ETTV: How an Upload Bot Became a Pirate Hero

Opinion

Popular torrent site ExtraTorrent is no more, but several torrent distribution groups carrying its name are still very much alive. ETTV and ETHD torrents are shared by millions of people every week, and they recently launched a new brand, ETMovies. Today, we ask the team how it all got started and where things go from here.

Hollywood and Netflix Ask Court to Seize Tickbox Streaming Devices

A group of major Hollywood studios plus Amazon and Netflix have asked a California court to halt the infringing activities of TickBox TV, a Kodi-powered streaming device. As part of their ongoing lawsuit, the companies request an injunction requiring Tickbox to remove infringing add-ons and for existing devices to be seized.

CrimeStoppers Campaign Targets Pirate Set-Top Boxes & Their Users

Opinion

In a series of four videos, UK charity CrimeStoppers is warning of the dangers of unauthorized third-party Kodi addons, highlighting everything from malware and identity theft through to child protection issues. CrimeStoppers also encourages the public to not only report box sellers but also anyone "directing" people to use pirate devices.

Movie Company Has No Right to Sue, Accused Pirate Argues

News

The movie company behind the 2015 drama film Fathers & Daughters doesn't have the right to sue for online copyright infringement, an accused pirate from Oregon argues. In a motion for summary judgment, the defense shows that the filmmakers signed away the relevant distribution rights to a third-party.

Dutch Film Distributor Wins Right To Chase Pirates, Store Data For 5 Years

Film distribution Dutch FilmWorks has been successful following its application earlier this year to track BitTorrent pirates and store their data. In a decision handed down Wednesday, the Dutch Data Protection Authority said that permission had been granted for IP address and other information to be stored for up to five years.

Resilient TVAddons Plans to Ditch Proactive ‘Piracy’ Screening

News

Just a few months ago TVAddons was decimated after being dragged into two copyright infringement lawsuits. Despite the legal trouble and a devastating domain seizure, millions of people have found their way back to the platform. Now that the dust has settled somewhat, the site also plans to ditch the proactive addon vetting process that's currently in place.

Movie & TV Companies Tackle Pirate IPTV in Australia Federal Court

News

Hong Kong-based broadcaster TVB has filed a Federal Court action to force Australian ISPs to block seven allegedly infringing IPTV services. Meanwhile, in a separate case, Village Roadshow, Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount told the court today that DNS blocking probably won't be enough to tackle IPTV service HDSubs+, since the service appears to be taking evasive action.