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Movie studios’ automated takedown requests target legitimate links

Movie studios’ automated takedown requests target legitimate links

In what may end up becoming a legendary moment of public embarrassment, several movie studios have issued DMCA takedown notices to Google for legitimate content, including official Facebook pages, Wikipedia entries, and legal copies of their own movies. This is the by-product of automated takedown requests submitted on behalf of the studios by YesItIs.org, which has since gone offline, indicating that perhaps the issue isn't as straight-forward as it seems.

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Anti-piracy system launch date bumped to early 2013

Anti-piracy system launch date bumped to early 2013

We've talked over the past couple months about the impending anti-piracy system that was slated to go into effect across the US. The system is implemented by major Internet service providers, each of which will warn subscribers who engage in copyright infringing activities, ultimately punishing those who continue to do so after being warned. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy and some other unspecified factors, however, the Center for Copyright Information has been forced to extend the launch date to early 2013.

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Verizon to throttle repeat BitTorrent offenders

Verizon to throttle repeat BitTorrent offenders

In a couple weeks, the Center for Copyright Information's anti-piracy system will go into effect in the US. The CCI is composed of five major Internet providers, including Verizon, in conjunction with the MPAA and the RIAA. Back in October, we reported on a leaked AT&T memo that discussed how the provider would deal with copyright infringers. Now information has been revealed stating that Verizon will deal with the issue by throttling the speeds of repeat offenders.

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French anti-P2P Hadopi funding to drop 23%

French anti-P2P Hadopi funding to drop 23%

The French government's anti-P2P agency known as HADOPI, named after the HADOPI law, is set to lose 23% of its funding next year. Earlier this year, the agency took down its first offender under the law, which brings the banhammer (or a fine, situation dependent) on individuals who are issued three warnings regarding piracy. The HADOPI program will be extended into 2013 despite previous hints that this would be its last year.

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Nintendo counterfeiter likely on the way to jail after making $1m in sales

Nintendo counterfeiter likely on the way to jail after making $1m in sales

Today, we're finding once again out that crime doesn't pay - or at least it does for a little while until you get busted. One Nintendo counterfeiter, named James Success Brooks, is more than likely facing time in the slammer after Nintendo discovered he was selling counterfeit Wii and DS games online. According to Croydon Guardian, Brooks sold these games online between 2009 and 2011, raking in around £600,000 ($960,120) in the process.

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Copyright Alert System rolling out this fall

Copyright Alert System rolling out this fall

The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) will officially begin cracking down on illegal downloading and other various acts of online piracy by rolling out its Copyright Alert System (CAS) sometime in the next few weeks. The CAS will be used to deliver copyright infringement notices to internet service providers from content owners who detect users that are illegally downloading copyrighted material.

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The Pirate Bay switches to cloud-based servers

The Pirate Bay switches to cloud-based servers

It isn't exactly a secret that authorities and entertainment groups don't like The Pirate Bay, but today the infamous site made it a little bit harder for them to bring it down. The Pirate Bay announced today that it has move its servers to the cloud. This works in a couple different ways: it helps the people who run The Pirate Bay save money, while it makes it more difficult for police to carry out a raid on the site.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 15, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 15, 2012

Welcome back to Monday everyone - we've got a heaping helping of news to recap, so let's dive right in. Today we found out that Apple's manufacturing partnership with Samsung may not last much longer, and that the Google Nexus 7 might just be the best-selling Android tablet ever (which, given its immense popularity, doesn't surprise us in the least). One Walmart store has its shelves fully stocked with copies of Windows 8, and this afternoon, we have reason to believe that a new, slimmer iMac may be in the pipeline.

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Halo 4 pirates feel the wrath of Microsoft’s banhammer

Halo 4 pirates feel the wrath of Microsoft’s banhammer

Halo 4 will definitely be one of the biggest games of the year, so it really isn't much of a surprise that some Xbox 360 owners are eager to download a pirated version of the game that popped up on torrent sites over the weekend. Microsoft isn't taking this leak lightly though, as MCV reports that the company is handing out permanent Xbox Live bans to anyone caught playing the game with their console connected to the Internet. In other words, you might want to think twice before taking advantage of those Halo 4 torrents.

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