Court Sanctions TVAddons Owner For Failing to Disclose Evidence

A Texas District Court has sanctioned TVAddons operator Adam Lackman for failing to disclose evidence requested by Dish. Within five days, he must share how much money was earned through TVAddons.ag and Offshoregit.com. At the same time, the court reprimanded Lackman's lawyer for an "egregious disruption" of the court proceedings.

Man Jailed For Five Years+ For Selling Streaming Piracy Devices

A UK man who sold 8,000 set-top boxes that provided illegal access to Hollywood movies and live sports has been jailed for five years and three months. John Haggerty founded Evolution Trading, a company that provided XBMC (Kodi) based devices loaded with a subscription IPTV service. His wife received a…

‘Copyright’s True Purpose Is Dead, It Never Existed’

According to the US Constitution, copyrights exist to "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts." It's meant to facilitate and encourage artists to create content, which the public can enjoy. But is this how copyright still functions today? Texan A&M law professor Glynn Lunney Jr doesn't think so.

Suffocating Financial Power Means Mismatches in Copyright Cases

Being an entrepreneur in the digital age comes with risks, particularly when a business model is connected in any way with the music and movie industries. Kim Dotcom says he's spent $40 million in legal bills fighting his corner while TVAddons founder Adam Lackman is already facing potential bankruptcy. Neither…

Rightscorp Prompted The RIAA to Sue Internet Provider

With help from the RIAA, several companies are waging a legal battle against Grande Communications, accusing the company of not taking proper action against pirating subscribers. It turns out that this idea didn't originate at the music group. Instead, it was anti-piracy group Rightscorp that prompted the lawsuit.

Anti-Piracy Portal Blocked Due to Alleged Phishing & Malware

A government-backed portal set up to convince pirates that going straight is the best philosophy is being flagged as dangerous by security software. People who receive piracy notices are directed to GetitRightFromaGenuineSite.org but according to anti-virus vendors and even third-parties like Twitter, the domain should be avoided due to a…

Mom’s Defense of “Cheating” Fortnite Kid Fails

Game developer and publisher Epic can continue its copyright infringement lawsuit against a minor. A Carolina federal court, which reviewed a scathing letter of the alleged cheater's mother as a motion to dismiss, sees no grounds to throw out the lawsuit at this stage.

Anti-Piracy Group BREIN Plans to Target ‘Frequent’ Seeders

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN stresses that its plan to go after frequent seeders of pirated material is still on. The outfit will use its own tracking software to detect persistent infringers and hold them accountable. Movie distribution Dutch FilmWorks is working on a similar scheme, which is also yet to…

Russia Adopts Draft to Prohibit ‘Piracy-Enabling’ Software

Russia's State Duma has adopted a draft law that aims to tackle software applications through which pirated content is distributed. The proposals foresee the owner or operator of an application being warned that infringement is taking place while giving them time to remove the offending content. Failure to do so…

YouTube Launches “Copyright Match” Tool to Protect Initial Uploaders

YouTube will release a new tool to help initial uploaders to take action against those who duplicate and re-upload their content without permission. Copyright Match, which will be available to high-traffic users initially, will alert users to new uploads of their work while allowing them to take a range of…

Usenet Users Have Privacy Rights, But Pirates Can’t be Anonymous

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has scored a partial victory against Usenet provider Newsconnection. The Court of Appeal ruled that the company must ensure that it can identify potential infringers. Newsconnection is not required to implement the strict measures BREIN requested, but the court made it clear that pirates shouldn't be…