This week it was revealed that a UK man is on the hook for at least £5,000 in settlement fees after his Sky and Facebook accounts were used to live-stream a boxing match. Forget about the supposed risks of using pirate Kodi addons, this is the kind of piracy that the UK public need to steer clear of. While it’s ridiculously easy, it could land people in prison.
Facebook has published data on the number of piracy takedown notices the company receives. During the first half of 2017, the social media giant removed 1.8 million posts or files, following copyright holder requests. Interestingly, the company rejected nearly a third of all requests in their entirety.
Companies including Google and Facebook could face tougher legislation if they don’t act proactively to remove illegal content from their platforms. That’s according to draft EU guidelines due to be published at the end of the month, which will require service providers to ”significantly step up their actions” to address the problem.
Social networking giant Facebook has bought a startup that focuses on intellectual property protection and management services. The acquisition will help to expand Facebook’s anti-piracy repertoire, and make sure that copyright issues are properly handled.
Exactly three months ago, UK tabloid The Sun announced that eBay had ”banned TV boxes that allow Brits to stream sports and films for free.” But today, eBay still seems to be the platform of choice for box sellers, despite rightsholders having full access to takedown programs.
A 21-year-old man from California has been arrested for allegedly sharing a pirated copy of the movie Deadpool on his Facebook page, shortly after it premiered last year. The man was indicted following an FBI investigation and faces a prison sentence of up to three years.
A new report from the Digital Citizens Alliance, which bundles Internet piracy, hacking, malware, and fake news into one convenient bundle, suggests that platforms like Facebook and YouTube should collaborate to weed out ”bad actors.” In the same way that casinos share information about cheats, Internet platforms should do the same, the report argues.
Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to include a ban on ”products or items” that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media. The new rule has almost certainly been put in place to stop the further spread of ”fully loaded” set-top devices running modified Kodi and similar software.
The Premier League has sent a rather unfortunate takedown notice to Google. The football organization wants the search engine to take down Facebook’s homepage, claiming that it distributes copyright infringing content. Google has investigated the unusual censorship effort and decided not to take any action in response.
A new proposal from the Russian government could see social networks held liable for piracy committed by their users. The Ministry of Culture says that social platforms should be stripped of their status as information intermediaries and held to account when infringing content is made available on their sites if they fail to take appropriate measures to tackle piracy.