Njalla: Hundreds of Suspended .TV Domains Could Soon Return to Life
It's been four days since at least 200 .TV domains, many of them linked to pirate sites, suddenly went dark with no explanation. The domains affected by the unprecedented event were all registered at Finland-based registrar Sarek Oy and until late Friday the situation remained grim. However, information provided by Peter Sunde's Njalla suggests cause for optimism, potentially in the next few hours or within the next few days. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-26 00:33:28 READMORE
“Perfect” Piracy Shield & Propaganda: Blocking Blunders Branded “Fake News”
Just three weeks after launch, Italy's Piracy Shield blocking system is set for expansion. The news was revealed by the head of AGCOM and local anti-piracy group FAPAV, who also addressed media reports that overblocking is already affecting innocent parties. Those media reports, published by reputable outlets, were dismissed as "fake news." In reality, the claim that Piracy Shield is "working perfectly" isn't just fake, it's pure propaganda. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-25 16:43:29 READMORE
‘Movie-Web’ Domain Shut Down By Hollywood Complaint
Open source movie streaming project Movie-Web has lost its public-facing demo site. The domain name was seemingly suspended by registrar Namecheap, following a legal complaint from several major movie studios. The developers have no intention of fighting back, but the app's code remains available on GitHub for others to use. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-24 21:07:30 READMORE
Google Search Takedown Requests Rush to 8 Billion at Record Pace
Google has just processed the eight billionth DMCA takedown request for its search engine. With a recent increase in notices, the 10 billion milestone is just a year away. A recent uptick in activity is mainly pushed by publishers, including Korean media giant Kakao Entertainment, which is one of the most active senders over the past six months. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-24 04:56:46 READMORE
‘IFPS Gateway Operator is not Liable for Pirated Software Keys’
The Interplanetary File System is known as a censorship-resistant technology. However, it's not immune to copyright holder complaints. When software company JetBrains warned an IPFS gateway operator that they are liable for the alleged availability of pirated keys, the Electronic Frontier Foundation stepped up in his defense. Liability questions are never straightforward, though. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-23 20:40:51 READMORE
Record Labels: ‘Hisses & Crackles’ Are No License to Copy & Digitize Old Records
Record labels have responded to Internet Archive's motion to dismiss 'expired' ‘Great 78 Project‘ copyright infringement claims. The music companies, including UMG and Sony, counter the statute of limitations argument. In addition, they stress that "hisses, crackles, and pops" on old records are flaws, not a license to copy and digitize the music. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-23 05:37:36 READMORE
IPTV Piracy Group Members Arrested For Signal Theft, Fraud, Money Laundering
Officers of the Quebec Provincial Police (Sûreté du Québec) carried out raids this week against suspected members of an IPTV piracy group operating in Canada. At least five people were arrested on suspicion of various crimes including theft of telecommunications services, fraud, and money laundering. A key suspect targeted in an earlier operation was out of the country. The action follows a criminal complaint filed by companies including Bell, Videotron, and Rogers. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-22 16:45:34 READMORE
Appeals Court Vacates $1 Billion Piracy Damages Award Against Cox, Orders New Trial
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated the $1 billion piracy damages award against Internet provider Cox Communications. While the ISP remains contributorily liable for pirating subscribers, a finding of vicarious copyright infringement was reversed. A new trial will determine the appropriate damages amount given these new conclusions. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-21 23:03:27 READMORE
100s of Pirate Sites Go Dark as .TV Domains Placed on ServerHold
At the time of writing, at least dozens but most likely hundreds of pirate sites are effectively down due to a domain issue at a single registrar. The problem seems to be isolated to sites using .TV domains registered at Sarek Oy in Finland, a registrar well known for its pirate-friendly policies. As things stand, hundreds of domains are completely devoid of DNS, resulting in one of the biggest mass blackouts in recent history. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-21 10:45:38 READMORE
Racing Driver Arrested as Police Target Thailand’s Largest & Oldest Torrent Site
