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Piracy-enabled streaming boxes are deemed hazardous

It seems that breaking the law isn’t the only way you can get burned by investing in piracy-enabled streaming boxes. A new study has unsurprisingly found that such devices present fire and electrical safety concerns as well as insufficient instructions of use, installation and maintenance. The results of this study …

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Piracy doesn’t hurt sales, says withheld EU study

Just two weeks on from relatively extreme plans proposed for the EU’s new anti-piracy measures, an old study ordered by the European Commission has been revealed stating that there are no explicit links between piracy and sales. Findings from this study were revealed last year, however, albeit paraphrased to suit …

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Kodi piracy boxes prompt investigation and consultation by IPO

The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is launching an investigation and consultation on how best to tackle the problem of Kodi boxes, the set-top devices that allow Netflix-like access to pirated content. While a seller of those media streamers was arrested back in 2016, rights holders argue that Kodi piracy …

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Facebook cinema stream shut down by Dutch anti-piracy group

While some lobby groups are still railing against the dangers of torrent sites and downloading, many around the world have moved on to much newer ways to watch protected content: like Facebook live streams. Looking to stay on top of emerging trends however is Dutch anti-piracy group, BRIEN, which has shut …

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Big ISPs to start sending out piracy warning letters

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The big four internet service providers (ISP) in the UK have agreed to voluntarily begin sending out warning letters to customers that are suspected of piracy. That means customers of Sky, BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk may now receive a warning if their IP address is thought to be involved …

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$17,000 compensation goes to wrongfully accused ‘pirate’

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A man who was accused of pirating Adam Sandler movie, The Cobbler, has been awarded $17,000 by an Oregon judge in compensation for the aggressive tactics by the production company that tried to take him to court. The monetary award will cover the man’s legal fees accrued throughout the process, as …

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Russia’s head of anti-piracy arrested for ‘fraud’

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The head of one of Russia’s largest anti-piracy agencies has been arrested and charged with fraud, stemming from an alleged incident where he offered to drop the case against a well known pirate site in exchange for monetary compensation. He is said to have demanded as much as 50 million …

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NBC Universal and others caught faking takedown links

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One of the tactics that movie studios, music labels and copyright trolls use in taking down sites, having them blocked or attempting to extort money, is to find links to infringing content and either use them as court evidence, for DMCA takedowns. It turns out though that some groups manufacture …

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TorrentHound becomes third big site to shutdown in 2016

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2016 has not been a good year for torrent sites. On top of losing mainstream sharing traction to streaming sites and services, three of the top 10 torrent sites in the world have shut down. Following along with KickassTorrens and Torrentz, TorrentHound has now announced a sudden end to its …

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Pirates beware! KAT scammers are inbound

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Popular websites are like the mythical hydra: cut off their head and two more appear in their place. When it comes to torrent sites though, they’re like some kind of super hydra, as when they disappear, tens crawl out of the woodwork to replace them. In the case of Kickass Torrents, …

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NBC patents tech to detect and monitor torrent swarms

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Media companies have been trying to battle piracy and online torrent sites for years without much success. However, NBC Universal recently been granted a patent that details new technology designed to detect and track those downloading torrents. The “Early Detection of High Volume Peer-to-Peer Swarms” system is designed to detect …

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Courts push back on Dallas Buyers Club ‘extortion’

Along with the producers of The Hurt Locker, the creators of Dallas Buyers Club have been the most aggressive in recent years in going after alleged internet pirates of their movies. Not everyone rolls over and takes it though, as the latter group are now facing potential sanctions over tactics described …

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Game of Thrones leaked early by pirates, again

Despite efforts made by HBO to crack down on potential leaks of the new episodes of its flagship medieval fantasy show, Game of Thrones, they just keep on spouting. Once again the latest episode of the show appeared online before it was available through legitimate channels. In recent years along …

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Torrent Sites pre-warned not to share Euro Cup games

In an effort to prevent torrent sites from being one of the most popular destinations for those looking to watch games of the European Cup 2016, Sony Pictures Networks has been pre-warning the sites not to share the games. It’s even threatening legal action if the site owners ignore it. …

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Game of Thrones season opener triggers piracy surge

With the official debut of this season’s episode one of Game of Thrones, millions of people around the world have been eagerly watching to find out what is set to happen to some of their favourite characters. Not everyone did so through official channels though. Indeed, more than a million …

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UK government wants 10 year jail sentences for online piracy

Following on from an almost year-long consultation on the matter, the UK government has decided that two-year maximum prison sentences for those caught sharing copyrighted material online might not be enough, and now wants to push for a ten-year maximum sentence instead. According to an Intellectual Property Office report, this …

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