• Google Search Processed a Billion DMCA Takedowns in Four Months

    Updated: 2024-06-22 15:42:33
    Google Search's takedown department is facing the busiest year ever. The all-time takedown total has just surged to nine billion, adding the latest billion in just four months. The list of most targeted sites has also welcomed some newcomers, with shadow library "Anna's Archive" entering the top ten with two domain names. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Five IPTV Operators Guilty of Movie & TV Piracy, Leader Faces 48 Years in Prison

    Updated: 2024-06-21 15:39:34
    Five men accused of operating one of the largest pirate IPTV services in the United States, have been convicted by a Las Vegas federal jury. Kristopher Dallmann, Douglas Courson, Felipe Garcia, Jared Jaurequi, and Peter Huber, generated millions of dollars in revenue through Jetflicks, a subscription service that reportedly offered more content than Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and Amazon Prime. Four of the men face up to five years in prison; Dallmann's maximum is 48 years. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • IPTV Operator Who Was Sentenced For One Week of Piracy is Less Lucky at Court of Appeal

    Updated: 2024-06-21 09:48:53
    A man convicted of copyright infringement violations while operating a pirate IPTV service, had his sentence significantly increased this week by a Swedish court of appeal. A lower court previously held that the defendant had infringed the rights of major movie and TV companies, but due to limited evidence, only for a week. The court of appeal disagreed after his own use of the service was uncovered during a police raid. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Piracy Shield 2.0 IPTV Blocking Costs Will Be Paid By Italian Taxpayers

    Updated: 2024-06-20 19:07:56
    If all goes according to plan, Italy's Piracy Shield IPTV blocking system will be retired at the end of the year. In its place, Piracy Shield 2.0, a tech platform likely to be billed as the most formidable anti-piracy system on the planet. Year one running costs of two million euros will be paid by Italian taxpayers, rather than the main beneficiaries, some of the world's most famous football clubs. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Ghana Warns Local TV Stations Not to Air ‘Pirated’ Films

    Updated: 2024-06-20 09:53:06
    Virtually anyone with an Internet connection can access pirated movies and TV shows in a few keystrokes. In some cases, an Internet connection isn't even required. In Ghana, TV stations are reportedly showing pirated films to their viewers. This is so rampant that the Government's film authority has issued a warning. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Nintendo Takedown Wipes “Rhythm Heaven” Remix Tool & 250+ Forks Off GitHub

    Updated: 2024-06-19 21:10:32
    Nintendo's DMCA takedown campaign continues with the targeting of "Heaven Studio", a fan-created remix tool for the game "Rhythm Heaven." The software was flagged because it uses copyrighted sprites and sound effect files, but GitHub has taken the entire repository and 290 forks offline. Despite the setback, the tool's developers are not giving up. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Police Make New Pirate IPTV Arrest as Public Criticism Over Priorities Persists

    Updated: 2024-06-19 11:35:53
    UK police are reporting yet another pirate IPTV-related arrest. A warrant was executed at a flat in Nottingham where a 42-year-old was detained on suspicion of offenses related to the provision of pirated Sky broadcasts. For deterrent purposes, both the police and Sky want reports like this to reach the public, and that is being achieved. The response, however, is one of almost universal criticism, on grounds that in many cases have little or nothing to do with piracy. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Football League Scores ‘Dynamic’ Pirate Site Blocking Orders in Peru

    Updated: 2024-06-18 16:39:34
    The Peruvian IP protection authority has issued two new injunctions, requiring ISPs to block nearly two dozen sports streaming domains. The orders come at the request of 1190 Peru, which exploits various sports leagues, including the local football league. While not all blocking requests were honored, this is the first 'dynamic' order, allowing the targeted domains to be updated. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • 2.6M Piracy Reports Against French Users Resulted in 234 Financial Penalties

    Updated: 2024-06-18 10:59:42
    In 2023, rightsholders monitoring French internet users submitted 2.6 million complaints to the authorities after determining illegal sharing of pirated content on peer-to-peer networks, including BitTorrent. For the whole of 2023, a total of 3,844 subscribers were labeled 'grossly negligent' after receiving a third warning while 1,526 cases were sent to the public prosecutor. A relatively small number, just 234, received a financial penalty. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Sony DMCA Notice Nukes 200 Aniyomi Extensions as Tachiyomi Fork Feels Heat

    Updated: 2024-06-17 17:19:47
    Less than six months ago, manga reader app Tachiyomi was forced to call it quits following legal threats from South Korean publisher Kakao. A popular project fork, Aniyomi, introduced anime into the mix, accessed using extensions from the app's 200+ strong library. A single DMCA notice from Sony Pictures has now taken all but three extensions offline. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Cloudflare IPFS ‘Takedowns’ Skyrocket, But Not For Long

    Updated: 2024-06-17 10:06:33
    Cloudflare protects and facilitates access to millions of sites and services on the web. The company also offers an IPFS gateway, making it easier to access content on the censorship-resistant storage network. Takedown notices for this gateway have skyrocketed, according to the most recent transparency report, but that won’t be for long. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • ACE Subpoenas Target IPTV Services, Piracy Apps, and Streaming Portals

    Updated: 2024-06-16 13:12:12
    Anti-piracy coalition ACE has several new targets in its sights, ranging from IPTV services and piracy apps, to popular streaming portals such as Anitaku, Goojara and KickassAnime. The names are revealed in several new subpoenas, requested by the Motion Picture Association. While this legal information gathering tool can be effective, it's not perfect. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Russia ‘Humanizes’ Criminal Copyright Law, ‘Large Scale’ Piracy Cut By 25%

    Updated: 2024-06-15 20:44:31
    Criminal copyright infringement offenses prosecuted under Russia's Criminal Code are expected to plummet by a quarter, thanks to a new law signed by President Putin this week. The amendments aim to "liberalize and humanize" Russian legislation in the area of copyright and related rights, by drastically increasing the threshold for infringement to be considered 'large scale'. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • Denuvo Owner Shuts Down Clone Sites, Perpertrators Seem Up For a Chase

    Updated: 2024-06-14 08:29:49
    The company behind notorious anti-tamper technology Denuvo, filed an interesting DMCA takedown notice at GitHub this week. According to Irdeto, unnamed parties cloned the company's website, registered a similar domain, and ran their own mail server behind the scenes. A short investigation by TF suggests that the culprits may have known Irdeto would attempt to track them down and may have left Easter eggs along the way. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

  • UEFA Targets Pirate EURO 2024 Live Streams Before They Start

    Updated: 2024-06-13 11:19:47
    European football federation UEFA is cracking down on pirate EURO 2024 live streams, before they've even started. The enforcement actions show that the organization is on high alert. Meanwhile, the EU Intellectual Property Office adds support by clarifying that cheers of legitimate viewers 'mean more' than those from pirates. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

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