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Group Who Operated 20 Pirate ‘beIN’ Streaming Sites Found Guilty, Leader Jailed

The Association Against Audiovisual Piracy (ALPA) has been active in France since 1985. The group is predominantly focused on protecting the rights of companies in the audiovisual and movie sectors and over the years has targeted everything from file-sharing forums through to torrent and movie/TV show streaming platforms. In more recent years, ALPA...

Libtorrent Adds WebTorrent Support, Expanding the Reach of Browser Torrenting

When the BitTorrent protocol was first made public almost two decades ago, it was only supported by desktop apps. As time went by, people started to do more from their web browsers, including downloading and streaming, but support for web-based torrenting was still lacking. This is one of the reasons why Stanford University graduate Feross Aboukhadijeh...

EU Court: YouTube Not Required to Share Email and IP-Addresses of Movie Pirates

YouTube’s millions of users upload staggering amounts of content to the site every day and while most of it doesn’t present any issues, some of that material inevitably infringes someone’s copyrights. In 2013 and 2014, three YouTube users uploaded the movies Scary Movie 5 and Parker to the platform, something which caught the eye of Constantin Film,...

GitHub Removes ‘Chimera13’ iOS Jailbreak After DMCA Notice from ‘Unc0ver’

Apple’s iOS devices are part of a closed ecosystem that doesn’t allow much tinkering and keeps unvetted apps out. This works well for the vast majority of people but for those who demand more, jailbreaking is always an option. While Apple doesn’t like the fact that outsiders are circumventing their restrictions to open up access, it generally turns...

Amazon, Lee Child & John Grisham Sue ‘Kiss Library’ Pirate eBook Sites

Well over a decade ago, music platforms like AllofMP3 were a thorn in the side of record labels, selling tracks at cut-down prices without appropriate licensing in place. Today, similar sites are available in many niches, eBooks included. It’s a growing problem that authors, publishers and distributors would like to reduce, in part via a lawsuit filed...

The Pirate Bay: OVPN Responds to Movie Companies’ Court Injunction

Last month, movie companies Svensk Filmindustri and Nordisk Film, and anti-piracy partner Rights Alliance were handed an IP address by Cloudflare believed to be in use by The Pirate Bay. Armed with this information they went to court in Sweden, obtaining an injunction targeting Obenetwork, claiming the ISP operated the IP address. It transpired the...

U.S. Copyright Office: Disconnecting Persistent Pirates is Not Always Preferred

The US Senate’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property is looking for ways through which it can better address online piracy. Specifically, it’s working with various stakeholders to see if the DMCA can be improved to better suit today’s online environment. The effort, announced by Senator Thom Tillis last year, partly overlaps with the Copyright...

Anti-Piracy Company & Record Labels Are “Running Pirate Sites”, Investigation Claims

Earlier this year we reported on a brand new anti-piracy initiative with an aim to shut down 200 professionally-operated music piracy sites. Headed up by anti-piracy company AudioLock, music distributor Label Worx, and supported by hundreds of distributors, labels, and other industry players, The Music Mission has a focus on sites that give the impression...

Sports Streaming Site Rojadirecta Loses Appeal of Danish Site Blocking Case

Rojadirecta is one of the oldest and most popular linking sites for sports streaming events. The site, operated by the company Puerto 80 Projects, has been around for over a decade amassing a sizable audience. At the same time, however, it hasn’t been able to avoid legal trouble. Copyright holders have repeatedly accused Rojadirecta of facilitating...

Meet FitGirl, The Repack ‘Queen’ Of Pirated Games

Downloading a pirated game doesn’t cost a penny. However, it does take up digital resources, as some games can be well over 100 gigabytes. This is a problem for people that have bandwidth caps or those who have limited storage or archive space. Every problem has a solution, of course, especially in a pirate ecosystem where copyright laws are ignored....

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