ISP Telenor Will Block The Pirate Bay in Sweden Without a Shot Fired – TorrentFreak

Telenor, an ISP that has long fought against site-blocking in Sweden, will now begin blocking The Pirate Bay, apparently voluntarily. The development isn’t the result of a direct court order against the company, rather its final consolidation with Bredbandsbolaget, an ISP owned by Telenor that was previously ordered to block the infamous torrent site.

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‘Blocking Pirate Sites Through Court is Uncertain, Slow and Expensive’ – TorrentFreak

Fairplay Canada sees its own site blocking proposal as the best option to counter infringing websites. In a reply response to the CRTC, the coalition argues that the ‘alternative’ judicial option is uncertain, costly, and will take a lot of time.

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RIAA: ISP Profited From Keeping Pirating Customers Aboard – TorrentFreak

The RIAA is not willing to let ISP Grande Communications off the hook easily. The music group has asked a Texas federal court for permission to file an amended complaint based on new evidence, arguing that the Internet provider profited from its decision not to terminate pirating subscribers.

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ISPs Win Landmark Case to Protect Privacy of Alleged Pirates – TorrentFreak

Two Danish ISPs have won their long-running battle to prevent the identities of alleged pirates being handed over to copyright trolls. With the trolls’ activities being described as “mafia-like”, ISPs Telenor and Telia argued that IP address logs should only be used in serious criminal cases.

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IP Address Fail: ISP Doesn’t Have to Hand ‘Pirates’ Details to Copyright Trolls – TorrentFreak

A Swedish ISP has landed an interesting win against a UK-based company acting for international copyright trolls. In 2016, Tele2 was ordered to hand over the personal details of customers behind around 240 IP addresses after they were accused of movie piracy.

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Google Search Receives Fewer Takedown Notices Than Before – TorrentFreak

Following years of increases in the volume of takedown requests, the tide appears to be turning at Google search. The number of received DMCA notices for alleged pirate links has dropped 25% compared to 2016. That’s the first downward trend since Google started counting.

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Internet service providers urged to block pirate sites

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government on Friday decided to call on internet service providers operating in the nation to block access to “pirate websites” that allow users to read manga and magazines for free online. The urgent measure is to protect the rights of creators.

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Why Did The World’s Largest Streaming Site Suddenly Shut Down? – TorrentFreak

Just over a week ago, 123movies, also known as 123movieshub and GoMovies, announced its surprise shutdown. After being labeled the largest pirate site in the world by the MPAA, it has now disappeared off the face of the Internet.

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Major Pirate Site Operators’ Sentences Increased on Appeal – TorrentFreak

Two men behind defunct pirate streaming site Swefilmer have had their sentences increased by the Court of Appeal in Sweden. The main operator was originally sentenced to three years in prison but is now required to serve a four-year sentence and pay additional damages. The second man has had his conditional sentence augmented with a fine.

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Russia Blocked 8,000 Pirate Sites in 2017, “Visits to Cinemas Up 11%” – TorrentFreak

Russian telecoms regulator Rozcomnadzor has revealed that in 2017, local ISPs were ordered to block 8,000 ‘pirate’ sites. In parallel, officials and groups connected with the movie industry report a decline in the volumes of content being shared and a growth in cinema revenues.

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Spotify Cracks Down On Pirates Using Premium Service For Free

Streaming music service Spotify is starting to crack down on users who are running modified versions of the streaming platform to gain the benefits of premium membership without paying, according to Torrent Freak, a website that reports on copyright and piracy news.

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Cloudflare is Liable For Pirate Sites & Has No Safe Harbor, Publisher Says – TorrentFreak

Cloudflare should be held liable for copyright infringements committed by its customers, adult publisher ALS Scan has informed the California District Court. The company requests a partial summary judgment, claiming that the CDN provider assists pirates and doesn’t qualify for safe harbor protection. “The evidence is undisputed,” ALS writes.

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China Seriously Doubts Objectivity of US ‘Pirate Site’ List – TorrentFreak

Every year the US Government pinpoints some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright-infringing venues. The USTR calls on foreign countries to take appropriate action in response, but not all are convinced of the objectivity of the “notorious markets” list. China’s commerce ministry, for one, notes that the US claims lack conclusive evidence and relevant data.

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China shuts down 2,554 websites in piracy crackdown – Xinhua | English.news.cn

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) — Chinese authorities said Tuesday that 2,554 websites were shut down and 2.76 million pirated publications were confiscated in a crackdown on copyright infringement launched in 2017.

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Pirate Streaming on Facebook is a Seriously Risky Business – TorrentFreak

This week it was revealed that a UK man is on the hook for at least £5,000 in settlement fees after his Sky and Facebook accounts were used to live-stream a boxing match. Forget about the supposed risks of using pirate Kodi addons, this is the kind of piracy that the UK public need to steer clear of.

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