Pirate Bay Blockade Signals Copyright Industry’s Death Throes, ISP Boss Says

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After a court ruled yesterday that The Pirate Bay must be blocked in Sweden, reaction has been polarized. While copyright holders celebrated, the boss of ISP Bahnhof criticized the move, deriding the court action as signaling the death throes of the copyright industry. Interestingly, the company also teased a potential workaround.

Facebook and Foxtel Team Up to Crack Down on Live Streaming Piracy

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Following an unprecedented live streaming "piracy fest," Facebook and Foxtel are working on a new tool that should make it easier to shut down unauthorized streams in the future. Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh compares piracy to "stealing a loaf of bread" and says the company will do everything in its power to stop live streaming from gaining traction.

The Pirate Bay Must Be Blocked in Sweden, Court of Appeal Rules

A Court of Appeal has ordered The Pirate Bay and streaming portal Swefilmer to be blocked by an ISP in Sweden. The landmark ruling, in favor of Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, and the Swedish film industry, will see local ISP Bredbandsbolaget forced to block the sites for the next three years.

Google Has Received Takedown Notices For a Million Websites

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It's no secret that online pirates have plenty of websites to choose from. This is also exemplified by a new milestone just reached by Google. According to the search engine, rightsholders have asked the company to remove content from a million different sites. The targets include some unusual suspects, including The White House, NASA, and the New York Times.

Change.org Petitions Used For Pirate Movie Downloads

The Change.org petition website has more than 100 million users and is used for causes big and small. However, in recent times it's been put to a more unusual use. Pirates have been creating petitions containing links to infringing movies and people have been joining up to vote.

Google Drive Uses Hash Matching to Detect Pirated Content

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Google Drive allows users to store any files they want but the cloud hosting service actively prevents users from sharing or distributing copyrighted files. While Google doesn't go into the finer details of its detection methods, it uses file-hashes to detect infringing content.

Russia Orders Public Tracker to Block Itself, Site Refuses

A popular stand-alone public BitTorrent tracker has effectively been ordered to block itself by Russia's telecoms watchdog. In a complaint, Rozcomnadzor orders the site to take action against its main URL, but the site neither carries nor curates any infringing content and has no mechanism to take hashes down.