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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Court Expands Dutch Pirate Bay Blockade to More ISPs, For Now – TorrentFreak

A Dutch court has ordered more local ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. The order will be valid until the Supreme Court hands down its final decision. That will be the climax of a long legal battle that started at the turn of the last decade.

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Rights Holders Launch Landmark Case Against ‘Pirate’ Android Box Sellers – TorrentFreak

Rightsholders will tread new ground today when they attempt a private prosecution of ‘pirate’ Android box sellers in Singapore. In what many believe is a legal gray area, SingTel, Starhub, Fox Networks Group and Premier League will seek a win in order to suppress further sales in the region.

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Media Giant Can Keep Seized Ad Revenue From Pirate Sites – TorrentFreak

A federal court in Florida has signed a default judgment against more than two dozen relatively small pirate sites. The order grants media conglomerate ABS-CBN ownership of the associated domain names. In addition, it can keep the sites’ previously seized advertising revenue from networks including Google Adsense and MGID.

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