US Lawmakers Suggest That Piracy is Part of Twitter’s Business Model

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A group of bipartisan U.S. House Representatives has sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, urging the company to take copyright infringement seriously. While Twitter seemingly complies with the law, the lawmakers say that the company's actions suggest that piracy is part of Twitter's business model.


Under US law, online service providers need to respond to takedown notices. In addition, they have to implement a meaningful policy to terminate accounts of repeat infringers.

Many of the large social media platforms stick to these rules. Twitter, for example, ‘removes’ over a million tweets each year that are flagged as problematic.

‘Twitter’s Refusal to Tackle Piracy’

While Twitter appears to operate within the boundaries of U.S. law, not all lawmakers are pleased with the service. Yesterday, a group of bipartisan House Representatives, led by ...

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Y2Mate: Massive YouTube-Ripping Service Blocks US & UK Visitors

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With an estimated 128 million visitors per month, Y2Mate is probably the world's largest YouTube-to-MP3 ripping site. Intriguingly, the platform is currently showing a shutdown message to millions of users, noting that the service has completely shut down. That is not the case.


The status of YouTube as the most popular resource to stream free (or at least ad supported) music is a well-established fact.

However, there are millions of users online today who would prefer to download music for keeps and that has resulted in a buoyant market for so-called YouTube-to-MP3 ripping services. Possibly the most popular platform in this sector is Y2Mate.com but developments this week have raised questions over the site’s future.

Millions of Users See a Shut Down Message

According to SimilarWeb stats, more people visit Y2Mate from the United States than an...

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YouTube Class Action: Maria Schneider Argues With Google Over Class Expansion

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Maria Schneider's class action lawsuit against YouTube is being fought tooth and nail by both sides, centering around YouTube's alleged restriction of access to takedown tools and a failure to terminate repeat copyright infringers. After shadowy company 'Pirate Monitor' exited the action, Schneider now wants to add new plaintiffs but YouTube and Google are having none of it.


More than a year after Grammy award-winning musician Maria Schneider filed a class action lawsuit against YouTube, claiming massive infringement on the platform and serious deficiencies in copyright enforcement measures, the parties are still bumping heads in court.

Schneider’s grievances are wide-ranging and include allegations that YouTube restricts access to its takedown tools, profits from piracy, and fails to disconnect repeat infringers due to them receiving ‘protection’ under YouTube’s Content ID system.

As previously reported, shadowy business enti...

Read entire story 8/2/2021 at TorrentFreak

Cox Prioritized Profits Over Limiting Piracy, Record Labels Tell Court

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Cox Communications is appealing the $1 billion piracy liability verdict a Virginia jury issued in 2019. Responding to this request, the opposing record labels argue that the ISP is not as innocent as it claims. Cox deliberately prioritized its own profits over limiting piracy, they stress.


Two years ago Internet provider Cox Communications lost its legal battle against a group of major record labels.

A Virginia jury held Cox liable for pirating subscribers because it failed to terminate accounts after repeated accusations, ordering the company to pay $1 billion in damages.

The ISP disagreed with the verdict and filed an appeal. In its opening brief, filed at the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last May, Cox argued that it’s incorrectly being held liable for pirating subscribers. Not only that, but the company also warned against the harm that a lo...

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U.S. Govt: Persistent ‘Copyright Troll’ Lawyer Should Serve Full Prison Sentence

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The U.S. Government is opposing a request from copyright troll lawyer Paul Hansmeier, who asked the court for a reduced prison sentence due to the hardships he endured under coronavirus restrictions. The U.S. attorney notes that these conditions were the same for everyone, and highlights that the lawyer continues to make new victims from his prison cell.


Two years ago, a U.S. District Court in Minnesota sentenced Paul Hansmeier to 14 years in prison.

Hansmeier was a key player in the Prenda Law firm, which pursued cases against people who were suspected of downloading pirated porn videos via BitTorrent.

This practice by itself is not illegal, but Hansmeier and his associate John Steele entered criminal territory when they lied to the courts, committed identity theft, and created a honeypot by uploading self-produced porn torrents to The Pirate Bay as bait.

