Many Film Students Pirate Films for Their Courses

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New research shows that piracy is a common habit among film students. Not just for pleasure, but also to obtain mandatory course materials. In fact, obtaining films illegally is more common than getting them through university reserve desks.

MPAA Wins Movie Piracy Case in China After Failed Anti-Piracy Deal

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The international arm of the Motion Picture Association of America has chalked up a copyright victory against a huge Chinese video platform. The suit, filed against Xunlei in 2015 following the failure of an oppressive anti-piracy initiative, claimed copyright infringement on 28 Hollywood titles. The MPAA was awarded just over $210,000 in damages, plus legal fees.

Court Cracks Down on ‘Future’ Pirate Mayweather-McGregor Streams

A federal court in California has issued a preliminary injunction targeting several websites that could offer pirated streams for the upcoming Mayweather v McGregor fight. The order was requested by TV network Showtime, which fears it might lose a substantial amount of revenue due to piracy. Whether it will put a serious dent in the availability of unauthorized streams is doubtful.

Healthy Aussie Pirates Set To Face Cash ‘Fines’, Poor & Sick Should Be OK

Village Roadshow says it will carry through on threats to track down Australia-based Internet pirates this year and force them to pay a 'fine' or face court. Interestingly, anyone who is sick or in dire financial straights will only have to promise to be good in future. Meanwhile, company boss Graham Burke has lashed out at Google, after searches for the movie Dunkirk allegedly led him to malware.

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.