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Platform Exclusives Could Boost Piracy, UK Govt Report Notes

By | September 16, 2019

Last week the UK Government’s Intellectual Property Office published its annual IP Crime and Enforcement Report. The report provides an overview of the latest anti-piracy achievements of copyright holders and also signals some emerging threats. It seems to be written mostly based on input from large rightsholders, which can make it a bit one-sided. The overall… Read More »

Cox Attacks ‘Proof’ in Piracy Liability Case, Requests Summary Judgment

By | September 10, 2019

Last year Cox settled its piracy liability lawsuit with music rights company BMG. The ink on this agreement was barely dry when the ISP faced a similar and additional complaint. This time, it was up against 53 music companies, including Capitol Records, Warner Bros, and Sony Music. The rightsholders complained that Cox categorically failed to… Read More »

‘Pirate’ Site Manga Rock Starts Shutdown, Will Go Legal

By | September 5, 2019

Manga comics and novels are huge. Not just in Japan but all over the world. People used to read them on paper, but digital is the standard today. While that makes these comics more accessible, they’re also easier to pirate. For years there has been an active ‘scanlation’ community. These are fan-made translations that are… 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 »

Japan: Piracy Warning Popups Could Violate Privacy

By | August 6, 2019

In many countries around Europe and further afield, blocking pirate sites is carried out with permission from the courts. The process is often long and expensive in the first instance but once a precedent has been set, subsequent blocking of additional sites should – at least in theory – be a much more simple affair.… Read More »

Premier League & UEFA Obtain Court Orders to Block Piracy in 2019/20

By | July 29, 2019

While rightsholders and anti-piracy groups often deploy multiple strategies for dealing with online copyright infringement, blocking websites, streams, and servers is now one of the most common. The Premier League broke new ground on this front in 2017, after it obtained a pioneering injunction which enabled it to track live ‘pirate’ streams and have them… Read More »

Law Council of Australia Warns Data Retention Regime Could Affect Pirates

By | July 25, 2019

Retention of telecommunications metadata is increasingly viewed by governments as a valuable tool to fight serious crimes, including terrorism. Communications systems, such as telephone networks and the Internet, can provide the ability to collect information revealing who contacted who and when. However, when such sensitive data is collected on a broad scale, who can get… Read More »

Scammer Targets Reddit Users With Premium Account Racket

By | July 22, 2019

Reddit’s /r/piracy sub-Reddit is home to more than 402,000 subscribers hoping to hear about the latest news and developments in the world of digital piracy. By its very nature, users are likely to be interested in getting something for free, so it’s no surprise that scammers are targeting its users offering just that. Over the… Read More »

Scammers Abuse Steam to Attract Would-Be Movie Pirates

By | June 23, 2019

According to an October 2018 report, Steam has around 90 million active monthly users, making it the largest digital distribution platform for PC games. Steam user accounts overall are many times more numerous. In April, PCGamesN indicated that the platform had attracted its billionth account, noting that “a significant number of these are undoubtedly spam,… Read More »

Video Piracy Study Estimates Billions in Lost Revenue, But Misses Crucial Data

By | June 21, 2019

Despite the growing availability of legal options, online piracy remains rampant. Every day pirate sites and services are used by millions of people worldwide. This is a serious problem for major content producers, Hollywood included. At the same time, it’s also seen a threat to the wider U.S. economy, which generates hundreds of billions of… Read More »