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The Government is Thinking About Making Piracy Blocking Easier

The government doesn't like it when people pirate stuff, because the rights holders complain and take up valuable time that could be better spent torpedoing Brexit negotiations or trying to make fun of Jeremy Corbyn. So it's no surprise that it's thinking about streamlining the whole 'piracy takedown' process. That way things don't have to go through the High Court every. single. time. Read More >>

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How Long Do We Have Until We Reach Peak Streaming Service?

For the past several years, the UK premium streaming market has been relatively simple. The only real contenders were Netflix, Amazon, and to an extent Now TV. There are and have been other smaller services available, but none of them have ever really had the same sort of reach or mainstream appeal. In the US things were essentially the same, but with Now TV swapped around for Hulu - a service that's popular, but not quite as popular as the other two. Read More >>

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Streaming Service Eleven Sports Aims to Tackle Piracy by Ignoring Saturday Football Ban

Since the 1960s Britain has had a ludicrous rule in place, that's so horrendously dumb that even the football-hating me has an opinion on it. Essentially the law says you can't broadcast Saturday afternoon football on TV, because some people were worried fans would stay at home instead of going to real-life matches. So fans are left with the choice of attending the game in person (not always an option) or watching an illegal stream. So, to try and combat the piracy issue, streaming service Eleven Sports has opted to ignore the ban. Read More >>

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New Report Claims Abundance of Streaming Services is Leading to a Rise in Piracy

Streaming services have long been lauded as a way to stop piracy in its tracks, despite the fact there's conflicting evidence on its effectiveness. That said having access to a large range of content on a service with an affordable price is a good thing for consumers, who generally dislike having to jump through a bunch of hoops to watch their favourite films and TV shows. But as streaming becomes more successful you end up with company trying to carve their own space, without having to share the money with services like Amazon or Netflix. Read More >>

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Man Who Uploaded Deadpool to Facebook May Get Six Months in Prison

A California court will soon decide sentencing for a man who posted the entirety of Deadpool on his Facebook page. If the U.S. government gets its way, the man will spend half a year in prison. Read More >>

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Second Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bizarre Scheme to Extort Millions From Porn Pirates

Paul Hansmeier, an American lawyer who could generously be called enterprising, has pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering and wire fraud, concluding a bizarre saga of porn, piracy, and extortion. Read More >>

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Legal or Not, Facebook’s Banning the Sale of Kodi Boxes

If you pay close attention to news stories involving the sale of Kodi boxes and other illicit streaming hardware, you may notice that perpetrators often get away with selling their wares on social media. When retailers are under pressure to prevent listings of such items, social media is the easiest way for people to reach a wide audience. But no longer, because Facebook is banning them from being sold on its platform - regardless of the legality. Read More >>

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Yes, You Can Even be Arrested and Charged With Karaoke Piracy

After all these years it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that the entertainment industry is very keen on protecting its content. But that protection goes beyond trying to prevent people from accessing the full content without paying, it's also willing to go after someone who makes cut down versions available. Case in point, a 63-year old man from Lancashire who was just given an eight month suspended sentence for making unlicensed karaoke tracks available online. Read More >>

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Study Says Peer to Peer Piracy isn’t Dying Off, it’s Growing

In recent times the state of piracy has changed quite considerably. Studies have pointed to a rise in streaming piracy and the decline of peer-to-peer based methods like torrenting. But, a new study says that P2P piracy isn't dying off. It remains as popular as ever, and is actually growing in popularity in some parts of the world. Read More >>

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Music Piracy is Down in the UK, According to YouGov

The past few years has seen an explosion in different ways to access media content easily and legally. While piracy hasn't disappeared completely, multiple studies have shown levels of piracy have fallen over the past few years suggesting some people have been adopting legal sources instead of doing everything illegally. Now the latest YouGov study has found fewer British people are pirating their music compared to five years ago. Read More >>

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Piracy is Good for Live Music Tickets, Bad for Cinema Box Offices Says New Study

The idea that people who pirate won't pay for things should have gone out of the window a long time ago. Multiple studies have shown that pirates are willing to pay money if they can, but it doesn't completely stop their habit. Now a new study has looked at how piracy can affect ticket sales, and came out with the obvious conclusion. Piracy is bad for the cinema box office, but it is beneficial for live music attendance. Read More >>

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UEFA’s Allowed to Expand its Piracy-Blocking Efforts Too

A couple of weeks ago the High Court gave the Premier League permission to extend its existing piracy-blocking powers into 2019, ensuring the footballing organisation could force internet providers to block illegal streams in real time. Now UEFA has just been granted that same extension. Read More >>

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Sky’s Using Analytics Data To Work Out Which Pirate Sites to Block

Sky, like other internet providers, has an obligation to block piracy-enabling sites for a variety of reasons - be they court orders or injunctions handed down by the Premier League. Being a broadcaster, with a particular interest in getting people to pay for their sports, it's hard to imagine Sky would have any objection to this, but it's not always an easy task. So it's turning to analytics data to stay on top of things. Read More >>

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Pirates are ‘Untapped Pools of Wealth’ Says UK Firm

In recent times figures have shown that pirates are more than willing to pay for legal streaming services, even if that doesn't cause them to completely give up the piracy habit for good. While the entertainment industry often portrays them as the enemy, British firm MUSO is taking a slightly different approach. While it still offers tools designed to take down pirate content, it considers there an opportunity in piracy. Read More >>

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The Premier League Just Got Permission to Keep Blocking Pirate Sites and Streams Next Season

At times it may feel like rights holders are fighting a losing battle against piracy, especially given how easy it can be at times. But there are plenty of them leading the charge in the counter-attack, especially where sports are concerned. Premier League football is the biggest spectator sport in the world, and there's a lot of money to be made, so it's no surprise that the Premier League itself just got permission to continue blocking pirate sites during the 2018/19 season. Read More >>