Industry News

Friday 12 April, 2019

Pirate Bay, RARBG, 1337x & Torrentz2 to be Permanently Blocked in India

The court has issued an order which requires ISPs in India to permanently block The Pirate Bay, RARBG, Torrentz2, 1337x, FMovies, and several similar sites. According to order, if users in India continue to accessing pirated content, they could be hit with emails, popups and fines.

The site blocking actions are practiced in India for some time (so-called John Doe orders), where a lot of websites are blocked temporarily to protect new movie releases.

Right holders have been looking for a more permanent solution. The court handed down an order which targets some of the largest torrent and streaming websites, including The Pirate Bay, RARBG, Torrentz2, 1337x, ExtraTorrent, YTS, FMovies and BMovies. Due to none of the sites chose to “rebut or challenge” any of the evidence produced by the plaintiffs, the court held all of them liable for copyright infringement.

It’s therefore suggested that the relevant authorities should explore the possibility of sending emails, pop-ups, or other warnings to those who continue to consume infringing content.

Wednesday 10 April, 2019

Vodafone Will Implement ‘Three-Strikes’ For Pirates

Vodafone Ireland has become the latest Internet service provider to agree to a so-called “three strikes” regime to deal with piracy. Subscribers who receive a third strike face having their personal details handed to copyright holders, who then have the option to go to court to have the subscribers disconnected.

Local ISP Eircom agreed to implement “three strikes” regime after legal actions, promoted by Sony, Universal and Warner, were brought to an end.

The labels tracked alleged infringers (users of BitTorrent networks mainly) and were sending notices of infringement to Eircom. The ISP agreed to forward notice to its subscribers. Those receiving a third notice were faced the possibility of a court process and disconnection from the Internet.

After success with Eircom, the labels started to send such notices to other ISPs, so some of them agreed as well to hand over details of subscribers who received a third strike to the record labels.

After Sony, Universal and Warner filed an application against Vodafone Ireland to be heard in the Commercial Court, the ISP voluntarily agreed to adopt a “three strikes” mechanism. While this could be viewed as giving in without a fight, momentum was clearly against the telecoms company.

Monday 8 April, 2019

T-Mobile Blocks 22 ‘Pirate’ Domains as Net Neutrality Concerns Persist

T-Mobile says it has received a request to block 22 domains linked to alleged pirate sites. While the ISP has already implemented the bans in Austria where the case originates, it has also written to regulators to have the restrictions checked for compatibility with net neutrality regulations.

Sunday 7 April, 2019

GTA V’s Take-Two Settles Lawsuit with Popular Cheat Maker

With a consent judgment issued by a New York federal court, Take-Two Interactive has settled its case with a prominent GTA V cheat maker. The Georgia man, one of the key people behind the ‘Menyoo’ and ‘Absolute’ cheats, allegedly earned more than $100,000 from the copyright-infringing activities.

The company has filed several lawsuits in the US and abroad, accusing alleged cheat makers and sellers of copyright infringement. One case, filed at a New York court targeted Georgia resident David Zipperer, who was accused of working on and distributing the ‘Menyoo’ and ‘Absolute’ cheats.

According to the game company, Zipperer repeatedly misled the Court regarding his financial situation, as he claimed he “doesn’t have the money and used earned money to support his family”. Through a subpoena, they found out that the cheat maker earned at least  $100,000, possibly much more. Some of these profits were spent on expensive electronic equipment and other personal purchases.



Wednesday 3 April, 2019

Aussie Music Industry in Court to Demand Stream-Ripping Site Blocks

Music labels Sony, Universal, and Warner, with assistance from Music Rights Australia and the Australasian Performing Right Association, have appeared Australia’s Federal Court demanding that local ISPs block four stream-ripping sites.

“Stream-ripping” sites allow users to download or ‘rip’ content for offline use. Copyright holders tend to lose revenue as a result. This has led to the practice of stream-ripping being labeled not only as piracy, but one of the most serious forms of piracy facing the music industry today. As a result, platforms that offer stream-ripping services are now seen in the same light as torrent sites once were.

Music Rights Australia are requesting a block of some stream-ripping services.


Monday 1 April, 2019

US Court Orders 27 Pirate Site Operators to Pay $1 Million Each in Damages

A district court in Florida has ordered 27 pirate site operators to each pay $1 million in damages due to distributing of links to copyright-infringing streams of ABS-CBN (largest media and entertainment company in the Philippines). The default judgment was ordered in favor of media giant ABS-CBN, which has scored several victories in US courts in 2019.

Despite facing hefty damages, none of the site operators turned up in court.

Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Europe’s controversial overhaul of online copyright receives final approval: a “dark day for internet freedom” or a “big step ahead”?

On March 26th, the European Parliament has given final approval to the Copyright Directive, a package of legislation designed to update copyright law in Europe for the internet age. The Copyright Directive itself contains reasonable amendments to laws enforced in 2001, but two regulations – Article 11 or the “link tax” which lets publishers charge big media platforms when they display snippets of news stories, and Article 13 (so-called the “upload filter”) that obliges sites to stop users from uploading copyrighted content – are the most critisized.
Experts in copyright law said that despite both jubilant and unhappy reactions, the real test is yet to come. The directive will now be passed on to EU member states, who will have to translate it into national law over the next two years.

Wednesday 20 June, 2018

The EU Parliament adopted new anti-piracy proposals

In course of modernizing the EU copyright law, the EU Parliament adopted new legislative proposals. They include the request for online services to control any uploaded content and implement measures to prevent copyright infringements. It also means prevention from repeated upload of infringing content.

The final decision on the copyright reform will be made next spring.


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