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    Rightsholders Say Latest Article 13 Text Won’t Close the Value Gap

    This September, the European Parliament backed the controversial Article 13 proposals, something that was met with a chorus of support from the entertainment industries, the music sector in particular. The final text of Article 13 is yet to be finalized so the EU Parliament will need to vote...
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    Nintendo Targets Sellers of Pirated Switch Games in Court

    At the start of the year the infamous hacking group Team Xecutor announced an ‘unstoppable’ Nintendo Switch hack. This made it possible to load pirated games onto the popular console, an opportunity many people have taken advantage of. Some have taken it a step further by offering Nintendo...
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    DoJ Indicts Five Men For Pre-Release Movie & TV Show Piracy

    Public sharing of movies and TV shows before their commercial release is considered to be one of the most damaging types of piracy. With no official copies on the market, entertainment companies are unable to compete in what would ordinarily be the most profitable window of opportunity for...
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    Tech Giants Warn US Govt. Against EU’s ‘Article 13’ Plans

    Under President Trump, the United States has worked hard to put several new trade deals in place. The administration is also working on a new trade agreement with the EU for which the US Trade Representative recently asked the public for input. This week the Computer & Communications Industry...
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    Bell & Videotron File Criminal Complaint Against IPTV Provider

    While regular torrent and streaming sites are still a big hit with online pirates, dedicated IPTV services are becoming increasingly popular with consumers. These services, which can be difficult to tell apart from official offerings, typically supply access to hundreds of otherwise premium...
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    Google Gets a Slap on the Wrist For Site-Blocking Failures

    Last year, Russian introduced new legislation that can see search engines fined for offering links to VPNs and other anonymizers that have been banned in the country. Fines can also be issued to search engines that fail to connect to a resource offering up-to-date information on what domains...
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    Activists to Deliver 4 Million Anti ‘Article 13’ Signatures to EU Parliament

    In a plenary vote in September, the European Parliament backed the controversial Article 13 proposal, which is part of the EU’s copyright reform plans. Since then, the proposal has been tweaked in an attempt to gain broader support, but thus far the critics have yet to be silenced. That includes...
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    UK Govt. Backs Anti-Piracy Campaign With £2 Million in Funding

    Four years ago, copyright indistry groups and Internet providers teamed up to fight online piracy in the UK. Backed by the Government, they launched several educational campaigns under the “Get it Right” banner. Under the program, ISPs send out piracy warnings to subscribers whose accounts are...
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    Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 12/10/18

    This week we have two newcomers in our chart. Venom 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 stated otherwise...
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    New EU Piracy Watchlist Targets Key Pirate Sites and Cloudflare

    In recent years the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has released several reports detailing “notorious markets” that contribute to large volumes of copyright infringement worldwide. The annual reports are aimed at guiding the U.S. Government’s position towards foreign countries...
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    Scammers Use Facebook and Google to Spread Malicious ‘Pirate’ Files

    Last weekend we reported how scammers were sending DMCA notices to downrank game piracy sites. Presumably, this was done to give their malware-infested pirate sites a better ranking in search results. While our previous article focused on the abuse of takedown notices, the problem is much...
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    IFPI Slams Pirate MEP For ‘Lobbying’ Kids, Forgets a Decade of Rightsholders Doing Ju

    As the controversy over the EU’s Article 13 proposals continue, Twitter appears to be the communications weapon of choice for parties on both sides. While the debate has often been well thought out and considered, at times it has descended into a chorus of potty-mouthed name-calling that at...
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    *******: Is it ‘Back’ and More Importantly, is it ‘Safe’?

    As first reported here on TorrentFreak, popular streaming application ******* hit turbulent times recently. In May we revealed that a group of independent movie studios (Dallas Buyers Club, Cobbler Nevada, Bodyguard Productions, and others) were targeting sites and individuals said to be behind...
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    Bizarre Blocking Order Targets ‘Pirate’ Domains Before They’re Registered

    Website blocking is without a doubt one of the favorite anti-piracy tools of the entertainment industries. India is no stranger to this measure either. Over the years, local courts have issued a variety of blocking orders, often to protect films upon their initial release. This also happened...
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    GTA V’s Take-Two Wants $150,000 in Damages From Cheat Maker

    Over the past year there has been a wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against alleged cheaters or cheat makers. Take-Two Interactive Software, the company behind ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ (GTA V), is one of the major players involved. The company has filed several lawsuits in the US and abroad...
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    Huge Torrent Tracker Calls it Quits After 12 Years, Citing Article 13

    Torrent sites come in all shapes and sizes. Most are known for being indexes of .torrent files or magnet links which facilitate access to various types of media. When these sites specialize in indexing copyrighted content, the law in most developed regions (particularly the EU) renders them...
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    Major Rightsholders Are Not Happy With Article 13 Either

    In a plenary vote in September, the European Parliament backed the controversial Article 13 proposal, which is part of EU’s copyright reform plans. The outcome was welcomed by many copyright holders, particularly in the music industry. “This vote is great news for music fans and for anyone who...
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    Just Cause 4 Cracked a Day After Release – But it Gets Worse

    After being acquired by anti-piracy company Irdeto earlier this year, it was expected that anti-tamper technology company Denuvo would go on to even bigger things. Instead, the anti-tamper protection is being subjected to a barrage of cracking activity. With a recent announcement detailing the...
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    Three Sentenced For Placing Advertising on Pirate Sites

    While there are several business models that are able to keep pirate sites up and running, advertising is one of the most popular. With huge amounts of traffic landing on both torrent and streaming platforms, even with low-quality adverts it’s possible for both site owners and advertising...
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    Demonoid’s Troubles Worsen as Domain Name Expires

    As one of the oldest torrent communities online, the Demonoid tracker has gone though many ups and downs. The site has disappeared for months, more than once, but always reappeared. Earlier this year things were looking quite positive for the site. The founder and operator Deimos was committed...