Yout v RIAA: Use of Technical Protection Measure Does Not Equal Abuse
Last October the company behind YouTube-ripping platform 'Yout' sued the RIAA for sending "abusive" DMCA anti-circumvention notices to Google. The RIAA responded by insisting that YouTube's rolling cipher is indeed an "effective technological measure." Yout has now fired back, stating that mere 'use' of a protection measure cannot be extrapolated into a circumvention violation. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-05 02:20:29 READMORE
Movie Companies Sue VPN Provider for ‘Encouraging’ and ‘Facilitating’ Piracy (Updated)
The makers of popular films including "Hunter Killer," "Automata," and “I Feel Pretty,” accuse LiquidVPN's former and current owner of promoting and facilitating piracy. In addition to damages, the companies want the defendants, who are linked to a hosting company, to close common BitTorrent ports, terminate repeat infringers, and block several pirate websites. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-04 17:33:14 READMORE
Canada Court Asked to Ban Staples & Best Buy From Selling ‘Pirate’ Boxes
The operator of Canada's Super Channel has asked Alberta’s superior court to issue an order preventing Staples, Best Buy and other retailers from selling 'pirate' set-top boxes in their stores. Allarco Entertainment seeks an immediate injunction, claiming that the retailers' staff offer advice on how to use the devices for infringing purposes. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-04 04:48:28 READMORE
ICANN Refuses to Accredit Pirate Bay Founder Peter Sunde Due to His ‘Background’
Peter Sunde is one of the original Pirate Bay founders, but in recent years he's mostly known for his role in various Internet-related startups. This includes domain registrar Sarek, for which Sunde tried to get ICANN accreditation. However, this request was denied, apparently due to Sunde's 'uncomfortable' background. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-03 18:14:36 READMORE
U.S. Navy is Liable for Mass Software Piracy, Appeals Court Rules
The United States Navy is liable for a mass copyright infringement. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sided with the German software company Bitmanagement, which accused the Navy of copying software without permission. Bitmanagement claimed more than $500 million in damages, but the final amount has yet to be determined. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-03 04:12:01 READMORE
Games Publisher “Cracked & Pirated” ‘The Sinking City’, Developer Alleges
Last week, Ukranian games developer Frogwares warned players not to buy the Steam version of its game The Sinking City, stating that it had not created it. In an announcement yesterday, Frogwares said that its own publisher, France-based Nacon, had "cracked and pirated" the game, uploaded it to Steam for profit, then tried to "cover up" the reporting trail. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-02 18:54:25 READMORE
US Court: Pirate Streaming Sites Operator Must Pay $16.8m in Damages
A court in Texas has handed down a significant judgment against the operator of several 'pirate' streaming sites that offered content in breach of copyright law. In addition to statutory damages amounting to $16.8m, a broad injunction orders domain seizures and prevents most Internet companies from doing business with the sites' operator. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-02 02:35:32 READMORE
‘US Government Should Protect the Public from Copyright Extremes’
The Re:Create Coalition has sent a letter to the new US Congress, warning lawmakers that heavy-handed copyright policies can do more harm than good. The group wants to keep current DMCA safe harbors in place but encourages penalties for abusive and fraudulent takedown notices. In addition, copyright law should be amended to prevent Internet disconnections based on one-sided piracy accusations. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-01 18:39:13 READMORE
Top 10 Most Torrented Movies of The Week – 03/01/2021
Every week we take a close look at the most pirated movies on torrent sites. What are pirates downloading? 'Monster Hunter' tops the chart, followed by ‘Tom and Jerry'. 'The Little Things' completes the top three. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-01 06:30:40 READMORE
Earn $1 Million by Snitching on Companies that “Copy That Floppy’
Nearly three decades ago, the Software and Information Industry Association released its infamous "Don't Copy That Floppy" PSA to educate kids on the harms of online piracy. Today, software piracy remains a problem and the industry group is still calling on the public for help. However, they're now offering a potential $1 million reward. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-03-01 04:06:52 READMORE
RuTracker Crowdfunding Drive Raises Cash To Seed Old & Rare Files
Russia-based RuTracker is not only one of the oldest torrent sites online but also one of the most popular. The site is heavily blocked in its home territory, something which contributes to a fall in seeder counts. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, RuTracker is set to address this problem by adding 800 terabytes of storage on top of almost 2,500 terabytes already dedicated to old and rare content. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-28 20:06:48 READMORE
The Exploitive Business Model of Academic Publishers Fuels Piracy
For many researchers, a publication in a high-impact academic journal is the holy grail. However, this goal comes at a price. Authors often have to sign over their copyrights to major publishers, who put the research behind a paywall. This model is detrimental to science, according to Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan, who remains determined to break the stranglehold. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-28 05:27:02 READMORE
Woman Celebrates After Court Kicks Out Another Baseless Copyright Troll Lawsuit
In 2019, Danish citizen Anni Pape took to Facebook, pleading for help after being accused of downloading and sharing a pornographic film using BitTorrent. Two years later she has cause to celebrate after a court in Denmark threw out the case because the plaintiffs had no right to sue. The defendant believes the victory undermines the plaintiff's entire business model. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-27 19:58:52 READMORE
Florida Judge Keeps Questioning Copyright Troll’s IP-address Evidence
Strike 3 Holdings has targeted thousands of alleged BitTorrent pirates in U.S. courts over the past several years, collecting millions of dollars in settlements. Not all judges are pleased with the way Strike 3 operates, however, and Florida District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro is particularly critical of the IP-address evidence. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-27 05:14:26 READMORE
“Grumpy Cat” is Long Gone But Her Copyright Lives On in Court
Grumpy Cat is no longer with us. Tardar Sauce passed away in 2019 but the humans she shared a house with are keeping her memory alive. They do this in the form of merchandise, but also in court where they have filed over a dozen lawsuits against sellers of counterfeit and copyright-infringing products. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-26 19:23:07 READMORE
High Court Orders UK ISPs to Block Stream-Ripping & Cyberlocker Sites
Under the umbrella of the BPI, major and independent recording labels in the UK have announced a key victory in their fight against so-called 'stream-ripping' sites and tools. Following a two-year process, this morning a judge at London's High Court ordered major ISPs to block access to several platforms, including two of the most popular - Flvto and 2Conv. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-25 22:06:02 READMORE
Italian Police Obtain Preventative Seizure Order Targeting 10 ‘Pirate Sites’
Following a complaint from the Italian Federation of Newspaper Publishers, Italian authorities say they have carried out a "preventative seizure" of 10 'pirate sites' involved in the illegal distribution of newspapers, magazines and eBooks. The content was stored on foreign servers in violation of copyright law. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-25 17:11:54 READMORE
Denuvo Cracker EMPRESS “Arrested”, Blames Repacker FitGirl & Reddit For Witch-Hunt
Last year, games cracker EMPRESS told pirates that if they wanted Denuvo-protected games cracked and placed online, they would have to help fund that. While controversial, over the past few weeks this proposal has been overshadowed by a catastrophic social-media-fueled meltdown that has culminated - if reports are to be believed - in EMPRESS being targeted by the police. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-25 01:19:44 READMORE
Record Labels Blame YouTube For a Lot of Things But Continue to Upload Music
A UK parliamentary inquiry has once again revealed that many music industry insiders are not happy with YouTube. The platform is a source of piracy and doesn't pay nearly enough to rightsholders, they claim. On top of that, it's also seen as an important reason why subscription services such as Spotify can't raise their prices. Meanwhile, labels continue to upload their music to YouTube. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-24 17:06:53 READMORE