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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 >>

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Another Man’s Been Jailed for Selling Kodi Boxes and Dodgy IPTV Subscriptions

If you were thinking about selling off some dodgy pirate streaming boxes to make some quick money, it's probably a good idea to scrap that plan and come up with something less illegal. Another man has received a five year, three month jail sentence for selling over 8,000 piracy boxes. His wife received a two year suspended sentence for her trouble as well. Read More >>

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In a World First, a Danish Court Just Ruled a YouTube Ripping Site is Illegal

Sites that offer users the chance to rip the audio from online videos, whether it's YouTube or someone less popular, are nothing new. They've been enabling a new form of piracy for years, and as a result the entertainment industry has been trying to have them shut down. While the EFF may have told the US government that ripping sites were not illegal, the Danish court system clearly didn't get the memo. Read More >>

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French Pirates Are Increasingly Turning to Legal Options

There are a lot of reasons why people resort to piracy to consume their media, but when asked to explain why the reasoning often includes things like convenience, cost, and difficulty accessing media legally. Some have claimed that legal streaming services will help kill off piracy, and in France that appears to be working. Not only as there fewer pirates in the country (presumably thanks to strict anti-piracy laws), more and more of them are turning to legal alternatives. Read More >>

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Two Men Handed Jail Sentences for Selling Kodi-Powered ‘Ooberstick’ Devices

These days there's so much TV content to consume it's impossible (and expensive) to get it all in one place. So people have tried to fill the market with devices or services that let people stream whatever content they like at minimal cost, despite how illegal it may be. The police and rights holders are never too happy with them, and two more pirate-entrepreneurs have been jailed for selling 'Ooberstick' devices powered by Kodi. Read More >>

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Kim Dotcom Is Almost Entirely Out of Chances to Avoid Being Extradited to the US

Kim Dotcom, the former founder of defunct file hosting service Megaupload and its successor Mega, just lost another court battle to avoid extradition to the US on charges of copyright infringement and fraud. Read More >>

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UK Film Piracy Down, TV & Music Piracy Up, According To Latest Figures

Every year the Intellectual Property Office releases a report on the state of online piracy in the UK, based on figures from its Online Copyright Infringement (OCI) tracker. Today the IPO released the eighth annual report, and it found that while overall piracy numbers hadn't changed there has been a rise in TV and music being accessed illegally. Read More >>