Looming Net Neutrality Repeal Sparks BitTorrent Throttling Fears

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The FCC is determined to repeal US net neutrality rules. If this happens, Internet providers will have the freedom to restrict or charge for access to certain sites and services, if they please. It also means BitTorrent throttling and blocking could become commonplace again, which would set us back a good ten years.

Google & Apple Order Telegram to Nuke Channel Over Taylor Swift Piracy

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Popular instant messaging service Telegram has for the first time blocked access to an entire channel following pressure from Google and Apple. It's understood that following complaints from Universal Music, that the channel was offering illegal downloads of the Taylor Swift album Reputation, the companies ordered Telegram to take action.

Sci-Hub Loses Domain Names, But Remains Resilient

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Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," lost three of its domain names this week. The suspensions are likely the result of the lost court case against the American Chemical Society. Despite the setback, Sci-Hub remains resilient, pointing out that there are other ways to access the site including its own custom DNS servers.

Game of Thrones Leaks “Carried Out By Former Iranian Military Hacker”

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A man who leaked confidential Game of Thrones information and unaired HBO shows has been charged by the Department of Justice. Behzad Mesri, an Iranian national, is said to have demanded $6 million in Bitcoin from HBO. US authorities are warning that while he's currently at large, for Mesri "winter will come."

Google Wipes 786 Pirate Sites From Search Results

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Google and several leading Russian search engines have completely wiped 786 'pirate' sites from their search results. That's according to telecoms watch Rozcomnadzor, which reports that the search providers delisted the sites after ISPs were ordered by a Moscow court to permanently block them.

UK Government Publishes Advice on ‘Illicit Streaming Devices’

The UK's Intellectual Property Office has today published advice on so-called 'Illicit Streaming Devices'. Noting the importance of ensuring that copyright holders get paid, the IPO warns that 'Kodi boxes' and 'Android TV boxes' present a threat to child welfare while presenting an electrical safety hazard to the public. If you have one, you should wipe it clean now, the government says.

Kodi-Addon Developer Launches Fundraiser to Fight “Copyright Bullies”

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Shani, the developer of the popular Kodi-addon ZemTV, is asking the public for help so he can defend a lawsuit filed by American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network. A proper defense is needed to avoid a bad precedent, he stresses. "The fight is rigged against the little guy, they are trying to make something illegal that shouldn't be illegal."