RapidVideo Blocks Pirate Sites Over Copyright Concerns

News

Popular file-hosting site RapidVideo has often been characterized as a piracy haven, something its operator fiercely denies. In line with this stance, the site has now started to ban visitors from what it sees as real pirate sites. To avoid liability and as preparation for Europe's stricter copyright legislation, its operator says.

Bell Wants Canada to Criminalize Pirate Streaming Services

News

Canadian telecoms giant Bell is recommending that the Government should criminalize people who are involved with pirate streaming services, including those who advertise or sell pirate set-top boxes. The proposal is seen as a prime tool to combat online piracy. In the same submission, Bell also revives its call to institutionalize site blocking.

Media & Telecoms Companies Reveal “Self-Learning” Anti-Piracy System

News

The Media Communication Union, which represents the interests of major media and telecoms companies in Russia, has revealed its new anti-piracy system. Set to be delivered to copyright holders in July, the system is said to utilize neural networks in order to self-learn while reducing the need for human intervention.

MagnetDL Makes Comeback Days After it Shut Itself Down

News

Torrent search engine MagnetDL has made a comeback, barely a week after it shut down. The operator initially chose to pull the plug after running into copyright issues with its hosting provider. However, after seeing many disappointed comments from users it decided to return.

DBR.ee Shut Down By Music Industry Groups

News

File-hosting service DBR.ee, which was frequently used to share leaked music, has been shut down by several music industry groups. The domain now redirects to a public advisory instead. The shutdown follows an RIAA request to Cloudflare requiring it to unmask the operator and coincides with downtime issues at other targeted sites.

24% of French Internet Users Stream Live TV Content Illegally

News

A new study published by anti-piracy agency Hadopi has revealed that 24% of French Internet users stream live TV content illegally. The most popular source of video among respondents is live streaming sites, followed by social networks, dedicated IPTV services, and apps. Pirate IPTV is causing particularly concern due to its claimed cannibalizing effect on legal offers.