Pirate Site Slammed for Meddling with DRM-Free Games, Circumvention Ensues
Feb17

Pirate Site Slammed for Meddling with DRM-Free Games, Circumvention Ensues

When piracy groups or sites release games online, consumers (despite paying nothing for the pleasure) expect certain standards. On a base level the game must work as advertised, any DRM should be removed, and no one should add any unwanted extras – particularly not malware, spyware, or forced advertising. In the vast majority of cases, pirate releases tend to conform to these standards but a popular pirate site called IGG-Games...

Read More
Filmmakers Want Phone Ban and Special Court to Tackle Indian ‘Cam’ Piracy
Feb17

Filmmakers Want Phone Ban and Special Court to Tackle Indian ‘Cam’ Piracy

With Bollywood, India has a thriving movie industry that’s known all around the world. On the other hand, the country also has one of the highest piracy rates, which is seen as a major threat by industry insiders. Following pressure from U.S. movie companies, India’s government recently agreed to update its Cinematograph Act to outlaw ‘cam’ piracy. Anyone recording or transmitting movies in a...

Read More
ACE Sues Cord-Cutting Service “Omniverse” For Copyright Infringement
Feb16

ACE Sues Cord-Cutting Service “Omniverse” For Copyright Infringement

Streaming set-top boxes and IPTV services have been selling like hot cakes over the past several years. While some of these offer access legally, that’s certainly not always the case. The unauthorized services are a thorn in the side of mainstream entertainment industry companies, which are trying hard to address the problem.  The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) has been particularly active on...

Read More
Vox Targets The Verge Critic With Dubious YouTube Takedown
Feb16

Vox Targets The Verge Critic With Dubious YouTube Takedown

The Verge is typically known as a news operation that’s fairly critical of copyright abuse.  The site has repeatedly highlighted problems with YouTube’s Content-ID and copyright takedown system.  Just this week it reported how YouTube is being used for extortion scams, an issue that we covered last month. The site also covered the Article 13 plans in the EU, with a headline stating that it threatens the...

Read More
EU Commission Portrays “Article 13” Opponents as a Misled and Misinformed Mob
Feb15

EU Commission Portrays “Article 13” Opponents as a Misled and Misinformed Mob

This Wednesday the European Parliament and European Council agreed on the final text of the EU Copyright Directive. That, of course, includes the hugely controversial Article 13, which critics insist will lead to upload filtering, censorship, plus all kinds of unintended consequences that could change the shape of the Internet forever. Urgent claims have been made on both sides, including that the music industry could be brought to...

Read More
South Korea Expands Site Blocking Efforts with SNI Eavesdropping
Feb15

South Korea Expands Site Blocking Efforts with SNI Eavesdropping

When it comes to pirate site blocking, South Korea is one of the most active countries in the Asia-Pacific region.  According to recent data from the Motion Picture Association, the country has blocked 456 sites to prevent the public from accessing pirated material. These blocking orders are sanctioned by the Korean Communications Standards Commission (KCSC), which also oversees other blocking efforts, including those...

Read More