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KodiUKTV Considers its Future Following FACT Cease & Desist

Posted: Today

This week, the Federation Against Copyright Theft confirmed that it had sent cease-and-desist notices to at least two players in the Kodi add-on community. Amid the uncertainty, both took a quick decision to close down. The founder of one of them, KodiUKTV, has been sharing his thoughts with TorrentFreak, reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future.

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Disney Wants to Reinforce Its ‘Piracy Intelligence’ Team

Posted: Yesterday

Disney entered the streaming market this week with its own video on demand platform. While there is plenty of interest in the new service, piracy remains a major concern. This is an area Disney's "piracy intelligence team" is keeping a close eye on, and they are currently looking for reinforcement.

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EU Court to Decide on BitTorrent Questions in Copyright Trolling Case

Posted: Yesterday

A copyright troll that failed in its quest to target Virgin Media customers earlier this year is having another bite at the cherry against a different ISP in Belgium. This time, however, a local court has referred several questions to the European Court of Justice, specifically related to the BitTorrent mechanism and EU privacy law.

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Company That Acquired ‘Copyright Troll’ Warns ISPs & VPN Providers

Posted: 11/15/2019

American Films Inc, a company that 'acquired' the US operations of notorious 'copyright troll' outfit GuardaLey earlier this year, says it has made a new acquisition. With the addition of "strategic data company" Maker Data Services LLC, the company hopes to help Hollywood bring lawsuits against ISPs and VPN providers.

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Court Punishes Copyright ‘Troll’ Lawyer for Repeatedly Lying to The Court

Posted: 11/15/2019

Copyright lawyer Richard Liebowitz has been sanctioned by a federal court in New York for repeatedly lying about his grandfather's date of death, which made him miss a hearing. The lawyer, who many see as a photography 'copyright troll', refused to hand over the relevant death certificate for months. When he finally provided the document this week, the Judge found out that he hadn't been honest about the date.

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Canadian Court Rejects Reverse Class Action Against BitTorrent Pirates

Posted: 11/14/2019

The Canadian Federal Court has dismissed a motion from Voltage Pictures to go after alleged BitTorrent pirates through a reverse class action lawsuit. The case in question started in 2016, in an attempt to sue alleged pirates at reduced cost. However, the court rejected this approach, as it's not suitable for file-sharing cases.

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Kodi Addon & Build Repositories Shut Down Citing Legal Pressure

Posted: 11/14/2019

Two groups involved in the distribution of third-party Kodi addons and 'builds' have shut down citing legal pressure. KodiUKTV and OneNation both ran so-called repositories where software could be downloaded but that activity will not continue into the future. It is currently unknown who threatened the groups but there are a couple of prime candidates.

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Disney+ Launched and Pirates Love It, Especially Mandalorian

Posted: 11/13/2019

Disney's exclusive streaming service launched in three countries this week. While many new subscribers flocked to the Disney+ platform, others went to pirate sites instead. For some, this is the only way to watch the highly anticipated Mandalorian series. To Disney this shouldn't come as a surprise and the company immediately tried to contain the damage by issuing takedown requests.

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EU Academics Publish Recommendations to Limit Negative Impact of Article 17 on Users

Posted: 11/13/2019

In March 2019, the European Parliament adopted the new Copyright Directive, including the widely opposed Article 13 (later renumbered to Article 17). Alongside fears that broad filtering will take place in the absence of official licensing on platforms like YouTube, more than 50 EU academics have now published advice aimed at limiting negative impact on end users.

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IPTV Supplier Omniverse Agrees to Pay $50 Million in Piracy Damages

Posted: 11/13/2019

Omniverse, a now-defunct supplier of IPTV streams, has agreed to pay $50 million in piracy damages to several Hollywood studios. Omniverse initially described the piracy allegations as "scandalous" but has since stepped back from its claim. Anti-piracy group ACE, which was a driving force behind the lawsuit, is pleased with yet another legal victory.

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