On Monday, anti-piracy coalition ACE announced the shutdown of SiamBit, an 18-year-old torrent site said to have as many as 100,000 paying members, mostly from Thailand. While those details are unusual, the bigger picture is quite extraordinary. Four people arrested on suspicion of running the site include the suspected ringleader, a professional racing driver in his late thirties. Events show how an arrest in January triggered a domino effect leading right to his door. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-21 05:14:16 READMORE
Film Companies Seek ‘Torrenting History’ Related to Redditor
Several film companies are continuing efforts to obtain piracy-related information in connection with Reddit users. While Reddit declined to comply with recent subpoenas for subscriber information, it handed over the personal details of one user last year. A new court filing sheds some light on the type of evidence being sought by the filmmakers, which includes BitTorrent activity and pirate site visits. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-20 18:33:37 READMORE
IPTV / Astrology Business Received Signals, Failed to Predict Copyright Lawsuit
The owner of an astrology business, who allegedly sold subscriptions to a 10,000 channel IPTV service, was warned that his illegal business had no future. A complaint filed at a California court claims the defendant believed he had enough time and space to dodge a cease-and-desist. Ultimately, the stars failed to align, rendering an inevitable copyright infringement lawsuit impossible to predict. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-20 00:05:20 READMORE
Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 02/19/2024
Every week we take a close look at the most pirated movies on torrent sites. What are pirates downloading? 'The Iron Claw' tops the chart, followed by 'The Beekeeper'. ‘'Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom' completes the top three. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-19 07:09:40 READMORE
Bitmagnet Allows People to Run Their Own Decentralized Torrent Indexer Locally
BitTorrent is often characterized as a decentralized file-sharing technology. However, its reliance on centralized indexes runs contrary to this idea. Over the years, several 'indestructible' alternatives have been proposed, including the relatively new Bitmagnet software. With Bitmagnet, people can run their own private BitTorrent index, relying on DHT and the BEP51 protocol. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-18 21:32:05 READMORE
Pirate Site Shut Down For Trademark, Cybersquatting & Copyright Violations
A popular pirate site specializing in content from South Korea has been shut down by a court in the United States. Wavve Americas, a coalition of Korean broadcasters, filed a complaint against Kokoa TV in 2023, alleging trademark infringement, cybersquatting, copyright infringement, and other business-related violations. Kokoa TV had been receiving tens of millions of visits each month. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-17 02:37:03 READMORE
Pirate Site Blocking Boosts Legal Consumption, Research Finds
A new study has found that pirate site blocking in Brazil and India boosted legal consumption. The non-peer-reviewed research confirms previously published findings that were limited to the UK. The effects on unblocked pirate sites are mixed, however, and whether the increased interest in legal content lasts over longer periods has yet to be researched. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-16 18:33:26 READMORE
Piracy Shield IPTV Blocks Reportedly Hit Zenlayer CDN’s Innocent Customers
If initial reports coming out of Italy today are proven true, Italy's Piracy Shield system designed to block live sports piracy, is currently blocking Zenlayer CDN IP addresses and the innocent services reliant upon them. A claim that cloud services provider Cloud4C has been rendered inaccessible appears to be credible. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-16 03:46:06 READMORE
Cloud TV Service Boss Sentenced to 3 Years Prison Plus $505,000 Damages
Launched in 2007, TVkaista allowed users to record live TV broadcasts and store them in the cloud to enjoy later. Rightsholders insisted that, without a license, TVkaista was an illegal service. In subsequent legal action, the operators of the service faced allegations of criminal copyright infringement and fraud. Seventeen years after TVkaista's launch, its former CEO has just been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $505,000 in compensation. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-15 16:45:47 READMORE
MPA & ACE Rack Up Over 3,000 Pirate Site Domain Seizures
Over the past few weeks the volume of pirate site domains signed over or redirected to the MPA following ACE enforcement action reached record levels. Since researching and documenting them all has become all but impossible, a broader statement will suffice. Give or take, MPA/ACE appear to have amassed over 3,000 pirate site domains but the potential for that to expand exponentially isn't as outrageous as it might sound. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2024-02-15 02:38:29 READMORE