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Key Internet Players Call For Clarification of ‘Notorious Piracy Market’ Term

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The Internet Infrastructure Coalition is asking the U.S. Trade Representative to clarify what a 'notorious piracy market' is. The group, which represents tech firms including Cloudflare, Google, Amazon and Verisign, warns that calling out key Internet infrastructure companies as rogue actors, as some rightsholders have done, puts the Internet in danger.


Earlier this month, several copyright holder groups sent their annual “notorious markets” submissions to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The U.S. Government uses this input for its annual review of notorious piracy markets, an overview of threats to various copyright industries.

The recommendations, including those from the RIAA, MPA, and ESA, traditionally include well-known piracy sites such as The Pirate Bay, but increasingly third-party technology providers are also being added to the mix.

For example, domain registrars and hosting services a...

Read entire story Yesterday at TorrentFreak

Twitter Suspends Trump Meme Creator…But Not For the ‘Kingsman’ Bloodbath Video

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Over the weekend a violent video meme depicting Donald Trump killing his critics was aired at a conference for his supporters in Miami. Yesterday, a person connected to the video's creation was suspended by Twitter. But while some have connected the two events, an unconnected copyright complaint from Universal Music was ultimately to blame.


There was uproar in the media this past weekend after a violent video meme was reportedly shown at a pro-Trump conference.

The video, a doctored version of the famous church scene from the movie Kingsman, depicts Trump killing his critics, from both the media and politics.

The video was made by TheGeekzTeam, an entity that creates content for a website run by Carpe Donktum, a prolific pro-Trump supporter and meme-maker. During the fallout on Monday, Carpe Donktum’s Twitter account was suspended, an event which led various media outlets to connect the events of ...

Read entire story Yesterday at TorrentFreak

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 10/14/19

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The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Lion King' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw'. 'Toy Story 4' completes the top three.


This week we have three newcomers in our chart.

The Lion King is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the articles of the recent weekly movie download charts.

This week’s most downloaded movies are: Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer Most downloaded movies via torrents 1 (…) The Lion King 7.1 / traile...

Read entire story Yesterday at TorrentFreak

DISH Threatens to Sue IPTV Subscribers Because Suppliers Are Snitching

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DISH and Nagrastar are reportedly sending out a new wave of pay-up-or-else letters to 'pirate' IPTV users in the United States. The company has previously demanded around $3,500 in compensation per person, apparently after obtaining customer details from 'pirate' suppliers. Recent court documents show that does indeed happen.


When they don’t use protection such as VPNs, pirates who use BitTorrent-like peer-to-peer systems are relatively easy to track down. Their IP addresses are publicly viewable meaning that one subpoena later, content companies can obtain their names and addresses from ISPs.

The situation is quite different when it comes to users of regular ‘pirate’ IPTV services. Their IP addresses and personal details are usually only known to their provider, so proving infringement is more difficult. Of course, if the IPTV provider itself is targeted by a company like DISH, i...

Read entire story 10/14/2019 at TorrentFreak

MPAA and RIAA’s Megaupload Lawsuits Remain on Hold, Perhaps For Years

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A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to keep the civil lawsuits filed by music and movie companies on hold until April next year. With the criminal case still pending, this standstill could last for years. Meanwhile, Kim Dotcom is plugging the upcoming token sale of the new content publishing and monetization platform K.im.


In 2012, Microsoft first released its operating system Windows 8, Apple came out with the iPhone 5, and Google’s Sergey Brin showed off a Google Glass prototype in the wild.

It was also the year when armed police officers swarmed Kim Dotcom’s mansion in a military-style-raid while his hosting service Megaupload was being taken down.

It was the beginning of the largest copyright infringement case the U.S. Government had ever launched and one that was far from straightforward.

While the earlier mentioned technology continued to progress, the Meg...

