The Windows App Store is Full of Pirate Streaming Apps

In recent years streaming piracy has become a popular pastime for millions of people. A lot of this takes place through 'rogue' websites or dedicated pirate devices, which are often scolded by the movie industry. The problem is not limited to unauthorized platforms alone though, as the "trusted" Windows App Store is full of widely used pirate apps as well.

TVAddons Decimated Without Trial, Here’s a View of the Damage

Bell Canada, TVA, Videotron, and Rogers are collectively suing Kodi addon repository TVAddons. Before obtaining a civil search warrant, ostensibly to preserve evidence, the companies admitted to the court that the destruction of TVAddons was their true aim. Ten weeks on and long before any trial on the merits of the case takes place, a relaunched TVAddons is feeling the pain.

Streaming Service iflix Buys Shows Based on Piracy Data

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With five million subscribers throughout Asia and Africa, iflix is one of the leading video streaming services in emerging markets. The company is battling with other services to offer the best content and as part of this quest, it uses piracy data to see what is popular among potential viewers.

Rightscorp Bleeds Another Million, Borrows $200K From Customer BMG

According to a new filing, anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp incurred a net loss of more than $1m during the first six months of 2017, raising new doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern. The situation was so serious earlier this year that the company had to borrow $200,000 from customer BMG to settle a lawsuit. At the end of June, Rightscorp had just $1,725 in cash.

Porn Producer Says He’ll Prove That AMC TV Exec is a BitTorrent Pirate

Porn producer Flava Works is going toe to toe with Marc Juris, President & General Manager of AMC-owned WE tv. Unusually in such cases, Juris sued Flava Works first, after the company approached him with an offer to settle, which would have kept his identity a secret. With that no longer an option, the battle lines are being drawn.

Court Orders Aussie ISPs to Block Dozens of Pirate Sites

Following two new court orders issued today, Australian Internet providers must block dozens of additional pirate sites. The new blockades were requested by Foxtel and Village Roadshow, and cover many of the most used pirate sources, including Gomovies, RARBG, 1337x and EZTV. Creative Content Australia warns that people who bypass the blocks could easily run into malware, viruses and other nastiness.

Artists Protest RIAA for Trampling on Their Moral Rights

A coalition of several artist groups has sent a letter to the RIAA, accusing the group of ignoring the moral rights of songwriters. In a recent response to a US Government consultation, the RIAA argues that it would be "complex" to always attribute writers for their work, on streaming services for example. However, the artist groups stress that their rights shouldn't be trumped by metadata concerns.

Cloudflare Kicking ‘Daily Stormer’ is Bad News For Pirate Sites

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For several years CloudFlare has stood up to pressure from copyright holders, both in and out of court. The entertainment industry repeatedly urged the company to take action against the Pirate Bays of this world, and Cloudflare refused time and again, stressing that it doesn't "monitor, evaluate or judge" content on its clients' websites. That argument is now dead.

“Public Figure” Threatened With Exposure Over Gay Piracy ‘Fine’

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An adult film studio has reportedly warned a "prominent public figure" that he faces exposure over his sexual preferences unless he pays a $97,000 'fine'. The unnamed individual was accused by the CEO of a gay porn company of pirating content and told that the 'fine' would increase to $525,000 if not settled quickly. The man has now gone on the offensive with his own lawsuit.