Anti-Piracy Chief: Pirated Content is Now Harder to Find in Search Engines
Mar27

Anti-Piracy Chief: Pirated Content is Now Harder to Find in Search Engines

In 2018, leading content companies and distributors plus Yandex, Rambler Group, Mail.Ru Group, vKontakte, and RuTube signed up to a landmark anti-piracy memorandum in Russia. The aim of the voluntary agreement was to make pirated content harder to find in search engines. This, the organizers said, would be achieved by the creation of a centralized database of allegedly-infringing content to be regularly queried by Internet platforms...

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The Pirate Bay’s Oldest Active Torrent Turns 16 Years Old Today
Mar26

The Pirate Bay’s Oldest Active Torrent Turns 16 Years Old Today

The Pirate Bay has weathered quite a few storms since its inception. The notorious torrent site, which is a piracy icon today, was originally founded by Swedish anti-copyright think tank Piratbyrån during the summer of 2003. In the years that followed, a lot has happened. The site was raided twice, had various changes in ownership, and the original co-founders were sentenced to prison. And in recent years, prolonged downtime...

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AMD Uses DMCA to Mitigate Massive GPU Source Code Leak (Updated)
Mar26

AMD Uses DMCA to Mitigate Massive GPU Source Code Leak (Updated)

Graphics cards are big business and AMD is one of the leading brands with an estimated 32% share of the discrete desktop market. In July 2019, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, AMD released its Radeon RX 5000 series powered by ‘Navi’ GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit). The source code for these devices is extremely sensitive and considered secret but perhaps not for much longer. This week rumors began to circulate that an...

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‘Copyright Troll Identified the Wrong Facebook Account in Piracy Case’
Mar25

‘Copyright Troll Identified the Wrong Facebook Account in Piracy Case’

Over the past three years, adult entertainment company Strike 3 Holdings has filed thousands of cases in US federal courts. These lawsuits target people whose Internet connections were allegedly used to download and share copyright-infringing content via BitTorrent. While many of these cases resulted in private settlements, Strike 3 has also experienced some setbacks. For example, in the ‘Cobbler’ case, the Court of...

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Nintendo Shuts Down Kickstarter Campaign For Violating Animal Crossing Copyrights
Mar25

Nintendo Shuts Down Kickstarter Campaign For Violating Animal Crossing Copyrights

Anyone with a cool idea that could potentially develop into a great product or business can raise funding on Kickstarter. Launched in 2009, the crowdfunding platform has helped to fund almost 180,000 projects with an impressive $4.85 billion in pledges. But while many projects go on to enjoy success, others can fail at an early stage due to basic errors. The ‘New Adventures Passport Travel Holder’ fundraiser launched with...

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YouTube Cartoon Featuring Creepy Bugs Bunny Copyright Claimed By Warner Bros.
Mar24

YouTube Cartoon Featuring Creepy Bugs Bunny Copyright Claimed By Warner Bros.

Despite racking up to close to 67 million views on its popular YouTube account, MeatCanyon’s cartoons are not yet mainstream fodder. Thanks to the actions of a copyright holder, however, more publicity is certainly on the horizon. Many of MeatCanyon’s cartoons are extremely dark, featuring a creepy Ronald McDonald and Jimmy Fallon as a previously-masked character in Scooby-Doo, to give just two examples. But when...

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