ABS-CBN Wants $210,000 Piracy Damages From FMovies

The popular movie streaming service FMovies hasn't been around for very long, but it's already facing a hefty damages award for copyright infringement. Media company ABS-CBN has asked a Florida federal court for a default judgment of $210,000 against the site, for offering pirated streams of its movies.

Clever ‘Piracy’ App Keeps Celebrity Embarrassments Off YouTube

Celebrities, politicians and other public figures have been secretly trialing a new app that aims to keep embarrassing "citizen footage" off YouTube. The Android and iOS software, which creatively uses infringing content from the Internet, can be activated by a user whenever they feel their pristine image is under threat.

Torrent Site Bitsnoop Shuts Down

The torrent community lost another familiar name this week after Bitsnoop decided to shut down. The site's operator has declined to comment on this decision but says that the site's data was handed over to fellow torrent search engine Zooqle.

Amazon Bans Sales of “Pirate” Media Players, Will Destroy Them

Amazon is taking a tough stance against vendors who sell fully-loaded Kodi boxes and other "pirate" media players through its platform. The store now explicitly bans media players that "promote" or "suggest" the facilitation of piracy. Sellers who violate this policy, of which there are still a few around, risk…

Parents Must Identify Pirate Kids Or Pay Their Fines, Court Rules

If parents are aware that their children have committed copyright infringement they must identify them to the court if required to do so, or pay their fines. That was the ruling of Germany's Federal Court of Justice this week in a case concerning the unlawful distribution of 'Loud' by Rihanna,…

ISP RCN and BMG Agree to Settle Internet Piracy Lawsuit

Last year, US-based Internet provider RCN sued music publisher BMG, asking the court to declare that it's not liable for copyright infringements committed by its customers. After dozens of filings the case, which involved anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, has suddenly come to an end, with the parties agreeing to settle their…

Court: Megaupload’s Failing Drives Can Be Fixed, But Not Accessed

The sixteen failing hard drives containing Megaupload data at hosting provider Cogent can be restored and preserved. The court has granted the MPAA and RIAA's version of the preservation order, meaning that no person will be able to access the data without permission. Megaupload is disappointed that it's still unable…

‘Piracy Filters Are Expensive and Far From Perfect’

The US Copyright Office is considering whether the DMCA copyright law is still fit to deal with online piracy and has asked various stakeholders for input. Copyright holders have suggested that automated piracy filters are a way forward. However, a research paper submitted by the non-profit organization Engine argues that…

VPN Searches Soar as Congress Votes to Repeal Broadband Privacy Rules

Last week the US Senate voted to do away with broadband privacy rules that prevent ISPs from selling subscribers' internet browsing histories to third parties. Congress followed suit yesterday, with a 215-205 vote in favor of repeal. But as the news sinks in, US citizens are apparently considering counter-measures, with…

Pirate Streaming Site 123Movies Rebrands as GoMovies (Updated)

After several days of downtime, pirate movie streaming site 123movies has renamed itself to GoMovies for a fresh start. With the brand change and a new domain name, the popular site hopes to clearly set itself apart from the many fake sites that surfaced online recently.

DMCA Doesn’t Shield Cloudflare From Anti-Piracy Injunctions, Court Rules

When the RIAA targeted CDN provider Cloudflare with an injunction to block access to a known pirate site, the company objected. Cloudflare argued that the DMCA shielded the company from the broad blocking requirements. However, a Florida federal court has now ruled that the DMCA doesn't apply in this case,…