Canada Proposes New Regime to Block and Deindex Pirate Sites
Apr16

Canada Proposes New Regime to Block and Deindex Pirate Sites

The Canadian Government is exploring if and how current copyright law should be amended to better fit the present landscape. To this end, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development department launched a consultation asking for feedback on a wide range of proposals. The ultimate goal is to deter piracy by helping copyright holders better protect their content. At the same time, the Government wants to safeguard the rights...

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Hackers Use Software Cracks and BitTorrent Client to Steal Cryptocurrency
Apr15

Hackers Use Software Cracks and BitTorrent Client to Steal Cryptocurrency

It’s no secret that scammers are constantly trying to trick people into downloading malicious content from pirate sites. These files are generally easy to spot for seasoned pirates and they are often swiftly removed from well-moderated sites. However, for casual downloaders, malware can be a serious problem. Novices are often directed to dubious portals where these threats are harder to avoid. That can lead to disastrous consequences....

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Philippines Government & ISPs Reach Agreement to Rapidly Block Pirate Sites
Apr15

Philippines Government & ISPs Reach Agreement to Rapidly Block Pirate Sites

Alongside various initiatives to discourage Internet users from visiting pirate sites, including improved legitimate offerings, governments, rights holders and service providers are pressing ahead with their site blocking plans. Broadly speaking, site blocking takes place under two regimes – court-ordered injunctions and voluntary arrangements between stakeholders. The former can prove effective but there are considerable costs...

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‘Pirate’ Law Firm Pressured Cooperative Housing Project to Settle Porn ‘Lawsuit’
Apr14

‘Pirate’ Law Firm Pressured Cooperative Housing Project to Settle Porn ‘Lawsuit’

When copyright trolls scour BitTorrent swarms looking for IP addresses, they have absolutely no idea who sits behind them. ISPs can eventually be forced to hand over the subscribers’ personal details but even then there’s no solid proof of who carried out the infringement, if there was one. Cases tend to get decided on the balance of probabilities, meaning that an individual in a single-occupancy household finds themselves in a much...

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MSCHF’s ‘Exclusive’ Pirate Bay and Megaupload Email Addresses Sold Out Quickly
Apr14

MSCHF’s ‘Exclusive’ Pirate Bay and Megaupload Email Addresses Sold Out Quickly

There’s a market for pretty much everything today and ‘collectables’ are hot. The non-fungible token (NFT) rage shows that people are willing to pay thousands or even millions of dollars for a digital gimmick, which may or may not retain its value. MSCHF This eagerness to pay doesn’t necessarily match with the typical audience of pirate sites. However, the Brooklyn-based art group MSCHF shows that some people are willing to pay...

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MPA Targets Pirate Streaming Sites With More Than Half a Billion Visits
Apr13

MPA Targets Pirate Streaming Sites With More Than Half a Billion Visits

The world’s major movie and TV show studios are in fierce competition, aiming to release the next blockbuster or series to capture the imaginations of the public and generate much needed revenue. Industry counterparts are rivals in that respect but when it comes to dealing with piracy, especially when that propagates from hundreds if not thousands of unlicensed streaming platforms, teamwork is the key. Through their global coalition,...

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