Category archives for: Piracy

PIPCU diverts 10m pirate website


The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has marked World Intellectual Property (IP) Day 2015, taking place April  26th by announcing it has diverted more than 10.3 million illegal music and film sites to an official police warning page since July last year. Since the unit launched in September 2013, the team has been tackling copyright infringing sites in […]

Australia: Netflix cheaper because of piracy?


Australia’s penchant for pirated content may have inadvertently scored the country a better deal on Netflix pricing, judging by comments from its chief financial officer, David Wells. In a call to investors, Wells said the company reduced the price of subscriptions to its video streaming service in countries with a high prevalence of piracy in order to stay competitive. “Piracy is […]

HBO slams Twitter’s Periscope for piracy


Games of Thrones broadcaster HBO has sent “take down” notices to Periscope, the live-streaming video app owned by Twitter, after users of the app broadcast episodes of the show on Sunday night. Twitter maintains that the Periscope app complies with US copyright law. But HBO criticised the video streaming company. “In general, we feel developers should have tools which proactively […]

Netflix: Global service would cut piracy


Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, believes a global video-streaming service would cut down on piracy considerably. According to Overclocked3D, the Netflix boss is in favour of a worldwide service because it would remove the incentive to use a VPN, eliminating the problem at its root. “The VPN thing is a small little asterisk compared to piracy,” Hastings said. “Piracy […]

Stallone praises UK piracy raid


Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone has written a thank you letter to the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit after a man was arrested in Halifax on suspicion of leaking the Expendables 3, which Stallone co-wrote and starred in. The man is accused of leaking a series of Hollywood films, either pre-release or whilst they were in the cinema. […]

Game of Thrones Season 5 leaked


The first four episodes of Game of Thrones Season five have been leaked online a day before its official release. The copies were spotted on illegal download sites including IPTorrents, The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. Greg Spence, the producer in charge of post-production for Game of Thrones said last week he was worried about potential leaks. In an interview he […]

Game of Thrones piracy surge as new season nears


Irdeto has released global piracy figures for Game of Thrones in the final weeks leading up to the season premiere on April 12th. The findings indicate a 45 per cent increase in piracy worldwide from 2014, with episodes of Game of Thrones (seasons 1-4) illegally downloaded more than 7 million times between February 5th and April 6th. The same period […]

Australia: ISPs must reveal pirates


An Australian court has ordered ISPs to hand over details of customers accused of illegally downloading a US movie. In a landmark move, the Federal Court told six firms to divulge names and addresses of those who downloaded The Dallas Buyers Club. The case was lodged by the US company that owns the rights to the 2013 movie. The court […]

Netflix mulls anti-VPN global content

Reed Hastings

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has suggested that introducing global content will disincentivise would-be subscribers from using virtual private networks (VPNs) to access different versions of the service. Speaking to Gizmodo Australia – in a territory where it has been suggested there are are as many as 200,000 ‘subscribers’, despite there being no operation there prior to its anticipated 2015 launch […]

Judge: UPC Ireland ‘must enforce 3 strikes policy’

The High Court has ordered UPC Ireland, the country’s second largest ISP, to take measures to stop illegal downloading. Justice Brian Cregan granted three music companies an injunction requiring UPC Communications to move against its subscribers involved in Internet piracy. The Irish units of Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music sought the orders. Cregan adjourned the case until next […]

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