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EU Commission Calls For Substantial Law Enforcement Boost to Fight Piracy
The EU Commission is calling for the capacity of law enforcement agencies around Europe to be "substantially strengthened" to fight piracy and other IP crimes. Promising to reinforce cooperation between rightsholders, intermediaries, police and prosecutors, the Commission says that dealing with these threats must become a higher priority. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-28 01:30:29 READMORE
Torrentz2 Suffers Prolonged ‘Downtime’ and Returns a 503 Error
The popular torrent meta-search engine Torrentz2 is suffering some technical problems, it seems. For more than a day the site has been returning a "503 Service Unavailable" error which indicates that the server is overloaded, possibly due to a DDoS attack. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-27 16:57:20 READMORE
Researcher Retains EFF To Fight DMCA Takedowns Sent By Proctoring Company
University student and security researcher Erik Johnson is fighting back after proctoring software company Proctorio sent a series of DMCA notices to suppress his criticism of its controversial 'spying' tool. After his project was taken down from Github, Johnson has now filed a counter-notice and is prepared to appear in court, assisted by the EFF. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-27 03:03:40 READMORE
Tech Giants Protest Nomination for US ‘Notorious’ Markets List
Several major US tech companies including Facebook, Namecheap and Cloudflare, have informed the US Trade Representative that they shouldn't be listed alongside known piracy sites in the upcoming notorious markets overview. The companies stress that they have policies in place to deal with copyright infringement, adding that the notorious markets process shouldn't be used for US companies. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-26 18:24:22 READMORE
Denuvo’s Anti-Piracy Protection Probably Makes Sense For Big-Selling AAA Titles
A hacking team believed to have obtained data from gaming giant Ubisoft has published documents that claim to reveal the costs of implementing Denuvo's anti-piracy protection. While the service doesn't come cheap, the figures suggest that for a big company putting out big titles with the potential for plenty of sales, the anti-tamper technology may represent value for money. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-26 04:56:24 READMORE
EU Study: More People Consume Legally But Stubborn Pirates Remain
New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that, in the EU, people more frequently pay to access online content. There is still a group of stubborn pirates who remain, however, but these often pay for legal services too. Affordable options appear to be the key to lowering piracy rates. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-25 19:01:11 READMORE
Twitter Under Fire for Refusal to Attend Senate’s Anti-Piracy Hearing
US Senator Thom Tillis is incredibly disappointed that Twitter declined his invite to testify at a subcommittee hearing to discuss how online piracy can be tackled through voluntary agreements. In a letter sent to CEO Jack Dorsey, the senator criticizes the company's track record, suggesting that "Twitter simply does not take copyright piracy seriously." From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-25 04:58:15 READMORE
Anti-Piracy Coalition Seeks Powerful New Tools To Tackle IPTV Piracy in the EU
The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance, which counts major TV broadcasters, sports rightsholders, and content security companies among its members, is seeking enhanced anti-piracy tools from the European Union. These include real-time stream takedown tools, toughened repeat-infringer policies, plus 'take down means stay down' measures. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-24 17:36:56 READMORE
‘The US Piracy Watchlist is a Marketing Campaign for Pirate Sites’
A concerned taxpayer has warned the US Trade Representative that its annual “notorious markets” overview, which lists prominent pirate sites, may do more harm than good. According to former criminal defense practitioner Jim Zhou, it essentially acts as an "advertising campaign for black marketeers at the taxpayer’s expense." From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-24 04:58:54 READMORE
YouTube “Failed to Provide Evidence” in Copyright Class Action Counterclaim
During the summer, Grammy award-winning musician Maria Schneider and Pirate Monitor sued YouTube in an attempt to gain access to its Content ID tools. YouTube then fought back, claiming that Pirate Monitor had already proved itself untrustworthy. However, in a motion to dismiss, Pirate Monitor now says that YouTube has provided zero evidence to back up its claims. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-23 19:05:26 READMORE
Top 10 Most Torrented Movies of The Week – 11/23/20
Every week we take a close look at the most pirated movies on torrent sites. What are pirates downloading? 'Greenland' tops the chart, followed by ‘Jiu Jitsu'. 'The New Mutants' completes the top three. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-23 06:30:40 READMORE
Youtube-dl Wins Reprieve But Deezer & Spotify Downloaders Are On Thin Ice
The RIAA's takedown of youtube-dl and its subsequent reinstatement by Github has generated hundreds of headlines and a fierce debate over the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA. However, similar takedowns, including those that target Deezer and Spotify-focused tools, are still going ahead. Youtube-dl may have a reprieve but these downloading tools are on very thin ice. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-23 04:23:59 READMORE
Amazon Patents Technology to Track Down Streaming Pirates
Amazon hopes to protect online streaming content with a newly awarded anti-piracy patent. The company has developed a technique where personally identifiable information can be dynamically added to streaming content, visibly or not. This is a relatively low-resource option to detect the source of pirated movies, TV-shows, and even live events. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-22 20:36:06 READMORE
EFF and GitHub’s Support for YouTube Rippers is Bad News for RIAA Lawsuits
This week GitHub reversed an RIAA takedown by reinstating the youtube-dl repository. The Microsoft-owned developer platform, together with the EFF, sent a clear message that YouTube downloaders are not by definition illegal. This outspoken support is not only good news for youtube-dl, it might also be a gamechanger for the lawsuits against 2conv, Flvto, and Yout. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-22 05:51:25 READMORE
New MPA Subpoena Targets Private BitTorrent Tracker & Locally Significant Pirate Sites
The MPA and Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment regularly obtain DMCA subpoenas against Cloudflare, often targeting the most significant pirate sites globally. Interestingly, a new subpoena obtained this week appears to target sites that are important to specific regions, notably around Europe. It also includes, to our knowledge, the first attempt to learn more about a private BitTorrent tracker. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-21 19:57:46 READMORE
US Court Orders Couple to Pay $35,000 For Sharing Pirated ‘YTS’ Movies
A federal court in Arizona has ordered a local couple to pay $35,000 for sharing pirated copies of the films “Lost Child” and “Saving Christmas.” This includes $5,000 for distributing the movies with altered “copyright management information,” such as the pirate term YTS. The couple failed to defend in court but repeatedly indicated, in rather profane language, that they're not planning to pay a dime. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-21 06:16:31 READMORE
Nintendo Shuts Down Smash Bros. Tournament, Blames Use of Pirated Games
Competitive Smash Bros. players hoping to test their skills online have received a major setback after Nintendo stomped them with a cease-and-desist. According to Nintendo, The Big House tournament was set to use pirated copies of Super Smash Bros. Melee and special code that allows lagless online play, in breach of its intellectual property and branding rights. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-20 16:55:08 READMORE
Torrent Site Admin and Uploader Can’t Be Sued in US
The makers of the movie 'Hellboy' have failed to obtain a default judgment against the operator of the now-defunct torrent site MKVCage. A federal court in Hawaii ruled that US courts don't have jurisdiction over the foreign defendant, and have denied the request for $150,000 in piracy damages. The movie company is considering to appeal the ruling. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-20 05:16:48 READMORE
Nintendo Files Lawsuit Against Seller of RCM Loader Jailbreak Device
In a new lawsuit filed in the US, Nintendo sues an Amazon seller who distributed RCM Loader, a device that the company claims has the sole purpose of allowing people to play pirated video games by circumventing the Switch console's technological protection measures. On top, Nintendo is also suing the defendant for abusing the DMCA's counter-notification system. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2020-11-19 18:42:19 READMORE