Read entire story 10/14/2019 at TorrentFreak

MPA Adds 1XBET and Baidu to Latest Piracy Threat Report

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The Motion Picture Association has sent its latest overview of notorious piracy markets to the US Government. Aside from the traditional list of pirate sites, apps, and hosting providers, the movie industry group now also lists the Chinese hosting service Baidu Pan. Gambling outfit 1XBET, which advertises on pirate sites and releases, is included as well.


Alongside other entertainment industry groups, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) sends a yearly overview of notorious foreign piracy markets to the US Trade Representative.

These annual submissions help to guide the U.S. Government’s position toward foreign countries when it comes to copyright enforcement.

We previously covered the submissions from the RIAA and ESA, which both listed a wide variety of pirate sites including torrent, streaming, MP3-downloaders, and ROM archives.

The MPA’s submission was published later than the others b...

Read entire story 10/13/2019 at TorrentFreak

Battle Against IPTV Continues As MPA & ACE Take Over Four More Domains

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When it comes to tackling 'pirate' IPTV services, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has already claimed the scalps of many in 2019. After quietly taking over the domains of several providers and sellers earlier this year, we can now report that another four have fallen to the global anti-piracy alliance, adding to the growing tally.


If the figures that were cited following the recent international police operation against Xtream Codes are any yardstick, providers and sellers of ‘pirate’ IPTV providers currently number in their thousands.

While there are relatively few sources at the very top of the pyramid, there could be in excess of 5,000 players selling IPTV subscriptions to the public, which by recent estimates could dwarf even the five million accounts cited by the authorities.

In common with the task of removing every torrent, streaming and similar site from the Internet, the p...

Read entire story 10/13/2019 at TorrentFreak

Ebook Piracy Grows, Contrary to The Trend

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Research from the Netherlands shows that the percentage of pirates has declined across all popular entertainment in recent years, except for Ebooks. The data, which also reveals some intriguing piracy demographics, suggest that book pirates are missing something in the current legal offerings.


Piracy statistics can be tricky. Trends often go in different directions, depending on the region, the type of media, as well as the research timeframe.

One of the most elaborate datasets collected in recent years comes from the University of Amsterdam.

Among other things, it suggested that legal options are a better way to beat piracy than enforcement.

The underlying data forms the basis of a new research article where two nearly identical piracy surveys from 2012 and 2017 were compared. This allowed the researchers to look at changes in media consumpti...

Read entire story 10/12/2019 at TorrentFreak

International Day Against DRM 2019 Focuses on Education

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Today is International Day Against DRM, an annual protest against technology that restricts what we can do with purchased digital products and tools. The focus this year is on the right to read, with pressure placed on publishers to stop restricting access to education. It's a noble cause that deserves support but sadly, as every year passes, the hill is becoming increasingly steep.


The Free Software Foundation’s Defective by Design campaign International Day Against Digital Restrictions Management is here again.

It’s been 12 months since the campaign celebrated the 12th anniversary of its quest to prompt, pressure and prevent companies from restricting what we can do with legitimately bought content and products.

This year the main focus is perhaps the noblest to date – the right to an education.

“Defective by Design is calling on you to stand up against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) on the Internationa...

Read entire story 10/12/2019 at TorrentFreak

Trump’s Sons, Attorney, & Social Media Chief All Got DMCA Notices Over ‘Photograph’ Meme

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Twitter and indeed much of the media erupted last week when President Trump used a Nickelback meme and found himself on the end of a copyright complaint from Warner. However, the president wasn't the only one to receive DMCA notices, they were also filed against his sons, his attorney, and the White House's director of social media.


Last week, US President Donald Trump made headlines when he tweeted a short video meme aimed at discrediting political rival Joe Biden.

It contained a clip of Nickelback’s video ‘Photograph’ which resulted in the tweet being taken down for copyright infringement.

Soon after, a copy of the DMCA notice that caused the takedown was published on the Lumen Database, which revealed that the sender was Warner Music Group. However, TF has learned that wasn’t the only takedown notice to target Trump and his supporters over the now-controversial clip. Read entire story 10/11/2019 at TorrentFreak