Online TV/Music

14 January 2018

Law enforcement and private sector join forces to shut down illegal Streaming Network Europol

On 11 January 2018, a crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal IPTV streaming business has been dismantled. The investigations were led by the Cypriot Police – Intellectual Property Crime Unit, with the support of the Cybercrime Division of the Greek Police, the Dutch Fiscal Investigative and Intelligence Service (FIOD), the Cybercrime Unit of the Bulgarian Police, Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³) and with the support of members of the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA). In total, four individuals have been arrested and 17 houses searches have been carried out in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece.

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12 January 2018

Europol Hits Huge 500,000 Subscriber Pirate IPTV Operation TorrentFreak

A Europol-led operation involving police forces from Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands, has targeted one of the largest pirate IPTV operations in the world. At least three people have been arrested. Servers in Bulgaria and the Netherlands reportedly supplied the content to an estimated 500,000 subscribers worldwide, generating annual revenues of around five million euros.

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30 November 2017

Netflix Is Not Going to Kill Piracy, Research Suggests TorrentFreak

Netflix and other on-demand streaming services barely help to curtail piracy, new research shows. While legal streaming services are commonly used nowadays, the limited availability of recent content and the associated price tag are serious hurdles for many pirates.

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29 November 2017

Site blocking won't work InternetNZ

InternetNZ is surprised by today’s announcement of court action from Sky TV to a range of ISPs, asking them to block New Zealand Internet users from accessing certain websites. Sky’s assertion is that this move is designed to hamper piracy of online content.

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13 November 2017, a Chinese App Big in the U.S., Sells for $1 Billion New York Times

The only Chinese social media company to build a major network outside China will be taken over by a fast-growing Chinese upstart.

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08 November 2017

MPAA Warns Australia Not to 'Mess' With Fair Use and Geo-Blocking TorrentFreak

The MPAA has submitted its 2018 list of foreign trade barriers to the U.S. Government. The document reveals that Hollywood is concerned that Australia is considering implementing fair use exceptions, allowing circumvention of geo-blocking, and expanding safe harbor provisions for online services. In addition, the MPAA notes that stiffer penalties are required to deter piracy.

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27 September 2017

EU study finds piracy doesn't hurt game sales, may actually help Ars Technica

For as long as video game piracy has existed, gamers and the industry have argued about whether the practice really hurts sales of legitimate games. In 2010, the Business Software Alliance estimated that generalized software piracy costs the world $51 billion annually and half a million jobs. Even most people who doubt every pirated download is equivalent to a lost sale will admit that illegal downloads have some negative effect on overall game sales.

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21 August 2017

Crowded TV Marketplace Gets Ready for Three Tech Giants New York Times

Apple has more than $1 billion budgeted for original programming, Facebook wants its own version of “Scandal” and Google is ready to spend up to $3 million per episode on a drama.

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19 August 2017

Australia's biggest telcos ordered to block international pirate websites by Federal Court ABC News

Australia's biggest telcos have been ordered to block access to 57 international websites that allow users to download pirated TV shows and movies.

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11 August 2017

Facebook Muscles Into the Online Video Scene Wired

Facebook is moving into short-form, professional video with Watch. It is a latecomer to the field, following similar moves by rivals such as Twitter, Snap, Spotify and Reddit. But Facebook could still wind up being a big winner.

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16 July 2017

Why musicians are so angry at the world's most popular music streaming service Washington Post

With the money from CDs and digital downloads disappearing, the music industry has pinned its hope for the future on online song streaming, which now accounts for the majority of the $7.7 billion U.S. music market.

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30 June 2017

Australian ISPs to block 128 domains linked to online piracy in Foxtel case ZDNet

Pay TV provider Foxtel is looking to have an additional 73 domain names blocked by Australian internet service providers for engaging in or facilitating copyright infringement.

