Russia Wants To Hold Social Networks Liable For Internet Piracy

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A new proposal from the Russian government could see social networks held liable for piracy committed by their users. The Ministry of Culture says that social platforms should be stripped of their status as information intermediaries and held to account when infringing content is made available on their sites if they fail to take appropriate measures to tackle piracy.

Torrents Are Particularly Popular in Europe, Research Shows

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A broad and detailed analysis of billions of worldwide visits to torrent sites shows that, per Internet user, this type of file-sharing is particularly popular in Europe. When it comes to absolute traffic, the United States, Russia and India come out on top with billions of visits per year.

ABS-CBN Wants $210,000 Piracy Damages From FMovies

The popular movie streaming service FMovies hasn't been around for very long, but it's already facing a hefty damages award for copyright infringement. Media company ABS-CBN has asked a Florida federal court for a default judgment of $210,000 against the site, for offering pirated streams of its movies.

Clever ‘Piracy’ App Keeps Celebrity Embarrassments Off YouTube

Celebrities, politicians and other public figures have been secretly trialing a new app that aims to keep embarrassing "citizen footage" off YouTube. The Android and iOS software, which creatively uses infringing content from the Internet, can be activated by a user whenever they feel their pristine image is under threat.

Torrent Site Bitsnoop Shuts Down

The torrent community lost another familiar name this week after Bitsnoop decided to shut down. The site's operator has declined to comment on this decision but says that the site's data was handed over to fellow torrent search engine Zooqle.

Amazon Bans Sales of “Pirate” Media Players, Will Destroy Them

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Amazon is taking a tough stance against vendors who sell fully-loaded Kodi boxes and other "pirate" media players through its platform. The store now explicitly bans media players that "promote" or "suggest" the facilitation of piracy. Sellers who violate this policy, of which there are still a few around, risk having their inventory destroyed.