The allegations eventually resulted in prison sentences for the ...

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DISH & Sling Sue Pirate Sites For Circumventing Sports Stream DRM

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DISH Network and Sling TV have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against four unlicensed sports streaming sites including the popular SportsBay.org. According to the companies, the platforms offer illegal access to sports programming by bypassing Sling's technical protection measures in violation of the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.


In the United States, broadcaster DISH Network has filed dozens of lawsuits targeting the operators of numerous streaming platforms, usually based on relatively straightforward violations of either the Copyright Act or the Federal Communications Act.

A new lawsuit filed this month based on the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA addresses the same problem from an interesting angle.

Lawsuit Targets Four ‘SportsBay’ Sites

Filed in a Texas court, the lawsuit lists DISH Network and subsidiary Sling TV as plaintiffs. It targets four Doe defendants doing business ...

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Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony is The First Mainstream 8K Rip on Pirate Sites

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The opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was one of the most anticipated events of this year. In Japan, the lucky few could watch it in an ultra-high 8K resolution with 22.2 surround sound. This subsequently resulted in the first pirated 8K rip appearing on pirate sites, which is a major milestone by itself.


Attracting billions of eyeballs from all over the world, the Summer Olympics is the most watched sporting event.

While sports achievements are the main focus, the opening ceremony attracts one of the biggest audiences. This was no different last Friday when the Tokyo 2020 officially opened.

In the past, we also noticed a massive interest in the Olympics on various pirate sites. In 2008, the opening ceremony of the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing was downloaded millions of times through torrent sites, for example.

Four years later, The Pirate Bay joined in when the sit...

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Jake Paul Fight Piracy: Judge Dismisses Triller’s Lawsuit Against YouTuber

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After filing a wave of lawsuits against entities alleged to have streamed the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight without permission, Triller has clocked up another failure in a US court. A lawsuit filed against YouTuber 'ItsLilBrandon' has been thrown out by a judge after Triller failed to follow the court's orders.


Ever since the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight was streamed illegally online, Triller has been filing copyright infringement lawsuits against the alleged culprits.

The campaign began with a $100m complaint against multiple “business entities” but a judge dismissed all but one of the parties from the action, warning that by joining all of them as cooperating parties, the illegal conduct of one defendant could be wrongly attributed to another independent defendant.

In response, Triller began filing separate actions against each entity. One of those suits targeted YouT...

Read entire story 7/30/2021 at TorrentFreak

BREIN Pulled 466 Pirate Sites and Services Offline Last Year

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Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is one of the most active civil copyright enforcement groups in the world. This week the group announced its 2020 achievements, which include the shutdown of hundreds of pirate sites and services, dozens of settlements, and a local Pirate Bay blockade.


When it comes to civil anti-piracy enforcement, BREIN is without a doubt one of the best-known players in the industry.

The group, which receives support from Hollywood and other content industries, has shuttered hundreds of smaller sites and services in recent history. It was also responsible for taking down Mininova, once one of the largest torrent sites online.

Despite the COVID pandemic, BREIN continued these enforcement actions in 2020. The group has just published a detailed overview of last year’s accomplishments, which provides a clear insight into the group̵...

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Filmmakers Want WOW! to Block Pirate Sites & Disconnect Repeat Infringers

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A group of independent movie companies has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet provider WOW!. The company, which has over three million subscribers across the US, faces far-reaching demands from the filmmakers who request site-blocking measures, a three-strikes policy for pirates, and the ongoing identification of alleged copyright infringers.


The “repeat infringer” issue remains a hot topic in US courts after rightsholders filed lawsuits against several ISPs.

These Internet providers are accused of not doing enough to stop copyright infringers on their networks, even after receiving multiple ‘copyright infringement’ notifications.

The copyright infringement allegations can have real consequences. In 2019, a Virginia jury ordered Internet provider Cox to pay a billion dollars in damages to a group of major record labels. This case is being appealed but at the same time, other ISPs have been dragged t...

Read entire story 7/29/2021 at TorrentFreak