Putin Asked to Investigate Damage Caused By Telegram Web-Blocking

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In a report presented to President Vladimir Putin, Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev says there should be an investigation into the actions of telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor after it tried to block Telegram last month. Millions of innocent IP addresses were caught up in the dragnet, a result of Roscomnadzor not carrying out a damage assessment, Marinichev says.

Social Media Sites Are Full of Pirate Champions League Streamers

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Ahead of tonight's Champions League final, anti-piracy firm Irdeto has released fresh data on the prevalence of unauthorized streaming on social media platforms and elsewhere. During the knock-out stage alone it found more than 5,000 streams, which were seen by millions of people. According to Irdeto, more needs to be done to stop these streams.

TRON Cryptocurrency Founder Plans to Buy BitTorrent Inc

More than thirteen years after BitTorrent Inc. entered Silicon Valley as one of the hottest new startups, the company is getting close to being acquired. Justin Sun, the founder of the cryptocurrency TRON, is planning to take the company in and both parties are finalizing the latest details. With a multi-billion dollar market cap, TRON aims to decentralize the web, partly powered by BitTorrent.

Steal This Show S03E16: The TAO of the DAO Pt. 2

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Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest decentralization and file-sharing news. In this episode, we talk to Chris Beams again, founder of the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Bisq.

Legal Blackmail: Zero Cases Brought Against Alleged Pirates in Sweden

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Since 2017, tens of thousands of alleged file-sharers in Sweden have received threatening letters demanding cash settlements to make a supposed lawsuit go away. Yet an investigation carried out by Sweden's SVT has failed to unearth a single instance where a claim has resulted in a conviction for so-called copyright trolls. "Legal blackmail," says a professor of law at Stockholm University.

Fully-Loaded Kodi Box Sellers Receive Hefty Jail Sentences

A court in Wales has handed hefty jail sentences to former partners who ran a business selling fully-loaded Kodi boxes. Michael Jarman and Natalie Forber, who sold more than 1,000 devices over a two year period, pleaded guilty to operating a fraudulent business. Jarmain was jailed for 21 months while Forber, who had no previous convictions, was handed a 16-month suspended sentence.

Phone Store Employee Sued For Promoting ‘Pirate’ App Showbox

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Two movie studios have sued an employee of a Hawaiian phone store who allegedly recommended the 'pirate' application Showbox to a customer. The makers of the films 'Mechanic: Resurrection' and 'A Family Man' accuse the woman of contributory copyright infringement and demand damages in federal court.

BPI Wants Piracy Dealt With Under New UK Internet ‘Clean-Up’ Laws

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This week, Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, announced the launch of a consultation on new legislative measures to clean up the 'Wild West' elements of the Internet. In response, music group BPI says the government should use the opportunity to tackle piracy with advanced site-blocking measures, repeat infringer policies, and new responsibilities for service providers.