Game of Thrones Piracy in Russia: 180,000 Takedowns, Mirror Wars & Capitulation

Anti-piracy outfit Group-IB has released data on what it took to protect Game of Thrones from online pirates in Russia. Across the last four seasons alone, the firm executed 180,000 successful takedowns, more than 43,700 since Season 8 began. The response from pirates was interesting, from creating mirror sites to reinstate search traffic to converting their pages to legitimate fan hangouts.

How Game of Thrones Made Piracy History

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The final episode of Game of Thrones marked the end of one of the biggest piracy topics in history. The show made dozens of piracy headlines over the years, ranging from prominent leaks, to a mind boggling record that's unlikely to ever be broken.

Italian Version of Article 17 Requires LEGAL Content to Be Filtered Out

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Last Friday the text of the new EU Copyright Directive was published on the Official Journal of the EU. However, due to glaring error, the Italian translation of Article 17 (formerly 13) requires online platforms such as YouTube to prevent the availability of works "that do not infringe copyright", even in cases where such works are "subject to an exception or limitation".

Torrent Site MagnetDL Shuts Down

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The popular magnet torrent search engine MagnetDL has closed its doors after seven years. With its clean and easy-to-use interface, the site was the go-to site for many torrent users. It's unclear why MagnetDL is closing shop, but former users will now have to find an alternative.

Can a New Anti-Piracy System Really Defeat Cinema “Camming”?

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On April 24, 2019, within hours of Avengers: Endgame being released in China, at least two copies of the movie appeared online after being recorded in cinemas. The movie industry is determined to counter this 'camming' threat but is there really a technological solution? A China-based partnership claim they have the answer - but do they?

Rightscorp Done Anti-Pirating? Stock Worthless, Website Gone

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Rightscorp, the infamous anti-piracy company that hounded hundreds of thousands of alleged file-sharers for cash settlements, seems to be waiting for the grim reaper to arrive. At the time of writing, its shares are worth $0.0025 each and its website account has been suspended.

Movie Piracy Giant Egy.best Shuts Down

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One of the most-visited movie piracy sites in the world shut down this week. Egy.best, which was extremely popular in Arabic speaking countries, threw in the towel without any further explanation, leaving millions of movie and TV-show fans behind.