The MPA, Hollywood’s anti-piracy group, has sent a DMCA notice to GitHub asking the platform to remove several Cloudstream-related files, including the CloudStream app, an Android-based software which can aggregate pirated content from third-party sources and is fully customizable through open-source extensions, and, complying with the takedown request, the Cloudstream developer has voluntarily removed the contested files from GitHub, hoping to avoid legal repercussions.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Justin Sun and three wholly-owned companies, including BitTorrent, for unregistered offer and sale of crypto asset securities and fraudulently manipulating the secondary market for TRX, through extensive wash trading, as well as charging eight celebrities for promoting TRX and BitTorrent without disclosing they were being paid to do so.
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German news outlet Heise was targeted by an unknown number of IP addresses redirecting web traffic to the country's anti-piracy website after being falsely accused of copyright infringement, with DNS tampering believed to be the technique adopted; whilst Heise has not received any acknowledgment from internet service provider 1&1's press office, it is thought that the German government has adopted the DNS tampering across a small number of pirate sites via its Copyright Clearing House on the Internet initiative that 1&1 is now a member of due to EU legislation which allows independent bodies to block websites that have no interest in providing legal content.
The RIAA has issued a DMCA subpoena against Unreleased Sounds and two other platforms, NoTube.net and Aonode.com, to obtain the identities of individuals involved in the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted music without authorization, after artists' previously unreleased work was reportedly leaked via the platforms.
Publishers including Hachette, HarperCollins, John Wiley and Penguin Random House have sued the Internet Archive for copyright infringement over its ‘Open Library,’ which they claim is equivalent to a pirate site; however, the Archive argues that making a digital copy of physical books ‘transforms’ the work and qualifies as fair use, with numerous benefits to the public, and that there is no evidence copyright holders suffer financially from the Archive’s activities.
Internet provider Grande Communications faces demands for an additional $12.7 million in attorney fees, interest and other costs from several major music companies including Warner Bros., after a Texas federal jury found it guilty of failing to terminate repeat infringers and of willful contributory copyright infringement in a landmark case last year.
File-hosting service Zippyshare, which began operating in 2006, has announced it will be shutting down at the end of the month, citing rising energy prices, the impact of ad-blockers, and competition as factors in the decision.
Filmmakers have been granted a $15m default judgment against WasteResources in a legal battle over online piracy, with filmmakers trying to make the defendants comply with the court's orders, including the seizure of the company's assets, and the filmmakers even suggested holding the defendant, Charles Muszynski, under arrest until he complies.
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN's 2022 annual report showed that it completed 458 investigations leading to 449 illegal sites/services removed from the internet, and its enforcement actions included various strategies such as address 36 advertisers doing business on pirate sites, stopped 19 traders of IPTV/VOD subscriptions, targeted key people in the pirate sites and services, reached 45 settlements with individuals accused of various types of infringing activity, and interfered with platforms' ability to generate revenue through advertising.
Independent film 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' was the star of the night at the 2022 Oscars, winning seven awards, including Best Picture, but the surge in interest from the awards caused a significant increase in piracy for the film, with pirated downloads of the film increasing by 761% on 4 April, making it the most pirated film in the world on that day.
A Minnesota man has been sentenced to three years in prison, ordered to pay nearly $3 million and forfeit $500,000, after pleading guilty to 'unauthorized access to obtain information from a protected computer,' over the running of the streaming service HeheStreams that enabled users to watch genuine streams offered by broadcasters, with the Department of Justice alleging that a "victim sports league" which was understood to be MLB, had sustained losses of around $3 million due to his conduct.
Danish ISPs will block nine music piracy sites that reportedly had hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors from Denmark, including ytmp3.cc, y2mate.com, yt1s.com, savefrom.net, loader.to, onlinevideoconverter.pro, yt5s.com, ytmp3.plus, and Onebas.com.
Stream hosting platform Streamzz, which reportedly supplied over 75,000 movies and 15,000 TV episodes to fuel more than 60 pirate streaming sites, has been taken down by anti-piracy coalition Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, with a third of the site’s seven million monthly visits being attributed to users in Germany, where Streamzz itself was based.
Several members of the high-profile P2P group EVO have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by the Portuguese authorities, who are working alongside the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to dismantle piracy supply chains and bring leaders of illegal release groups to justice.
Brazil's Operation 404 has entered its fifth phase with the objective of removing audio and video content, block and suspend illegal streaming sites, and applications; the crackdown resulted in 11 arrests and the removal of sites, domains, and apps.
