Chinese media giants hit snag with piracy block | ZDNet

The world’s largest producers of Chinese media content, TVBO Productions and Television Broadcasts (TVB), have hit a roadblock in their attempt to get the Federal Court to order Australia’s internet service providers to block access to a series of domain names they say facilitate infringement of their copyright.

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Internet piracy taking major bite out of Japan’s famed manga culture | The Japan Times

Japan’s renowned manga culture is facing a crisis. The spread of smartphones and tablet computers allows people to read e-comics anywhere at any time. According to the Research Institute for Publications, annual sales of digital comics last year grew 17.2 percent from the previous year to ¥171.1 billion, surpassing sales of their printed brethren for the first time.

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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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Joshua v Parker live stream WARNING – Boxing fans at risk after piracy arrests and fines

There’s just a few hours to go until Anthony Joshua takes on Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The huge title fight is being broadcast on Sky Box Office pay-per-view with the evening’s event costing £19.95 and it could be a price worth paying if you want to watch without fear of breaking of the law.

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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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Judge Issues Mixed Order in RIAA’s Piracy Case Against ISP Grande – TorrentFreak

ISP Grande Communications and the RIAA are continuing their fight in court. US Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin recommends dropping the infringement claims against Grande’s management company and the vicarious infringement claim against the ISP itself. However, the request to dismiss the contributory infringement claim should be denied.

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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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China shuts down 3,908 websites in piracy crackdown

Nearly 3,900 websites have been shutdown for infringement in a crackdown by China’s copyright watchdog in the past five years, authorities said today. National Copyright Administration investigated 22,568 piracy cases nationwide and deleted more than six million links to pirated publications during the period.

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EFF Urges US Copyright Office To Reject Proactive ‘Piracy’ Filters – TorrentFreak

As entertainment companies and Internet services spar over the boundaries of copyright law, the EFF is urging the US Copyright Office to keep “copyright’s safe harbors safe.” In a petition just filed with the office, the EFF warns that innovation will be stymied if Congress goes ahead with a plan to introduce proactive ‘piracy’ filters at the expense of the DMCA’s current safe harbor provisions.

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Cloudflare Hit With Piracy Lawsuit After Abuse Form ‘Fails’ – TorrentFreak

Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli has filed a lawsuit against Cloudflare, accusing the CDN provider of contributory copyright infringement. What started out as a straightforward DMCA notice quickly escalated after Boffoli couldn’t get the standard abuse form to accept his links.

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Piracy adds to ‘Padmaavat’s woes

Karni Sena is not Padmaavat’s only foe. Like all other films it has a powerful adversary in piracy too. According to Germany based company TECXIPIO GmbH, as much as 39 Torrent files of the film have been seen online since its official release on Thursday, most of them titled “pre DVD-rips” or “Cam-rips”.

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From piracy to paying — CNN finds new trend in China – Xinhua | English.news.cn

China’s long-running crackdown on pirated content has been fruitful. The new film industry law, which protects intellectual property and encourages film-related merchandise and licensing, took effect on March 1, 2017, delivering a blow to piracy.

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The EU is Working On Its Own Piracy Watch-List – TorrentFreak

Following in the footsteps of the United States, the European Union plans to launch its own piracy “watch list”. Based on input from relevant stakeholders, the list will identify sites and services that facilitate copyright infringement, to encourage foreign governments to take action in response.

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New Kodi Addon Tool Might Carry Interesting Copyright Liability Implications – TorrentFreak

A tool just released by the TVAddons team might carry interesting copyright implications. Github Browser enables Kodi users to install third-party addons directly from development platform Github. This removes the requirement for sites like TVAddons to host repositories containing potentially infringing add-ons, something which forms the basis of two lawsuits against the platform.

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Hollywood Says Only Site-Blocking Left to Beat Piracy in New Zealand – TorrentFreak

The Motion Picture Distributors’ Association, which represents the major Hollywood studios in New Zealand, says that there is “nothing” that can be done to tackle piracy other than site-blocking. Noting the local popularity of The Pirate Bay, MPDA is placing faith in government to pass the necessary legislation.

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