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The Exploitive Business Model of Academic Publishers Fuels Piracy
For many researchers, a publication in a high-impact academic journal is the holy grail. However, this goal comes at a price. Authors often have to sign over their copyrights to major publishers, who put the research behind a paywall. This model is detrimental to science, according to Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan, who remains determined to break the stranglehold. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-28 05:27:02 READMORE
Woman Celebrates After Court Kicks Out Another Baseless Copyright Troll Lawsuit
In 2019, Danish citizen Anni Pape took to Facebook, pleading for help after being accused of downloading and sharing a pornographic film using BitTorrent. Two years later she has cause to celebrate after a court in Denmark threw out the case because the plaintiffs had no right to sue. The defendant believes the victory undermines the plaintiff's entire business model. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-27 19:58:52 READMORE
Florida Judge Keeps Questioning Copyright Troll’s IP-address Evidence
Strike 3 Holdings has targeted thousands of alleged BitTorrent pirates in U.S. courts over the past several years, collecting millions of dollars in settlements. Not all judges are pleased with the way Strike 3 operates, however, and Florida District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro is particularly critical of the IP-address evidence. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-27 05:14:26 READMORE
“Grumpy Cat” is Long Gone But Her Copyright Lives On in Court
Grumpy Cat is no longer with us. Tardar Sauce passed away in 2019 but the humans she shared a house with are keeping her memory alive. They do this in the form of merchandise, but also in court where they have filed over a dozen lawsuits against sellers of counterfeit and copyright-infringing products. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-26 19:23:07 READMORE
High Court Orders UK ISPs to Block Stream-Ripping & Cyberlocker Sites
Under the umbrella of the BPI, major and independent recording labels in the UK have announced a key victory in their fight against so-called 'stream-ripping' sites and tools. Following a two-year process, this morning a judge at London's High Court ordered major ISPs to block access to several platforms, including two of the most popular - Flvto and 2Conv. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-25 22:06:02 READMORE
Italian Police Obtain Preventative Seizure Order Targeting 10 ‘Pirate Sites’
Following a complaint from the Italian Federation of Newspaper Publishers, Italian authorities say they have carried out a "preventative seizure" of 10 'pirate sites' involved in the illegal distribution of newspapers, magazines and eBooks. The content was stored on foreign servers in violation of copyright law. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-25 17:11:54 READMORE
Denuvo Cracker EMPRESS “Arrested”, Blames Repacker FitGirl & Reddit For Witch-Hunt
Last year, games cracker EMPRESS told pirates that if they wanted Denuvo-protected games cracked and placed online, they would have to help fund that. While controversial, over the past few weeks this proposal has been overshadowed by a catastrophic social-media-fueled meltdown that has culminated - if reports are to be believed - in EMPRESS being targeted by the police. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-25 01:19:44 READMORE
Record Labels Blame YouTube For a Lot of Things But Continue to Upload Music
A UK parliamentary inquiry has once again revealed that many music industry insiders are not happy with YouTube. The platform is a source of piracy and doesn't pay nearly enough to rightsholders, they claim. On top of that, it's also seen as an important reason why subscription services such as Spotify can't raise their prices. Meanwhile, labels continue to upload their music to YouTube. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-24 17:06:53 READMORE
YouTube Identifies Operator of “Shell Company” Behind Class Action Piracy Lawsuit
A class-action lawsuit filed by musician Maria Schneider and Pirate Monitor claims that YouTube restricts access to takedown tools and fails to act against repeat infringers. However, YouTube is steadily picking the case apart, including by identifying the operator of a "shell company" plaintiff whose earlier work will be familiar to fans of The Simpsons. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-24 02:44:50 READMORE
Copyright Coalition Asks President Biden to Help Fight Piracy and Big Tech
The CreativeFuture coalition, which represents companies and individuals in the film, TV, music, and publishing industries, is asking President Biden to help fight online piracy. Now that the felony streaming bill and the CASE Act have been passed, big tech companies such as Google and Facebook are key adversaries once again. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-23 18:38:32 READMORE
U.S. Copyright Groups Praise UAE’s Enforcement Against ‘Illegal’ VPN and Tor Use
The IIPA, which represents the MPA, RIAA, and other entertainment industry groups, is pleased with the United Arab Emirates' strict enforcement against the use of VPNs and Tor to access pirate sites. The industry group, however, urges the UAE authorities to go a step further and require VPNs to actively ban copyright-infringing activity. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-23 04:50:21 READMORE
Kim Dotcom, United States & NZ Supreme Court All Agree to Court of Appeal Referral
Following a rare moment of agreement, requests from Kim Dotcom and the United States government to refer the extradition case back to the Court of Appeal have been approved by the Supreme Court. The decision marks a split among the Megaupload defendants, after a request from Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato, and Bram van der Kolk to have the matter heard by a faster route was denied. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-22 18:22:58 READMORE
Top 10 Most Torrented Movies of The Week – 02/22/2021
Every week we take a close look at the most pirated movies on torrent sites. What are pirates downloading? 'Monster Hunter' tops the chart, followed by ‘Judas and the Black Messiah'. 'Wrong Turn' completes the top three. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-22 06:30:40 READMORE
DMCA Notice Wipes Reverse-Engineered GTA Code from GitHub
GitHub has removed a fan-made project that included reverse-engineered code of the popular GTA 3 and Vice City games. The developer platform responded to a DMCA takedown request from Take-Two Interactive, which also listed dozens of forks. While reverse engineering can in some cases be classified as fair use, it's certainly not always the case. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-22 02:17:03 READMORE
Pirate IPTV Providers With Millions of Visits Blocked Following La Liga Request
Spanish football league La Liga has been successful in its application to have Italian ISPs block access to five pirate IPTV providers distributing its games online without permission. It's estimated that the services attracted more than a million visits per month in Italy alone. No court process was necessary. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-21 16:29:31 READMORE
Hollywood & Netflix Win New Streaming Piracy Blocking Order at UK High Court
After several years' hiatus, the major Hollywood studios of the MPA have obtained a new site-blocking injunction at the HIgh Court in London. Apparently handed down this month, the order compels local ISPs to block several web-based streaming sites using the '123movies' branding. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-21 05:29:41 READMORE
University Runs Massive BitTorrent Seedbox to Showcase Music Streaming App
The Tribler lab at the Delft University of Technology has released a new Android app showcasing how the music industry can be revolutionized. With BitTorrent, a blockchain, and cryptocurrency, music streaming no longer needs any middlemen. "We fixed the 'predatory intermediary problem' by showing that music industry overhead can be 0%," project leader Johan Pouwelse says. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-20 17:27:40 READMORE
Bulgaria Asks United States to Help Shut Down Torrent Tracker Zamunda
After being called out by the US, Bulgaria has intensified its copyright enforcement in recent years. The Eastern European country is determined to shut down Zamunda.net, which is the most popular piracy site in the country by far. To achieve this goal the local prosecutor has asked the US Department of Justice for help, as several of Zamunda's servers are presumably located in America. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-20 05:25:31 READMORE
UK Govt. Parodies “You Wouldn’t Steal” Anti-Piracy Ad to Deter COVID Spreaders
To discourage people from meeting up illegally during the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government has put out a new PSA. Created by the Home Office, the video is a parody of the 2004 anti-piracy ad "Piracy is a crime", with people advised not to "start their own pubs" or go to raves. While the message is deadly serious, unintentional comedy is the end result. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more.

Posted On:2021-02-19 15:37:35 READMORE