Snapchat Source Code Leaked Then Taken Down From Github

Snap Inc., the owner of Snapchat, has taken action after its source code was illegally leaked online. The code, which was uploaded to Github by a user who claims to be in Pakistan, was removed from the Microsoft-owned development platform in response to a DMCA takedown notice.

BBC Wants Microsoft to Expose ‘Doctor Who’ Leaker

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New court documents suggest that the BBC has yet to find the source of the leaked 'Doctor Who' footage that previously appeared online. The British company is hoping that Microsoft can help. At a federal court in Washington, the BBC requested a DMCA subpoena targeted at a OneDrive user who shared the infringing material online late June.

Major Labels Sue More YouTube Ripper Sites

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Major labels including Universal, Warner Bros, Sony, and others have teamed up to sue two more YouTube-ripping sites. FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com are reportedly operated out of Russia, but according to information provided to the US Trade Representative by rightsholders earlier this year, the sites provide MP3 downloads to users from servers hosted in Germany.

‘Impostors’ Manipulate Google With Fake Takedown Request

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Scammers, masquerading as legitimate copyright holders such as Netflix and Disney, are using Google DMCA takedown tools to manipulate search results. Some webmasters complain that hundreds of links are being pulled offline by the notices. Anti-piracy outfits MUSO and Blue Efficience, which are among the impersonated companies, confirm that not all requests in their name are legitimate.

Sci-Hub Proves That Piracy Can be Dangerously Useful

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Despite two lost legal battles in the US, domain name seizures, and millions of dollars in damage claims, Sci-Hub continues to offer unauthorized access to academic papers. The site's founder says that she would rather operate legally, but copyright gets in the way. Sci-Hub is not the problem she argues, it's a solution, something many academics appear to agree with.

‘Depraved’ City Builder on Steam Features ‘Pirate Hat’ DRM

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Video games have deployed a number of techniques over the years to deter pirates, with some more entertaining than others. Evil Bite, the small developer team behind the 'Depraved' city builder game, have got in on the action with a time-bomb DRM that slowly fills the game's warehouses with pirate hats to render them useless.