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NBC Universal and others caught faking takedown links

Copyright Troll

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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Google asked to take down 1500 links per minute

Media companies have lumped Google with a lot of responsibility when it comes to fighting piracy, so much so that Google now handles two million takedown requests every single day. According to Google’s own transparency report, the company received 65 million takedown requests in the last month alone. The math …

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Reddit to clarify removed content with new reports

Reddit, “the front page of the internet,” has been going through some changes in the past few months, in an effort to open up some of its decision making and staff dealings. It released a transparency report earlier this year, which gave users an idea of how often it complied …

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Nintendo pulls down fan-made Mario 64 level

The internet was pleasantly surprised last week when a fan-made, HD remake of Mario 64’s first level was made available online for people to play in their browser. Thanks to the power of the Unity engine, we could all be whisked back to the mid-90s, where Nintendo was ruling the roost …

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46 year old arrested in Karaoke torrent sting

Although anti-piracy efforts tend to be mostly focused on tackling those that upload and download Hollywood’s big, blockbuster movies, they do have other interests too. For example, Karaoke, which along with almost every form of entertainment has been digitised in the past decade, which means it’s rife with piracy as …

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WordPress beats homophobic group in copyright battle

Phony DMCA takedowns have been a staple of anti-piracy lobby groups for years, the debate often being not whether they did it, but whether it was their fault or the over-zealous reporting of their automated takedown tools. Even in the case of clear unjust use of the law however, it’s rare …

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Anonymous takes down hundreds of ISIS social media accounts

The hacktivist movement Anonymous has made good on its promises to target those associated with the violent extremist organisation, ISIS, by taking over and knocking out hundreds of websites and social media accounts that help promote the organisation and encourage recruitment from new members. Apparently though, this is just the …

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Pirate Bay down for 24 hours, no sign of return yet

Yesterday the world of peer to peer sharing held its collective breath, as several of the world’s largest Torrent sites, including the iconic Pirate Bay, disappeared from the internet. Nobody has been able to let it out yet either, as despite a proxy .CR PirateBay domain springing up, an official …

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Lionsgate tries to block subreddit over Madea movie

Google has a lot to deal with when it comes to complying with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) law. It gets hundreds of thousands of takedown requests every single day, all of which it must address at some point if it is to toe the line of the law. Most …

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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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Silk Road 2 and other dark net markets downed by FBI

Running an online drug marketplace like the Silk Road is always going to be a risky endeavour. Not only does it make you the head of an organisation that makes millions through facilitating the sale of substances deemed illegal in many countries around the world, but its mere existence is a …

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Copyright takedowns go into overdrive after Google changes

Google recently made some changes to its search algorithm, which meant that sites that are on the receiving end of too many DMCA takedown requests would have their search engine ranking downgraded significantly. While you would imagine most people don’t find their illegal downloads through Google, it actually had a …

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Sony phony DMCA takedown blocks freely available movie

DMCA takedown requests, especially the one for content that doesn’t belong to the complainee, have repeatedly been shown to be ridiculous since their implementation. Google has had to deal with tens of millions of the things and even some automated takedown tools demanding their own takedown requests be taken down, …

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Movie studios want Google to censor Mega

In a move that shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, several major movie studios have asked Google to remove Kim Dotcom’s Mega site from its search engines, claiming that the file locker is hosting copyright protected content without permission. However, it’s not individual file links that the studios want …

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Google DMCA takedowns hit by DMCA takedowns

Movie studios aren’t keen on having people share their content illegally online, they’ve made a big point about this. However, now they’re claiming that their takedown requests are actually infringing themselves, with several asking Google to remove them from the transparency reports. In an effort to name and shame companies …

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