Belgium Wants to Blacklist Pirate Sites & Hijack Their Traffic

Draft proposals from Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister could see the country taking a tougher line against pirate sites. In addition to building a blacklist of infringing sites and associated proxies, Kris Peeters envisions local ISPs diverting Internet traffic away from pirate sites and towards legitimate content sources.

Company Uses Wi-Fi Access Point Data to Ban “VPN Pirates”


The movie and TV industries still largely depend on windowing releases so, to enforce their "territories", VPN users have to be banned. As Hollywood is considering letting people stream newly released movies in their homes, precise location data becomes even more important. This is one of the reasons why GeoGuard and Skyhook are combining traditional blocking tools with Wi-Fi access point location data.

Roku Is Building Its Own Anti-Piracy Team


Recent years have seen a rapid increase in the use of set-top boxes with pirate channels and add-ons. This has also affected Roku, but the popular media player is doing its best to keep its system pirate free. Two new job postings reveal that the company is putting together its own anti-piracy team.

Block The Pirate Bay Within 10 Days, Dutch Court Tells ISPs

Dutch Internet service providers Ziggo and XS4ALL have been ordered to block The Pirate Bay. A ruling handed down today by The Court of The Hague compels the ISPs to block the infamous site within 10 days or face significant fines. The blocks will remain in place pending a final decision from the Supreme Court.

EU Piracy Report Suppression Raises Questions Over Transparency


One of the most important aspects of online piracy is whether it affects sales. So, when the EU Commission spends 360,000 euros on a study to find out, one might think it would be useful to publish the results. Instead, Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda had to jump through hoops to obtain them. Why all the secrecy?

Are Cryptocurrency Miners The Future for Pirate Sites?


Following in the footsteps of The Pirate Bay, streaming link search engine Alluc has also added a cryptocurrency miner, hoping to generate some extra revenue through its visitors. This begs the question: Are these cryptocurrency miners the future for pirate sites?

Google Signs Agreement to Tackle YouTube Piracy


Google has signed a deal with the audio-visual industry in France to more effectively target piracy on YouTube. The agreement, reached with anti-piracy outfit ALPA with government oversight, will see rightsholders gaining direct access to takedown mechanisms. Google will also provide financial support and training.