Online TV/Music

16 September 2016

Chrome and Firefox Block Pirate Bay Over "Harmful Programs" TorrentFreak

Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the The Pirate Bay's download pages. According to Google's Safe Browsing diagnostics service TPB contains "harmful programs," most likely triggered by malicious advertisements running on the site. Comodo DNS also showed a "hacking" warning but this disappeared after a few hours.

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13 September 2016

YouTube is still 'not paying enough' to British musicians BBC News

The body which represents the British music industry says YouTube still isn't giving artists enough money for their content.

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26 August 2016

EU may require YouTube, DailyMotion to seek deals with music industry Reuters

Websites such as Google's YouTube, DailyMotion and Pinterest could be required to seek licences or revenue-sharing deals with artists for content that is uploaded by their users as part of the European Union's planned copyright overhaul.

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25 August 2016

How Google Fights Piracy report details how war on piracy will reach unprecedented heights News.com.au

Your days of downloading the latest Game of Thrones episodes might be short lived if Google has anything to do with it.

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13 August 2016

The copyright case that should worry all US Internet providers Washington Post

Will Internet providers have to start cracking down harder on their own customers for suspected copyright infringement?

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02 August 2016

Europe Has The Highest Online Piracy Rates, By Far TorrentFreak

An in-depth analysis of billions of worldwide visits to torrent, streaming and download sites has revealed that Europe is a hotbed for piracy. The piracy rate is the highest in Latvia, where nearly half of the population visits pirate sites, and the entire global top ten is made up of European countries.

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28 July 2016

Streaming Sites Dominate Movie and TV-Show Piracy TorrentFreak

For many years torrent sites were the go-to destination for most movie and TV-show pirates. However, new data shows that this is no longer the case. The vast majority of unauthorized videos are now consumed through pirate streaming sites, good for more than 57 billion visits during last year alone.

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26 July 2016

KickassTorrents Community Resurrects, Without Torrents TorrentFreak

KickassTorrents may be down, but the KAT 'family' is still very much alive. A group of site admins and moderators have started a new community, bringing back many users of the site under the same roof. The new home doesn't offer any torrents, however, and it's still doubtful if the site will ever be restored to its full glory.

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22 July 2016

America's broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court The Guardian

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.

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05 July 2016

Internet piracy in UK falls to record lows amid rise of Spotify and Netflix Daily Telegraph

Internet streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix have resulted in online piracy falling to its lowest rate in years, an official report claims.

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27 June 2016

Australian telcos argue costs of compliance and workarounds process in piracy website blocking ZDNet

ISPs Telstra, Optus, M2, and TPG have argued that they should not have to bear the costs of compliance in implementing website blocks in their case against Australian pay TV provider Foxtel and media company Roadshow Films.

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Pirate Bay Blockade Lifted By Austrian Court TorrentFreak

The Court of Appeal in Austria has lifted an order which forced local ISPs to block The Pirate Bay, isoHunt.to, 1337.to, and the long-defunct h33t.to. In response, rightsholders have made fresh calls for ISPs to block a range of popular movie and TV show streaming sites.

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Rightscorp Pressures ISPs to Hijack Pirates Browsers TorrentFreak

Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp is promoting its browser hijacking system to ISPs. In a proposal revealed by Internet provider RCN, Rightscorp suggests a gradual approach where pirating subscribers eventually have to pay a fine to regain Internet access.

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24 June 2016

Siteblock: Pirate Bay, Torrentz, IsoHunt under spotlight in Australian website-blocking test case ABC News

The first test case for the Government's website-blocking laws is underway in the Federal Court in Sydney, with copyright holders pushing to make it easier to shut down alternate pathways to file-sharing websites.

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09 June 2016

KickassTorrents Enters The Dark Web, Adds Official Tor Address TorrentFreak

KickassTorrents, the world's most popular torrent index, is pushing back against the increasing number of ISP blockades. To make it easier for its users to bypass local censorship efforts, KAT's operators have added a dark web address, hiding the site in the Tor network.

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01 June 2016

Music World Bands Together Against YouTube, Seeking Change to Law New York Times

A few years ago, the biggest enemy of the music industry was Pandora Media. Then Spotify became the target.

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26 May 2016

Music Piracy Triggers Significant Losses, EU Study Shows TorrentFreak

New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that piracy hurts both digital and physical music sales. In EU countries the total losses are roughly 5% of yearly revenues, which equals €170 million. In addition, piracy also triggers secondary losses for governments and the public sector.

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25 May 2016

Australia Officially Abandons Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Scheme TorrentFreak

After indications earlier this year that copyright holders and ISPs were having serious problems reaching agreement on who will pay for the three-strikes anti-piracy regime, the project has now officially been canned. In a letter to the Australian Media and Communications Authority, the Communications Alliance and rightsholders have confirmed its demise.

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19 May 2016

Australian music industry happy with less stringent website blocking in pirate fight Computerworld

A group of music labels and licensing organisation APRA AMCOS are seeking a more limited form of website blocking than Foxtel and Village Roadshow in their efforts to curb piracy.

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06 May 2016

Foxtel, Village and ISPs yet to agree on the cost of blocking pirate sites in Australia Computerworld

TPG (including subsidiaries such as iiNet), Telstra, Optus and M2 have confirmed they don't intend to oppose Federal Court applications by Foxtel and Village Roadshow that seek to have the ISPs block their customers access a collection of piracy-linked websites.

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03 May 2016

Internet Australia backs calls to end geoblocking as video-on-demand use increases The Guardian

The peak body for internet users has thrown its weight behind calls to end geoblocking, as increasing use of legal video-on-demand services is revealed by new figures.

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29 April 2016

Geoblocking: Australian consumers not breaching copyright by circumventing with VPN, says Govt agency ABC News

Australian consumers should be able to legally circumvent geoblocking restrictions that prevent them from using foreign online streaming services like US Netflix, according to the Productivity Commission.

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13 April 2016

Streaming growth helps digital music revenues surpass physical sales The Guardian

Digital music revenues have surpassed the takings from traditional music formats for the first time, according to an industry report.

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11 April 2016

Online streaming drives first increase in Australian music industry revenue in years ABC News

The Australian music industry's revenue has gone up for the first time in three years, driven by a doubling in music streaming services, while music downloads continued their decline.

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09 April 2016

38% of Young EU Internet Pirates See Nothing Wrong in Piracy TorrentFreak

Young people are often the group most closely associated with consumption of illegal content yet the results of a new survey just published by the EU Intellectual Property Office paints them in a fairly reasonable light. While 38% of young European pirates see nothing wrong in piracy, just 5% exclusively use pirate sources.

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