Monthly Archives: April 2019

Suspected ‘Pirate’ Wins Data Disclosure Battle Against Copyright Troll’s Law Firm

By | April 30, 2019

For more than a decade, alleged file-sharers around the world have been pressured to pay significant settlement fees. These so-called copyright-trolling efforts are fairly straightforward. Copyright holders obtain a list of ‘pirating’ IP-addresses and then request a subpoena from the court, compelling ISPs to hand over the associated customer data. In recent years, several news… Read More »

China Shuts 361 Movie Piracy Sites, 57 Apps, and Arrests 251 Suspects

By | April 30, 2019

China is well known for its piracy problems. The country is awash with counterfeit media but in recent years authorities there have displayed a new enthusiasm to deal with the issue. That includes tackling online platforms that distribute or facilitate access to infringing movies, including torrent sites, steaming portals, and infringing apps. During a press… Read More »

U.S. Places 36 Countries on Annual ‘Piracy Watchlist’

By | April 30, 2019

Every year the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) publishes its Special 301 Report highlighting countries that aren’t doing enough to protect US intellectual property rights. The format remains the same as in previous years and lists three dozen countries that, for different reasons, threaten the intellectual property rights of US companies. “The… Read More »

TVCatchup Goes Down and is Probably Gone For Good

By | April 29, 2019

Back in 2007, a new online service appeared in the UK. Originally touted as a personal DVR service, TVCatchup quickly gained traction. Later, however, TVCatchup became an almost live (there was a short delay) streaming service, offering many channels to the public, including those offered by the BBC, ITV, and other broadcasters. But trouble was… Read More »

Exodus Forks Show That Open Source Kodi Add-ons Are Hard to Eradicate

By | April 29, 2019

When the pirate streaming box hype reached new heights early 2017, the third-party Kodi add-on “Exodus” was at the center of the action. Exodus was widely praised as one of the most useful add-ons to access streaming video. This included many pirated movies and TV-shows. The open source software was maintained by “Lambda,” one of… Read More »

75-Year-Old Can’t Sleep Following Accusations of Hardcore Porn Piracy

By | April 28, 2019

The practice of copyright-trolling is now well-established in many countries around the world. The companies involved often gather IP addresses from BitTorrent swarms, then via the courts, obtain identities of users from their ISPs. What follows are threats to the account holder, warning that if he or she doesn’t pay a ‘fine’, then court action… Read More »

Victims of Prenda Law ‘Copyright Trolls’ Can Now Register for Restitution

By | April 28, 2019

In an effort to turn piracy into profit, copyright holders have chased alleged BitTorrent pirates through courts all over the world. This so-called copyright troll scheme was also used by the firm Prenda Law. However, the lawyers involved started to break the law themselves. The firm was accused of all sorts of wrongdoing including identity… Read More »

Premier League & Broadcasters Win Judgment in Landmark Pirate TV Box Case

By | April 27, 2019

Piracy-configured set-top boxes are the latest in a long line of problems facing copyright holders and broadcasters. When pre-loaded with custom software they become easily accessible yet formidable piracy tools, providing access to the latest movies, TV shows, live TV programming and live sports broadcasts. While successful prosecutions have been possible in some regions under… Read More »

US Govt Identifies Top Pirate Sites and Other ‘Notorious Markets’

By | April 27, 2019

In its yearly “Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets”, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) lists a few dozen websites said to be involved in piracy or counterfeiting. The overview is largely based on input from industry groups including the RIAA and MPAA, who submitted their recommendations late last year. The USTR stresses that the list… Read More »

LaLiga & Rights Alliance Win Dynamic Football Piracy Blocking Order

By | April 27, 2019

Movies, TV shows, and music have all proven popular with online pirates for years but with fast Internet connections now widespread, streaming live television is on the increase. This presents a unique problem for football leagues hoping to generate large revenues from fans keen to catch the big game on TV. There are dozens of… Read More »