Monthly Archives: June 2019

Pirates: So You Want to Join ‘The Scene’?

By | June 30, 2019

Anyone involved in the piracy ecosystem could stake claim to being ‘in the scene’ but for those with a discerning interest in pirate matters, terminology is all important. After decades of existence, The Scene has attained mythical status among pirates. It’s not a site, a place, a person, or a group. ‘The Scene’ is all… Read More »

Google Flags Hundreds of Pirate Sites for ‘Abusive Experiences’

By | June 29, 2019

Online advertising can be quite a nuisance. Flashy and noisy banners, or intrusive pop-ups, are a thorn in the side of many Internet users. These type of ads are particularly popular on pirate sites. Many users tackle this by installing an ad-blocker. People who don’t, often have to navigate through a maze of fake download… Read More »

Bilibili Uses DMCA to Obtain Identities of Source Code Leakers From Github

By | June 29, 2019

Credit: Bilibili Little known in the West, Bilibili is a China-based video-sharing platform with a focus on anime, comics and games. Users are able to upload videos to the NASDAQ-listed platform for others to add their own commentary and subtitles. According to data released by Bilibili in February, the service enjoys in excess of 92… Read More »

‘Pirate’ IPTV Service Simply-TV Responds to DISH Lawsuit

By | June 28, 2019

In 2018, DISH Network and encryption partner NagraStar sued several individuals, companies and trusts collectively doing business as SETTV. As part of its $20 per month IPTV package, SETTV offered numerous TV channels that had been obtained from DISH’s satellite service. These were subsequently retransmitted without authorization on the SETTV streaming service. Last November, DISH’s… Read More »

Video Piracy Rates Drop Sharply, But For How Long?

By | June 28, 2019

For many people, on-demand streaming services have become the standard for watching movies and TV-shows. In many countries, the idea of ‘on-demand’ video was popularized by piracy. This was often the only way for people to watch what they want, whenever they liked.  Over the past decade, the legal options have gradually improved. More content… Read More »

BMG Sues Hilton Hotels Over ‘Infringing’ YouTube & Facebook Promo Videos

By | June 28, 2019

BMG Production Music, Inc. describes itself as a “production music house” engaged in the creation, marketing and delivery of custom music for use in media, including online adverts and promotional material. Its US catalog currently lists close to 247,000 tracks “spanning all musical genres” for customers to license for use in their own audio/visual productions.… Read More »

GeckoView in 2019

By | June 27, 2019

Last September we wrote about using GeckoView to bring Firefox’s rendering engine to Android as a reusable library. By decoupling the Gecko engine from the Firefox application, we’ve created a newer, faster, and more maintainable way to create Android applications that leverage Gecko’s excellent performance, privacy, and support for cutting-edge web standards. With today’s release… Read More »

‘Copyright Troll’ Lawyer Appeals 14 Year Prison Sentence

By | June 27, 2019

Two weeks ago U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen sentenced Paul Hansmeier to 14 years in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Hansmeier was a key player in the Prenda Law firm, which pursued cases against people who were suspected of downloading pirated porn videos via BitTorrent.  Hansmeier and fellow attorney… Read More »

Retired Police Officer and ‘Copyright Troll’ Square Off in Court

By | June 27, 2019

Strike 3 Holdings, one of the most active copyright trolls in the United States, has filed cases against thousands of alleged BitTorrent pirates in recent years. While many of the defendants may indeed be guilty, quite a few of the accused Internet subscribers have done nothing wrong. This is also what a John Doe, known… Read More »

How accessibility trees inform assistive tech

By | June 26, 2019

The web is accessible by default. It was designed with features to make accessibility possible, and these have been part of the platform pretty much from the beginning. In recent times, inspectable accessibility trees have made it easier to see how things work in practice. In this post we’ll look at how “good” client-side code… Read More »