UK Govt. Prepares to Dissolve Anti-Piracy Group & Seize Its Assets
FACT Administration LLP, a partnership behind a piracy settlement scheme in the UK, appeared in Britain's oldest newspaper this week. The group demands at least hundreds of pounds from internet users for downloading a single movie but according to The Gazette, the partnership could be just weeks away from being forcibly dissolved. The number of businesses that face disruption is rather large, to say the least. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-07-02 23:25:46 READMORE
‘Tarantino Doesn’t Own the Copyright to Pulp Fiction Screenplay NFTs’
With millions of dollars at stake, the legal battle over the Pulp Fiction "NFT" copyrights is heating up. Quentin Tarantino recently asked the court to dismiss the case because he still owns the rights to the screenplay. However, Miramax now argues that the movie director's 'limited rights' only apply to print publications and not NFTs. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-07-02 05:27:53 READMORE
Seven Pirate IPTV Operators Sentenced to Almost Nine Years in Prison For Fraud
Seven people behind a pirate IPTV and card-sharing operation have been sentenced to prison for fraud offenses. Two leaders of the network received 44-month prison sentences and the other five were ordered to serve between 9 to 18 months. After the defendants gave up around one million euros of the amount they generated from the fraud, a court suspended their custodial sentences. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-07-01 18:59:24 READMORE
Cloudflare & Media Companies Agree to Modify “Power Grab” Piracy Injunction
After obtaining the broadest injunction ever seen in a US streaming piracy lawsuit, several media companies argued that Cloudflare should be held in contempt of court for non-compliance. Negotiations are now underway to end this dispute but it appears that can only be achieved if the court agrees to modify the injunction, which was previously described as a "power grab". From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-07-01 04:31:51 READMORE
Football Piracy: Premier League Granted Extension to ISP Blocking Order
The Premier League has obtained an injunction that requires Irish ISPs to block illegal streams of matches during the 2022/23 season. The decision from the High Court was made under the Copyright Act 2000 and represents the third extension of a groundbreaking 2019 injunction targeting ISPs Eircom/eir, Sky, Virgin and Vodafone. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-30 19:05:22 READMORE
Kim Dotcom Not Happy, Says ‘Mega Mass Piracy Report’ is On the Way
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom does not seem like a happy man right now. After accusing two of his former colleagues of facilitating Chinese spying, Dotcom says that a report is being produced to show that mass infringement is taking place on Mega, a company he co-founded. Surprisingly, he says it will include live pirate links to content posted by Mega users. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-30 04:52:16 READMORE
ACE Anti-Piracy Alliance Expands Into Asia to Disrupt Illegal Streaming
The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, the world's most powerful anti-piracy coalition, has announced further expansion. ACE/MPA chief Charles Rivkin says the addition of two new members - Hong Kong-based streaming platform Viu and Thailand’s leading cable satellite TV provider True Visions - will strengthen ACE's global reach. But the coalition doesn't plan to stop there. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-29 18:30:56 READMORE
Piracy Domains Seized By US Because Verisign & GoDaddy Are American
The Department of Justice and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have just announced the seizure of six music piracy domains. The seizures were straightforward due to Verisign and GoDaddy being American companies. However, additional facts regarding these seizures, including on whose behalf they were supposedly carried out, raise key issues that don't make much sense. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-29 01:01:31 READMORE
Pirate Site Blocking Expands to Kenya with Landmark Court Order
In a landmark case, Kenya's High Court approved a permanent injunction that requires local ISPs to block 44 sports streaming sites. The case was filed by entertainment giant MultiChoice, which owns the broadcast rights to popular sports events. A proposal to repeal the applicable law was submitted in Parliament last year, but that ultimately failed. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-28 19:54:05 READMORE
Supreme Court: File-Sharing Platform Must Block Search Terms to Stop Piracy
Czech file-sharing and hosting platform Ulož.to must block searches and downloads related to six movies, the Supreme Court has confirmed. The Court rejected a request from rightsholders for more far-reaching anti-piracy filters but confirmed that online services can also be required to use technical restrictions for other content. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-28 04:49:23 READMORE
Megaupload Pair Convicted: The Specific Crimes They Admitted in Detail
After signing a deal to avoid extradition to the United States, former Megaupload executives Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk were convicted last week in the New Zealand High Court. In theory they face up to 10 years in prison so today we take a look at the specific charges and what they could mean for the two businessmen. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-27 16:27:25 READMORE
Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 06/27/2022
Every week we take a close look at the most pirated movies on torrent sites. What are pirates downloading? 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' tops the chart, followed by ‘Crimes of the Future'. 'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' completes the top three. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-27 07:30:40 READMORE
Harvard Lawyers Don’t Think That Piracy is Theft, Research Finds
An in-depth study among 50 Harvard lawyers shows that downloading and streaming pirated content is widely tolerated and even supported by some. It is certainly not seen as a form of theft by these legal experts. Based on these findings, the researchers call for a paradigm shift where entertainment providers focus more on convenience, accessibility and affordability. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-27 02:54:43 READMORE
Movie & TV Pirates Increase in Italy But They Are Pirating Less Than Ever
New Ipsos research carried out on behalf of Italian anti-piracy group FAPAV reveals that 43% of the adult population engaged in some type of audiovisual piracy in 2021, with almost a quarter using pirate IPTV. Despite the gloom, overall piracy volumes are down 53% on figures reported in 2016 but FAPAV says that Italy needs to do much better. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-26 03:36:52 READMORE
Takedown Notice Wipes Game Boy Advance Emulator From GitHub
A popular browser-based Game Boy Advance emulator with nearly 100 working games was removed from GitHub this week. The takedown request was sent by the ESA, which acts on behalf of Nintendo and other game companies. The problem hasn't been sorted out completely, however, as nostalgic games can easily find alternatives, even on GitHub. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-25 05:59:49 READMORE
Digital Trails: How Bungie Identified a Mass Sender of Fake DMCA Notices
In response to persons unknown sending large numbers of fake DMCA notices to YouTube while impersonating its anti-piracy partner, Bungie filed a lawsuit in the US seeking millions in damages. At the time the name of the 'Doe' defendant was unknown. This is how a Bungie investigation followed digital breadcrumbs to track down and identify that person by name and physical address. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-24 15:55:05 READMORE
Brazil’s Targets ‘Metaverse’ Piracy in Latest “Operation 404” Crackdown
Brazilian law enforcement agencies have announced the fourth wave of anti-piracy initiative "Operation 404." The authorities blocked or shut down 226 websites and 461 piracy apps, while making several arrests. The Justice Department reports that, for the first time, anti-piracy efforts were also carried out in the 'metaverse'; although it's unclear what that means exactly. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-24 05:59:32 READMORE
DMCA Subpoena to Unmask Twitter User Hits Fair Use & Constitutional Roadblock
A Twitter user who posted copyrighted photos for the purpose of criticizing a private-equity billionaire will retain their anonymity. The allegedly infringing material was taken down by Twitter but when a shadowy company tried to use the DMCA to unmask the user, Twitter mounted a legal challenge on their behalf. The court's decision is important for both fair use and freedom of speech. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-23 15:34:47 READMORE
Tarantino Asks Court to Dismiss Miramax’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFT Lawsuit
Quentin Tarantino has asked a California court to dismiss a copyright lawsuit filed by Miramax against his "Pulp Fiction" NFT project. The director's legal team submitted a motion for judgment, arguing that the movie company's claims fall flat. The Pulp Fiction film is a derivative of the screenplay, not the other way around, they stress. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2022-06-23 03:38:05 READMORE