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Popular Torrent Uploader MKVCage ‘Returns,’ But Legal Troubles Remain

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The popular torrent uploader MKVCage appears to have made a comeback at a new home, MKVCage.nl. The site's .com domain disappeared last month, shortly after the makers of the film Hellboy filed a lawsuit. In addition to the new domain, MKVCage's accounts at other sites are also back in action. However, that doesn't mean that the legal troubles are over.


A group of movie companies, operating under the parent company Millennium Funding, has broadened its anti-piracy efforts over the past year.

Where the makers of films such as Hellboy, Hitman’s Bodyguard, and Mechanic: Resurrection, previously focused on individual pirates, they’re now targeting site owners as well.

Through various copyright infringement lawsuits and DMCA subpoenas, the companies targeted prominent players in the piracy ecosystem, ranging from Popcorn Time through YTS, to Showbox and MKVCage.

The case against MKVCag...

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Police Raids Shut Down Share-Online.biz, Germany’s Largest File-Hoster

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Share-Online.biz, Germany's largest file-hosting site, has been shut down following raids in Germany, France, and the Netherlands. The platform reportedly had hundreds of servers serving between six and ten million users per month. Currently, three suspects in their forties and fifties are under investigation.


Share-Online.biz was popular in many regions as a platform where users could upload all kinds of media. It was particularly popular in Germany, with around 72% of its users coming from the country, according to SimilarWeb stats.

Unregistered users could upload files up to a gigabyte but those paying for a premium account were given double the allocation. Yesterday, however, the site suddenly disappeared from the web, leading to the usual speculation about potential legal troubles.

This morning those fears were confirmed. According to local anti-piracy outfit GVU, at ...

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Comcast Becomes First ISP to Join ACE Global Anti-Piracy Coalition

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Comcast and by extension Xfinity has become the first Internet service provider to join the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. Along with Viacom, which also joined ACE this week, the company takes its place among almost three dozen content creation and distribution companies in the world's most formidable anti-piracy alliance.


In the summer of 2017, one of the most important anti-piracy initiatives of recent years was born.

After years of protecting their own content from unlicensed reproduction and distribution, 30 of the world’s most powerful media companies came together to form the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).

Led by the MPAA (now MPA), the companies declared a pooling of resources to tackle piracy more efficiently and on a global scale. Since then, ACE has added several new members to bolster the ranks and this week added two more, one of which is particularl...

Read entire story 10/16/2019 at TorrentFreak

YouTube Settles Lawsuit With Alleged DMCA Extortion Scammer for $25,000

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YouTube has settled its DMCA abuse dispute with Nebraska-resident Christopher Brady. The man allegedly extorted several users of the streaming platform by requesting payments in exchange for retracting bogus copyright claims. Brady agreed to pay $25,000 and offered a public apology to those who were impacted by his actions.


YouTube’s copyright takedown policy poses one of the biggest threats to the streaming platform’s content creators.

YouTubers who receive three copyright infringement strikes can easily lose their channel, which for some equates to their livelihood.

This looming threat also provides an opportunity for scammers. As we reported a few months ago, YouTube’s copyright takedown process was being abused to extort YouTubers, including ‘ObbyRaidz’ and ‘Kenzo.’ Both repeatedly received ‘strikes’ against their channels.

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Read entire story 10/16/2019 at TorrentFreak

Key Internet Players Call For Clarification of ‘Notorious Piracy Market’ Term

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The Internet Infrastructure Coalition is asking the U.S. Trade Representative to clarify what a 'notorious piracy market' is. The group, which represents tech firms including Cloudflare, Google, Amazon and Verisign, warns that calling out key Internet infrastructure companies as rogue actors, as some rightsholders have done, puts the Internet in danger.


Earlier this month, several copyright holder groups sent their annual “notorious markets” submissions to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The U.S. Government uses this input for its annual review of notorious piracy markets, an overview of threats to various copyright industries.

