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    SickRage Rebrands to SickChill to Avoid Trademark War

    Earlier this month we reported on problems facing SickRage, a successful ‘fork’ of the Sick Beard PVR-like software that utilizes Usenet, torrent indexers, and TheTVDB to identify airing dates for TV shows and automatically download them whenever they became available. SickRage is a GNU General...
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    JustWatch Video Search Engine Calls For MPAA ‘Pirate’ Blacklist

    For those unfamiliar with the service, JustWatch is a search engine that aims to direct consumers to legal options for TV shows and movies. “We show you where you can legally watch movies and TV shows that you love. You are kept up to date with what is new on Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes and...
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    Copyright Office Adds DMCA Exemption for ‘Abandoned’ Online Games

    There are a lot of things people are not allowed to do under US copyright law, but perhaps just as importantly there are exemptions. The U.S. Copyright Office regularly reviews these exemptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA, which prevent the public from ‘tinkering’ with DRM-protected content and...
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    Swedish ISP Telia Appeals Pirate Bay Blocking Order

    Earlier this year, several major Hollywood studios including Disney, Universal Studios and Warner Bros, teamed up with Swedish movie outfits to expand the local Pirate Bay blockade. After obtaining a blocking order against local Internet provider Bredbandsbolaget, the film companies wanted...
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    Court Orders “*****” Kodi Addon Developer to Pay $650,000 Piracy Damages

    Last year, American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network targeted two well-known players in the third-party Kodi add-on ecosystem. In a complaint filed in a federal court in Texas, the persons behind the ***** addon and the TVAddons library were accused of copyright infringement...
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    Rightsholders Slammed, Even as Aussie Anti-Piracy Proposals Get Full Support

    With site-blocking measures in full swing Down Under, entertainment industry groups want to tighten up the law further still, in order to tackle the piracy problem more easily. The recently introduced Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 aims to provide the solution. Born out of...
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    India Cinemas Put on Lockdown to Prevent ‘Cam’ Piracy

    While the majority of visitors to torrent and streaming platforms will be searching for the latest Hollywood blockbusters, millions of people are seeking out the marvels of Bollywood instead. India’s famous film industry turns out a staggering number of movies each year and many thousands can...
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    EFF Recommends Measures to Limit Abuse of EU’s Proposed “Upload Filters”

    In a plenary vote last month, the European Parliament backed a slightly amended version of the original Article 13 proposal. According to critics, the widely protested plan will result in an indirect upload filter requirement for many Internet services. While the vote has made it more likely...
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    Facebook and Amazon Flagged Among ‘Notorious’ Pirate Sites

    Responding to a request from the US Trade Representative (USTR), various copyright holder groups have submitted their overviews of ‘notorious’ markets in recent weeks. These annual submissions help to guide the U.S. Government’s position toward foreign countries when it comes to copyright...
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    YouTube: New EU Copyright Law Could “Drastically Change the Internet”

    For the past few years, the music industry has complained about the so-called “Value Gap” caused by sites like YouTube. The major labels claim that since unlicensed content is readily available for free on user-uploaded content sites, these platforms are able to pay less to the labels in...
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    Canadian ISPs Want Ban on Piracy Settlement Notices

    Following a long series of debates, Canada modernized its Copyright Act several years ago. This included a new “notice-and-notice” scheme, which went into effect early 2015. As a result, Internet providers were required to forward all copyright notices they receive from rightsholders to their...
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    UK Govt. Mulls Easy Pirate Site Blocking & Streaming Crackdown

    Around Europe, many governments have expressed a desire to crack down on intellectual property infringement of all kinds. In the UK, efforts are particularly advanced. Over the past couple of years, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has produced studies detailing various piracy threats...
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    Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 10/22/18

    This week we have three newcomers in our chart. The Spy Who Dumped Me is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless...
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    OpenVPN CEO: “Choose a VPN That Doesn’t Allow BitTorrent”

    With privacy scandals and security breaches dominating news headlines, more and more people are signing up with a VPN service. A properly configured VPN hides people’s IP-addresses from online snoopers and state of the art encryption also protects against some malicious attacks. While that...
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    Sony Promotes Kodi Streaming Add-Ons as Ideal for its Android TVs

    Despite always operating within the law, the team behind the popular Kodi media player have found themselves at the middle of huge piracy controversy. While a stock Kodi installation is entirely legal, millions of users install special third-party add-ons that grant access to huge libraries of...
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    Rapidvideo Responds to MPAA’s Piracy Claims: “We’re Totally Legal”

    A few weeks ago the MPAA, together with several other trade groups, submitted its annual list of ‘notorious markets’ to the US Trade Representative (USTR). These submissions help to guide the U.S. Government’s position toward foreign countries when it comes to copyright enforcement, putting...
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    Steam Bans All Links to TorrentFreak News as “Potentially Malicious”

    Once upon a time, Internet users were free to look at whatever content they liked. There was an almost complete absence of intervention from third-parties, which was mostly a good thing. However, after the number of Internet users rocketed, more threats began to emerge. Viruses and other types...
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    Operator of YouTube Rippers Should Stand Trial in the US, Major Labels Say

    Streamripping sites are seen as the largest piracy threat to the music industry, so record labels are doing their best to shut them down. Last year YouTube-MP3, the world’s largest ripping site at the time, shut down after being sued, and several other folded in response to increased legal...
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    Pirate Bay Founder’s ‘Njalla’ Criticized For Protecting Pirate Sites

    After many years of targeting people who share larger volumes of content on peer-to-peer file-sharing apps and services, Japan is now taking aim at pirate sites. In basic terms, rightsholders would like to see overseas pirate sites blocked by local ISPs, in much the same way as they are in...
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    Yandex Under Fire Again, This Time For Linking to Blocked RuTracker

    With copyright holders and anti-piracy outfits continue their battle to make infringing content harder to find, legitimate companies are increasingly finding themselves in the firing line. In Russia, pressure is building on search giant Yandex, which is being targeted by rightsholders from...