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Fox & Charter/Spectrum Agree to Clamp Down on Piracy


Fox Corporation and Charter Communications have signed a long-term renewal of their content distribution agreement. As part of the arrangement, the companies have agreed to work together to deal with "abusive password sharing" while implementing "new business rules" to mitigate piracy.

Once upon a time, telecoms companies, Internet service providers, and content creation companies trod their own path.

Increasingly, however, they are becoming more reliant on each other, with the latter using the formers’ distribution capabilities to present and deliver content to the public. As a result, they are forging mutually beneficial business relationships, ones that will hopefully prove profitable for all.

On Monday, Fox Corporation and Charter Communications announced what they describe as a long-term renewal of a distribution agreement. It will see ...

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NordVPN Had Private Keys Stolen after Server Breach


NordVPN has confirmed that one of its servers was compromised in a hack early last year. The attacker gained access to a TLS encryption key which could be used to impersonate the NordVPN.com site or a VPN server, using a targeted man-in-the-middle attack. The key could not be used to decrypt regular VPN traffic.

VPN service provider NordVPN was the victim of a server breach early last year, the provider has confirmed.

The news was made public following a series of tweets from hacker / web developer ‘undefined.’ These were picked up by Ars Technica and TechCrunch, among others.

The hack in question targeted a single server at a third-party datacenter. The attacker reportedly compromised the server by exploiting an insecure remote management system, which NordVPN wasn’t aware existed at the time.

By compromising the server the attacker gained acces...

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BREIN, MPA, and ACE Shut Down Massive ‘Pirate CDN’


Anti-piracy groups BREIN, MPA and ACE have teamed up to take down Moonwalk, a system that allegedly provides back-end services for around 80% of pirate Russian streaming sites. BREIN says that Moonwalk's database contains 26,000 movies and more than 10,000 TV shows. An announcement from Moonwalk says it will "NEVER be up again."

Earlier this year, cyber-security company Group-IB shared an interesting report with TorrentFreak.

The company told us that “large monopolists” were supplying huge amounts of content to thousands of websites via dedicated ‘pirate’ Content Delivery Networks (CDNs).

Group-IB provided specific details on a CDN called ‘Moonwalk’ which reportedly began operating in 2013. According to the company, at the time the system carried 33,490 movies and TV shows, paying out $0.60 per 1000 views.

Group-IB complained that since most of M...

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 10/21/19


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'. 'El Camino' completes the top three.

This week we have one newcomer 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 (1) The Lion King 7.1 / trailer 2 (2)...

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RapidVideo Shuts Down Following Legal Pressure from Warner Bros and Netflix


RapidVideo, a popular file-hosting service with millions of users, has thrown in the towel. The site faces legal pressure from lawyers representing the MPA and ACE, including a lawsuit from Warner Bros. and Netflix. Paired with dwindling revenues and a worsening legal climate, maintaining the site is no longer viable, according to the operator.

RapidVideo is a popular file-hosting service that specializes in hosting videos.

Similar to other file-hosting services, it can be used for good and bad. The bad, in this case, is people uploading pirated videos. 

Whether the site’s operators want it or not, that’s what many of RapidVideo’s users are indeed doing. Two weeks ago this resulted in yet another scathing report from movie industry group MPA, which branded the site as a “notorious” piracy haven. 

Behind the scenes, the website’s operator faces mounting...

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Mailchimp Kicks Out TorrentFreak Because We’re ‘Too Risky’


After years of news reporting on copyright issues, we have learned that piracy is not without risk. However, writing about it also has its challenges. A few days ago, our newsletter provider MailChimp kicked us out because our content is too risky for its business. Apparently, overactive spam filters don't really like the topics we cover.

At TorrentFreak, we have covered the latest news surrounding piracy, file-sharing, and copyright, for almost fourteen years.

As a news site, we strive to write as any other professional journalists would. We highlight the latest copyright enforcement efforts and press releases, but also the counteractions that pirates take, as balanced reporting prescribes.

While we understand that some of the topics we cover are controversial, as is often the case with news, we never expected it to be risky. Apparently, however, some companies believe otherwise.

A few m...

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‘Sharing is Caring’ Once Described Piracy But Things Have Probably Changed


While people have always made money from bootleg videos and music, the very early days of file-sharing mostly embodied the "sharing is caring" ethos. Have a tune, give one away. Have a game, pass it around. However, over the past 15 years - the last 10 in particular - there has been a noticeable shift. Does anyone share or provide platforms altruistically anymore, or is money behind pretty much everything?

For those old enough to remember, the early days of what would become mainstream Internet piracy were an enlightening time to be around.

With few, if any, legal alternatives available, sharing music and later movies online offered an early and exciting glimpse into the future of media consumption.

The entertainment industries hated all kinds of piracy back then and they still hate it now, that’s not up for debate. But today, almost 20 years after peer-to-peer burst onto the scene, there’s mixed opinion even among pirates as to whether things have changed ...

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Google Play Removes Perfect Player After “Bogus” Copyright Complaint


This week Google removed the popular IPTV software Perfect Player from its Play Store following a hard-to-fathom copyright complaint. A major pay TV provider claimed it was possible to stream pirate content in the app so it must be illegal. However, the app ships with no links to content whatsoever, so anything infringing must've been added at a later stage.

‘Pirate’ IPTV services make the news every week, mostly in connection with streaming movies, TV shows, and sports without obtaining permission from rightsholders.

Enforcement actions against these entities are certainly on the increase and in most instances it’s easy to see why copyright holders have a problem with them. However, it’s clear that some companies either don’t understand what they’re dealing with or simply don’t care.

Case in point, the popular Android app Perfect Player. This software is effectively a network-ca...

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Guns N’ Roses Fans ‘Fear’ That the Band is Setting a Piracy Trap


This week Guns N' Roses asked its fans to share bootleg footage of the band's "Not in This Lifetime..." tour, with a chance to have it featured in the official video. While that may seem like a great idea, some dedicated fans suggest that it's an (inadvertent) trap, as many people have received strikes and bans in recent months after sharing Guns N' Roses footage.

Over the past three decades, Guns N’ Roses has been one of the best-known bands in the world.

When it started in the mid-eighties most music was still sold on cassettes, while the World Wide Web has yet to be invented.

Today the web is the major driver of revenue when it comes to recorded music. However, it also poses quite a few challenges, especially when it comes to copyright.

Guns N’ Roses’ entourage appears to be particularly concerned with these rights, up to a point where it has started to annoy fans. Over the past several months,...

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Cloudflare Refutes MPA and RIAA’s Piracy Concerns


Cloudflare is frustrated with the continued criticism from entertainment industry groups, which accuse the company of assisting pirate sites. In a letter to the U.S. Government, the CDN provider once again rebuts these claims, stressing that it's not obliged to shut down potentially infringing websites.

Earlier this month several copyright holder groups sent their annual “Notorious Markets” complaints to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The recommendations are meant to call out well-known piracy sites, apps, and services, but Cloudflare is frequently mentioned as well.

The American CDN provider can’t be officially listed since it’s not a foreign company. However, rightsholders have seizes the opportunity to point out that the CDN service helps pirate sites with their infringing activities.

The MPA and RIAA, for example, wrot...

Read entire story 10/18/2019 at TorrentFreak