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A Kodi Box Crackdown is Coming From a New ‘Coalition Against Piracy’

We all know that there are lots of ways to access copyrighted content without paying, with each method have its own advantages and limitations. Kodi-powered streaming boxes have opened up a whole new way to partake in some online piracy, and have faced plenty of scrutiny because of it. Now, though, rights holders are taking things a step further with a new 'Coalition Against Piracy' (CAP). Read More >>

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The Pirate Bay’s Infamous .se Domain Has Expired, and Will be Deactivated Tomorrow

When it first came into fruition all those years ago, The Pirate Bay had a .org domain name. 15 years later and the site has burned its way through dozens of domains as it fought a game of whack-a-mole with rights holders attempting to have the site shut down. One of the most famous, and long-lasting domains was thepiratebay.se, though now that era is coming to an end. Read More >>

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Netflix is Expanding its Content Protection Team to Try and Reduce Piracy

There are a lot of reasons why people resort to piracy to consume content. Reasons that include not wanting to pay, or because there's no way of actually getting hold of it in a way that's both legitimate and convenient. Subscription streaming services like Netflix have done a lot to make it more convenient for people, but even that can't stop piracy completely - which is why Netflix is expanding its content protection team. Read More >>

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Swedish Courts Say Copyright Infringement Shouldn’t Always Be Punished by Jail Time

Rights holders are notorious for coming down hard on people enabling the infringement of copyright, and until now they've always been considered on par with the theft of physical goods. To be punished by time in prison, basically, but Swedish courts have decided that this shouldn't necessarily be the case, and that presumed sentencing for such crimes shouldn't necessarily be imprisonment. Read More >>

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Top Pirate Sites Earn $111 Million of Ad Revenue Every Year, Says Report

It's no secret that copyright holders have tried to tackle piracy sites and services by going after their revenue stream. After all the majority of them aren't doing it out of the goodness of their own hearts, they'll at least want to break even. For the biggest sites that might not even be an issue, because a new report claims they earn $111 million in ad revenue every year. Read More >>

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US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Megaupload Creator Kim Dotcom’s Latest Appeal

Former Megaupload chief Kim Dotcom’s long, wild ride through the courts crashed into another setback Monday, with the US Supreme Court declining to hear an appeal in the 2012 seizure of his assets in New Zealand. Read More >>

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The EFF Has Weighed in on the Battle Against Kodi Piracy

There has been an explosion of public awareness of Kodi over the past year or so. Part of this is down to the fact that the sale of so-called 'fully-loaded' Kodi boxes (that enable easy access to pirate streams), and the increase in press coverage. But following some highly publicised court battles here, in Europe, and in North America, the EFF has weighed in on the whole issue. Read More >>

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A Lot of People are Pirating Star Trek: Discovery

In news that should only surprise a small group of absent minded fools, it turns out that Star Trek: Discovery is a big deal on torrent sites. Who would have thought that people would enjoy not paying for a TV programme that's part of franchise so popular it's lasted 51 years? Read More >>

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A Landmark Kodi Box Trial Has Been Cancelled After the Defendant Changed his Plea

You might recognise the name Brian Thompson if you were paying attention to Kodi news about a year ago. He was the first person in the UK to be prosecuted for selling those 'fully-loaded' Kodi boxes' you've been hearing so much about, and was set to go on trial to determine his whether he was guilty or innocent. Now, though, according to TorrentFreak, that landmark trial has been cancelled, because Thompson changed his plea to guilty. Read More >>

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A Million Piracy-Enabling Kodi Boxes Have Been Sold in the UK Over the Past Two Years

It's no surprise that piracy enabling set-top boxes, often referred to as Kodi boxes, are popular. But did you know just how popular? According to the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) estimates that over a million of them have been sold over the past two years, with 25 per cent of the public admitting to accessing pirated content. Read More >>

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The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

The European Commission paid €360,000 (about £318,000) for a study on how piracy impacts the sales of copyrighted music, books, video games, and movies. But the EU never shared the report—possibly because it determined that there is no evidence that piracy is a major problem. Read More >>

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Craig David Declared the UK’s Unofficial Figurehead for Malware

Boring old computer security company McAfee has managed to associate itself with some celebrities today, revealing the famous names who are used to lure unsuspecting streamers and downloaders to malware-ridden sites. Read More >>

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The Pirate Bay Added a CPU-Hijacking Bitcoin Miner to Some Pages

File-sharing websites are not exactly known for their sterling reputation, though a few such as famed torrent site the Pirate Bay have been around for long enough while generally avoiding shady behaviour they’ve acquired a certain cache with the internet community. Read More >>

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Mandatory Piracy Filters Could be a Breach of Human Rights, Warn EU Members

Last year the EU published its proposal to modernise copyright laws, with one particular section calling for mandatory blocks designed to help combat piracy. Now, though, a number of the Union's member states have warned that the proposals might not be compatible with current EU law - particularly in that it might violate case law and human rights. Read More >>

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Surprise, Surprise, Game of Thrones Season 7 Got Pirated a Lot

Lots of people like Game of Thrones, but a lot of them clearly don't like paying to watch it. The show has been the most pirated TV show for the past few years running, and it looks like this year will be no exception. It turns out the seventh season was pirated roughly one billion times. Read More >>