Huge Pirate IPTV Crackdown Hits Network Supplying 500,000 Users
Jan27

Huge Pirate IPTV Crackdown Hits Network Supplying 500,000 Users

In 2020, authorities in Italy revealed the existence of ‘Operation: The Net’, a broad investigation targeting the supply and sale of pirate IPTV services. Initial interventions took place in September 2020 and in December that year, authorities announced the takedown of a 50,000 user platform following an investigation carried out by Sky and football league Serie A. Authorities Dismantle “500,000 Subscriber” Network According to an...

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YouTube Wants ‘Fraudulent” Copyright Claimant Kept in Class Action Lawsuit
Jan27

YouTube Wants ‘Fraudulent” Copyright Claimant Kept in Class Action Lawsuit

In the hope of accessing YouTube’s Content ID system, in 2020 musician Maria Schneider launched a class action lawsuit that alleged mass infringement and serious deficiencies in YouTube’s copyright enforcement measures. She did so with the support of a shadowy company called ‘Pirate Monitor’ but an in-depth investigation by YouTube later revealed that the entity was up to no good. In order to build its case against YouTube, Pirate...

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Rojadirecta Operator Faces Multi-Year Prison Sentence in Upcoming Trial
Jan26

Rojadirecta Operator Faces Multi-Year Prison Sentence in Upcoming Trial

Founded more than 16 years ago, Rojadirecta is one of the oldest and most popular linking sites for sports streaming events. The site, which is operated by the Spanish company Puerto 80 Projects, has built a loyal user base over the years. At the same time, it has fought quite a few legal battles too. Copyright holders have repeatedly accused Rojadirecta of facilitating piracy because users share links to unauthorized broadcasts. This...

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Tor Project Mounts Legal Challenge to Oppose Russian Blocking
Jan26

Tor Project Mounts Legal Challenge to Oppose Russian Blocking

In an effort to control what its citizens can access on the internet, over the past several years Russian authorities have stepped up their blocking and censorship efforts. Some initiatives, such as the blocking of websites and URLs to reduce copyright infringement, are commonplace outside Russia but local authorities have also begun defining additional content categories, including some political dissent, as illegal. As a result, not...

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Google Drive Flags Text Files With “1” or “0” As Copyright Infringements
Jan25

Google Drive Flags Text Files With “1” or “0” As Copyright Infringements

The entire digital world is made up of binary code, often 1’s and 0’s. When you piece enough of them together, beautiful things can be created. By themselves, these two numbers are not that impressive. However, Google Drive appears to see them as a threat of sorts. The Infringing “1” Yesterday, Dr. Emily Dolson, an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University studying eco-evolutionary dynamics, noted that the storage platform had...

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Movie Companies Use DMCA ‘Shortcut’ To Expose Alleged CenturyLink Pirates
Jan25

Movie Companies Use DMCA ‘Shortcut’ To Expose Alleged CenturyLink Pirates

When copyright holders observe an IP address sharing unauthorized content in a BitTorrent swarm, they need to match that IP address to a real-life name and physical address if they want to take things any further. Since there are no online resources that can reliably supply that information, copyright lawsuits – especially those aimed at extracting a cash settlement from a target – are often filed against ‘John Doe’ defendants. As...

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