Last weekend, after what appeared to be a pre-order blunder, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok was leaked online in advance of its official release date. Interestingly, it now transpires that director Taiki Waititi is no stranger to piracy himself, after admitting that his showreel for the movie contained source material he’d ”illegally torrented” on the Internet.
Playboy has fired back a new volley in response to an assertion by Boing Boing and the EFF that linking to an archive of hundreds of centerfold playmates was fair use. Branding Boing Boing a ”clickbait” site, Playboy told a federal court in California that the popular blog profits off the work of others and has no fair use defense.
The popular torrent meta-search engine Torrentz2 is without links to external torrent sites once again, for some, which makes the site harder to use. This time the issue is not caused by the site though, but by ad-blockers that use the popular Easylist filter.
The UK’s Premier League has won a landmark case against hosting provider Ecatel. The Court of The Hague ordered the company to null-route the servers of customers who offer illegal live streams. The provider has to respond within 30 minutes after being notified, or pay a hefty fine. The ruling can be seen as a clear victory but only on paper, since Ecatel was dissolved last year.
When The New York Times discovered that a site was sharing copies of their articles without permission, it demanded the associated domain registration service to identify the owner. While some companies may be eager to comply, Njalla is not. The anonymous registration service replied with some unusual responses instead, reminiscent of TPB’s infamous ‘legal threats’ section.
Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and is somewhat pleased. Her owners have won a $710,001 jury verdict in California, against a coffee maker that exploited their copyrights. The bulk of the damages were awarded for copyright and trademark infringement, with a symbolic $1 in nominal damages for contract breach.
Players in the Belgian movie sector have found a brilliantly innovative way to deliver anti-piracy messages to the public in a playful way. While watching films like The Hitman’s Bodyguard, those using unofficial subtitles get an unexpected twist in the story, with Samuel L. Jackson suddenly taking a keen interest in movie piracy and potentially sub-standard sources.
A tool just released by the TVAddons team might carry interesting copyright implications. Github Browser enables Kodi users to install third-party addons directly from development platform Github. This removes the requirement for sites like TVAddons to host repositories containing potentially infringing add-ons, something which forms the basis of two lawsuits against the platform.
Following in the footsteps of the United States, the European Union plans to launch its own piracy ”watch list”. Based on input from relevant stakeholders, the list will identify sites and services that facilitate copyright infringement, to encourage foreign governments to take action in response. Unlike the USTR’s version, the EU list can include American companies as well.
The Pirate Bay has been hard to reach for nearly a day, causing concern among some BitTorrent users. The outage is likely caused by technical issues, so the site is expected to rebounce soon. Meanwhile, some of the site’s proxies and its Tor domain are still working fine.