PIPCU Wins Piracy Enforcement Award From US Chamber of Commerce

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been presented with the Intellectual Property Champions Award for Excellence in Enforcement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center. The award, handed for the first time this year to an international player, is in recognition for the unit's work in anti-piracy enforcement.

First announced in the summer of 2013, the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) said it had a mission to tackle IP crime wherever it may take place.

With a special focus on online infringement, PIPCU has always been closely in step with the music, movie, and publishing industries and it didn’t take long for its presence to be felt. Even before its official launch in December 2013, PIPCU began writing letters to torrent and streaming sites, advising them to shut down – or else. But that was just the beginning.

Over the past five years the unit ...

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Music Group Celebrates Millions of ‘Pointless’ Piracy Takedown Notices

The Association of Independent Music has teamed up with anti-piracy outfit MUSO to help its members remove infringing links from the Internet. The early results are promising, with five million takedown requests in a few months. However, on close inspection, it appears that they're all excited about nothing.

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) represents the interests of more than 800 independent music companies in the UK.

With online copyright infringement as one of the major threats, the organization also offers assistance on the anti-piracy front.

Earlier this year, AIM teamed up with anti-piracy tracking outfit MUSO to help its members remove pirated links from the web. With MUSO’s automatic takedown service, the labels can remove infringing URLs with minimal effort.

This week AIM sent out a press release showing how much has been achieved over the past ...

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International Day Against DRM Celebrates its 12th Anniversary

The Free Software Foundation's Defective by Design campaign today celebrates its 12th annual International Day Against Digital Rights Management. DRM is the controversial practice of restricting what consumers can do with legitimately acquired digital media. Given its pervasive nature, is it possible for you to completely avoid DRM for the day?

For creators of intellectual property, from movies, TV shows and software, through to the devices that allow them to be played, Digital Rights Management (DRM) is essential to control access to those products.

Proponents argue that without the digital locks of DRM, rampant copying of their content and designs would ensue, reducing revenues and threatening the very business models that bring these products to market.

On the flip side, DRM is seen as a huge hindrance by many consumers, particularly when its existence restricts, as it always does, what legitimate buyers of conten...

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Japan Government Presents Pirate Website Blocking Proposals

Unlike countries in Europe where legislation has already been tested, there is no legal basis in Japan to block 'pirate' websites and the country's constitution forbids censorship. Now, however, the Japanese government has presented a draft report which indicates that blocking websites on copyright grounds should be considered as a policy option.

Back in March, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the government was considering measures to prevent access to pirate sites.

Manga and anime are considered national treasures and the government should consider “all measures” to prevent illegal downloading, Suga added.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the main option put forward was that of website blocking. In Japan, however, that’s not a straightforward option given the constitution’s support for freedom of speech and prevention of censorship.

Despite the hurdles, a month later th...

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Australian Court Slams Brakes on ‘GTA V’ Cheat Developer

An Australian court has issued a permanent injunction against the maker of the popular GTA V cheat 'African Engine.' The Brisbane man, a known figure in the Xbox 360 modding community, is ordered to halt all infringing activities. The injunction is part of a mutual agreement with Take-Two Interactive Software, which effectively ends the legal battle.

Over the past year, there has been a wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against alleged cheaters or cheat makers.

Most of the action we’ve seen thus far has taken place in the US, but there has also been some activity Down Under recently.

Earlier this year Take-Two Interactive Software, the company behind ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ (GTA V), filed a lawsuit against modder Jeremy Taylor.

Known under the alias ‘Chr0m3 x MoDz,’ Taylor has been involved in several mods and cheats, including “African Engine.”

As in the cases against o...

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Terrarium TV Dev Says He Could Hand User Info to Authorities

Last week NitroXenon, the developer of popular 'pirate' app Terrarium TV, announced he was shutting the project down for good. While that was a big enough blow to fans around the world, the developer has worrying news for former users. NitroXenon informs TorrentFreak that if required, he'll give up user data to the authorities.

Terrarium TV was one of the most impressive ‘pirate’ apps in recent years. Utilizing video content hosted on file-hosting platforms, it grew to become a serious competitor to apps like Showbox and Popcorn Time.

Last week, however, developer NitroXenon announced that the project would be shutting down

“It has always been a great pleasure to work on this project. However, it is time to say goodbye. I am going to shut down Terrarium TV, forever,” he wrote.

“I know this day will come eventually. I know it would be hard to let go. But it is really time for ...

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 09/17/18

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Skyscraper' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story'. 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' completes the top three.

This week we have four newcomers in our chart.

Skyscraper 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 (1) Skyscraper 6.1 / trailer 2 (…) ...

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U.S. Wants Prison Sentence for Facebook User Who Pirated ‘Deadpool’

The US Government is recommending a six-month prison sentence for a California man who uploaded a pirated version of the movie Deadpool to Facebook. In just a few days the copy was viewed 6,386,456 times. A strong sentence is needed to deter the defendant, other Facebook users, and the public at large, the US argues.

While most people use Facebook to share relatively harmless content, some share things they are not supposed to. A pirated copy of Deadpool, for example.

This is what now 22-year-old Trevon Franklin from Fresno, California, did early 2016. Just a week after the first installment of the box-office hit premiered in theaters, he shared a pirated copy of the movie on the social network.

To be clear, Franklin wasn’t the person who originally made the copy available. He simply downloaded it from the file-sharing site Putlocker.is and then proceeded to upload it to his Facebook...

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The Catch-22 Situation Faced By ‘Pirate’ App Developers

Developers of 'pirate' apps that provide access to mainstream movies and TV shows face a catch-22 situation that's really difficult to escape. While success and indeed reward is measured by a large uptake and corresponding levels of adulation from users, rocketing popularity means that sleeping easy at night becomes increasingly difficult.

With software development and associated skills now accessible to millions of regular citizens, applications are released and updated every few minutes of every day.

While undoubtedly useful, the vast majority are completely benign, helpfully solving problems experienced by computer users with little fanfare.

On the other hand, applications that seek to provide simplified access to copyrighted movies, TV shows and another content face an inherently uncertain future, largely due to opposition from entertainment industry groups.

In itself, this precarious position can det...

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You Don’t Really ‘Own’ That Movie You Bought, But Pirates…

In this day and age ownership of digital media is often an illusion. When you buy a book or movie there are severe restrictions on what you can do with these files. In some cases, purchased content can simply disappear overnight. These limitations keep copyright holders in control, but they breed pirates at the same time.

The digital world has made it much easier to buy and consume entertainment.

Whether it’s a movie, music track, or book, a shiny “buy now” button is usually just a few keystrokes away.

Millions of people have now replaced their physical media collections for digital ones, often stored in the cloud. While that can be rather convenient, it comes with restrictions that are unheard of offline.

This is best illustrated by an analogy I read a few years ago in a research paper by Aaron Perzanowski and Chris Jay Hoofnagle, titled: “What We Buy When We Buy...

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