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FACT UK anti-piracy group loses major hollywood funding

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), a British run organisation that lobbies and sues to combat piracy, has been dealt a major blow by its biggest contributor. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has cut its funding to the group, reducing its financial support by as much as 50 …

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Anti-Piracy initiative requires VPN outside of the US

It seems that Hollywood has completely missed the point once again. MPAA backed anti-piracy initiative, WheretoWatch.com is a tool designed to point consumers towards legal alternatives to piracy but there is a catch, it is only accessible to those in the US, meaning a VPN is required if people elsewhere …

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Does poor availability lead to piracy?

The Motion Picture Association of America recently released a statement claiming that complaining about availability with movies was ridiculous, as clearly there are many legal avenues to go down when it comes to buying and renting movies in your own home. However research suggests that most of the top-torrented films …

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Google sues Mississippi attorney general over MPAA ties

Mississippi Attorney General, Jim Hood, has apparently been giving Google a hard time for the past year and a half, with repeated urges to try and have it block content online. Now though Google is turning the tables on him and suing him for having close ties with the MPAA, …

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BT reminds everyone they can appeal ISP blocks

BT, like all the other big ISPs in the UK has repeatedly been forced by lobby groups, through the court system, to block many websites linked with piracy, despite the fact that circumventing the block orders has become incredibly easy. After the latest round of blocks however, BT has begun …

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Google denies MPAA ‘pirate’ homepage block order

Google has turned down the request from the MPAA to blacklist the homepage of a number of sites in its search results. While it has yet to publish a response as to why it turned down this particular request, it’s been speculated that it could be because any pirated content …

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RIAA claims Pirate Bay and others breach human rights

You know what the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and its contemporaries like the MPAA are fed up with? Their human rights being infringed upon. No, not because organisations like theirs are clamping down on freedom of expression by restricting access to information, but because those dastardly pirate sites are …

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Director explains who might have leaked Expendables 3

Expendables 3’s fallout could go down as one of the biggest piracy related stories of the year. Not only was it leaked pre-release, but it was leaked at a decent quality too. This sent Lionsgate into a meltdown, with lawsuits, site take downs and presumably a lot of finger pointing …

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Dotcom’s legal team ask to postpone MPAA lawsuit

When it looked like MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom’s legal team might actually win his extradition trial, the MPAA and RIAA announced new law suits to try and cripple his funding. Those suits are still ongoing today, but now Dotcom’s representatives want them delayed, since once again, the extradition trial has …

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Movie studios want to freeze Dotcom assets, again

It was announced last month that Kim Dotcom would be likely to regain all of his frozen assets, after New Zealand’s high court ruled that it would not extend the foreign restraining order against them, thereby giving a real timeframe that would see Dotcom’s cars, personal property like laptops and …

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MPAA and RIAA staff had 2TB of data on MegaUpload

One of the cornerstones of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) case against file locker site MegaUpload and its founder, Kim Dotcom, is that the site was nothing to do with online backup of personal files, but was only a source of …

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Kim Dotcom debates MPAA on Megaupload live on air

Kim Dotcom and the MPAA are two legally represented entities that have been circling each other, locking horns and disengaging for years now, taking swings in the court and the papers but in all but a few cases, they’ve had lawyers buffering their commentary. However following on from the lobby …

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Dotcom: you can’t fix piracy with a slegehammer

Kim Dotcom made headlines again last week with the news that Popcorn Time, the real end game for online movie piracy, was taken down from his Mega file locker service. According to his own statements, he had no idea about it until after the fact and we still don’t know …

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Isohunt owner gives final send off

Isohunt’s decade and-a-bit long career as one of the world’s paramount torrent search sites has come to an end and the site’s owner and founder, Gary Fung, has initiated the self-destruct sequence, shutting the site down a couple of days before his original court settlement decreed. It was just last …

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Isohunt loses legal battle, forced to close

Pirates around the world, remove your stove hats for a minute of silence please. Isohunt, one of the world’s longest running and most popular torrent search sites has finally succumbed to legal pressure from the media lobby and US government and has been forced to settle on a cease and …

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New site tracks piracy vs availability

Shock and horror, it turns out that the most pirated movies might be suffering from problems with availability, making the illegally downloaded version not only cheaper, but quicker, easier to access and simpler to find, according to data from a newly launched website: PiracyData.org. The site takes the list of …

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MPAA denies study that suggests piracy not as bad as it thinks

The MPAA has released what it describes as a ‘debunking’ of the recent London School of Economics study that suggested piracy wasn’t having anywhere near the negative impact that media lobbyists have been saying for years. The LSE’s response? This is all par for the course. The study was “debunked” …

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MPAA claims victory in Hotfile summary judgement

The Motion Picture Association of America has claimed victory in a summary judgement against file locker website HotFile, which it maintains has built its entire business on the trafficking of illegally pirated movies, music and software – despite the fact that the most popular shared files on the site are …

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Isohunt has to keep filtering search results

Isohunt

Today torrent search site Isohunt lost an appeal against the MPAA which would have seen it able to halt the filtering of its search results. However, backing up the initial 2006 ruling that forced the filtering into place, the court did not rule in the site’s favour. Isohunt has been …

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Despite piracy, US box office takes in $10 billion in 2012

The Avengers

Throughout 2012 we had a lot of attacks on piracy. There was the blocking of sites like The Pirate Bay, the confiscation of a nine year old girl’s laptop, porn stars going after torrent users and loads more. However despite the number of anti-piracy stories, we’ve also had BitTorrent Inc. …

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UKNova to shut due to FACT attack

UKNova

One of the world’s most strictly regulated and ethically proud torrent websites, UKNova,  has been forced to announce its imminent closure, after FACT – the UK arm of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – serviced it with a cease and desist order. Despite full compliance from UKNova regarding …

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