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Suffocating Financial Power Means Mismatches in Copyright Cases

Posted: Today

Being an entrepreneur in the digital age comes with risks, particularly when a business model is connected in any way with the music and movie industries. Kim Dotcom says he's spent $40 million in legal bills fighting his corner while TVAddons founder Adam Lackman is already facing potential bankruptcy. Neither defendant is anywhere close to a full trial on the merits of their respective cases.

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Rightscorp Prompted The RIAA to Sue Internet Provider

Posted: Yesterday

With help from the RIAA, several companies are waging a legal battle against Grande Communications, accusing the company of not taking proper action against pirating subscribers. It turns out that this idea didn't originate at the music group. Instead, it was anti-piracy group Rightscorp that prompted the lawsuit.

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Anti-Piracy Portal Blocked Due to Alleged Phishing & Malware

Posted: Yesterday

A government-backed portal set up to convince pirates that going straight is the best philosophy is being flagged as dangerous by security software. People who receive piracy notices are directed to GetitRightFromaGenuineSite.org but according to anti-virus vendors and even third-parties like Twitter, the domain should be avoided due to a potential malware and phishing threat.

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Mom’s Defense of “Cheating” Fortnite Kid Fails

Posted: Yesterday

Game developer and publisher Epic can continue its copyright infringement lawsuit against a minor. A Carolina federal court, which reviewed a scathing letter of the alleged cheater's mother as a motion to dismiss, sees no grounds to throw out the lawsuit at this stage.

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Anti-Piracy Group BREIN Plans to Target ‘Frequent’ Seeders

Posted: 7/13/2018

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN stresses that its plan to go after frequent seeders of pirated material is still on. The outfit will use its own tracking software to detect persistent infringers and hold them accountable. Movie distribution Dutch FilmWorks is working on a similar scheme, which is also yet to launch.

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Russia Adopts Draft to Prohibit ‘Piracy-Enabling’ Software

Posted: 7/13/2018

Russia's State Duma has adopted a draft law that aims to tackle software applications through which pirated content is distributed. The proposals foresee the owner or operator of an application being warned that infringement is taking place while giving them time to remove the offending content. Failure to do so will result in the software application being blocked by ISPs.

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YouTube Launches “Copyright Match” Tool to Protect Initial Uploaders

Posted: 7/12/2018

YouTube will release a new tool to help initial uploaders to take action against those who duplicate and re-upload their content without permission. Copyright Match, which will be available to high-traffic users initially, will alert users to new uploads of their work while allowing them to take a range of actions, including communicating with the uploader or taking content down.

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Usenet Users Have Privacy Rights, But Pirates Can’t be Anonymous

Posted: 7/12/2018

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has scored a partial victory against Usenet provider Newsconnection. The Court of Appeal ruled that the company must ensure that it can identify potential infringers. Newsconnection is not required to implement the strict measures BREIN requested, but the court made it clear that pirates shouldn't be anonymous.

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Warner Bros Presses Library to Rename ‘Harry Potter Festival’

Posted: 7/11/2018

Following pressure from Warner Bros. lawyers, the yearly Harry Potter festival in Odense, Denmark, has changed its name. The movie studio condoned the non-profit event over the past years, but that's no longer the case. All names and images referring to the young wizard's movies are now off limits, which has far-reaching consequences.

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‘Pirate’ Kodi Boxes Breach Copyright But Seller Threatens to “Wipe Floor” With Sky

Posted: 7/11/2018

A court in New Zealand has ruled that 'Kodi' boxes sold on the basis that they can receive otherwise premium channels breached both the Fair Trading and Copyright Acts. The decision was welcomed by Sky TV, which brought the case against device seller Fibre TV. In response, a spokesperson for the company threatened to "wipe the floor" with the broadcaster.

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