Monthly Archives: August 2019

Eight Men Behind Two Pirate Streaming Services Charged by Grand Jury

By | August 28, 2019

Movie and TV show content is widely available on the Internet for no cost but it seems that many thousands of individuals are prepared to pay for the privilege. That has resulted in countless unlicensed subscription-based services appearing, some as part of live broadcast IPTV packages and others as standalone services. Earlier this year it… Read More »

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 08/26/19

By | August 26, 2019

This week we have one newcomer in our chart. Men in Black: International is the most downloaded movie. The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the articles of the recent… Read More »

EBook.Bike Copyright Case Heading Towards Trial, Default Set Aside

By | August 26, 2019

During March, US-based author John Van Stry filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Travis McCrea, the operator of controversial eBook download platform eBook.bike. McCrea initially opted not to become involved in the US lawsuit and in June, Van Stry’s lawyers filed for a default judgment in a Texas court. In common with most copyright cases,… Read More »

IPTV Providers Reject Claims of Links to Drugs, Weapons, People Trafficking

By | August 25, 2019

For as long as piracy and counterfeiting have existed, there have been claims that groups engaged in the practices have links to other, more serious crimes. Over the past couple of decades the claims have persisted but even the most serious legal cases (ones for which people have been jailed for many years) have failed… Read More »

Pirate Site Blocking Boosts Netflix Subscriptions, Research Suggests

By | August 25, 2019

In recent years website blocking has become one of the most widely-used anti-piracy enforcement mechanisms in the world. ISPs in several dozen countries are now required to prevent subscribers from accessing a variety of ‘pirate’ sites. While new blocks are added every month, research on their effectiveness has been rather scarce. Most ‘studies’ promoted by… Read More »

Copyright Alliance Warns U.S. About Pirate Streaming Apps and Devices

By | August 25, 2019

This week the US Customs and Border Protection Bureau hosted a meeting discussing various copyright enforcement efforts. During the meeting, various stakeholders were invited to submit input for the Presidential Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods, set to be released later this year. A similar request was previously made by the US… Read More »

Internet Archive Faces Permanent ISP Blocking Following Audiobook Lawsuits

By | August 23, 2019

The Internet Archive (archive.org) is a nonprofit library of millions of free books, movies, software and music. Founded back in 1996, it’s considered one of the most important sites on the entire Internet, not least for its Wayback Machine which provides an unrivaled history of pages published on the web. Like all platforms of its… Read More »

Bill Aims to Deter Piracy by Teaching Copyright in Philippine Schools

By | August 23, 2019

Like many other countries in the world, the Philippines are struggling with a relatively high piracy rate. To counter this threat, lawmakers have started to propose new legislation. For example, earlier this year we reported that a new bill proposes to strip the licenses of ISPs which fail to bar ‘pirate’ sites. While that goes… Read More »

IPGuys ‘Pirate’ IPTV Service Sued by DISH Networks

By | August 22, 2019

Those involved in the sale of unlicensed IPTV services appear to be coming under attack from an increasing number of angles. Just this week, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment confirmed that it was behind the closure of previously popular IPTV service Vader Streams. Just days earlier, the UK’s Federation Against Copyright Theft said it… Read More »

Can YouTube Be Liable For Copyright Infringing Videos? EU Court to Decide

By | August 22, 2019

Week in and week out YouTube’s users upload millions of hours of videos. As with any user-generated content site, this also includes copyright-infringing content. YouTube tackles this by processing takedown notices and using its Content-ID system to automatically remove allegedly infringing content. However, according to some prominent copyright holders, this is not good enough. In… Read More »