Pirate IPTV Service Goes Bust After Premier League Deal, Exposing Users

Pirate IPTV service Ace Hosting has shut down and gone into liquidation after agreeing to pay the Premier League a copyright settlement of £100,000. With unpaid VAT and corporation tax bills running to £260,000 also unpaid, Ace subscribers and resellers, who are owed around £353,000, are set to have their details made public and could even be handed to the authorities.

BitTorrent Inc. Changed Its Name to Rainberry

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BitTorrent is without a doubt one of the more recognizable technology brands of the century. It, therefore, comes a surprise that BitTorrent Inc. has changed its name to Rainberry. According to the company, it's strictly a "corporate decision," but a more detailed motivation is lacking.

‘Anonymous’ Hackers Deface Russian Govt. Site to Protest Web-Blocking (NSFW)

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In retaliation for mass blocking that targeted Telegram but caused widespread collateral damage, hackers have hit the website of Russia's Federal Agency for International Cooperation. The attackers, who signed off as 'Anonymous' , left a not-safe-for-work rant criticizing local telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor. Meanwhile, Telegram filed an appeal challanging a Supreme Court ruling concerning the surrender of encryption keys.

Iconic Megaupload.com Domain Has a New Owner

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As part of its criminal case against Megaupload, the US Government seized several domain names belonging to Kim Dotcom's defunct file-hosting service. While the feds have held onto the iconic Megaupload.com domain for years, it was recently taken over by RegistrarAds, a company with a history of controversial domain cases.

Court Orders Pirate IPTV Linker to Shut Down or Face Penalties Up to €1.25m

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Anti-piracy group BREIN has prevailed in a legal clash against an unlicensed provider of thousands of live IPTV streams and movies. A court found that Leaper Beheer BV, which operated under names including Flickstore and Live TV Store, committed copyright infringement by offering a link to a .M3U playlist. It was ordered to shut down immediately or face penalties of up to 1.25 million euros.

Bell/TSN Letter to University Connects Site-Blocking Support to Students’ Futures

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An email sent to Brock University in which Bell-owned TSN requested backing for a site-blocking regime in Canada is raising eyebrows. The document notes TSN's past support for the university, while linking the proposed regime's success to the future of the university's graduates. A return letter of support from the university's vice-president was subsequently countered by one of opposition from the Brock University Faculty Association.