Sony Sues ‘Jailbroken’ PS4 Seller for Copyright Infringement

Sony Interactive Entertainment (Sony) has filed a lawsuit against a California man for selling jailbroken PS4 console filled with pirated games. The man, who is accused of copyright infringement and circumventing the PS4's technological protection measures, allegedly encouraged people to "Stop Buying Games."

Since its official launch in 2013, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) remained piracy-free for a long time, but last year things started to shift.

Following the release of a new jailbreak version a few months ago, things took a turn for the worse for Sony. This allowed the masses to tinker with their PS4 consoles which only increased the piracy troubles.

While it will be hard for Sony to put the genie back in the bottle, the Japanese company has decided to take a stand. In a new case filed at a federal court in California, Sony details its complaint against a local resident who alleged...

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 10/08/18

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation'. 'The First Purge' completes the top three.

This week we have two newcomers in our chart.

Ant-Man and the Wasp 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.

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This week’s most downloaded movies are: Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer Most downloaded movies via torrents 1 (…) Ant-Man and the Wasp 7.3 ...

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MPAA and RIAA’s Megaupload Lawsuits Remain on Hold

A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to keep the civil lawsuits filed by the music and movie companies on hold until April next year. Since all crucial data on Megaupload's servers are safely preserved, the MPAA and RIAA have no objections against the stay, which is caused by slow progress in the criminal case.

Well over six years have passed since Megaupload was shut down and it’s still unclear how the criminal proceedings will unfold.

Aside from Andrus Nomm’s plea deal, progress in the criminal proceedings has been slow.

Kim Dotcom and his former colleagues are currently fighting a legal battle in New Zealand to prevent their extradition to the US, for which the final decision has yet to be issued.

While all parties await the outcome, the criminal case in the United States remains pending. The same goes for the civil cases launched by the MPAA and RIAA in 2014, more...

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Received a Piracy Warning From Your ISP? Here’s What to Do

Large numbers of Internet subscribers, mainly in the United States, have been taking to the Internet in recent months worried about piracy warnings sent to them by their ISPs. Despite much discussion of these online, questions continue to be asked. So, what should users do when they receive these scary emails?

Millions of Internet subscribers use their connections to download and share copyright-infringing content. It’s been going on for almost two decades already and shows no sign of stopping.

For the vast majority of users, this kind of activity has no consequences. People grab the latest movies or TV shows, for example, and then hear no more. For many, this means they simply carry on, oblivious to the fact that their unauthorized transfers are probably being monitored by someone, somewhere.

In the majority of cases, this monitoring is simply for research purposes but increa...

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Canadian Music Group Proposes ‘Copyright Tax’ on Internet Use

In Canada, there have been ongoing discussions and proposals about new levies and fees to compensate creators for 'missed revenue.' There have been calls to levy a tax on mobile devices such as iPhones, for example. This week the Screen Composers Guild of Canada took things up a notch, calling for a copyright levy on all broadband data use above 15 gigabytes per month.

When CD copying was all the rage in the late 1990s, many countries started to levy a tax on blank media.

This meant that consumers had to pay an extra fee on every recordable disc, because these can be used to duplicate copyrighted content.

In some countries, this model has expanded to other media, such as hard disks, MP3 players and phones. In Canada, however, this didn’t happen. Despite several attempts in the past, there is no private copying levy on smartphones, tablets or hard disks.

During recent copyright reform discussions, the matter was brought to the ...

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MPAA Granted ‘Dynamic’ Pirate Site Blocking Order in Singapore

The major studios of the MPAA have been granted a 'dynamic injunction' that will allow ISPs to thwart efforts by pirate sites to circumvent blocking orders. The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, Solarmovie, and dozens more sites are affected by the new ruling which was handed down by High Court in Singapore.

Four years ago, Singapore became the latest in a long line of countries to use copyright law to block access to ‘pirate’ sites. The amendments were passed during the summer of 2014 and took effect in December the same year.

After a break of almost two years, a request by the MPA(A) rendered inaccessible in 2016. Several major ISPs were ordered by the High Court to block the streaming platform, the first such action in the country.

In April this year the MPA(A) chalked up another victory when its application to have 53 sites operating across 154 domai...

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123movies Was Shut Down Following a Criminal Investigation

A few months ago 123movies, also known as 123movieshub and GoMovies, announced its surprise shutdown. The disappearance of Hollywood's main nemesis long remained a mystery, but the MPAA now explains that the streaming giant folded after a criminal investigation and significant movie industry engagement.

At the start of this year pirate streaming site 123movies was one of the largest pirate streaming sites on the web.

The site received millions of visitors per day which prompted none other than the MPAA to label it “the most popular illegal site in the world.”

For Hollywood, the blatantly infringing activity was a thorn in their side, so behind the scenes the movie studios did all they could to take the site offline, helped by US authorities.

In 2017, the US Ambassador to Vietnam called on the local Government to criminally prosecute the site’s operat...

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Facebook User Who Uploaded Pirated ‘Deadpool’ Copy Sentenced to 3 Weeks Prison

A California man who uploaded a pirated copy of the movie Deadpool to Facebook has been sentenced to three weeks prison. The film was shared to the social media network, shortly after it premiered, where it was viewed 6,386,456 times. The man was indicted following an FBI investigation last year and previously pleaded guilty.

With roughly two billion active users per month, Facebook is by far the largest social networking site around.

While most of the content posted to the site is relatively harmless, some people use it to share things they are not supposed to. A pirated copy of Deadpool, for example.

This is what the now 22-year-old Trevon Franklin from Fresno, California, did early 2016. Just a week after the first installment of the box-office hit Deadpool premiered in theaters, he shared a pirated copy of the movie on the social network.

To be clear, Franklin wasn’t the person who...

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uTorrent Web Reaches One Million Daily Users

uTorrent Web allows users to download, share, and stream torrents directly in their web browser, a convenient option for those previously used to a stand-alone client. Following its full release early September, parent company BitTorrent Inc. has now revealed that a million users are utilizing its latest product on a daily basis.

Back in February, uTorrent owner BitTorrent Inc. quietly rolled out a brand new product. Leveraging the hugely popular brand identity of its flagship product, uTorrent Web provided new ways to consume torrents online.

The premise is simple. Rather than rely on a completely stand-alone torrent client, uTorrent Web allows users to download and even stream torrents, directly in their web browser. A piece of software does have to be installed (Windows only currently) but the rest of the action takes place in Chrome, Firefox, or compatible browsers.

Early September, with rather mor...

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‘Blocking Pirate Sites is Not Enough, Russia Should Shut Them Down’

Russia has implemented a wide variety of anti-piracy measures in recent years. Thousands of copyright infringing sites have been blocked and even 'unauthorized' VPNs and proxies are outlawed. However, according to the IIPA, which includes the MPAA, RIAA, and other entertainment industry groups, this is not enough.

There can be little doubt that Russia has some of the most agressive anti-piracy policies in the world.

After it became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2012, the country made several promises to protect creators’ rights and take action against infringing websites.

In the years that followed, processes for website takedown policies were streamlined, and more recently Russia’s telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor issued ISP blockades against thousands of pirate sites.

To ensure that it wouldn’t be easy to circumvent these blockades, Russia&#...

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