MPAA Warns Australia Not to ‘Mess’ With Fair Use and Geo-Blocking

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The MPAA has submitted its 2018 list of foreign trade barriers to the U.S. Government. The document reveals that Hollywood is concerned that Australia is considering implementing fair use exceptions, allowing circumvention of geo-blocking, and expanding safe harbor provisions for online services. In addition, the MPAA notes that stiffer penalties are required to deter piracy.

Top 10 Torrent Site TorrentDownloads Blocked By Chrome and Firefox

TorrentDownloads, one of top 10 torrent sites on the Internet, has been blocked by Chrome, Firefox, and utilities including MalwareBytes, for being unsafe. According to the site's operator, an affiliate advertiser was responsible for causing the alarm but action has now been taken to remove the bad actor from the site. In the meantime, as the process continues, the site remains blocked.

Aussie ‘Pirate’ Blocking Efforts Switch to Premium IPTV

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After blocking dozens of torrent and streaming sites, rightsholders in Australia have switched towards premium IPTV. For a monthly fee, HD Subs delivers at least 600 live premium channels plus hundreds of top movies on demand, via set-top boxes and its own app. Village Roadshow and several major studios want to put an end to the practice.

US Court Grants ISPs and Search Engine Blockade of Sci-Hub

Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," has suffered another blow in a US federal court. The American Chemical Society has won a default judgment of $4.8 million for alleged copyright infringement against the site. In addition, the publisher was granted an unprecedented injunction which requires search engines and ISPs to block the platform.

Piracy ‘Fines’ Awareness Causes 13% of Pirates to Stop Pirating, Study Finds

A new study carried out on behalf of an anti-piracy group in Finland has found that the existence of piracy settlement letters has an effect on the behavior of pirates. According to the study, 13% of people who admit to using unauthorized services quit their behavior after becoming aware of the letters, with 14% stating they had chosen to cut down in response.

Steal This Show S03E10: The Battle Of The Bots

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Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode, we talk to Ben Nimmo, Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab.