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Google Says It Can’t Filter Pirated Content Proactively

Various music industry groups want Google to implement proactive anti-piracy measures to deal with constantly reappearing links to infringing content in search results. The demand isn't new, but this week Google's President of EMEA Business...Show More Summary

New Piracy Scaremongering Video Depicts ‘Dangerous’ Raspberry Pi

A new scaremongering video from the Digital Citizens Alliance is once again warning people that so-called 'Illicit Streaming Devices' are terribly evil. Sadly, on top of the usual propaganda, the Hollywood-funded group depicts a Raspberry...Show More Summary

Epic Games Settles First Copyright Case Against Fortnite Cheater

Game developer and publisher Epic has settled one of its copyright lawsuits against cheaters. Both parties agreed on a permanent injunction which, if breached, will cost the cheater $5,000 in damages. In a separate case, Epic also responded...Show More Summary

Seven Years of Hadopi: Nine Million Piracy Warnings, 189 Convictions

French anti-piracy agency Hadopi has just released its latest results revealing that since its inception, nine million piracy warnings have been sent to citizens. Since the launch of the graduated response regime in 2010, more than 2,000 cases have been referred to prosecutors, resulting in 189 criminal convictions. Show More Summary

European Commission Steps Up Fight Against Online Piracy

The European Commission is determined to step up the fight against online piracy and counterfeiting. To achieve this, it will support voluntary agreements to cut off revenue to piracy sites, while also exploring new blockchain-based anti-piracy technologies. Show More Summary

YouTube Begins Blocking Music in Finland Due to Licensing Failure

Internet users in Finland are waking up to a degraded YouTube experience this morning, with many videos displaying a message explaining that they cannot be played in the country. According to YouTube, this is because the company couldn't...Show More Summary

Netflix Is Not Going to Kill Piracy, Research Suggests

Netflix and other on-demand streaming services barely help to curtail piracy, new research shows. While legal streaming services are commonly used nowadays, the limited availability of recent content and the associated price tag are serious hurdles for many pirates. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and more. Show More Summary

EU Court: Cloud-Based TV Recorder Requires Rightsholder Permission

VCAST advertises itself as a VCR for the cloud, allowing users to record terrestrial TV into online storage to watch at a later point. But is it legal? According to a new ruling from the European Court of Justice, making TV shows available...Show More Summary

Sky’s Pirate Site-Blocking Move is Something For North Korea, ISPs Say

Sky TV is pioneering 'pirate' site-blocking in New Zealand after applying for an injunction against several local ISPs. But the move hasn't been well received, with one group of ISPs reacting with anger to the move. Vocus Group saysShow More Summary

Torrent Site Blocking Endangers Freedom of Expression, ISP Warns

Website blockades are spreading throughout Europe, where they've become a common tool for copyright holders to target piracy. This is also the case in Lithuania, where a court has ordered ISPs to prevent subscribers from accessing the hugely popular BitTorrent tracker Linkomanija. Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Has Trouble Keeping Afloat

For many people The Pirate Bay has been hard to reach over the past few days, causing concern among some BitTorrent users. The outages are likely caused by technical issues, which will be resolved in the near future. Meanwhile, someShow More Summary

Steal This Show S03E11: The Nerd Reich

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode, we talk to Vinay Gupta, global resilience guru, and the CEO of Mattereum. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and more. We also have VPN discounts, offers and coupons

ACE and CAP Shut Down Aussie Pirate IPTV Operation

The Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment and the Coalition Against Piracy have teamed up to shut down an illicit IPTV operation in Australia. The company allegedly sold devices bundled with a 12-month subscription to pirated movies,...Show More Summary

Mashup Site Hit With Domain Suspension Following IFPI Copyright Complaint

A Canada-based site dedicated to mashups lost use of its main domain last week following a copyright complaint from the IFPI. The music industry group contacted UK-based registrar Domainbox, citing copyright infringement on Sowndhaus.com. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 11/27/17

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘American Assassin'. 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and more. We also have VPN discounts, offers and coupons

Court: Accused Pirate Doesn’t Have to ‘Spy’ on Family Members

A German court has ruled that a man, whose Internet connection was used to share pirated films, cannot be required to 'spy' on his family members. The law firm representing the Internet subscriber stresses that these kinds of investigations...Show More Summary

Rightscorp: Revenue From Piracy Settlements Down 48% in 2017

Anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp has filed its latest set of financial results and they reveal yet more misery for the company. Its traditional revenue stream, comprised of cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, is down 48% on the same period last year. Show More Summary

Netflix Takedown Request Targets “Stranger Things” Subreddit

A recent takedown notice submitted on behalf of Netflix brands the popular Stranger Things community on Reddit as a 'pirate haven.' The streaming service lists the subreddit in a recent takedown request that was sent to Google, alongside several other unusual sites. Show More Summary

Mom Defends 14-Year Old ‘Fortnite’ Cheater in Court

Epic Games' efforts to take several "Fortnite" cheaters to court over copyright infringement is backfiring. In one of the cases, the defendant has turned out to be a 14-year-old boy. The kid's mother informs the court that the game publisher...Show More Summary

Police Seize Hundreds of Computers Over Pirate Movie Download in 2013

Copyright trolling in Poland has taken on a sinister twist. A local journalist informs TorrentFreak that as many as 300 people have had their computers seized by police over an alleged movie download four years ago. Furthermore, theShow More Summary

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