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President Trump Signs Internet Privacy Repeal Into Law

President Trump has signed a bill which repeals Internet privacy rules passed last year by the Federal Communications Commission. Internet service providers are now free to spy on their customers' browsing activities in order to generate targeted advertising. Show More Summary

Hollywood Obtains Order to Block Pirate Streaming Sites in Ireland

The Motion Picture Association has scored a victory in Ireland where several Internet providers have been ordered to block access to pirate streaming sites. The Hollywood studios claim that online piracy causes millions in losses and...Show More Summary

Blizzard Beats “Cheat” Maker, Wins $8.5 Million Copyright Damages

Blizzard Entertainment has won a copyright infringement case against the developer of several popular game cheats and hacks. In a default judgment, the court ordered the German company Bossland to pay over $8.5 million in damages. In...Show More Summary

Blocking Pirate Sites Without a Trial is Allowed, Italian Court Rules

Italy's pirate site blocking regulation is not unconstitutional, or in violation of copyright law, the administrative court of Lazio has ruled. The verdict has been celebrated by rightsholders who have used the blocking mechanism to target hundreds of websites. Show More Summary

FBI Cannot Examine Megaupload Servers, Canada Appeal Court Rules

When Megaupload was raided in 2012, more than 1,100 servers were seized in the United States. In addition, 32 were targeted in Canada, and the battle to determine who can access them has continued ever since. The Ontario Court of Appeal has now decided that won't be the FBI. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 04/03/17

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rogue One tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Monster Trucks'. 'Logan' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Russia Wants To Hold Social Networks Liable For Internet Piracy

A new proposal from the Russian government could see social networks held liable for piracy committed by their users. The Ministry of Culture says that social platforms should be stripped of their status as information intermediaries...Show More Summary

Torrents Are Particularly Popular in Europe, Research Shows

A broad and detailed analysis of billions of worldwide visits to torrent sites shows that, per Internet user, this type of file-sharing is particularly popular in Europe. When it comes to absolute traffic, the United States, Russia and...Show More Summary

ABS-CBN Wants $210,000 Piracy Damages From FMovies

The popular movie streaming service FMovies hasn't been around for very long, but it's already facing a hefty damages award for copyright infringement. Media company ABS-CBN has asked a Florida federal court for a default judgment of...Show More Summary

Clever ‘Piracy’ App Keeps Celebrity Embarrassments Off YouTube

Celebrities, politicians and other public figures have been secretly trialing a new app that aims to keep embarrassing "citizen footage" off YouTube. The Android and iOS software, which creatively uses infringing content from the Internet,...Show More Summary

Torrent Site Bitsnoop Shuts Down

The torrent community lost another familiar name this week after Bitsnoop decided to shut down. The site's operator has declined to comment on this decision but says that the site's data was handed over to fellow torrent search engine Zooqle. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Amazon Bans Sales of “Pirate” Media Players, Will Destroy Them

Amazon is taking a tough stance against vendors who sell fully-loaded Kodi boxes and other "pirate" media players through its platform. The store now explicitly bans media players that "promote" or "suggest" the facilitation of piracy. Show More Summary

Parents Must Identify Pirate Kids Or Pay Their Fines, Court Rules

If parents are aware that their children have committed copyright infringement they must identify them to the court if required to do so, or pay their fines. That was the ruling of Germany's Federal Court of Justice this week in a case...Show More Summary

ISP RCN and BMG Agree to Settle Internet Piracy Lawsuit

Last year, US-based Internet provider RCN sued music publisher BMG, asking the court to declare that it's not liable for copyright infringements committed by its customers. After dozens of filings the case, which involved anti-piracy...Show More Summary

Court: Megaupload’s Failing Drives Can Be Fixed, But Not Accessed

The sixteen failing hard drives containing Megaupload data at hosting provider Cogent can be restored and preserved. The court has granted the MPAA and RIAA's version of the preservation order, meaning that no person will be able to access the data without permission. Show More Summary

DMCA Helps YouTube Avoid Up to $1bn in Royalties Per Year, Study Claims

The safe harbor provisions of the DMCA allow Internet platforms to avoid liability for the infringements of their users. However, it also helps them avoid paying for content, critics say. A new study from the US which aims to put a value...Show More Summary

‘Piracy Filters Are Expensive and Far From Perfect’

The US Copyright Office is considering whether the DMCA copyright law is still fit to deal with online piracy and has asked various stakeholders for input. Copyright holders have suggested that automated piracy filters are a way forward. Show More Summary

VPN Searches Soar as Congress Votes to Repeal Broadband Privacy Rules

Last week the US Senate voted to do away with broadband privacy rules that prevent ISPs from selling subscribers' internet browsing histories to third parties. Congress followed suit yesterday, with a 215-205 vote in favor of repeal....Show More Summary

Pirate Streaming Site 123Movies Rebrands as GoMovies

After several days of downtime, pirate movie streaming site 123movies has renamed itself to GoMovies for a fresh start. With the brand change and a new domain name, the popular site hopes to clearly set itself apart from the many fake sites that surfaced online recently. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

DMCA Doesn’t Shield Cloudflare From Anti-Piracy Injunctions, Court Rules

When the RIAA targeted CDN provider Cloudflare with an injunction to block access to a known pirate site, the company objected. Cloudflare argued that the DMCA shielded the company from the broad blocking requirements. However, a Florida...Show More Summary

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