UK Govt. Met With Copyright Holders Dozens of Times in Just Three Months


Copyright organizations met with the UK government on dozens of occasions in just three months, a response to a Freedom of Information request has revealed. Groups such as the MPAA, BPI, Premier League, Sky and the Federation Against Copyright Theft were all involved, alongside Facebook, Amazon and eBay who were discussing their takedown practices.

Spanish Netflix Competitor Filmin Partnered With Leading Pirate Site


It's unthinkable that Netflix would ever do a deal with The Pirate Bay, but in Spain, something very similar happened a few years ago. Newly uncovered information reveals that the local streaming platform Flimin signed an agreement with one of the country's most notorious pirate sites, in return for a significant stake in the company.

U.S. Border Seizures of DMCA Circumvention Devices Surges


New data released by Homeland Security shows that U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized significantly more DMCA circumvention devices in 2017. The seizures, which includes mod chips for gaming consoles, increased 324% compared to the year before, although the actual number remains fairly low.

Streaming Link Search Engine Alluc Shuts Down


After 13 years, the popular streaming link search engine Alluc is shutting down. The people behind the site, which was regularly used by pirates, say they will focus on other projects instead. The team still see a future for "uncensored search" and hope someone else will fill the gap the site leaves behind.

“Large Scale” Music Pirate Settles With BREIN For 10,000 Euros

A pirate who uploaded large volumes of music to the Internet without permission has agreed to pay Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN 10,000 euros ($12,374) to avoid a lawsuit. Although the individual uploaded the content to the newsgroups, which are sometimes considered to be more secure, BREIN forced his Usenet provider to hand over his details, making it easy to track him down.

ISP Wants EU Court Ruling on Identifying ‘Pirating’ Subscribers


Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof has appealed a ruling that requires the company to hand over subscriber data of alleged pirates to the police. Bahnhof maintains that this goes against EU regulations since piracy is not a 'serious crime'. The provider is therefore requesting an opinion from the EU Court of Justice on the matter.

Trump Promises Copyright Crackdown as DoJ Takes Aim at Streaming Pirates

President Trump says the US is "acting swiftly on intellectual property theft", noting that the country cannot "allow this to happen as it has for many years." Coincidentally, or not, a panel in Capitol Hill yesterday discussed the streaming box threat, with the MPAA revealing that the Department of Justice is looking at "a variety of candidates" for criminal action.