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Hackers Holding Disney’s Latest ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ For Ransom

UPDATED with comments from former hacker: Disney’s upcoming Johnny Depp film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been pilfered by ransom hackers seeking payment from the studio. The hackers have demanded an enormous amount of money be paid in Bitcoin. Disney is currently working with the FBI and will not pay. Although Disney CEO Bob Iger did not reveal which movie the ransom hackers claim to have, he did reveal to ABC employees during a town hall meeting… Read


ICM Partners Foils Identity Thief As Hackers Target Hollywood Talent Agencies

About two months ago, someone tried to impersonate ICM Partners’ head Chris Silbermann and get employee social security numbers. That attempt, which was done through a fake AOL email, was shut down quickly and before information was given out and the situation was handed over to the FBI. UTA was hacked just about a month ago, leading to an email shutdown and people reverting to (gasp!) communicating by phone. Deadline’s sister company Variety had a security breach, and CAA… Read


10 Ways Hollywood Can Thwart Next ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Cyber-Theft & Agency Hack

During the 2014 Sony hack, Deadline readers benefited from the wisdom of Los Angeles based Hemanshu "Hemu" Nigam, a former federal prosecutor against Online Crimes and former Chief Security Officer for News Corp and Fox Interactive Media, and VP Worldwide Internet Enforcement under Jack Valenti's MPAA. Nigam then called for the appointment of a Hollywood cyber czar after the Sony attack, and gave self-protection advice to Sony staffers dealing with the public dispersal of… Read


Six Alleged Piracy Sites Shuttered After MPAA Files Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed last month by the MPPA and the major Hollywood studios against operators of an alleged ring of piracy sites has been unsealed, showing that those sites have been shut down by a judge’s order. Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Universal, Disney, Paramount and Viacom are listed as plaintiffs in the suit filed February 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The defendants were the operators of "PubFilm/PidTV," which the… Read


Warner Bros & Innovative Artists Settle Lawsuit Over Piracy Of Oscar Screeners

Four months after Warner Bros sued Innovative Artists over what it called the "blatantly illegal" online distribution of films given out as Oscar screeners, the parties have settled the case — just days before the Academy Awards. Warners’ copyright-infringement suit had claimed that, “Beginning in late 2015, Innovative Artists set up and operated an illegal digital distribution platform that copied movies and then distributed copies and streamed public performances of… Read


Google & Microsoft To Demote Piracy Sites In UK Search Results

In a world first, Google and Microsoft have finally agreed to crackdown on piracy sites in the UK. On Monday, it was announced that the search engine giants had both signed up to a voluntary code of practice which will see them commit to demote websites that have been repeatedly served with copyright infringement notices, thereby making it much harder for UK internet users to download and stream films, TV, music and sport illegally. The U.S. tech giants have agreed links… Read


Ken Burns Positions ‘The Vietnam War’ Documentary In New Donald Trump Era – TCA

“Are you prepared for Donald Trump tweets saying this is fake news?” Ken Burns got asked right off the bat during the TCA Q&A to discuss his latest PBS documentary The Vietnam War. The project having been 10 years in the making, did he think the docu would “land at this point in time when we are so divided,” asked a reporter who said he thought it was “very much at odds with the slogan Make America Great Again.” While acknowledging documentary often is perceived as… Read


Alibaba Miffed About Being Back On U.S. Government’s “Notorious Markets” Piracy List

The federal government is out today with its annual review of “notorious markets,” which highlights “online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.” And this year, a familiar name is back on the list for the first time since 2012: Alibaba. The Chinese behemoth’s e-commerce platform “is an important concern due to the large volume of allegedly counterfeit and pirated goods… Read


UK High Court Orders ISPs To Block 13 Piracy Websites

The Motion Picture Association, the international leg of the MPAA, has won a legal battle in the UK against 13 piracy websites, which will see the country's High Court require that five major Internet service providers, including BT and Sky, block them from their services. It's a major coup for the MPA, which protects the interests of Hollywood studios internationally. The High Court approved the order on October 17 against the 13 sites, which "enable people to search… Read


China Remains On U.S. Trade Rep’s Priority Watch List For IP Rights Infringement

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has released the 2016 Special 301 Report on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. This is the final such report that will be released during the Obama Administration. The annual review looked at 73 trading partners, placing 34 of them on the Priority Watch List or Watch List. Eleven countries are on the Priority Watch List including the major and growing box office markets of… Read


Ex-Studio Worker Pleads Guilty In Illegal Uploading of ‘The Revenant’ That Cost Fox $1M

A former studio worker has agreed to plead guilty to copyright infringement for illegally posting a screener version of The Revenant on a publicly accessible website six days before the film opened in December. The U.S. Attorney’s office says the uploading cost 20th Century Fox well over $1 million in lost revenue. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, William Kyle Morarity obtained the screener while at work at an unspecified studio, copied it onto a portable drive… Read


‘Game Of Thrones’ Again Tops List Of Most-Pirated TV Shows

For the fourth time in as many years, HBO’s Game Of Thrones was the year’s most-pirated television series as measured in illegal downloads via the file-sharing protocol BitTorrent, according to numbers obtained by Torrentfreak. The ongoing monster hit was downloaded 14.4 million times in 2015, well in excess of the 8.11 million times it was viewed legally in the U.S. It’s worth noting however that Game Of Thrones viewership in 2015 was the highest in series history, which… Read