Game Companies Oppose DMCA Exemption for ‘Abandoned’ Online Games

Opinion

Electonic Arts, Nintendo, Ubisoft and other major game publishers have asked the US Copyright Office not to make an exemption to preserve abandoned online games for future generations. The companies argue that libraries, museums, and their affiliates might exploit such a right for commercial purposes, competing with other games.

Subtitle Heroes: Fansubbing Movie Criticized For Piracy Promotion

News

Subs Heroes is a just-released Italian documentary which tells the story of underground fan-made subtitling in a country which is "still paying the consequences of language barriers created by fascism." However, local anti-piracy groups and even the country's cinema industry are angry that the movie paints the volunteer translators on unauthorized subtitling sites as digital heroes.

Major US Sports Leagues Report Top Piracy Nations to Government

News

The Sports Coalition, which includes prominent leagues such as the NBA, NFL, and MLB, has shared its concerns over sports piracy with the US Trade Representative. The coalition urges the US Government to place the Netherlands and Switzerland on the Priority Watch List, as many pirated games are broadcast from these European countries.

Embedding a Tweet Can be Copyright Infringement, Court Rules

A New York federal court has ruled that people can be held liable for copyright infringement if they embed a tweet posted by a third party. The case was filed by Justin Goldman, whose photo of Tom Brady went viral and eventually ended up at several news sites, which embedded these 'infringing' tweets.

Court Orders Spanish ISPs to Block Pirate Sites For Hollywood

News

Following complaints from Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner, a court in Spain has ordered several ISPs to begin blocking a pair of pirate sites. Describing the action as "necessary", the MPA says that the blocks will assist with the "sustainability of the creative community."

Pirates Crack Microsoft’s UWP Protection, Five Layers of DRM Defeated

Video games pirates have reason to celebrate today after scene cracking group CODEX defeated Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform system on Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection. While the game it was protecting isn't exactly a fan favorite, it was reportedly protected by five layers of DRM within the UWP package, including the Denuvo-like Arxan anti-tamper technology.

Court Dismisses Playboy’s Copyright Claims Against Boing Boing

A California district court has dismissed Playboy's copyright infringement complaint against Boing Boing. Playboy's allegations that the popular blog induced or contributed to copyright infringement by publishing hyperlinks are not strong enough, Judge Olguin writes. The complaint is dismissed with leave, allowing the magazine publisher to file an improved version within two weeks.

‘Pirate’ Kodi Addon Devs & Distributors Told to Cease-and-Desist

The Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment, which counts major Hollywood studios, Netflix and Amazon among its members, has reportedly launched a new offensive against elements of the Kodi-addon community. Cease and desist letters have been sent to several individuals, from those maintaining builds and repositories to people publishing how-to videos on YouTube.

Tickbox Must Remove Pirate Streaming Addons From Sold Devices

TickBox TV, the company behind a Kodi-powered streaming device, must release a new software updater that will remove copyright-infringing addons from previously shipped devices. A California federal court issued an updated injunction in the lawsuit that was filed by several major Hollywood studios, Amazon, and Netflix which will stay in place while both parties fight out their legal battle.