How Hollywood Keeps Breeding New Pirates
Apr19

How Hollywood Keeps Breeding New Pirates

For online media consumers, things have improved significantly over the years. More content is made available globally than ever before. The music industry continues to be at the forefront of this transformation. In most countries, legal services are plentiful and affordable. However, the same can’t be said for online video. While there has been plenty of progress in the availability of movie and TV shows, more problems are created as...

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GitHub Reinstated YouTube-DL But Restoring Forks is Apparently a Problem
Apr18

GitHub Reinstated YouTube-DL But Restoring Forks is Apparently a Problem

Last October the RIAA infuriated many players in the open source community by targeting YouTube-ripping tool youtube-dl in a DMCA takedown notice filed at GitHub. What followed was a broad backlash against the RIAA, the likes of which hadn’t been seen for many years. The music industry group’s claims of DMCA violations due to the software allegedly bypassing technological protection measures were met with intense criticism, including...

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Reckless DMCA Takedown Purges Legitimate Websites from Google Search
Apr18

Reckless DMCA Takedown Purges Legitimate Websites from Google Search

Over the past few years, copyright holders have asked Google to remove billions of links to allegedly pirated content. Most of these DMCA notices are pretty accurate but occasionally mistakes are made as well, which can do serious harm. This week our eye was drawn to a request that RightsHero filed on behalf of the company Vuclip Middle East, which offers on-demand entertainment to emerging markets. The DMCA notice identifies more...

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Nintendo Wins US-Wide Injunction Against Seller of RCM Loader ‘Piracy’ Device
Apr17

Nintendo Wins US-Wide Injunction Against Seller of RCM Loader ‘Piracy’ Device

Nintendo is currently engaged in a war of attrition against individuals and groups who help people to pirate and play unlicensed Switch games. Products and individuals involved with the infamous Team-Xecutor became targets last summer and alongside, Nintendo has been chipping away at other sellers of similar circumvention devices. Lawsuit Filed Against Amazon Vendor Last November, Nintendo filed a lawsuit against Le Hoang Minh, an...

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Plex Plans To Place All Legal Streaming Options (and Piracy) Into One Interface
Apr16

Plex Plans To Place All Legal Streaming Options (and Piracy) Into One Interface

Since being founded in 2009, the Plex media server and service has grown from strength to strength and with 25 million users worldwide, is now a force to be reckoned with. Early adopters know Plex as a powerful media server capable of transforming local movie, TV show, and other libraries into a beautiful Netflix-style entertainment experience. Playable on a wide range of devices including PCs, smart TVs and even smartphones, Plex has...

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UK Pirates Remain Driven by Convenience, Availability and Cost
Apr16

UK Pirates Remain Driven by Convenience, Availability and Cost

Every year the UK Government publishes a new edition of its Online Copyright Infringement Tracker. This report is the result of an annual survey that polls the piracy habits of people twelve years old and above. Earlier this week the UK Intellectual Property Office published the tenth wave of the report. As always, there are some positive changes compared to earlier years, as well as some negative ones. Fewer Pirates Starting with the...

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