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Anti-Piracy Efforts Are Unlikely to Beat Sci-Hub

Posted: Today

Elsevier and other academic publishers see 'pirate' site Sci-Hub as a major threat to their billion-dollar industries. Many researchers, however, can't function properly without the notorious site. Since anti-piracy efforts are unlikely to beat the site, perhaps it's time for the publishers to draw a lesson from Sci-Hub instead?

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Man Tried to Burn Down Telecoms Watchdog to Avenge Pirate Site-Blocking

Posted: Yesterday

A man in Russia who admitted to attempting three arson attacks says he took action in response to the authorities blocking pirate sites. The prosecutor demanded two years in prison but the man, who tried to burn down the offices of telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor, has now received 18 months probation.

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Disney and Charter Team Up on Piracy Mitigation

Posted: Yesterday

The Walt Disney Company and Charter Communications have signed a new distribution agreement. Aside from providing more Disney content to Charter subscribers, the companies will also join forces to combat piracy. What this collaboration will entail remains unknown for now, but it's an interesting step, especially since Charter is currently involved in a major piracy liability lawsuit.

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Cloudflare Flags Copyright Lawsuits as Potential Liabilities Ahead of IPO

Posted: 8/16/2019

Cloudflare, the CDN company currently serving around 20 million Internet domains, sites, applications and APIs, has filed to go public. In its statement, the company warns that the activities of some of its customers, which include pirate sites, could expose it to significant copyright infringement liabilities in the future.

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YouTube Forbids Monetizing Short Music Clips Through Manual Content-ID Claims

Posted: 8/16/2019

YouTube has announced that it will update its manual Content-ID claiming policy. Starting next month, rightsholders are forbidden from manually claiming videos that use short or unintentional music fragments. Those who repeatedly violate this new policy will have their manual claiming rights revoked. With the new policy, YouTube hopes to improve fairness in the creator ecosystem.

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‘Google Blocked TorrentFreak From Appearing in Search Feature’

Posted: 8/15/2019

Documents released by whistleblower Zachary Vorhies suggests that Google actively blocked hundreds of sites, including TorrentFreak, from its Google Now service. The blocklist doesn't provide a specific reason for the blockade, but other sites are flagged for having a high user block rate or for peddling hoax stories. Vorhies has shared the documents with the US Department of Justice.

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‘Get it Right’ Hopes High-Profile Social Influencers Can Deter Piracy

Posted: 8/15/2019

The UK's Get It Right (From A Genuine Site) campaign is trying a fresh approach as part of its mission to deter people from accessing content illegally. With the help of 'social influencers' including popular YouTube Caspar Lee, the first episode of a new video mini-series aims to offer insight into the efforts expended to create original content and how piracy could undermine that.

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Ads on Pirate Sites Can Hurt Sales, Survey Finds

Posted: 8/14/2019

Advertising on pirate sites can seriously harm certain brands, a new survey has revealed. The Trustworthy Accountability Group and Brand Safety Institute report states that the majority of people would buy less products from the companies as a result. The question remains, however, whether these people actually use pirate sites to begin with.

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TV Distributors Abandon IPTV Blocking Application Down Under

Posted: 8/14/2019

Back in February, TV distributor International Media Distribution launched legal action in Australia's Federal Court targeting IPTV provider Reelplay. The company and two partners wanted local ISPs to block the platform due to alleged copyright infringement. However, for reasons unknown, the applicants have now terminated their case.

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Music Companies Accuse Cox of Gamesmanship, Asks Court for Sanctions

Posted: 8/13/2019

In the ongoing piracy liability case between Cox and several music companies, the ISP recently agreed to engage in settlement discussions. However, two days before the hearing was set to take place, the ISP decided to cancel, noting that it didn't think the meeting would be productive. This last-minute cancellation, together with other objectionable actions, deserve to be sanctioned, according to the music outfits.

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