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BitTorrent site Boxopus blocked from Dropbox APIs

BitTorrent site Boxopus blocked from Dropbox APIs

Law enforcement, Hollywood, and music companies are all waging war on anyone they think may have something to do with digital piracy. Much of the focus over piracy is being placed on BitTorrent sites and on cloud-based storage sites. So far, cloud storage site Dropbox has managed to stay pretty much out of the piracy line of fire, and it wants to stay that way.

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Marvel’s Avengers cast doubt on movie piracy fears

Marvel’s Avengers cast doubt on movie piracy fears

In case you hadn't heard, The Avengers crushed box office records this weekend to take home more than $200 million domestic for Disney and Marvel Comics. But if you're not part of the Internet's seedy underbelly, you probably didn't know that a pirated version of the superhero team-up movie appeared on BitTorrent networks a full week before the May 4th release. Even with a massive amount of illegal downloading, The Avengers assembled to crush the popular wisdom of piracy opponents.

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Pirate Bay blocked by Virgin Media

Pirate Bay blocked by Virgin Media

One of the first UK ISPs ordered to block its users from accessing The Pirate Bay has slammed down the shutters on the torrent site. Having been instructed by UK courts on Monday that they must prevent users from visiting the site, Virgin Media now shows an apologetic message and advises subscribers that it "has received an order from the Courts requiring us to prevent access to this site in order to help protect against copyright infringement."

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UK ISPs ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay

UK ISPs ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay

The High Court of England and Wales has ruled that five ISPs must block access to The Pirate Bay. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media have all been ordered to prevent their customers from accessing the Magnet linking website following the ruling. The British Phonographic Industry sees it as a big win, saying that “The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale.”

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EU Pirate purgatory after copyright clampdown

EU Pirate purgatory after copyright clampdown

Looks like the copyright police are starting to hit back at the internet in a big bad way. A German court ruled today that YouTube is entirely responsible for the content found on its service, and must actively filter music videos belonging to the GEMA, a music royalty group. Not only that, but the European Court of Justice has said that there are no EU rules in place that prevent an ISP from handing over customers information, which could be the deciding factor in a pending court case.

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RapidShare declared legal in Germany

RapidShare declared legal in Germany

RapidShare were previously ordered by the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg to filter all user uploads in order to prevent infringing material from hitting its servers. The ruling was a result of pressure from music conglomerate GEMA. In a reversal of fortune, the court has declared that that RapidShare operates legally in Germany, and that it does not have to filter user uploads.

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Megaupload claims US Military uploaded 94,245 gigabytes

Megaupload claims US Military uploaded 94,245 gigabytes

In an interview two weeks ago, Kim Dotcom revealed to Torrentfreak that a number of Megaupload’s users were from the US government. In new emails, Dotcom has given exact details as to which governmental bodies were using the service, as well as upload statistics. The information was uncovered as part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s effort to get legitimate data off the site and back into the hands of users.

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Microsoft Windows Live Messenger blocks Pirate Bay links

Microsoft Windows Live Messenger blocks Pirate Bay links

If you want freedom of speech on your instant messaging platform, you better turn away from Microsoft. The software giant's Windows Live Messenger service has apparently begun blocking all links to online piracy haven The Pirate Bay. If such a link is sent through an IM, this message is received: "The link you tried to send was blocked because it was reported as unsafe."

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ISPs tool up for son-of-SOPA anti-piracy cull

ISPs tool up for son-of-SOPA anti-piracy cull

While the SOPA bill has been shelved, supporters are turning to internet providers to take measures against piracy instead. CNN reports that various North American ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable, are set to introduce their own anti-piracy policies sooner rather than later.

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