Streaming Service iflix Buys Shows Based on Piracy Data

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…

Court Orders Aussie ISPs to Block Dozens of Pirate Sites

Following two new court orders issued today, Australian Internet providers must block dozens of additional pirate sites. The new blockades were requested by Foxtel and Village Roadshow, and cover many of the most used pirate sources, including Gomovies, RARBG, 1337x and EZTV. Creative Content Australia warns that people who bypass…

Artists Protest RIAA for Trampling on Their Moral Rights

A coalition of several artist groups has sent a letter to the RIAA, accusing the group of ignoring the moral rights of songwriters. In a recent response to a US Government consultation, the RIAA argues that it would be "complex" to always attribute writers for their work, on streaming services…

Cloudflare Kicking ‘Daily Stormer’ is Bad News For Pirate Sites

For several years CloudFlare has stood up to pressure from copyright holders, both in and out of court. The entertainment industry repeatedly urged the company to take action against the Pirate Bays of this world, and Cloudflare refused time and again, stressing that it doesn't "monitor, evaluate or judge" content…

“Public Figure” Threatened With Exposure Over Gay Piracy ‘Fine’

An adult film studio has reportedly warned a "prominent public figure" that he faces exposure over his sexual preferences unless he pays a $97,000 'fine'. The unnamed individual was accused by the CEO of a gay porn company of pirating content and told that the 'fine' would increase to $525,000…

Showtime Seeks Injunction to Stop Mayweather v McGregor Piracy

The super-fight between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor won't take place until August 26 but Showtime Networks is already suing to prevent piracy. In a lawsuit filed in California, the TV network demands that 40 sites are subjected to a pre-emptive injunction, forbidding them…

Game of Thrones Episode “S07E06” Leaks Online Early

The upcoming sixth episode of the current Game of Thrones season has leaked online days ahead of the official premiere. There are several high-quality copies of the episode floating around at the moment. The leaks, which appear to be the result of an error ar HBO Spain, are being widely…

Spinrilla Refuses to Share Its Source Code With the RIAA

Spinrilla, a popular hip-hop mixtape site and app, is refusing to share its source code with the RIAA. The major record labels want to use the code as evidence in their ongoing piracy lawsuit against the company. Spinrilla notes, however, that handing over its "crown jewel" goes too far, while…

Roku Gets Tough on Pirate Channels, Warns Users

Users of the popular media player Roku receive a stark warning when they install channels outside of the official store. While these private or "non-certified" channels are still permitted, the company says that copyright-infringing channels may be pulled without prior notice. The news follows a few weeks after Roku was…

BREIN is Taking Infamous ‘Piracy’ Hosting Provider Ecatel to Court

Anti-piracy outfit BREIN will get a witness hearing against the operators of Ecatel, a hosting provider with a reputation for taking on customers other hosts prefer to avoid. BREIN says that Ecatel and associated companies host copyright-infringing websites and ignore takedown demands. The operators say that BREIN's complaint amounts to…