A large coalition of independent movie studios, including the makers of Dallas Buyers Club, has filed a lawsuit against the alleged 'founder' and several distributors of the popular movie streaming application Showbox. In their complaint, they brand the Android application as a pirate tool that's used to mislead the public.
Two movie studios have sued an employee of a Hawaiian phone store who allegedly recommended the 'pirate' application Showbox to a customer. The makers of the films 'Mechanic: Resurrection' and 'A Family Man' accuse the woman of contributory copyright infringement and demand damages in federal court.
A 22-year-old man from California has pleaded guilty to uploading a pirated copy of the movie Deadpool to Facebook. The film was shared to the social media network, shortly after it premiered, where it was viewed 6,386,456 times. The man was indicted following an FBI investigation last year and faces a one-year prison sentence.
Shani, the brains behind the popular Kodi-addon ZemTV, has asked his attorney to stop defending him. The London-based developer says he doesn't have the funds to fight the legal battle against Dish Networks in a US court. As a result, there's a high likelihood that the broadcast provider will win a default judgment.
The poet going by the name Shaun Shane has come to the forefront again, half a decade after his one-line poem triggered a takedown controversy. In a series of DMCA notices sent to Google, the poet posits that people are using black hat SEO to get to him. Targeted sites include BoingBoing and Techdirt, but also entirely unrelated ones, including the homepage of the company 'Shaun Shane Bricklaying.'
Kodi addon library TVAddons was dragged to court last year by Dish Networks over alleged copyright infringement. However, in a new filing TVAddons' operator Adan Lackman denies these allegations. In addition, the defense states that the broadcast provider can't claim statutory damages without copyright registrations.
Fairplay Canada sees its own site blocking proposal as the best option to counter infringing websites. In a reply response to the CRTC, the coalition argues that the 'alternative' judicial option is uncertain, costly, and will take a lot of time. The response further criticizes misleading and false comments from the public, while adding more support for its blocking plans.
The Internet Association, an industry group that consists of several large technology companies, has lashed out against the MPAA. In a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, they accuse Hollywood's main lobbying group of using the Facebook scandal for "rent seeking" and "crony politics" to further its own interests.
It's been nearly two decades since Metallica launched their crusade against Napster and piracy in general. While the band has received a lot of critique for it, guitarist Kirk Hammett says it was the right decision, suggesting that piracy destroyed the music business. But, while Hammett is mourning the state of the music industry, revenues are on the rise again, in part thanks to the new Napster.
The Canadian pirate site blocking proposal threatens net neutrality, the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics warns. In a report that's supported across the political spectrum, the committee urges the Government to use its authority to intervene, if required.
US entertainment companies are lobbying and litigating in favor of pirate site blockades around the globe. In addition, they're also urging domain registries to ban pirate sites, a practice even the US authorities are helping with. These measures are needed to protect revenues, the argument goes. But if that's the case, why is there little action on their home turf, the largest pirate nation of all?
BitTorrent is without a doubt one of the more recognizable technology brands of the century. It, therefore, comes a surprise that BitTorrent Inc. has changed its name to Rainberry. According to the company, it's strictly a "corporate decision," but a more detailed motivation is lacking.
When it comes to takedown notices, a lot of attention is paid to Google. But what about Bing? Last year, copyright holders asked Microsoft's search engine to remove roughly a quarter billion URLs from its index. Among the requesting copyright holders is, interestingly, Microsoft itself.
Media giant ABS-CBN has filed a lawsuit in Canada against a local vendor of 'pirate' set-top boxes. Through the legal action the company hopes to recoup a healthy CAD$5 million in damages from the small shop located in a Brampton mall.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has launched an investigation into the links between uTorrent usage and images of child exploitation. The AG would like parent company BitTorrent Inc. to report the IP-addresses of offenders and suggests that the company may want to filter or ban this type of content from its client.
The RIAA is not willing to let ISP Grande Communications off the hook easily. The music group has asked a Texas federal court for permission to file an amended complaint based on new evidence, arguing that the Internet provider profited from its decision not to terminate pirating subscribers.
One of the most active piracy litigants in the US is facing setback in the Minnesota District Court. Several subpoena requests from Strike 3 Holdings were denied, with magistrate judges ruling that the privacy of alleged BitTorrent pirates trumps the rights of the adult filmmakers.
Millions of people use a VPN service to prevent outsiders from monitoring their browsing habits or other Internet traffic. Choosing a good and reliable VPN provider is a good start, but there is more to it than that. People have a responsibility of their own and should hold their VPNs accountable.
Videos published by Sweden's Patent and Registration Office are attempting to deter people away from pirate sites because it's making their operators rich. However, the videos - which depict pirates wearing strange animal masks surrounded by luxury items and piles of cash - might inadvertently encourage some to get into the game. Who wouldn't want an indoor pool and a Dodge Viper?
A California federal court has denied Cloudflare's request to exclude evidence related to its termination of neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer from the upcoming piracy liability trial against ALS Scan. The CDN provider fears that mentioning the site at trial could cloud the perception of the jury, but District Court Judge George Wu was not receptive to this argument.