Hollywood Uses ‘False Whois’ Domain Suspensions as Anti-Piracy Tool

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Hollywood's Motion Picture Association has a voluntary agreement with the Indian domain registry NIXI to suspend pirate sites that use false Whois data. This is seen as an effective anti-piracy tool on top of site blocking. In addition, rightsholders also praise India's Cyber Digital Crime Unit, which helped to suspend more than 200 pirate domains.

Cloudflare Suspends Streaming Sites and File Hosters, But Not Over Piracy

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Cloudflare has suspended the account of the video streaming service RapidVideo, as well as several similar platforms. Some suspect that piracy allegations have something to do with it, but Cloudflare refutes this. The company explains that it can sometimes suspend sites that are found to cache a "disproportionate" amount of non-HTML files.

EU Commission Deletes Article 13 Post Because ‘Mob’ Understood it Incorrectly

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On Friday, the EU Commission published a piece on Medium that suggested that Google has taken over the minds of millions of citizens, rendering them incapable of thinking for themselves in their opposition of Article 13. The piece was later deleted with a note implying that people simply aren't capable of understanding the subtle nuances of the English language.

Dutch Filmworks Continues Quest to Identify Alleged Pirates

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Film distribution company Dutch FilmWorks is continuing its legal battle to identify BitTorrent pirates. The company is appealing the case against Internet provider Ziggo, where it requested the personal details connected to 377 IP-addresses. Even if the account holders themselves are not pirates they do have a responsibility for what happens on their connections, Dutch Filmworks stresses.

Pirate Site Slammed for Meddling with DRM-Free Games, Circumvention Ensues

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Pirate site IGG-Games, which sits among the top 1,500 sites in the world, is under fire for meddling with pirate releases. One particular example involves the DRM-free game The Eternal Castle, which has been modified not to run if people remove IGG-Games' advertising code. The site says it needs to do this to prevent other sites "stealing" its releases but pirates are not impressed. In fact, they've developed a tool to remove this 'DRM'.