Popular hip-hop mixtape site and app Spinrilla is heading to trial and trying to prevent certain information from being presented to the jury, including banning disparaging terms such as piracy and theft, and barring the music companies from discussing the history of online piracy.
YouTube has developed a highly automated system to handle copyright complaints on an unprecedented scale, but whether the next stages of development will tackle widespread abuse of the takedown system remains to be seen as the High Court of Justice, via the Business and Property Court in Birmingham, UK, hopes to reduce the volume if only by a little; the article highlighted the complicated nature of copyright disputes and the abuse of takedown systems, providing an example where a singer accused of taking down another music publisher's content with without proper cause was found to have acted dishonestly, relied on falsified evidence, lied to YouTube, falsely claimed to have written lyrics he did not, and lied about his connections to the rights reassignment matter, among other things.
Iraq's lack of enforcement against piracy has led to concern for copyright holders, as they report a 90% piracy rate in the country, but the USTR has requested more evidence to support this claim from rightsholders.
Marvel has filed a DMCA subpoena against Google, targeting Google systems that hosted leaked content from the new Disney movie Ant-man and the Wasp: Quantumania, asking Google to reveal the identities of the leakers and Reddit to hand over “All Identifying Information for the user ‘u/MSSmods.’"
OpenAI has sent a DMCA takedown notice targeting several ChatGPT-related links, suggesting that third parties may be exploiting the ChatGPT model without permission, although it is uncertain whether OpenAI sent the request, and ChatGPT cannot confirm it but noted that OpenAI is entitled to send such requests under the common legal mechanism for requesting the removal of copyrighted material from search results, though it would not typically ask Google to remove URLs with legitimate ChatGPT-related content.
The /r/iptv subreddit, which was once a thriving community for the discussion of pirate IPTV services, has become almost entirely silent due to increasingly strict rules and Reddit's ban on subreddits for excessive copyright infringement, with the number of rules increasing each year and the latest 15 rules essentially banning everything related to such services.
The Industry Trust For IP's report 'Taking a Whole Society Approach to Infringement in the UK' takes a softer, more collaborative tone than typical anti-piracy reports, highlighting the potential for various entities to help rather than speaking in forceful language, which is in line with the UK government's current preference for a cooperative tone in communications; the UK Intellectual Property Office's 2022 'Online Copyright Infringement Tracker' identified 'behavior change' opportunities via an 'Online Community', which discovered most participants were unaware they could report others for piracy and, even if they knew, they would not do so because there would be no benefit to themselves, it would be hypocritical, or the police have bigger priorities.
Videohat, a company that helps viral video creators monetise their content, has filed a formal copyright claim against ESPN and beIN for copying and posting a viral TikTok without permission, which both companies are accused of continuing to distribute.
South Korean broadcasters, film producers and distributors, and streaming services have come together to establish a new Video Copyright Protection Council, which with the help of the world's largest anti-piracy coalition, plans to combat piracy of local and overseas content, with the piracy fighting coalition filing a criminal complaint today targeting Noonoo TV, which claims to have had over 1.5 billion views and is alleged to have caused damages of 5 trillion South Korean won.
File-sharing and hosting platform Hellspy has announced it will shut down on 1 April 2023 due to new legislation that places disproportionate burdens on user-generated content platforms, despite previously agreeing to implement filtering technology to comply with EU Copyright Directive rules.
Bill Omar Carrasquillo, a former pirate IPTV service operator of Gears TV, was sentenced to 66 months in prison and ordered to pay over $16 million in restitution for his crimes related to copyright offenses, fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion, which caused an estimated $167 million in damages to TV providers.
Sony Music has won a legal battle against DNS resolver Quad9, which was ordered to block the piracy site, Canna.to, using a "no-fault" injunction process or face fines and prison time. While Quad9 has blocked the site's access for German users, Sony argued that its intentional failure to act on a pirated copy of the Evanescence album made it liable. Quad9 plans to appeal the decision at the Dresden Court of Appeal with the German Society for Freedom Rights' assistance.
Filmmakers who sued RCN for failing to act against customers accused of piracy subpoenaed Reddit for comments made by anonymous users that could potentially help back up their claim, but Reddit strongly objects arguing that it would violate its users' First Amendment Right to anonymous speech - this has led to tension and legal disputes between that two sides with the filmmakers claiming that Reddit's alleged false statements about the discovery deadline could be a retaliatory move for requesting information about Reddit users.
