ISP Cox Asks Court to Reduce Piracy Damages By $243 Million
Aug08

ISP Cox Asks Court to Reduce Piracy Damages By $243 Million

Last year, Internet provider Cox Communications lost its legal battle against a group of major record labels. Following a two-week trial, a Virginia jury held Cox liable for its pirating subscribers, ordering the company to pay $1 billion in damages. Heavily disappointed by the decision, Cox later asked the court to set the jury verdict aside and decide the issue directly. In addition, the ISP argued that the “shockingly...

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Report: US Pirate IPTV Industry is Worth $1 Billion, So Who’s Making Big Bucks?
Aug07

Report: US Pirate IPTV Industry is Worth $1 Billion, So Who’s Making Big Bucks?

In June, TorrentFreak published an article which gave a very brief outline of the pirate IPTV business, in particular how those services are sold and how customers are serviced. The report scratched only the service of what is a highly organized industry, one that over the past several years has developed into a global phenomenon – not to mention a thorn in the side of major entertainment industry groups. A new report from...

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CIPPIC and CIRA Warn Federal Court of Pirate Site Blocking Dangers
Aug07

CIPPIC and CIRA Warn Federal Court of Pirate Site Blocking Dangers

Last year Canada’s Federal Court approved the first pirate site blocking order in the country. Following a complaint from major media companies Rogers, Bell and TVA, the Court ordered several major ISPs to block access to the domains and IP-addresses of pirate IPTV service GoldTV. There was little opposition from Internet providers, except for TekSavvy, which quickly announced that it would appeal the ruling. The blocking...

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FBI Help German Authorities Secure $29.7m in Crypto From Pirate Streaming Site
Aug07

FBI Help German Authorities Secure $29.7m in Crypto From Pirate Streaming Site

Just over seven years ago, pirate streaming site Movie2K was riding on the crest of wave after establishing itself as one of the most popular platforms of its type on the Internet. The site was particularly popular in Germany where it was the 19th most popular site overall, generating more traffic than Twitter, Amazon, Apple and PayPal. At the end of May 2013, however, the site shut down without warning, prompting theories of legal...

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Model Sues Cloudflare and Thothub in Mass Piracy Lawsuit
Aug06

Model Sues Cloudflare and Thothub in Mass Piracy Lawsuit

The Internet has brought us many new creators and publishers, some of whom are able to make a decent living from their work. The stories about YouTubers who make millions are well known. These web-stars earn their money through advertising, but there’s also a group of creators that have a more direct approach. In recent years there’s been an influx of models who share their, often sexy, pictures and videos in exchange for...

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Torrent Piracy Saves Silent Bob’s 50th Birthday Drive-In Cinema Party
Aug06

Torrent Piracy Saves Silent Bob’s 50th Birthday Drive-In Cinema Party

While the terms movie piracy and cinema often appear in the same conversations, the connections are rarely positive. Studios, distributors, and theaters believe that piracy represents an existential threat to their business models and nothing positive ever comes from it. But for actor and director Kevin Smith, aka Silent Bob from the Jay and Silent Bob movies, the accessibility of a pirated copy of his latest movie prevented his 50th...

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