TVAddons Hit With Trademark Complaint By Cricket Australia

By | April 17, 2019

TVAddons is perhaps the best well known Kodi add-on resource around today. Over the past couple of years, however, the site has battled lawsuits in both Canada and the United States, something that has proven a huge drain on both the site and founder Adam Lackman. Given the nature of some Kodi add-ons, it’s no… Read More »

Nearly 4,000 Pirate Sites Are Blocked by ISPs Around The World

By | April 17, 2019

ISP blocking has become a prime measure for the entertainment industries to target pirate sites on the Internet. In recent years sites have been blocked throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and even Down Under. The first blocking order was issued by a Danish court in 2006 against the music download store AllOfMP3 and, after two years,… Read More »

Tech Giants Warn US Govt. Against Onerous Copyright Laws

By | April 17, 2019

In order to counter the ever-present threat of Internet piracy, countries all around the world are tightening their copyright laws. These new regulations aim to help copyright holders, often by creating new obligations and restrictions for Internet service providers that host or link to infringing material. Many Silicon Valley companies are not happy with these… Read More »

Major Pirate Video Advertiser Allegedly Unmasked Following Court Blunder

By | April 17, 2019

Last September, international cyber-security firm Group-IB revealed that almost all movies released in 2018 had been leaked online. While that isn’t particularly surprising, the company went on to highlight the activities of an organized group of “camcording” pirates in Russia. “This group is financed by online-casinos, which support online-pirates as well. Online-casinos integrate their ads… Read More »

Dutch ISP Does Not Have to Expose Alleged Pirates, Court Rules

By | April 17, 2019

It is no secret that copyright holders are monitoring unauthorized BitTorrent downloads around the world. In most cases, this results in harmless takedown notices but increasingly, these warnings are triggering settlement demands or automated fines. Movie distributor Dutch Filmworks is planning similar action in the Netherlands.  The company initially hoped to send the first settlement demands more than… Read More »

Music Industry Asks EU to Scrap Article 13

By | April 17, 2019

The road to implementing the EU’s proposed Article 13 started off relatively smoothly for the entertainment industries but during the past couple of months, serious cracks have begun to emerge. In fact, the proposed legislation, which was designed to prevent large Internet platforms (such as YouTube) from exploiting the so-called Value Gap, has descended into… Read More »

UK ISPs Sent a Million Piracy Alert Emails

By | April 17, 2019

Five years ago, copyright industry 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 used to share copyright-infringing material. This campaign started two… Read More »

AnimeYT and Other Anime Pirate Sites Fold Facing Legal Pressure

By | April 17, 2019

Dedicated anime pirate sites are popular around the globe, but in Latin America they are huge. AnimeYT has been one of the main players in the area. With millions of regular visitors, it was the top pirate site in countries including Argentina Chile, Peru, and Mexico. The site is among the top 50 most-visited websites on the entire… Read More »

Refactoring MDN macros with async, await, and Object.freeze()

By | April 17, 2019

In March of last year, the MDN Engineering team began the experiment of publishing a monthly changelog on Mozilla Hacks. After nine months of the changelog format, we’ve decided it’s time to try something that we hope will be of interest to the web development community more broadly, and more fun for us to write.… Read More »

Indian Government Approves Prison Sentences For ‘Cam’ Pirates

By | April 17, 2019

While India has a thriving movie market that is loved both at home and overseas, it also has serious problems with piracy. With around 1,000 films produced every year, most major titles are quickly pirated and distributed on the black market, whether on physical media (for around $1 per copy) or for free via the… Read More »