The US Department of Justice is known to target and prosecute pirate site operators within its own borders. However, the authorities also help other countries to do the same by providing training, forensic tools, and legal expertise to law enforcement around the globe.
A group of major Hollywood studios plus Amazon and Netflix have asked a California court to halt the infringing activities of TickBox TV, a Kodi-powered streaming device. As part of their ongoing lawsuit, the companies request an injunction requiring Tickbox to remove infringing add-ons and for existing devices to be seized.
When two men were caught ‘camming’ the movie Fate of the Furious earlier this year, there was plenty of news coverage. MPAA investigators helped to catch the perpetrators, who were swiftly brought to justice. While both were subsequently found guilty, Hollywood pretty much ignored the news, probably for good reason.
This week the CIA released an additional 470,000 files that were found at Osama Bin Laden’s former Abbottabad compound. Among this treasure trove of information are hundreds of copyright-infringing files, including games, movies, TV shows, software, anime and more.
Netflix-type streaming services are among the best and most convenient alternatives to piracy but they have failed to make unauthorized consumption a thing of the past. Netflix understands this and by continuing to expand its content protection team, the company hopes to reduce piracy to a fringe activity.
As the top grossing film for two weeks in a row, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is doing very well at the US box office. This week the makers of the action comedy are faced with a serious setback though, as a high definition copy of the film has leaked online. It’s unknown how this will impact future grosses, but movie studio Millennium Films might have to confront pirates head-on.
Over the years, many new technologies have tried to stop camcording piracy at movie theaters. From infrared beams, through night-vision goggles, to watermarks, thus far the problem still persists. Continuing the search for the ultimate anti-piracy tool, Philips now joins the quest with a proposal to use ambient lighting to mess with pirate recordings.
With five million subscribers throughout Asia and Africa, iflix is one of the leading video streaming services in emerging markets. The company is battling with other services to offer the best content and as part of this quest, it uses piracy data to see what is popular among potential viewers.
Users of the popular media player Roku receive a stark warning when they install channels outside of the official store. While these private or ”non-certified” channels are still permitted, the company says that copyright-infringing channels may be pulled without prior notice. The news follows a few weeks after Roku was dragged into a piracy lawsuit in Mexico.
A 72-year-old Hawaiian man is being accused of downloading a pirated movie. The copyright holder, no stranger to these type of lawsuits, also listed over 1,000 other pirated downloads that are tied to the same Internet account. Thousands of dollars in damages are being demanded, alongside claims the elderly man describes as ”absolutely absurd.”