Streaming Cyberlockers ‘Hate’ Pirate Kodi Add-Ons

Opinion

Million of people use Kodi as their main source of entertainment, often with help from add-ons that allow them to access pirated movies and TV-shows. While these tools are a blessing for many, the streaming cyberlockers that provide the videos see the add-ons as a major threat to their business.

Court Freezes Megaupload’s MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits

A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold until April next year, while the criminal case remains pending. Meanwhile, Megaupload is working hard to ensure that critical evidence on decaying hard drives is preserved.

$1bn Getty Images Public Domain Photograph Dispute is Over

News

Earlier this year, photographer Carol Highsmith received a $120 settlement demand from Getty Images after she used one of her own public domain images on her website. Highsmith responded with a $1bn lawsuit but after a few short months the case is all over, with neither side a clear winner.

Court Orders Rojadirecta to Stop Offering Pirated Football Streams

For years popular sports streaming site Rojadirecta has been operating from Spain without trouble, but last year the tide started to change. This week the site faced a new setback when a Spanish court ordered the streaming site to stop offering links to football matches. In addition, Rojadirecta is the subject of a criminal investigation.

Jailed Copyright Troll Partner Claims to Be Fundraiser For PIPCU

Earlier this year, UK copyright troll partner Robert Croucher was sent to prison after assaulting an Uber driver. Following an appeal, he's now a free man and blaming a member of the House of Lords for his poor treatment. Curiously, he also claims to be raising funds for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.

4shared: Copyright Holders Abuse Google’s DMCA Takedown System

News

Popular file-hosting service 4shared is a true piracy haven, according to some copyright holders. Following numerous complaints the site has had more than 50 million of its URLs removed from Google's search index. However, according to 4shared many of these are the result of abusive takedown requests.

Viacom 18 Obtains Court Order to Block 1,250 ‘Pirate’ Sites

News

In India, a court has gone to extreme lengths to protect a new movie distributed by Viacom 18. A so-called John Doe order filed against at least 40 ISPs instructs them to block a minimum of 1,250 websites that might make the newly released Force 2 available to the public.

Opera Browser Asked to Blacklist Pirate Sites in “Turbo Mode”

News

The Opera web browser feature 'Turbo Mode' is designed to speed up browsing. As a side effect, it also bypasses website blocks, something popular with pirates. However, it appears that the company has been in talks to integrate a blacklist which could stop access to blocked domains.