Bell & Videotron File Criminal Complaint Against IPTV Provider

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Media giants Bell and Videotron have filed a criminal complaint against a Canada-based IPTV provider. In response, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) carried out a search at the residence of a former employee of a Videotron subcontractor, seizing equipment allegedly used to offer unlicensed TV channels to subscribers for around $35 per month.

Google Gets a Slap on the Wrist For Site-Blocking Failures

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Under Russian law, search engine operators are required to censor their search results to ensure that permanently blocked sites do not appear in their indexes. After failing to comply by interfacing its systems with the national FGIS blacklist database, Google has now been fined 500,000 rubles (US$7,545), the lowest amount that can be levied under existing laws.

UK Govt. Backs Anti-Piracy Campaign With £2 Million in Funding

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The UK Government has committed £2 million to fund the ongoing "Get it Right" anti-piracy campaign until 2021. Under this program, UK Internet providers and rightsholders have teamed up to warn alleged pirates and educate the public at large on how to access content through 'genuine' channels.

New EU Piracy Watchlist Targets Key Pirate Sites and Cloudflare

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Following the example set by the United States, the European Union has published its very first 'Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List'. The European Commission report targets a broad range of alleged 'pirate' sites in the BitTorrent, cyberlocker, stream-ripping spaces, encouraging law enforcement and network players to help stymie their activities.

Scammers Use Facebook and Google to Spread Malicious ‘Pirate’ Files

Scammers and spammers are using user-generated content sites to distribute links to malware and viruses. The malicious content is advertised as pirated software and games, in an attempt to lure users. The issue is plaguing many platforms but appears to be rather persistent on Facebook and Google groups.

IFPI Slams Pirate MEP For ‘Lobbying’ Kids, Forgets a Decade of Rightsholders Doing Just That

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Yet another war of words on Twitter over Article 13 has delivered one of the great ironies of recent times. After Pirate MEP Julia Reda called on kids to 'lobby' their parents over the controversial legislation, she got a "shame on you" from IFPI for "manipulating minors". Trouble is, the entertainment industries have been doing the same for well over a decade.

Showbox: Is it ‘Back’ and More Importantly, is it ‘Safe’?

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Users of Showbox will no doubt be aware that the popular streaming tool has been under fire recently, targeted by lawsuits that shut down various websites and the app itself. The Internet is now buzzing with news of a return along with the inevitable question "But is it safe?" It's a difficult, if not impossible, question to answer.