Russia Plans Instant Movie Pirate Site Blockades, Without Court Order

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The Russian Ministry of Culture has tabled a new proposal that will allow filmmakers to have pirate sites blocked within 24 hours, without a court order. Officials say that new measures are needed to better protect the revenues of the local movie industry. Interestingly, the plan applies only to local content so major Hollywood productions are not covered.

Sky: People Can’t Pirate Live Soccer in the UK Anymore

Sky's head of litigation made a rather surprising statement at an industry convention in Macau this week. Matthew Hibbert told those in attendance that thanks to site-blocking, it's no longer possible to watch pirated live soccer in the UK anymore. Meanwhile, the UK Intellectual Property Office has revealed that when questioned a while back, rightsholders told them that pirate boxes weren't a problem. How things change.

MPAA Warns Australia Not to ‘Mess’ With Fair Use and Geo-Blocking

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The MPAA has submitted its 2018 list of foreign trade barriers to the U.S. Government. The document reveals that Hollywood is concerned that Australia is considering implementing fair use exceptions, allowing circumvention of geo-blocking, and expanding safe harbor provisions for online services. In addition, the MPAA notes that stiffer penalties are required to deter piracy.

Top 10 Torrent Site TorrentDownloads Blocked By Chrome and Firefox

TorrentDownloads, one of top 10 torrent sites on the Internet, has been blocked by Chrome, Firefox, and utilities including MalwareBytes, for being unsafe. According to the site's operator, an affiliate advertiser was responsible for causing the alarm but action has now been taken to remove the bad actor from the site. In the meantime, as the process continues, the site remains blocked.

Aussie ‘Pirate’ Blocking Efforts Switch to Premium IPTV

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After blocking dozens of torrent and streaming sites, rightsholders in Australia have switched towards premium IPTV. For a monthly fee, HD Subs delivers at least 600 live premium channels plus hundreds of top movies on demand, via set-top boxes and its own app. Village Roadshow and several major studios want to put an end to the practice.

US Court Grants ISPs and Search Engine Blockade of Sci-Hub

Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," has suffered another blow in a US federal court. The American Chemical Society has won a default judgment of $4.8 million for alleged copyright infringement against the site. In addition, the publisher was granted an unprecedented injunction which requires search engines and ISPs to block the platform.