Google Promotes Pirate Videogame Repacker ‘FitGirl’ to ‘Musical Artist’ Status

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After an amusing goof by Google's search algorithm, one of the most famous names in videogames piracy has been reclassified as a 'musical artist'. People searching for 'FitGirl' are now greeted by her very own knowledge panel which lists her 'top song' as 'Repacks', a reference to compressed pirated releases.

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In a world where Internet connection speeds have risen to heights we could only dream about a few short years ago, for most people complex videogames still take an absolute age to download, even from legal services such as Steam.

The situation is not much different for people downloading pirate releases using torrents either, but there are people out there who aim to make life a little bit easier. So-called ‘repackers’ heavily compress pirate releases and place them online, helping those with limited bandwidth or low Internet speeds obtain games using limited resources. Read entire story 6/9/2020 at TorrentFreak

Anti-Piracy Lawyer Uses Trademark Claim to Expose ‘Showbox’ Sites

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Hawaiian company "42 Ventures" is using piracy-related trademarks to target pirate sites and apps. Represented by an anti-piracy lawyer, it's now going after several sites that offer or link to the piracy app Showbox, including the popular publishing platform Medium. Through DMCA subpoenas, Cloudflare, Godaddy, and Namecheap are ordered to expose the site operators.

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Earlier this year, a popular Popcorn Time fork had its Twitter account suspended over an alleged trademark violation.

This was the work of anti-piracy lawyer Kerry Culpepper who, on behalf of the company 42 Ventures, used the “Popcorn Time” trademark as ammunition.

As it turned out, the Hawaiian company had registered a series of piracy-linked keywords including Popcorn Time, YTS, and Terrarium, as well as an image mark that’s pretty much identical to the logo of another piracy app, Showbox.

42 Ventures doesn’t hold any notable copyrights. However, its a...

Read entire story 6/8/2020 at TorrentFreak

Kodi Team: Pirate Add-ons Only Care About Popularity or Money

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https://kodi.tv/article/kodi-builds-streaming-add-ons-and-free-lunches But some are illegal. A few are both illegal and just downright nasty, and some rogue developers even think your hardware is their hardware. These developers and the surrounding ecosystem only care about popularity or money. Yes, they do make money from you, selling that marvellous VPN that you so desperately need to feel […]

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But some are illegal. A few are both illegal and just downright nasty, and some rogue developers even think your hardware is their hardware.

These developers and the surrounding ecosystem only care about popularity or money. Yes, they do make money from you, selling that marvellous VPN that you so desperately need to feel safe, showing you ads galore, promising everything for free.

Now, if it sounds like it can’t be legit because it literally sounds too good to be true and that they must be dod...

Read entire story 6/8/2020 at TorrentFreak

Movie Studios Apply For Injunction Against ISP With “Close Links” to The Pirate Bay

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Two movie companies have applied for an information injunction against a Sweden-based Internet company that they believe has "close ties" to The Pirate Bay. An IP address operated by Obenetwork was handed over to the studios by Cloudflare last week as part of an investigation being carried out by anti-piracy group Rights Alliance.

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Despite dozens of legal actions against The Pirate Bay, including the jailing of its founders, the world’s most famous torrent site remains online today.

That it continues to operate can only be an irritant to the many companies that have partnered to take it down and at least for a while, it seemed that tackling the site may have fallen down the list of priorities. Now, however, there is clear evidence that movie companies in Scandinavia are back on the trail.

Svensk Filmindustri is the leading distribution and production company in the Nordic region. Denmark-based Nord...

Read entire story 6/8/2020 at TorrentFreak

Manga, Scanlation, and The Curious Case of The ‘Pirating’ Anti-Piracy Advocate

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A few days ago a vocal anti-piracy advocate was accused of working with pirates. The case revolves around the manga industry, which is thriving today, in part thanks to piracy. More than anything, the accusations and the defense from the targeted Manga translator show how an evolving industry is struggling with its roots.

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Manga comics and magazines are extremely popular. Early on this was mostly limited to Japan but nowadays it’s a global phenomenon.

In part, this worldwide success was facilitated by piracy. We use this loaded term lightly here, particularly when it refers to scanlation.

How Scanlation ‘Piracy’ Popularized Manga

When some of the early torrent sites appeared in the first half of the 2000s, many had anime or manga sections. At the time, this category was alien to the majority of western users but that changed over time.

