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Vimeo ‘Fined’ €8.5m For Failure to Remove Copyrighted TV Content

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Vimeo has been ordered to pay Italian broadcasting giant €8.5m in compensation after failing to take down copyrighted TV shows. The Rome Court of Appeals also ordered the US-based video service to prevent future uploads of the content or face 1,000 or euros in fines for each offense.


Video-hosting platforms that allow users to upload content are currently protected by so-called ‘safe harbor’ exceptions.

They are generally not responsible for infringing content when they respond appropriately to complaints from copyright holders. In a case against US-based video platform Vimeo that has just concluded in Italy, things certainly didn’t go to plan.

In a ruling handed down by the Commercial Court of Rome on January 10, 2019, Vimeo was ordered to pay €8.5 million plus court costs to RTI, a company owned by Italy-based mass med...

Read entire story Yesterday at TorrentFreak

Star Wars Theory’s “Vader” Fan Film Hit With Copyright Claim

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A 'Vader' fan film published by the "Star Wars Theory" YouTube channel has been hit with a copyright claim. While the channel's owner was told that he could not monetize the production, the video is now running ads for Warner/Chappell, which owns the rights to the original Star Wars theme music. The issue angered many Star Wars fans but the music publisher doesn't plan to back down.


Over the years we’ve written numerous times about questionable copyright claims on YouTube.

This problem is far from new but more and more stories are emerging every week. Over the past days, a claim on a Star Wars fan film has caught a lot of attention.

The video in question was created by the popular Star Wars Theory channel, which published the first episode of the “Vader” fan film just before Christmas.

The channel is operated by Toos, a dedicated Star Wars fan, who made the video for like-minded fans. Aware of the sensitive stance r...

Read entire story Yesterday at TorrentFreak

Rightsholders Call for Suspension of Article 13

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A group of prominent representatives of the audiovisual and sports sectors, including the MPA and the Premier League, are calling for a suspension of the current Article 13 negotiations. The companies suggest that a case currently before the EU Court of Justice may give them a 'better deal' than the copyright reform proposal.


After years of discussions and negotiations, the EU’s copyright reform proposals are nearing the finish line.

In recent months concerns have been voiced about the plans from various sides.  Article 13, in particular, proved to be controversial.

Among the public, the main concern is that this could open the door to increased upload filtering. However, not all copyright holders are pleased with it either.

Last month a coalition of major representatives from the audiovisual and sports sectors, including the Motion Picture Association, the Inter...

Read entire story Yesterday at TorrentFreak

Set-Top Box Anti-Piracy Code Neutralized By Hack

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Last month, IPTV set-top box manufacturer Infomir announced cooperation with rightsholders to block access to 'pirate' streams. It now appears the system to block allegedly infringing portals can be circumvented, either with a DIY technique or by downloading custom firmware.


While legal IPTV platforms exist online, the acronym is also closely associated with services providing access to unlicensed live TV feeds.

These services can be easily accessed via a PC, tablet, or mobile phone, but many are accessed via Android-type set-top boxes. Another option is to use the MAG range of set-top devices available from Ukraine-based Infomir.

The company strongly disassociates itself from such infringing uses and in support of that announced last December that following complaints from rightsholders, it would prevent users from accessing allegedly-i...

Read entire story 1/15/2019 at TorrentFreak

Article 13 Suspense Builds as Finish Line Nears

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This coming Monday, lawmakers hope to reach agreement on the final text of the controversial Article 13. Whatever direction the proposal goes, there's bound to be some disappointment. Opponents fear invasive censorship, while proponents see it as a lifebuoy for the music industry.


Within a week, the European Parliament and Council hope to finalize the final text of Article 13, which is part of the EU’s copyright reform plans.

After Parliament’s vote last September, the proposal has been tweaked in an attempt to gain broader support. However, critics remain skeptical, especially those who fear that it will lead to broad adoption of copyright filters.

