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Google Removes Popular File-Sharing App from Play Store Over Piracy Concerns

Czech file-sharing and hosting platform Ulož.to has millions of users. In addition to the site, some people use the official app on Android devices. However, following an allegation of widespread piracy, Google has decided to remove the application from the Play Store. Ulož believes the complaint is ungrounded and filed a counternotice to get the app restored.

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RuTracker Found Itself Unblocked in Russia So Immediately Blocked Itself

Infamous Russian torrent site RuTracker is one of many pirate sites that are permanently blocked by the Russian authorities for failing to remove copyrighted content. However, when the site suddenly became accessible again this month, RuTracker took its own measures to block Russian users.

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Apple Gets Willful Infringement Cut From ITunes Piracy Suits

A California federal judge has agreed to trim willful infringement allegations against Apple stemming from purportedly pirated copies of songs being sold on iTunes, ruling that the tech giant maintained a notice-and-takedown procedure and it wasn't sufficiently obvious to Apple that certain uploaders were serial infringers.

MPA: Google’s Delisting of Thousands of Pirate Sites Works

The MPA has teamed up with Google to remove pirate site domain names from search results in countries where these are already blocked by ISPs. No court has ordered Google to take action but the company is voluntarily complying with "no-fault" ISP injunctions. According to the MPA, this delisting of pirate sites is an effective tool in the fight against online piracy.

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New issue of Music & Copyright with Indonesia report

The latest issue of Music & Copyright is now available for subscribers to download. Here are some of the highlights. Streaming and physical gains boost recorded-music trade sales to a seventh straight annual increase International music trade body the IFPI has reported a particularly positive set of results for the global recorded-music sector. Following on … Continue reading New issue of Music & Copyright with Indonesia report

PrimeWire: We’ll Ban ‘Pirate’ Streaming Sources, Introduce Upload Filters

One of the best-known pirate streaming sites says it will go to extreme lengths to prevent its latest new domain from being seized. In a response to a lawsuit filed by a coalition of major Hollywood studios and Netflix, PrimeWire claims it will ban all links to movies and TV shows hosted on cyberlocker-type sites, preemptively filter uploads, and promote legal content.

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We’re Turning Off The Comments…

When we started this site more than sixteen years ago, we never expected it to last this long. The fact that TorrentFreak is still around today is in large part thanks to our loyal readers. The commenters have played their part as well but, eventually, most things come to an end.

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U.S. Senators Introduce SMART Copyright Act to Combat Piracy

U.S. Senators Thom Tillis and Patrick Leahy have introduced the SMART Copyright Act of 2022. The bill requires online hosting services to implement standard technical protection measures, designated by the Copyright Office. Rightsholders see the proposal as a great step forward to protect creators, while opponents classify it as a filtering tool that will censor free speech.

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Pirate IPTV Sellers Who Refused to Pay a Cash Settlement Get Sued & Lose

In 2018, a court in the Netherlands ruled that companies selling access to a pirate IPTV playlist acted illegally, even though they weren't the suppliers of the infringing streams. The decision was a win for Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, which later demanded a cash settlement from the companies' directors. They ultimately refused to pay so BREIN filed a full lawsuit and has now come out on top.

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NFTs will empower musicians to take back control

This surge in NFT sales can partly be attributed to the increased demand for crypto art and collectables.

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YouTube Rippers Ask Google to Remove ‘Copycats’ From Search Results

The operator of MP3Juices and YTMP3, two of the best-known YouTube downloaders, is taking action to protect these valuable brands. The sites have many copycats and competitors that use the brands' keywords to attract search traffic. The operator wants this to stop and has asked Google to remove the 'infringing' sites from its search results.

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Court Prohibits Convicted Lawyer from Filing New Copyright Lawsuits

Paul Hansmeier, one of the convicted attorneys behind the controversial Prenda Law firm, is no longer allowed to file new copyright cases in the District of Minnesota. The court issued the restrictions and dismissed over a dozen pending cases, through which Hansmeier hoped to show that his conviction was unconstitutional.

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Watch Tower vs. McFree: Nonprofit Defends Critic’s Fair Use & Anonymity Rights

'Kevin McFree' recently fended off a Watch Tower DMCA subpoena after a judge found that his critical animations were protected under fair use. However, Watch Tower is aggressively pursuing a separate copyright lawsuit, one that deals with exactly the same issues. The big development is that McFree's plight has been taken on by the formidable Public Citizen Litigation Group.

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