Apple & Google Agree to Cooperate By Removing Pirate Apps From Stores
New amendments to copyright law in Russia require companies including Apple and Google to remove infringing apps from their respective stores or face blocking by local ISPs. With Apple already being sued in a local court for offering 'pirate' apps, both companies have now officially confirmed they will begin cooperation to remove piracy apps. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-26 18:29:06 READMORE
Government-Backed Anti-Piracy Deal Aims to Disrupt Pirate Site Cash Flow
The Danish Ministry of Culture and Rights Alliance have brokered an anti-piracy agreement with various key players in the online media world. Under the new deal, Denmark’s biggest media outlets, advertising companies, and payment processors will try to cut off revenue streams to pirate sites. The list of blocked sites remains private but includes some 350 URLs. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-26 05:07:54 READMORE
ACE Obtains DMCA Subpoena to Unmask Operators of Major Pirate Sites
Global anti-piracy coalition Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has obtained a DMCA subpoena requiring the Tonic domain registry to hand over all information it holds on a wide range of 'pirate' sites. These include torrent giant 1337x.to and streaming portal BS.to, which are good for 78 million visits per month. Veterans Kinox.to and Movie4K.to are among the remaining targets. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-25 19:52:45 READMORE
Deezer Knows People Are Pirating Its Service But Says It Won’t Stop Them
Despite both Spotify and Deezer having a free-tier for listeners on a budget, some users prefer to use unofficial clients that allow them to obtain the premium service for free. Spotify has dealt with these users by threatening to ban accounts but Deezer is taking an altogether softer approach. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-25 04:43:18 READMORE
RIAA Takes Down Popular Open Source YouTube-DL Software
GitHub has removed the open-source YouTube-DL repository as well as several forks. The developer platform took action following a takedown request from the RIAA. The music group argues that the code is primarily used to download copyrighted content and also violates the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-24 19:54:58 READMORE
Pirate IPTV Reseller Agrees to Pay $30m in Damages and Puts Users At Risk
A former reseller of pirate IPTV service SET TV sued by DISH in a Florida court has reached a rapid albeit expensive settlement with the broadcaster. For each of the 40,000 subscriptions sold to the public, the reseller agreed to pay $750 in damages to DISH - a cool $30 million. But there could be a sting in the tail for subscribers too. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-24 01:46:06 READMORE
Denmark’s Largest Torrent Tracker Shuts Down After Owner’s Reported Arrest
Danishbits, one of the largest private torrent trackers on the Internet and particularly popular in Denmark, has shut down. Several insiders report that the site's owner was arrested recently. Other staff members can't take over because they don't have full access to the servers. Meanwhile, rival trackers are opening their doors to welcome new users. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-23 18:13:52 READMORE
French Three-Strikes Anti-Piracy Law Mostly Benefited American Movies
New research into the effects of the French anti-piracy law Hadopi shows that its introduction failed to significantly increase box-office revenue. It did, however, cause a shift in people's movie preferences. The interest of moviegoers in U.S. films increased, at the expense of other content, including French productions. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-23 04:53:25 READMORE
Logs Seized From F-Secure’s VPN Must Be Destroyed, Court Rules
In January 2019, Finland's National Bureau of Investigation seized logging data from F-Secure's FREEDOME VPN service to investigate an alleged crime. After a prolonged legal process, the Helsinki Court of Appeal has now ruled that the seizure of the logs was illegal. As a result, all of the seized logs must be destroyed. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-22 18:02:37 READMORE
Twitch DMCA “Bloodbath” Trades Copyright Strikes For Due Process
A large number of Twitch users have had their videos deleted following a new round of mass DMCA notice processing. Twitch has also imposed an interesting 'deal' on those affected. In exchange for removing their ability to file a counternotice, Twitch won't be placing a copyright 'strike' against users' accounts. A fair 'amnesty' deal or a coach-and-horses through due process? From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-22 01:36:38 READMORE
Pirated Screeners of ‘Falling’ and ‘My Salinger Year’ Leak Online Early
Two new pirated movie screeners appeared online this week, way ahead of the usual screener season. Pirate release group EVO published advance copies of 'Falling' and 'My Salinger Year,' two popular films at international festivals. The releases are not typical award screeners but appear to come from online festival screenings instead. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-21 18:49:29 READMORE
There’s a Hidden ‘Proxy War’ Between YouTube and Stream Rippers
Every day millions of people use YouTube rippers, tools that are often used to download music for free. Music industry insiders are sounding the alarm about this piracy threat but YouTube itself is not very vocal about the issue. Behind the scenes, however, YouTube is fighting an ongoing battle to block these sites, one that they're not winning just yet. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-21 04:48:19 READMORE
Hollywood Wins New ‘Pirate’ Blocking Order After Contentious Sites Removed
In the summer a group of major Hollywood studios, Netflix, and other movie companies filed a new pirate site blocking application in Australia. The list contained plenty of obviously infringing sites but also the domains of Iran's 'YouTube' and an Israeli newspaper. The Federal Court has now awarded the injunction but following our initial report, both contentious domains have been removed. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-20 18:11:03 READMORE
Cloudflare Counters Mass Piracy Allegations in ‘Thothub’ Lawsuit
Cloudflare has denied that it's part of a RICO copyright infringement conspiracy. The CDN provider responded to the allegations from Texas-based model Deniece Waidhofer, who sued Cloudflare, Thothub and several advertisers. While Thothub has vanished, the lawsuit isn't going away just yet. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-20 05:16:41 READMORE
Men Sued For Selling IPTV Subscriptions From Pirate Provider Previously Raided By Police
DISH Network has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against individuals who reportedly sell access to a pirate IPTV supplier that was previously targeted by police in Sweden. In that matter, several people were sentenced to years in prison and ordered to pay around $24m in damages. According to DISH, however, the provider is still in business and supplying content to the United States. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-19 17:44:40 READMORE
Top 10 Most Torrented Movies of The Week – 10/19/20
Every week we take a close look at the most pirated movies on torrent sites. What are pirates downloading? 'Love and Monsters' tops the chart, followed by ‘Mulan'. 'The Wolf of Snow Hollow' completes the top three. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-19 16:14:40 READMORE
Anti-Piracy Alliance Wants .To Registry to Expose Streaming Piracy Giant S.to
Anti-piracy coalition ACE has obtained a subpoena to compel the Tonic domain registry to hand over all information it has on the owner of S.to. With hundreds of thousands of registered users, S.to is the largest German-language pirate TV streaming community. These requests are a core part of the anti-piracy toolbox, a source informs us. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-19 04:37:03 READMORE
ISPs Are Monitoring IPTV Pirates’ Activities, Court Documents Reveal
Users of pirate IPTV services in the UK and Ireland are most likely being monitored by one or more major ISPs. Secret traffic analysis, provided to the High Court in a recent blocking case involving UEFA, reveals that studies were carried out in connection with Sky which determined many subscribers were accessing pirate IPTV platforms via the ISP. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-18 19:38:27 READMORE
19 ‘YTS Users’ Sued for Sharing Pirated Copies of “Ava”
In a new complaint filed at a Hawaii federal court, 19 'John Does' are accused of sharing pirated copies of the film Ava. The defendants, who are only known by their IP-addresses, are described as users of the site YTS. While there is no hard evidence to back up all claims, the accused may still be in trouble. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-10-18 05:27:51 READMORE