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.
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.
Fortnite and PUBG are two of the hottest games of the moment. While the games are similar, the same can't be said for how cheaters are treated. This week Epic Games settled another case against a copyright infringing cheater, without any damages. At the same time, several PUBG cheaters have been arrested in China, and slapped with millions in fines, according to local authorities.
Coalitions representing more than 670 companies and 240,000 members from the entertainment sector has written to Congress urging a strong response to the Facebook privacy fiasco. The groups, which include all the major Hollywood studios and key players from the music industry, are calling for Silicon Valley as a whole to be held accountable for whatever appears on their platforms.
Discerning distributors and consumers of pirated content are lambasting Amazon for an unannounced drop in video quality from its Prime service this week. In a move that affects paying customers as well as those on the high seas, one release group has colorfully described Amazon's efforts as a choice between a "turd sandwich" and a "giant douche".
Motion Picture Association Canada has revealed the scale of pirate site-blocking around the world. In a submission to the CRTC, the Hollywood group states that at least 42 countries are now obligated to block infringing sites. In Europe alone, 1,800 sites and 5,300 domains have been rendered inaccessible, with Portugal, Italy, the UK, and Denmark leading the way.
Popular pirate streaming link site Primewire has become unusable. Instead of directing visitors to copies of the latest TV-shows and movies, the site points them to malicious advertisements. Whether this is intentional or the result of a hostile takeover is unknown.
Hosting provider Steadfast is not liable for the copyright-infringing activities that took place on the server of a customer. A California District Court has dismissed all copyright and trademark infringing claims filed by ALS Scan, concluding that the hosting provider did enough to curb copyright infringement.
The Canadian pirate site blocking plan may violate The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye warns. He informs the CRTC that website blocking is an extreme measure which could restrict people's freedom of expression, especially when there's no judicial oversight.
The Police Intellectual Property Unit and Federation Against Copyright Theft teamed up today to warn people against illegally streaming the upcoming Joshua v Parker fight. While receiving the bout without paying is against the law, casual pirates should be aware that it is the re-streaming of content on sites like Facebook that represents the largest threat.
Popular media player Roku has surprised users by removing the entire USTVnow service from its platform. Speaking with TorrentFreak, a company spokesperson confirmed that the takedown was in response to an infringement complaint. However, the complaint didn't come from USTVnow but a "third party" content owner.
GoDaddy, the world's largest domain name registrar, has been ordered to disable four domains that facilitate access to four 'pirate' music sites. The order was handed down via the Peruvian Copyright Commission following a complaint from a member organization of IFPI.
Popular pirate streaming site 123movies, also known as 123movieshub and GoMovies, has announced its shutdown. According to a message posted on the site, it will close its doors at the end of the week. At the same time, the operators are now urging their users to respect filmmakers by paying for movies and TV-shows.
The MPAA is visiting Vietnam to discuss with local authorities how they can properly deal with movie piracy sites. One target that was singled out is 123movies, a streaming site that is said to be operated from Vietnam. According to the movie industry group, it is "the most popular illegal site in the world."
Music streaming service Deezer is piling on the pressure in order to stop people downloading music from its service. Various tools have already been targeted but even evasive action appears to enjoy limited success. After moving from code repository Github to Gitlab following a copyright complaint, the popular Deezloader Reborn tool has been hit once again and is now out for good.
German software company Bitmanagement is asking the US Court of Federal Claims for a partial summary judgment against the US Government. According to the software vendor, it's undisputed that the Navy installed its software on hundreds of thousands of computers without permission, infringing its copyright.
Dish Network argues that there's sufficient reason to pursue a lawsuit against the people behind the TVAddons website and ZemTV Kodi addon. The defendants previously asked the Texas court to drop the case because they are foreign nationals with no connection to the state. Dish, however, counters this and argues that the US was the focal point of their business.
Music publisher BMG has petitioned the Court of Appeals for a rehearing of the piracy liability case against Internet provider Cox. The panel of judges reached the wrong conclusion when it overturned the $25 million verdict and issued a new trial, the company says. The RIAA and the National Music Publishers Association back the request.
BitTorrent Inc. has quietly rolled out its brand new "uTorrent Web." The software allows users to download and stream torrents directly in their default web browser. In the long run, the web version is expected to rival the "original" client.