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Pirate ‘Treasures’ Continue to Show Up on Google Maps

Posted: Today

Spammers continue to abuse Google Maps to promote scammy pirate links. These 'treasures' show up through the maps feature from where they are picked up by search engines. This can be pretty effective, it seems, as some links are getting thousands of views.

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Spotify Launches Crackdown on Tools Offering Premium Service For Free

Posted: Today

Spotify has filed a wave of DMCA takedown notices with Google in an effort to remove links to software claiming to offer a premium experience without paying. In many of its complaints Spotify warns that the company believes that the tools are intended to be used as "instruments of fraud".

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‘App Watch’ Allows Operators to Monitor and Ban Piracy Apps on Android Set-Top Boxes

Posted: Yesterday

Irdeto is mostly known for its 'Denuvo' anti-piracy tool, which protects many high profile games. However, the digital security company operates a broad suite of anti-piracy tools. This includes "App Watch," a service that allows content providers to monitor and restrict the use of pirate apps on their Android-based set-top boxes.

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Hacker Mods Old Calculator to Access the Internet, CASIO Files DMCA Complaint

Posted: Yesterday

A hobbyist electronics hacker who took a cheap standard calculator and modified it to access the Internet has been hit with a DMCA copyright complaint. According to CASIO, the project uses its copyrighted source code but the developer informs TorrentFreak that his code was written entirely from scratch.

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US Copyright Office’s Proposed DMCA Fine-Tuning Could Be Bad News for Pirates

Posted: 5/22/2020

The US Copyright Office has published its long-awaited review of the DMCA's safe harbor provisions. The report proposes several tweaks to the law, including one that could make it much easier to go after online pirates. At the same time, the Copyright Office stresses that more research is needed on the effects of upload filters and pirate site blocking.

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YouTube Faces Permanent ISP Blocking in Repeat Copyright Infringer Lawsuit

Posted: 5/22/2020

A company that develops personnel assessment tests for companies to vet prospective employees has filed a lawsuit against YouTube demanding that the platform is permanently blocked by ISPs in the country. OnTarget says that the video platform has not responded to previous orders to remove its content so must now be considered a repeat infringer under Russia's anti-piracy laws.

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Anti-Piracy Lawyer Sues Torrent Sites for ‘YTS’ Trademark Infringement

Posted: 5/21/2020

Pirate sites regularly get into trouble for breaching copyright law. However, a new case filed in Hawaii is of an entirely different order. A well-known anti-piracy lawyer has filed a lawsuit against several YTS sites because the company he represents obtained a similarly-named trademark this year. The complaint mostly targets 'clones' and the real YTS is not named.

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Pirate IPTV Reseller Boom Media Ordered to Pay $3.3m in Damages

Posted: 5/21/2020

A court in New York has ordered Boom Media, a prominent reseller of 'pirate' IPTV subscriptions, to pay $3.3m in damages to TV broadcaster DISH Network. The judgment states that Boom's former operators, mother-and-son team Debra and John Henderson, should be held jointly and severally liable after failing to mount a defense.

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The Simpsons Writer Promotes Disney+ Premiere With Pirate Movie Screenshot

Posted: 5/20/2020

Next week the Oscar-nominated The Simpsons short The Longest Daycare will premiere on Disney+, a fact announced on Twitter today by Al Jean, who has been writing for the show for more than 30 years. Inadvertently or not, however, Jean managed to promote the show using a screenshot from a pirated version of the show that appeared on torrents more than seven years ago.

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GitHub Reinstates Popcorn Time Code Despite MPA ‘Threat’

Posted: 5/20/2020

Earlier this month, an MPA takedown notice pulled Popcorn Time's GitHub repository offline. The Hollywood group, which also represents Netflix, argued that the code facilitates mass copyright infringement. While that may be the case, Popcorn Time filed a counternotice arguing that they own the code. Faced with contradicting requests, Github has now reinstated the repository.

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