piracy

Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Netflix on piracy: it’s still one of the “biggest competitors”

Piracy. Despite the near endless efforts to battle it, the Internet has always won out in the end and illegal downloads show no signs of going away. The ease of access that video streaming services and similar products offer has given consumers attractive (legal) alternatives, and many have embraced them. Still, if it is legal it will cost money (or it will end up being like Crackle), and some refuse to pay up, instead turning to torrents and unauthorized streaming sites.

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Netflix said to be shutting out international VPN users

Netflix said to be shutting out international VPN users

Due to international laws and different contracts with copyright holders based on country, Netflix's digital content available for streaming can vary widely depending on your location in the world. It has long been a tactic of international Netflix users to rely on VPNs (virtual private networks) in order to get around the site's regional locks and access content available in the U.S. Unfortunately for those subscribers, it appears that Netflix is cracking down on some VPN services and keeping their users out of its walled garden.

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Canadian ISPs required by law to notify users of illegal downloads

Canadian ISPs required by law to notify users of illegal downloads

January 1st saw a new law, part of the Copyright Modernization Act, go into effect in Canada that requires internet service providers and website hosts to notify their users when copyright holders have detected illegal downloading. When an ISP now receives a letter of complaint from a copyright holder, they must forward it to the customer tied to the IP address associated with the download, or face fines of up to $10,000. The same applies to VPN (virtual private network) services, who must also record customer logs for a least 6 months.

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Survey shows studios concerned about fast Internet, piracy

Survey shows studios concerned about fast Internet, piracy

A series of leaked slides obtained by TorrentFreak show that Hollywood i in full freak-out mode over fast Internet. A survey conducted by Warner Bros. and Sony Entertainment in 2012 asked participants about their consumption of “unofficial” media (read: pirated content). Centered in Kansas City and St. Louis, the survey took some liberties is ascertaining how respondents would download and/or distribute content if they had Google Fiber. The focussed survey also made some assumptions regarding potential actions of people with Fiber.

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‘The Interview’ racks up 1.5M illegal downloads in only 2 days

‘The Interview’ racks up 1.5M illegal downloads in only 2 days

Like any major movie release these days, it wasn't long after controversial comedy The Interview became available to watch, in this case via streaming or download from sources including Google, Microsoft, and YouTube, that it started showing on illegal file-sharing sites. But due to the media frenzy surrounding the movie's release over the past month, with the Sony hacking and threats from North Korea, followed by theater showings cancelled around the country, The Interview has become the top download on a number of torrent sites in record time.

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The Pirate Bay archives resurrected as “Old Pirate Bay”

The Pirate Bay archives resurrected as “Old Pirate Bay”

It's a familiar story: The Pirate Bay goes down, and then it comes back around some time later. Recently The Pirate Bay was taken down after a raid by police in Stockholm. The police seized hardware, including servers, and the result has been a long low lament across the Internet as the site remains offline. Of course, TPB's archives have long been available, and now Isohunt has made them easily accessible via the new "Old Pirate Bay".

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Leak: MPAA calls Google ‘childish’, blames them for piracy

Leak: MPAA calls Google ‘childish’, blames them for piracy

Pirated content is a hotly debated topic, but the stance from film production houses is pretty clear: they’re not into it. Piracy has it’s proponents (mostly consumers who just want free stuff), but the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) isn’t one of them. With the hack on Sony, we now see just how vehemently opposed they really are. Emails traded between the MPAA and various studio bosses reveal a common enemy in Goliath, which is believed to be Google. They even accuse Google of being “childish”.

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Pirate Bay down, National IPC police involved

Pirate Bay down, National IPC police involved

It's happened - The Pirate Bay is down today. Stockholm County Police Intellectual Property Crime National Coordinator Paul Pintér released a statement today about a "crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm." Pintér went on to say that "this is in connection with violations of copyright law." The crackdown coincided with the first loss of signal in several months for piracy and filesharing website The Pirate Bay. This site is down with its forum site, Suprbay.org as well as Bayimg and Pastebay. Several other torrent-friendly sites like Torrage, Istole tracker, EXTV, and Zoink are also down.

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Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Following its recent changes to Search, Google has pulled a handful of piracy apps from the Play Store, citing violations of the company's Content Policy. The pulled apps are said to have offered optimized web experiences for using The Pirate Bay, and include the apps "The Pirate Bay Premium", "The Pirate Bay Proxy", "The Pirate Bay Mirror", and the "PirateApp". This is the latest Google effort to combat piracy and steer users towards legally obtained content.

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