The recommendations, including those from the RIAA, MPA, and ESA, traditionally include well-known piracy sites such as The Pirate Bay, but increasingly third-party technology providers are also being added to the mix.

For example, domain registrars and hosting services a...

Read entire story 10/15/2019 at TorrentFreak

Twitter Suspends Trump Meme Creator…But Not For the ‘Kingsman’ Bloodbath Video

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Over the weekend a violent video meme depicting Donald Trump killing his critics was aired at a conference for his supporters in Miami. Yesterday, a person connected to the video's creation was suspended by Twitter. But while some have connected the two events, an unconnected copyright complaint from Universal Music was ultimately to blame.


There was uproar in the media this past weekend after a violent video meme was reportedly shown at a pro-Trump conference.

The video, a doctored version of the famous church scene from the movie Kingsman, depicts Trump killing his critics, from both the media and politics.

The video was made by TheGeekzTeam, an entity that creates content for a website run by Carpe Donktum, a prolific pro-Trump supporter and meme-maker. During the fallout on Monday, Carpe Donktum’s Twitter account was suspended, an event which led various media outlets to connect the events of ...

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 10/14/19

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The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Lion King' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw'. 'Toy Story 4' completes the top three.


This week we have three newcomers in our chart.

The Lion King is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the articles of the recent weekly movie download charts.

This week’s most downloaded movies are: Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer Most downloaded movies via torrents 1 (…) The Lion King 7.1 / traile...

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DISH Threatens to Sue IPTV Subscribers Because Suppliers Are Snitching

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DISH and Nagrastar are reportedly sending out a new wave of pay-up-or-else letters to 'pirate' IPTV users in the United States. The company has previously demanded around $3,500 in compensation per person, apparently after obtaining customer details from 'pirate' suppliers. Recent court documents show that does indeed happen.


When they don’t use protection such as VPNs, pirates who use BitTorrent-like peer-to-peer systems are relatively easy to track down. Their IP addresses are publicly viewable meaning that one subpoena later, content companies can obtain their names and addresses from ISPs.

The situation is quite different when it comes to users of regular ‘pirate’ IPTV services. Their IP addresses and personal details are usually only known to their provider, so proving infringement is more difficult. Of course, if the IPTV provider itself is targeted by a company like DISH, i...

Read entire story 10/14/2019 at TorrentFreak

MPAA and RIAA’s Megaupload Lawsuits Remain on Hold, Perhaps For Years

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A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to keep the civil lawsuits filed by music and movie companies on hold until April next year. With the criminal case still pending, this standstill could last for years. Meanwhile, Kim Dotcom is plugging the upcoming token sale of the new content publishing and monetization platform K.im.


In 2012, Microsoft first released its operating system Windows 8, Apple came out with the iPhone 5, and Google’s Sergey Brin showed off a Google Glass prototype in the wild.

It was also the year when armed police officers swarmed Kim Dotcom’s mansion in a military-style-raid while his hosting service Megaupload was being taken down.

It was the beginning of the largest copyright infringement case the U.S. Government had ever launched and one that was far from straightforward.

While the earlier mentioned technology continued to progress, the Meg...

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MPA Adds 1XBET and Baidu to Latest Piracy Threat Report

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The Motion Picture Association has sent its latest overview of notorious piracy markets to the US Government. Aside from the traditional list of pirate sites, apps, and hosting providers, the movie industry group now also lists the Chinese hosting service Baidu Pan. Gambling outfit 1XBET, which advertises on pirate sites and releases, is included as well.


Alongside other entertainment industry groups, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) sends a yearly overview of notorious foreign piracy markets to the US Trade Representative.

These annual submissions help to guide the U.S. Government’s position toward foreign countries when it comes to copyright enforcement.

We previously covered the submissions from the RIAA and ESA, which both listed a wide variety of pirate sites including torrent, streaming, MP3-downloaders, and ROM archives.

The MPA’s submission was published later than the others b...

Read entire story 10/13/2019 at TorrentFreak