U.S. Copyright Holders Want Tougher Anti-Piracy Measures in China
Sep21

U.S. Copyright Holders Want Tougher Anti-Piracy Measures in China

The American copyright industry generates billions of dollars in annual revenue and is generally seen as one of the primary export products. Whether it’s movies, music, software or other goods, US companies are among the market leaders. US companies also have a clear presence in China which, with more than a billion potential consumers, is a massive market. This offers enormous potential, but there are threats as well, including...

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 09/20/2021
Sep21

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 09/20/2021

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. These torrent download statistics are only meant to provide further insight into the piracy trends. All data are gathered from public resources. This week we have four new entries in the list. “Candyman” is the most downloaded title. The most torrented movies for the week ending on September 20 are: Movie Rank...

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DMCA Takedown Errors Can Make it Harder to Find Movies Legally
Sep20

DMCA Takedown Errors Can Make it Harder to Find Movies Legally

The purpose of search engines is to help people find what they are looking for. Today’s web would be pretty much unusable without them. This urge to search also comes with a downside, as not everything on the web is posted with permission. Pirate sites are a prime example. Removing Pirate Sites from Search A few years ago this led to rather bizarre situations where some content on pirate sites ended up higher in search results than...

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YouTubers Frustrated By Site’s Anti-Piracy Policies Are Being a Little Naive
Sep19

YouTubers Frustrated By Site’s Anti-Piracy Policies Are Being a Little Naive

Twenty, thirty, even forty years ago, piracy of movies was something done relatively quietly between trusted suppliers, friends and family. With the rise of the Internet, however, discussion of how to obtain movies without paying for them was opened up to the masses. Sometime around 2010, the massive success of YouTube and social media tore away any remaining mystique, with a new and seemingly oblivious generation openly flaunting...

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Yout Files Refocused Lawsuit Against RIAA to Have YouTube-Ripping Service Declared Legal
Sep18

Yout Files Refocused Lawsuit Against RIAA to Have YouTube-Ripping Service Declared Legal

In 2020, the RIAA attempted to have YouTube-ripping tool youtube-dl removed from Github and in the wake of that, YouTube-ripping service Yout filed a preemptive lawsuit against the RIAA. Yout said that the RIAA’s earlier efforts to have its homepage delisted by Google, on the basis that Yout circumvented YouTube’s ‘rolling cipher’ technology, were wrongful and damaging to its business. Yout asked the court to declare its service legal...

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RIAA and Rightscorp Counter Renewed ‘False and Fraudulent’ DMCA Notice Claims
Sep18

RIAA and Rightscorp Counter Renewed ‘False and Fraudulent’ DMCA Notice Claims

Under US copyright law, Internet providers must terminate the accounts of repeat infringers “in appropriate circumstances.” In the past such drastic action was rare but, backed by several court orders, ISPs are increasingly being held to this standard. Music Companies sued RCN Internet provider RCN is also under legal pressure. Two years ago, the company was sued by several major music industry companies including Arista Records, Sony...

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