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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

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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

Film

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

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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

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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 Taobao.com “is an important concern due to the large volume of allegedly counterfeit and pirated goods… Read

Film

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

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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

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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

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‘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

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‘The Hateful Eight’ & ‘The Revenant’ Leaked Online Ahead Of Christmas Release

Another awards season, another online leak of contending films. Among the latest victims of the piracy scourge are the Weinstein Company’s Quentin Tarantino epic The Hateful Eight and Fox’s Leonardo DiCaprio-Tom Hardy period drama The Revenant. TorrentFreak, which tracks news about copyright, piracy and firesharing, reported today that high-quality copies of both films have begun circulating around the web ahead of their Christmas Day theatrical bows. The site said… Read

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The Sony Hack One Year Later: Just Who Are The Guardians Of Peace?

Sony Hack Lawsuit

It was the most devastating cyber-crime ever committed against an American corporation, and its repercussions are still being felt not only in Hollywood but across the country and around the world. One year ago today, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked by shadowy terrorists calling themselves the "Guardians of Peace," later identified by the FBI as operatives of the North Korean government. The attack would come to involve the President of the United States, the FBI… Read

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‘Arrow’/’Constantine’ Crossover Episode “Haunted” Leaked Online

In a move that might make Alan Moore’s working class warlock smile, a rough cut of this week’s Arrow episode, “Haunted,” was uploaded to torrent sites last night, three days before it’s set to air on the CW. The episode features Matt Ryan reprising the role of John Constantine, central character of the show of the same name which ran for 13 episodes on NBC during the 2014-15 season. As of this morning the leaked episode has been downloaded more than 11,000 times according… Read