Who’s To Blame For The Kodi Crackdown?

Opinion

Over the past several months it's become increasingly clear that copyright holders, authorities, and sundry third parties intend to do something about the dramatic rise of infringing modified Kodi setups. This week, after several addons including the popular Phoenix went down, accusatory fingers were pointed all around. So who is really to blame for the Kodi crackdown?

Cloudflare Fails to Limit Scope of Piracy Lawsuit

News

Cloudflare can be held liable for copyright infringements committed by its customers, even if the websites in question are hosted abroad. A California District Court concluded that cached copies on Cloudflare's servers tie alleged infringements directly to the United States.

Nintendo & BREIN Target Seller of ‘Pirate’ Retro Gaming System

A man who sold retro-gaming systems with thousands of installed games has faced the wrath of Nintendo and Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. The Raspberry Pi-based consoles contained many titles for old gaming systems including Gameboy, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Megadrive and Playstation. But, despite their age, BREIN says that infringement of all kinds must be punished.

US Court Orders Pirate Streaming Site FMovies to Pay $210,000

The popular movie streaming service FMovies hasn't been around for very long, but it's already lost a federal lawsuit in the United States. The court issued a default judgment for copyright infringement against the site's operators, who chose not to defend themselves, ordering them to pay $210,000 in damages. In addition, the site may soon lose its domain name.

Bill to Ban VPNs & Unmask Operators Submitted to Russia’s Parliament

Russia is making good on its threat to crack down on VPN and proxy services that provide access to blocked sites. A new law submitted to the State Duma will see the country's telecoms watchdog identify such services and compel their hosts to hand over operators' personal details. Should block bypassing continue, access to the service will be terminated by the country's ISPs.

Usenet Provider is Obliged to Identify Pirates, Court Rules

Usenet provider Eweka has lost another court battle with Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. The service provider must identify a former customer who's accused of uploading copyright-infringing material. According to the court, the provider is obliged to do the same in future cases, without a court order.

Team DIMENSION Returns to The Piracy Scene

News

The popular TV Scene group DIMENSION reappeared this week, after a hiatus of nearly two months. The group is a household name among many pirates, who are welcoming the new releases. Although there's no official explanation for the stretch of absence, the group is now back in full swing.