The Opera web browser feature ‘Turbo Mode’ is designed to speed up browsing. As a side effect, it also bypasses website blocks, something popular with pirates. However, it appears that the company has been in talks to integrate a blacklist which could stop access to blocked domains.
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Detectives from the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit say they have arrested a man attempting to sell the movie Brotherhood on the dark web. The 35-year-old is suspected of offering the movie , which is the follow-up to the successful Kidulthood and Adulthood, in advance of its retail release.
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A report commissioned by the Australian government has found a drop in piracy rates for 2016. The fall is being attributed to improved availability of legal streaming alternatives, but in a juicy twist, the report also reveals that the much reviled Aussie pirate is often the industry’s best customer.
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Pirate sites have a tendency to carry advertising for gambling services but in some regions, notably Russia, online gambling is illegal. So, when torrent and streaming sites carry ads for these services, copyright holders are now reporting them to the authorities who are forcing lSPs to block them.
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Rightscorp’s dream of turning piracy into profit continues to be a nightmare. In its latest quarterly filing the anti-piracy outfit reports revenue down 35% over the same period last year, alongside a loss of $385,433. Year to date, the company has lost almost $1.4m and only has enough money to last until December.
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Donald Trump isn’t in the White House yet is but already under pressure from people hoping to benefit from his influence. Among them Google, Facebook, and Twitter, which have written to the president-elect hoping that he’ll uphold the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA to prevent service providers from being held liable for user-uploaded content.
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The largest file-hosting site in Ukraine says it will shut down amid a government crackdown on Internet piracy. EX.UA has been a thorn in the side of local and international copyright holders for years and has appeared on the USTR’s list of notorious pirate markets. The site is now warning of uncontrolled torrent piracy in its wake.
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A complaint from the MPAA has led the cyber-crime division of Ukraine’s National Police to raid FS.to, one of the country’s most popular pirate sites. Thus far 60 servers have been seized and 19 people have been arrested, but police fear the site could reappear since some individuals are on the run and a mirror site may be standing by in Russia.
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In July, the U.S. military was accused of unlawfully installing ‘pirated’ copies of 3D virtual reality software onto hundreds of thousands of computers. Facing billions in potential damages, the Navy has now returned fire, accepting it installed the software 558,000 times without paying but denying it did so without permission.
A YouTube parody which hoped to provide a satirical take on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has ended in a lawsuit. Hugh Atkin portrayed elements of Trump’s efforts in the style of and alongside images from A Clockwork Orange. Now the Australian is getting sued in the United States for copyright infringement.
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