Court Dismisses Playboy’s Copyright Claims Against Boing Boing

A California district court has dismissed Playboy's copyright infringement complaint against Boing Boing. Playboy's allegations that the popular blog induced or contributed to copyright infringement by publishing hyperlinks are not strong enough, Judge Olguin writes. The complaint is dismissed with leave, allowing the magazine publisher to file an improved version…

‘Pirate’ Kodi Addon Devs & Distributors Told to Cease-and-Desist

The Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment, which counts major Hollywood studios, Netflix and Amazon among its members, has reportedly launched a new offensive against elements of the Kodi-addon community. Cease and desist letters have been sent to several individuals, from those maintaining builds and repositories to people publishing how-to videos…

Tickbox Must Remove Pirate Streaming Addons From Sold Devices

TickBox TV, the company behind a Kodi-powered streaming device, must release a new software updater that will remove copyright-infringing addons from previously shipped devices. A California federal court issued an updated injunction in the lawsuit that was filed by several major Hollywood studios, Amazon, and Netflix which will stay in…

Australian Government Launches Pirate Site-Blocking Review

After being passed almost three years ago, the Australian government has launched a review of its pirate site-blocking laws. The Department of Communications is seeking feedback on the effectiveness of the mechanism, from initial injunction application through to website blocking itself.

EFF Urges US Copyright Office To Reject Proactive ‘Piracy’ Filters

As entertainment companies and Internet services spar over the boundaries of copyright law, the EFF is urging the US Copyright Office to keep "copyright’s safe harbors safe." In a petition just filed with the office, the EFF warns that innovation will be stymied if Congress goes ahead with a plan…

Pirate Streaming Search Engine Exploits Crunchyroll Vulnerability

The popular streaming platform Crunchyroll, which specializes in anime and manga content, appears to have a gaping security hole. As a result, the site's videos can be accessed through the pirate meta-search engine StreamCR, which ironically streams it directly from Crunchyroll's servers.

Pirate Site Blockades Enter Germany With Kinox.to as First Target

Following a complaint from a German movie distribution company, Internet provider Vodafone has been ordered to block subscribers from accessing the popular pirate streaming portal Kinox.to. This is the first pirate site blocking order of its kind in Germany and while it's provisional thus far, it's not likely to stop…

Hosting Provider Steadfast Maintains DMCA Safe Harbor Defense For Trial

A California District Court has denied ALS Scan's motion for summary judgment against hosting provider Steadfast. The latter is accused of contributory copyright infringement and failing to implement a repeat infringer policy as required by the DMCA. However, since both sides made valid arguments, the court will leave the ultimate…

Kim Dotcom Begins New Fight to Avoid Extradition to United States

Should Kim Dotcom and his former Megaupload colleagues be sent to the US to face charges of copyright infringement, racketeering, and money laundering? The New Zealand District Court ruled that they can and in December 2017, the Hight Court reached the same conclusion. In a hearing now underway in the…

US Online Piracy Lawsuits Skyrocket in the New Year

More than 1,000 lawsuits were filed against BitTorrent pirates in the US in 2017. While that number is significant, a flurry of lawsuits since January suggests that even more may be filed this year. Adult entertainment company Malibu Media is the most active litigant, as usual, but there's new competition…

The Early Days of Mass Internet Piracy Were Awesome Yet Awful

English comedian Seann Walsh appeared on Conan this week with skit recalling his early piracy experiences using LimeWire. Amusingly accurate for those who remember the delights and pitfalls of early P2P sharing, Walsh's observations also underline how far we've come - and how easy it should've been for companies to…