Xtream-Codes IPTV Company Declared Lawful, Assets Seized in Raid Returned
Jun17

Xtream-Codes IPTV Company Declared Lawful, Assets Seized in Raid Returned

In September 2019, the IPTV market was thrown into turmoil following a huge law enforcement operation in Europe. Italy’s Guardia di Finanza (GdF), a law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance, reported that the main targets were IPTV management system Xtream-Codes and its operators. With an estimated 700,000 users of the system prevented from accessing the platform directly and 50 million end...

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‘Pirate’ Streaming Apps Beat Netflix and Disney in Brazil’s Play Store
Jun16

‘Pirate’ Streaming Apps Beat Netflix and Disney in Brazil’s Play Store

Over the past decade, mobile applications have become the standard platform for most people to consume content online. Whether it’s for shopping, news, or entertainment, there is a mobile app available for any type of content. This shift in consumption patterns is not limited to legal content; streaming piracy has gone mobile as well. Pirate streaming apps often have to be sideloaded onto devices but can be occasionally found in...

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Canadian Judge: Movie Company’s Piracy Evidence Just Not Good Enough
Jun16

Canadian Judge: Movie Company’s Piracy Evidence Just Not Good Enough

Among the many movie companies that have attempted to turn piracy into profit, Voltage Pictures and parent Voltage Holdings stand out among the most persistent. With ties to the shadowy piracy monitoring and settlement factory GuardaLey, Voltage is currently pursuing Virgin Media customers in the UK to retrieve cash while warning that something much worse could happen. Voltage is also active in Canada, demanding cash settlements from...

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Ghost Piracy: Work-From-Home Software Piracy Worries BSA
Jun15

Ghost Piracy: Work-From-Home Software Piracy Worries BSA

Over the past decades, the Software Alliance (BSA) has helped major software companies including Adobe, Autodesk, IBM, and Microsoft, to fight against under-licensed businesses. This has resulted in raids and audits at companies worldwide, with computers carefully inspected to see if the businesses have paid their dues. The BSA often relies on tips from insiders, who can earn serious cash if their information pays off. In addition,...

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Publishers & Internet Archive Both Seek Piracy Lawsuit Win Without Full Trial
Jun15

Publishers & Internet Archive Both Seek Piracy Lawsuit Win Without Full Trial

In the summer of 2020, publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, John Wiley and Penguin Random House filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (IA). The publishers described IA’s ‘Open Library’ as an “unlicensed aggregator and pirate site” that makes illegally scanned books available to the public, causing serious damage to authors and publishing companies alike. In support of the publishers, the Copyright Alliance...

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YouTube and Facebook Are the Top ‘Pirate Sites’ in Denmark
Jun14

YouTube and Facebook Are the Top ‘Pirate Sites’ in Denmark

Over the past two years, Danish law enforcement authorities have effectively dismantled the once-thriving local torrent tracker scene. These enforcement actions were combined with various court orders that compel Internet providers to block pirate sites. In theory, these efforts should be the perfect environment for piracy to decrease. On the ground, the opposite is happening. Piracy Rises in Denmark Danish anti-piracy group Rights...

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