Copyright Holders Want ISPs to Police Pirate Sites and Issue Warnings

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Copyright holders have asked South African lawmakers to include tough anti-piracy measures in the upcoming Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill. Among other things, they want ISPs to police pirate sites and send warnings to copyright-infringing subscribers. For now, however, the Government doesn't plan to include any, as this doesn't fit the purpose of the bill.

Swiss Copyright Law Proposals: Good News for Pirates, Bad For Pirate Sites

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As Switzerland tries to amend copyright law in a way that will appease copyright holders without alienating the public, a new draft compromise is on the table. While it will remain legal for people to download or stream pirated content privately, webhosts will be required to reject pirate sites while operating a takedown, staydown mechanism. Site-blocking will not be allowed, however.

Looming Net Neutrality Repeal Sparks BitTorrent Throttling Fears

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The FCC is determined to repeal US net neutrality rules. If this happens, Internet providers will have the freedom to restrict or charge for access to certain sites and services, if they please. It also means BitTorrent throttling and blocking could become commonplace again, which would set us back a good ten years.

Google & Apple Order Telegram to Nuke Channel Over Taylor Swift Piracy

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Popular instant messaging service Telegram has for the first time blocked access to an entire channel following pressure from Google and Apple. It's understood that following complaints from Universal Music, that the channel was offering illegal downloads of the Taylor Swift album Reputation, the companies ordered Telegram to take action.

Sci-Hub Loses Domain Names, But Remains Resilient

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Sci-Hub, often referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," lost three of its domain names this week. The suspensions are likely the result of the lost court case against the American Chemical Society. Despite the setback, Sci-Hub remains resilient, pointing out that there are other ways to access the site including its own custom DNS servers.

Game of Thrones Leaks “Carried Out By Former Iranian Military Hacker”

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A man who leaked confidential Game of Thrones information and unaired HBO shows has been charged by the Department of Justice. Behzad Mesri, an Iranian national, is said to have demanded $6 million in Bitcoin from HBO. US authorities are warning that while he's currently at large, for Mesri "winter will come."

Google Wipes 786 Pirate Sites From Search Results

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Google and several leading Russian search engines have completely wiped 786 'pirate' sites from their search results. That's according to telecoms watch Rozcomnadzor, which reports that the search providers delisted the sites after ISPs were ordered by a Moscow court to permanently block them.