Chrome and Firefox Block 123movies Over “Harmful Programs”

Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the popular pirate streaming site 123movies, also known as 123movieshub and Gomovies. According to Google's Safe Browsing diagnostics service, the site contains "harmful programs," most likely triggered by suspicious advertisements running on the site.

Pirate ‘Kodi’ Boxes & Infringing Streams Cost eBay Sellers Dearly

Ebay and social media are popular places to sell and obtain 'pirate' streaming devices but for two sellers, things haven't gone to plan. According to the Premier League and partners the Federation Against Copyright Theft, the men have agreed to pay £18,000 and £8,000 respectively, for supplying piracy-configured Kodi boxes…

Rightscorp Has a Massive Database of ‘Repeat Infringers’ to Pursue

Anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp has a database of nearly a billion copyright infringements, ready to use, including many repeat infringers. Responding to a crucial court decision last week, the company says that it is ready to help copyright holders identify persistent pirates and hold Internet providers accountable if needed.

RIAA: Cox Ruling Shows that Grande Can Be Liable for Piracy Too

Internet Provider Grande Communications can be held liable for contributing copyright infringement, the RIAA argued at a Texas federal court this week. Responding to the ISP's motion to dismiss, the music industry group submits last week's Fourth Circuit ruling in the Cox case as additional evidence that the ISP failed…

Jailed Streaming Site Operator Hit With Fresh $3m Damages Lawsuit

Following a landmark trial last May, a founder of streaming site Swefilmer was jailed for an unprecedented three years, longer than any defendant even in the Pirate Bay case. With an appeal hearing just weeks away, he's just been hit with a fresh $3m damages claim. "This is about organized…

Google Won’t Take Down ‘Pirate’ VLC With Five Million Downloads

VideoLAN, the team behind the VLC media player, recently revealed that they turned down several tens of millions of euros to bundle their software with advertising. The same cannot be said of third-party developers cloning VLC for profit, however. An ad-supported clone discovered on Google Play has a staggering five…

Anti-Piracy Video Scares Kids With ‘Fake’ Malware Info

Malware is a persistent problem that affects millions of people every day. According to an entertainment-industry-backed campaign video, aimed at educating young children on Safer Internet Day, pirate sites are the number one way through which this malicious software is spread. But is that really the case?

Cloudflare Terminates Service to Sci-Hub Domain Names

Cloudflare has terminated service to several domain names of Sci-Hub, which is often referred to as "The Pirate Bay of Science." The CDN provider was compelled to take this action in response to a permanent injunction the American Chemical Society obtained late last year. While Cloudflare previously objected to a…

Virgin Media Store Caught Running Movie & TV Show Piracy Software (Updated)

Virgin Media is one of the largest premium telecoms suppliers in the UK and Ireland but the way one of its stores has advertised its "Full House" package leaves a bit to be desired. While asking for 99 euros to supply a top-rated packaged, an advertising display simultaneously showed notifications…

Russia Blocks 500 ‘Pirate’ Sites in Four Months, Without a Single Court Order

Last October, Russia passed legislation which allowed rightsholders to have 'pirate' clone and mirror sites blocked by ISPs without the need for court intervention. According to Russia's Deputy Minister of Communications the months since have been extremely busy. A total of 500 sites have been blocked, which is more than…