Kodi-Addon Developer Gives Up Piracy Defense Due to Lack of Funds

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Shani, the brains behind the popular Kodi-addon ZemTV, has asked his attorney to stop defending him. The London-based developer says he doesn't have the funds to fight the legal battle against Dish Networks in a US court. As a result, there's a high likelihood that the broadcast provider will win a default judgment.

Singapore ISPs Block 53 Pirate Sites Following MPAA Legal Action

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Several major ISPs have blocked dozens of pirate torrent and streaming platforms following orders from the Singapore High Court. The action, which covers platforms including The Pirate Bay plus KickassTorrents and Solarmovie variants, follows a successful application from the MPAA, which accuses the platforms of flagrant copyright infringement.

Fairplay Canada Discredits “Pro-Piracy” TorrentFreak News, Then Cites Us

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Earlier this week Fairplay Canada, the coalition lobbying for a national piracy blocking mechanism, countered its critics in a detailed reply. Buried in the footnotes, the document also included a stab at TorrentFreak, 'discrediting' our coverage by labeling us a "pro-piracy" site. Interestingly, however, the same report later cites TorrentFreak as a reputable source on site-blocking jurisprudence.

ISP Telenor Will Block The Pirate Bay in Sweden Without a Shot Fired

Telenor, an ISP that has long fought against site-blocking in Sweden, will now begin blocking The Pirate Bay, apparently voluntarily. The development isn't the result of a direct court order against the company, rather its final consolidation with Bredbandsbolaget, an ISP owned by Telenor that was previously ordered to block the infamous torrent site.

The Curious Takedown Notices of ‘Tongues of Glass’ Poet Shaun Shane

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The poet going by the name Shaun Shane has come to the forefront again, half a decade after his one-line poem triggered a takedown controversy. In a series of DMCA notices sent to Google, the poet posits that people are using black hat SEO to get to him. Targeted sites include BoingBoing and Techdirt, but also entirely unrelated ones, including the homepage of the company 'Shaun Shane Bricklaying.'

Police Forces Around Europe Hit Pirate IPTV Operation

More than 150 law enforcement officers in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain have coordinated to dismantle a large pirate IPTV operation. TV channel sources, which were spread among companies, commercial premises and even private homes, were targeted in dozens of locations. The investigation focused on 49 suspects, five of whom were arrested and taken into custody.

TVAddons Denies Copyright Infringement Claims in Court

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Kodi addon library TVAddons was dragged to court last year by Dish Networks over alleged copyright infringement. However, in a new filing TVAddons' operator Adam Lackman denies these allegations. In addition, the defense states that the broadcast provider can't claim statutory damages without copyright registrations.

ExtraTorrent Replacement Displays Warning On Predecessor’s Shutdown Anniversary (Update)

ExtraTorrent.ag, one of the Internet's most popular torrent sites, appears to have some serious domain issues. The site sprang up in the wake of the original ExtraTorrent's demise exactly a year ago, hoping to scoop up some of its traffic. But yesterday the domain, which was previously home to a top 10 torrent site, began pointing to a generic landing page and is now returning security warnings.