SETTV IPTV Service Ordered to Pay DISH $90,000,000 in Piracy Damages

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SETTV, an under-fire IPTV service previously sued by several Hollywood studios, has suffered a crushing blow in another US-based lawsuit. After being sued by DISH Network and Nagrastar for retransmitting the former's content without authorization, SETTV has now agreed to pay the plaintiffs more than $90 million while shutting down and handing over its domains and equipment.

Nintendo ‘Wins’ $12 Million From Pirate ROM Site Operators

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The owners of now-defunct ROM sites LoveROMS.com and LoveRETRO.co have agreed to a $12 million judgment in favor of Nintendo. The operators, a married couple, admit to both direct and indirect copyright and trademark infringement. Both parties requested the court to sign off on this unusual judgment, which will end their legal battle.

YouTube CEO Says That Videos May Be Blocked Due to EU Copyright Law

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YouTube's CEO is warning that the platform may have to begin blocking videos in response to legislation making its way through the EU Parliament. The final text of Article 13 is yet to be decided but Susan Wojcicki is warning that the current wording would hold it responsible for the copyright infringements of users, something that could impact the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.

Hitman 2’s Denuvo Protection Cracked Three Days Before Launch

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Hitman 2 is due to hit the streets on November 13, protected by the most up-to-date variant of Denuvo's anti-tamper technology. However, a cracking group appears to have obtained a version of the game destined for pre-order buyers, cracked it, and released it online three days early. Just last week, Denuvo suggested that four days protection could prove significant for game sales.

Pro-Copyright Bias is Alive, Well, and Still Hiding the Full Story

Opinion

In 2007 and as recently as January 2018, the director of the movie The Man From Earth was championing the promotional effects of piracy. Last week, out of nowhere, he appeared to do a complete turnaround, branding the phenomenon as a threat to all creators. Something didn't feel right about this apparent change of heart. Diving into the details, a bigger picture begins to emerge.

MPAA: Switzerland Remains “Extremely Attractive” For Pirate Sites

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In a recent submission to the US Trade Representative, the MPAA again states that Switzerland’s copyright law is wholly inadequate, making it extremely attractive to host illegal sites there. The European country has plans to update its laws, but the proposed changes are no significant improvement, Hollywood's trade group notes.

Corel Wrongly Accuses Licensed User of Piracy, Disables Software Remotely

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Earlier this year, Corel obtained a patent which enables the company to offer software pirates an amnesty deal via a messaging system. While this can be a smart approach, it is not without its flaws. This week, the company remotely disabled the software of a fully-licensed user of Paintshop Pro and left his medical-related business unable to meet customer needs.