This shift was in part the resul...

Read entire story 6/7/2020 at TorrentFreak

Top Mistakes Made By BitTorrent Users That Lead to Lawsuits & DMCA Notices

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Every week bemused BitTorrent users post online wondering why they have received copyright notices from their ISPs or, worse still, notification of a pending lawsuit. The obvious reason is that they downloaded some pirated content but there are several more, mostly the result of belief in urban myths or misunderstandings of how BitTorrent works.

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Once upon a time, most BitTorrent users could download whatever they liked with relative impunity.

Movies, TV shows, music, games and software could mostly be obtained trouble-free but more than 15 years on, the game has changed significantly. Copyright holders and their anti-piracy partners are highly-organized and Internet service providers in some countries, notably the United States, are keener than ever to forward complaints to lessen their own liability.

Yet despite the thousands of articles that have been written on the topic of DMCA notices, ISP account suspensions, a...

Read entire story 6/7/2020 at TorrentFreak

Uberchips Denies Nintendo’s Piracy Claims and Wants Case Dismissed

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Uberchips has responded to the piracy lawsuit filed by Nintendo last month. The store and its operator deny pretty much all allegations and is asking the court to dismiss the case. The lawsuit revolves around an upcoming jailbreak hack for Nintendo's Switch Core and Lite consoles, which will soon be released by Team Xecuter.

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Nintendo is doing everything in its power to stop the public from playing pirated games on the Switch console.

Their major adversary is the infamous hacking group Team-Xecuter, which released several ‘jailbreak’ hacks for the games console.

The group is about to launch its latest products, SX-Core and SX-Lite, which will be the first to work on recent Switch consoles including the Lite variant. Nintendo sees this as a major threat and with a series of lawsuits, hopes to limit the availability of these mod devices.

As Nintendo’s efforts to go directly ...

Read entire story 6/6/2020 at TorrentFreak

Japan Passes New Copyright Law to Criminalize Manga Piracy & Linking Sites

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Japan's parliament has passed amendments to copyright law that aim to prevent illegal downloading of manga, magazines and other texts. Set to be implemented in two phases, the new framework also outlaws so-called 'leech sites' that provide links to copyrighted content hosted elsewhere.

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Eight years ago, Japan passed legislation that made it illegal to download unlicensed movies and music from the Internet.

The move to criminalize this activity with a prison sentence of up to two years received a general welcome from copyright holders. However, rightsholders offering other types of content felt left out. Ever since they’ve called for the law to be expanded to include manga (local comics) and other literary works.

Fines and Prison Sentences For Downloaders

This week and after years of work, their goals were achieved. Japan’s parliament passed new c...

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Google ‘Promotes’ Pirate Book Sales, Authors Guild Says

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The Authors Guild believes that online services should do more to prevent book piracy. In a testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, the group is particularly critical of Google. It accuses the search engine of hurting authors by facilitating piracy, including the prominent promotion of pirate book stores through its shopping ads.

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The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property is actively looking for options through which the US can better address online piracy.

Earlier this year, it held a hearing to see what could be learned from copyright policies in other countries. This week a new meeting was put on the agenda, which zoomed in on the effectiveness of the DMCA itself.

This isn’t the first time that the US Government has heard stakeholders on the DMCA and many of the arguments, both in favor and against the law, have been brought up before. The overall theme is that online services...

Read entire story 6/5/2020 at TorrentFreak

Torrent Site BTDB.io Has Domain Suspended By Registry Without Warning

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Torrent site BitTorrent Database has lost control over its BTDB.io domain after the .io domain registry marked it with a serverHold status code. The suspension was put into place without any warning, leaving the site to fall back on a previously-registered .eu domain.

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In terms of sheer traffic, BitTorrent Database (BTDB) doesn’t rub shoulders with The Pirate Bay and RARBG but with seven million visitors per month, it’s certainly no slouch.

The site began by allowing people to search BitTorrent’s Distributed Hash Table (DHT) but has more recently allowed users to upload their own torrents into categories including movies, TV, music, games and others.

According to its search engine there are more than 27.6 million torrents to choose from but this week, completely out of the blue and literally overnight, the site’s tra...

Read entire story 6/5/2020 at TorrentFreak