Elon Musk warned Twitter users that anyone found to be repeat abusers of the DMCA takedown system faces being sanctioned by Twitter and that enabling the monetization by content creators is a major priority.
Anti-piracy group Alianza has secured a significant victory in Argentina, having 30 sites instructed to be blocked by local internet service providers, following a complaint filed last year, with the ruling offering a dynamic blocking precedent, which means ISPs can be required to block switching mirror sites and domains in future.
MG Premium, a subsidiary of MindGeek, filed a copyright complaint against Daftsex.com and won the case, but due to domain seizures immediately countered and a traffic decline, Daftsex has continued to grow and MG Premium has resorted to DMCA takedown campaigns to make the site less visible in search results.
Grande Communications has filed a motion for judgment overruling the jury's decision to pay $47 million in damages to Warner Bros. and Sony Music for failing to stop pirating subscribers, due to alleged shortage of evidence and "clear errors."
Pirate sites are dumping domains altogether and using IP addresses to mitigate Google's downgrading measures; the website administrators have found a flaw in the system after successfully using IP addresses to bypass the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission's previously blocked and deindexed sites.
The Pirate Bay's SuprBay forum has been unreachable for several days due to a hack which occurred on the server, but there is reportedly no compromise to user data, with the forum set to be back in operation in one to two weeks.
MyCima, one of the largest pirate streaming sites in the Middle East, has reappeared as WeCima with a new domain and name, and appears to have made changes to its pirated content policy in order to reduce the risk of being shut down.
Movie companies suing RCN for not doing enough to stop subscribers from pirating on its network have subpoenaed Reddit to share the personal details of users who they believe can provide evidence to show that RCN didn’t have a proper repeat infringer policy, but Reddit has rejected the call to turn over personal information and has defended its decision in court citing people's first amendment right to anonymous speech.
In an effort to combat illegal streaming services which potentially expose users to data theft, fraud, and malware, police and Sky TV have conducted a series of raids around the UK and arrested four people, resulting in one charge and 200 cease and desist notices.
Rights Alliance in Denmark has successfully shut down and prosecuted multiple sites, operators, and users involved in piracy with the help of the SØIK IP-Task Force, especially targeting seedbox providers in 2021.
s lawsuit has been filed against four alleged participants of the cheating software company Ring-1, with three settling totaling $600,000 in damages and the fourth, U.K. resident Andrew Thorpe, not responding and having his case denied due to lack of evidence that he had purposefully directed his activities at the U.S.
Better known online as YouTuber ‘Omi in a Hellcat,’ Bill Omar Carrasquillo faced a 62-count indictment for running an illegal internet-based television and movie streaming service for which he and his co-defendants had fraudulently obtained content from cable providers, and according to U.S. government attorneys, the infringement amount associated with the defendants’ services had been “conservatively” calculated at $176 million.
BREIN, an anti-piracy group in the Netherlands, seeks to end any infringement of it's clients' rights, seek compensation for costs and penalties, and have any infringers sign an agreement outlining consequences for any further infringement, which can have serious financial and personal consequences.
Sony has been in a legal battle with Datel for over a decade concerning Datel's cheat software for the PSP, which has recently been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling.
Fifteen years after Amazon launched the Kindle, book piracy has become so widespread that even U.S. law enforcement has stepped in, yet Amazon's policy of punishing authors for piracy they have no control over still remains despite a petition and vocal opposition from authors.
The Industry Trust For IP's new report outlines the problem of irresponsible articles advocating the use of VPNs to access legal streaming services from unlicensed locations, and suggests a collaborative effort from society to make "sizeable change to the current state of infringement."
Minecraft ist ein unglaublich erfolgreiches Videospiel, das von Mojang Studios weiterentwickelt wird, und dessen Erfolg dazu inspiriert hat, dass Spieler damit kreativ tüftelten; Mojang nimmt jedoch Takedown-Maßnahmen vor, wenn die Regeln gebrochen werden.
Manga publishers and anti-piracy groups have been collaborating to identify pirates, investigate potential anti-piracy tools and explore legal procedures, with varying levels of success, but the underlying problem of pirates offering copyrighted content for free in the same global market remains.
CreativeFuture, eine Organisation, die die Interessen von mehr als 500 rechtsabhängigen Unternehmen und 300.000 Individuen repräsentiert, die in den kreativen Branchen arbeiten, fordert in einem op-ed für The Hill eine Aktion zum Schutz des Urheberrechts, um die Site-Blocking-Maßnahmen in den USA zu legalisieren.
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