers, FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com. The labels, including Universal, Warner Bros, and Sony, accused the sites of copyright infringement and hoped to quickly shut them down. That didn’t go as expected. The owner of the sites, a Russian man named Tofig Kurbanov, lawyered up and...

Pirate IPTV Operator Hid Away With Mountains of Food to Avoid Coronavirus

2020 has developed into one of the most memorable years in living memory for the entire planet but for mostly the wrong reasons. Not a day goes by without news of the coronavirus pandemic and its devastating effect on individuals, families, the economy, and health in general. In common with many industries, coronavirus has hit the entertainment sectors...

University Voluntarily Agrees to Block Pirate Sites Under Code of Conduct

Today’s site-blocking measures to counter online copyright infringement may seem relatively new but Denmark has been engaged in the practice for almost 15 years. Pirate Site Blocking in Denmark After initial target AllofMP3 was first ordered to be blocked by local ISP Tele2 back in 2006 following action by the IFPI, anti-piracy group Rights Alliance...

Piratebay.org Now Being Used to Crowdsource “The Torrent Man” Film

The real Pirate Bay website operates from ThePiratebay.org, but the site always had many backup domains in place, just in case. This included Piratebay.org (without the) as well as ThePiratebay.com. The former was sold for $50,000 at auction earlier this week after the previous owner seemingly forgot to extend the registration. The .com domain also...

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