Piracy Moghul Aniwatch Rebrands to HiAnime
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by Ernesto Van der Sar
8h ago
Anime is growing globally as an entertainment category and this popularity surge isn’t limited to legal platforms. Today, several of the world’s largest pirate sites are exclusively dedicated to anime. This includes Aniwatch.to, the streaming portal that operated as Zoro.to earlier last year. The streaming portal, which is arguably the largest pirate site in the world, is a prime target for anti-piracy groups. The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), for example, is actively trying to shut the platform down, which they believe is operated from Vietnam. Last year, ACE had its sights ..read more
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Russia’s ‘VPN Ban’ is Live as Authorities Warn of Bad VPNs & U.S. Spying
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by Andy Maxwell
15h ago
In countries where internet access faces restrictions, from general government censorship through to more limited site-blocking programs to protect copyright, citizens have grown comfortable with the use of VPNs. In Russia, where the government censors certain material and has an anti-piracy site-blocking regime on top, around 20% of the internet population regularly use VPNs. While accessing blocked websites and communicating in relative privacy is now fairly common, the government would like sites carrying “illegal information” to remain inaccessible. But after endless legal tweaks, advice ..read more
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YouTube Content ID Copyright Claims Increased 25% in a Year
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by Ernesto Van der Sar
1d ago
To protect copyright holders, YouTube regularly removes, disables, or demonetizes videos that contain allegedly infringing content. For years, little was known about the scope of these copyright claims, but that changed two years ago when the streaming platform published its first-ever transparency report. These reports, which were initially published as pdf files, showed that roughly 99% of all copyright claims on YouTube are handled through the Content ID system. Since many claims are automated, participation is restricted to a few thousand vetted rightsholders to limit abuse. YouTube’s Reva ..read more
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Pirate Sites With Malicious Ads Face Restrictions Under New Initiative
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by Andy Maxwell
2d ago
There was a time when visiting a pirate site was much like visiting any other. Keen to attract eyeballs wherever they might be, many of the world’s biggest brands exchanged cold hard cash for an appearance on prominent pirate portals. Over time and as the thorny issue of funding illicit platforms gained traction, companies including Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and Volvo came under increasing pressure. The same held true for other household names, such as tech giant Samsung, along with Nokia, Canon, Carlsberg, even Coca Cola. These companies weren’t deliberately placing ads on pirate sites, but ..read more
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Video of New ‘Masters of the Air’ Episode Leaks on Pirate Sites
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by Ernesto Van der Sar
2d ago
Over the years, plenty of TV show episodes have leaked online in advance of their official release. Game of Thrones had several prominent episodes come out early, sometimes several at once, and successor ‘House of the Dragon’ saw the season finale debut early. In most cases, these leaks are broadly advertised by the pirate groups who put them online. Being the first to release a prominent leak, is a key accolade in a business where everything revolves around releasing new content faster than others. ‘Masters of the Air’ Leak As one of the hit shows of the year, the Apple TV+ series “Masters of ..read more
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OpenAI: ‘The New York Times Paid Someone to Hack Us’
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by Ernesto Van der Sar
3d ago
In recent months, rightsholders of all ilks have filed lawsuits against companies that develop AI models. The list includes record labels, individual authors, visual artists, and more recently the New York Times. These rightsholders all object to the presumed use of their work without proper compensation. A few hours ago, OpenAI responded to The New York Times complaint, asking the federal court to dismiss several key claims. Not just that, the defendants fire back with some rather damning allegations of their own. OpenAI’s motion directly challenges the Times’s journalistic values, putting th ..read more
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ISPs Request Records to Show How Piracy Fight Blocked Legitimate Sites
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by Andy Maxwell
4d ago
When attempting to block pirated content online, there is always a significant risk that legitimate content will be blocked too. Proponents of a tough new law in Italy that granted significant powers to rapidly block sites, waved away such concerns last year. However, after less than a month in full operation, the Piracy Shield system made its biggest blunder thus far last Saturday. Rather than opt for a surgical strike, someone rolled out a blunderbuss. It Could Never Happen… IP address 188.114.97.7 belongs to Cloudflare and is used by many sites, including legitimate ones, so shouldn’t have ..read more
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Hollywood Used ‘Dynamic+ Injunction’ to Shut Down movie-web and Other Pirate Sites
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by Ernesto Van der Sar
4d ago
This weekend, we reported that the open source movie search app movie-web lost control over the domain name of its demo site. Registrar Namecheap suspended the domain following a complaint from several major Hollywood studios and Netflix. Initially, broader context was missing but new information suggests that an Indian order lies at the basis of this intervention. Like many other countries around the world, India’s copyright law allows rightsholders to limit access to pirate sites. This measure is widely used by major American movie companies to obtain injunctions that require local Internet ..read more
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Piracy Shield Cloudflare Disaster Blocks Countless Sites, Fires Up Opposition
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by Andy Maxwell
4d ago
Following a statement that Italy’s all-new anti-piracy system had received top marks from telecoms regulator AGCOM for “working perfectly,” on Saturday the truth came out in all its glory. Piracy Shield has only been fully operational for a few weeks. So, expecting it to work flawlessly, right out of the box, was always unrealistic. There have been reports of unexpected behavior in the ticketing system, for example, plus other issues one might describe as relatively normal for a new system, or at least non-critical. But while any unexpected behavior needs to be understood, the Piracy Shield sy ..read more
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Njalla: Hundreds of Suspended .TV Domains Could Soon Return to Life
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by Andy Maxwell
5d ago
The last time over 200 pirate sites went offline at the same time was…..well, probably never. Certainly, so many sites have never gone down and stayed down for four days straight in what still amounts to a relatively tight niche. Yet that’s exactly what happened this week, when at least 200 .TV domains were suddenly rendered useless. WHOIS records revealed that the domains had a status of ‘serverHold’ which indicates a domain with no presence in the domain name system. Registry >> Registrar >> Domain Owner The suspended domains were all registered at Sarek Oy, the Finland-based dom ..read more
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