This Friday, the EU member states will vote on the negotiating mandate for the Council, which may be in favor of, or against, Article 13. Several national governments haven’t made up ...

Read entire story 1/15/2019 at TorrentFreak

The Pirate Bay’s Stuck in Time, No New Uploads

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The Pirate Bay's upload functionality has been broken for more than two days. This means that users are unable to upload any new torrents to the site. The problems are likely cause by a technical problem but it's unclear how long it will last.


The past year has been a rough one for The Pirate Bay.

The site has repeatedly suffered downtime and, to a subset of users, it was unavailable for weeks on end.

The Pirate Bay’s technical team hasn’t been very outspoken on the issues. However, a few days into the new year it’s clear that 2019 is not going to be spotless either.

Starting a few days ago, The Pirate Bay’s upload functionality has become unusable. According to the recent uploads page, no new torrents have been added since last weekend.

The last torrent was uploaded on Sunday a...

Read entire story 1/15/2019 at TorrentFreak

Premier League Opens New Office to Fight Piracy

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The Premier League says it has opened its first international office. Based within the Central Business District in Singapore, the office will have the primary aim of fighting piracy on behalf of the league and broadcast partners.


With English Premier League clubs reporting revenues of £4.5 billion for the period 2016/17, top-tier football is extremely lucrative.

The Premier League itself has a three-year TV deal which came into effect during the same period, with a record-breaking £5.1 billion paid to the League by broadcasters Sky and BT.

A new deal, effective 2019 to 2022, netted the Premier League £4.45 billion and the football organization is extremely keen to protect its revenues and that of its customers by tackling piracy head on.

Maintaining that momentum, today the Premi...

Read entire story 1/14/2019 at TorrentFreak

Movie Company Tries But Fails to Expose Pirates Through a DMCA Subpoena

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The makers of the film "London Has Fallen" tried to expose the personal details of alleged pirates on a Comcast connection. Instead of filing a regular lawsuit, the company opted for a DMCA subpoena shortcut. This effort failed, with the court noting that it has long been established that these subpoenas are not available in file-sharing cases.


In the early 2000s, the RIAA filed lawsuits against tens of thousands of alleged music pirates.

The music industry had just defeated Napster, but P2P file-sharing remained a massive problem.

Millions of people flocked to alternatives such as KaZaA, Morpheus, Grokster, and eDonkey. Since regular education campaigns failed to curb this trend, the lawsuits were supported to alert the public that piracy is not without consequences.

Filing full-blown lawsuits can be an expensive exercise so the RIAA attempted to take a shortcut by applying for so-called DMCA subpoenas.&...

Read entire story 1/14/2019 at TorrentFreak

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 01/14/19

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The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'First Man' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Aquaman'. 'Venom' completes the top three.


This week we have two newcomers in our chart.

First Man is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

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This week’s most downloaded movies are: Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer Most downloaded movies via torrents 1 (…) First Man 7.5 / trailer 2 (6) Aquam...

Read entire story 1/14/2019 at TorrentFreak

ISP Wants Trial to Decide if it Failed to Terminate Repeat Infringers

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The piracy liability lawsuit between a group of RIAA labels and the Texan ISP Grande Communications is heating up. The ISP is in a tough spot after Magistrate Judge Austin recommended to drop its right to a safe harbor defense. The company disagrees, and asks the court to leave the safe harbor decision for trial, pointing out that Rightscorp's piracy notices can't be trusted.


The “repeat infringer” issue remains a hot topic in US Courts, leading to much uncertainty among various Internet services.

Under the DMCA, companies are required to implement a reasonable policy to deal with frequent offenders. This requirement applies to hosting services as well as commercial Internet providers.

Previously, Internet provider Cox lost a legal battle over this very issue, and major record labels are currently going after the Texan ISP Grande. 

In order to enjoy safe harbor protection, the DMCA requires ISPs to adopt and reasonably implement a p...

Read entire story 1/13/2019 at TorrentFreak

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