Potential Abuse Prompts US Court to ‘Re-evaluate’ Treatment of Piracy Cases

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An Illinois man in his 70s, sued for pirating "The Hitman's Bodyguard," has been hitting back at his accusers. The man turned the tables, accusing the movie company of "intimidating" people through "sham litigation." While the court didn't let the case continue, it promises to re-evaluate its own overall treatment of these piracy cases.

UK ISP Will Ban Two Million Kids From Accessing Pirate Sites

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Not-for-profit Internet service provider LGfL, which supplies broadband to 3,000 UK schools, has agreed to block access to a huge number of pirate sites. The initiative will rely on a database of domains provided by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, preventing students from accessing pirated content.

Facebook Held Liable for Copyright Infringing ‘Links’ in Italy

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Social networking giant Facebook must pay damages for failing to remove a link to a copyright infringing YouTube video, an Italian court has ruled. The case, which was filed by the Italian media conglomerate Mediaset, centered around a Facebook group where infringing and defamatory clips of the cartoon “Kirarin Revolution” were posted.

Omniverse Hopes to Swiftly Resolve ACE’s Streaming Piracy Lawsuit

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Streaming TV provider Omniverse has responded to the lawsuit filed by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) last week. The company says it supports ACE's anti-piracy efforts and suggests that it too is a victim of piracy. The company hopes to resolve the matter swiftly. Based on the original complaint, this could mean that they will have to change their channel offering.

China to Crack Down on ‘CAM’ Piracy & Online Distribution Platforms

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Following a recent call from China's National Copyright Administration (NCAC) for the public to assist in the fight against piracy, the agency is promising further action. In a statement issued this week, the NCAC says it will crack down on 'cam' recording in cinemas and will put online distribution platforms under intense scrutiny.

Hollywood Uses ‘False Whois’ Domain Suspensions as Anti-Piracy Tool

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Hollywood's Motion Picture Association has a voluntary agreement with the Indian domain registry NIXI to suspend pirate sites that use false Whois data. This is seen as an effective anti-piracy tool on top of site blocking. In addition, rightsholders also praise India's Cyber Digital Crime Unit, which helped to suspend more than 200 pirate domains.

Cloudflare Suspends Streaming Sites and File Hosters, But Not Over Piracy

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Cloudflare has suspended the account of the video streaming service RapidVideo, as well as several similar platforms. Some suspect that piracy allegations have something to do with it, but Cloudflare refutes this. The company explains that it can sometimes suspend sites that are found to cache a "disproportionate" amount of non-HTML files.