Nintendo Manually Targets Game & Watch Hacker’s YouTube Video Using Content ID
Jan14

Nintendo Manually Targets Game & Watch Hacker’s YouTube Video Using Content ID

Using any amount of copyrighted content in a YouTube video can result in a claim by a copyright holder, even when fair use exceptions should be applicable. This type of action is often taken through YouTube’s Content ID system after being detected by an algorithm. However, there is another option available to rightsholders that requires action from real-life people which, perhaps counter-intuitively, can mean claims are sometimes more...

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Court Confirms $1 Billion Piracy Damages Verdict Against Cox
Jan14

Court Confirms $1 Billion Piracy Damages Verdict Against Cox

Late 2019, 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 excessive”...

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Anti-Piracy Coalition Continues to Unmask .To Pirate Sites, But is it Effective?
Jan13

Anti-Piracy Coalition Continues to Unmask .To Pirate Sites, But is it Effective?

Over the past year, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) added a new tool to its anti-piracy toolbox. The coalition, which represents prominent members including major Hollywood studios, Netflix, Amazon, and other entertainment giants, started using DMCA subpoenas to unmask pirate site operators. These subpoenas are relatively easy to obtain. They are not reviewed by a judge but are signed off by a court clerk. This...

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Valorant & Destiny 2 Cheat Maker Sued For Copyright Violations
Jan13

Valorant & Destiny 2 Cheat Maker Sued For Copyright Violations

While the vast majority of videogames players are happy to enjoy games within the parameters set by their developers, there are millions who prefer to cheat their way to victory. As a result, an industry has appeared ready to service people looking to gain an unfair advantage, offering cheating products often at a premium price. This disruption is frowned upon by developers and regular players alike, who argue that when the gaming...

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Band Shares Torrents of Master Recordings and Invites Fans to Create Bootlegs
Jan12

Band Shares Torrents of Master Recordings and Invites Fans to Create Bootlegs

Over the years, hundreds of artists have shared their music online for free. These are mostly newcomers who realize that exposure can ultimately help grow their fanbase. Some established musicians have ventured down this part as well. For example, Radiohead shared their music via torrents and Nine Inch Nails even ran their own torrent tracker in the past. Ten years later the music industry has changed, particularly the discovery part....

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Former RapidShare Operators & Lawyer Acquitted of Copyright Infringement
Jan12

Former RapidShare Operators & Lawyer Acquitted of Copyright Infringement

In 2002, when Megaupload was a mere twinkle in the eye of Kim Dotcom, Swiss-based file-hosting site was already on its way to becoming an Internet giant. The platform provided a simple way to store and share files with others and as a result, soon became popular with people looking to distribute copyright-infringing content. This attracted the negative attention of numerous copyright holders. As an Internet services platform,...

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