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16 June 2017

Pirate Bay Ruling is Bad News For Google & YouTube, Experts Says TorrentFreak

The European Court of Justice handed down a ruling against The Pirate Bay yesterday, one which could have implications far beyond the torrent site. Platforms such as Google and YouTube, which play an active role in the way content is presented, could be seriously affected, experts warn.

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15 June 2017

Pirate Bay may finally be sunk after EU copyright ruling Ars Technica

Infamous BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay can be found liable of copyright violations even if it doesn't host any infringing content, Europe's top court has ruled.

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15 May 2017

As Viewers Drift Online, Advertisers Hold Fast to Broadcast TV New York Times

TV ratings are collapsing. Media stocks are falling. Cord cutting is accelerating. There has been no shortage of bad headlines for television networks over the last few months, as investors grow concerned over dropping viewership and as people increasingly find new ways to entertain themselves.

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How the Internet financially kills musicians and other artists Washington Post

The Internet revolution has a human cost. A case in point: Levon Helm was a member of the Band, a country-rock group that played with Bob Dylan. He once made a good income from royalties, but then the money dried up. People still liked his music, but now they listened to it on the Internet. After Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer, he struggled to pay his medical bills. When he died in 2012, his friends held a benefit concert so his wife wouldn’t lose their house.

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12 May 2017

YouTube Keeps People From Pirate Sites, Study Shows TorrentFreak

In recent months music industry insiders have heavily criticised YouTube, with some claiming that it hurts legal sales. A new research report commissioned by the video streaming platform suggests otherwise. The study shows that YouTube keeps people away from pirate sites, while there is no evidence of significant cannibalization.

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08 May 2017

Foxtel launches new round of piracy site blocking applications in Australian Federal Court ABC News

Foxtel has launched another case in the Federal Court to have the piracy streaming websites Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series and Project Free TV blocked in Australia.

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01 May 2017

Spyware that can identify what films you are watching The Economist

Remember that racy film you probably should not have enjoyed on Netflix last weekend? Eran Tromer’s algorithms can tell what it was. Although videos streamed from services such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube are encrypted in various ways to ensure privacy, all have one thing in common: they leak information. Dr Tromer, of Tel Aviv university, his colleague Roei Schuster and Vitaly Shmatikov of Cornell have worked out how those leaks can identify the film you are watching—even if they cannot directly observe the stream of bits delivering it, or obtain access to the device on which you are watching it.

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28 April 2017

Record labels in Australia win fight to block music piracy websites Australian Financial Review

Record labels have won against internet service providers to have piracy website KickassTorrent blocked but will have to pay $50 per name to have the website's domain names blocked.

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25 April 2017

Five Million Brits Go Crazy For Illegal Streaming TorrentFreak

Almost five million Brits are regularly streaming TV content from illegal Internet services. That's one of the findings from a new YouGov study which shows that Kodi-powered devices and Android apps are particularly popular with users. Of concern to authorized services is that hundreds of thousands of pirates say they're canceling their official subscriptions.

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13 April 2017

Most US Millennials Regularly Stream Pirated Content, Survey Finds TorrentFreak

More than half of all North American millennials regularly use pirate streaming services to watch TV-shows or movies, a new survey shows. While legal streaming is preferred, pirate sources are more popular than traditional TV, DVDs or Blu-Rays. Interestingly, only a tiny fraction of the respondents feel guilty about using these unauthorized platforms.

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21 February 2017

The Pirate Bay Must Be Blocked in Sweden, Court of Appeal Rules TorrentFreak

A Court of Appeal has ordered The Pirate Bay and streaming portal Swefilmer to be blocked by an ISP in Sweden. The landmark ruling, in favor of Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, and the Swedish film industry, will see local ISP Bredbandsbolaget forced to block the sites for the next three years.

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Google and Bing to deprecate piracy websites The Guardian

Internet users will find it harder to search for pirated films and music and illegally streamed live football matches under a new plan to crackdown on piracy websites.

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09 February 2017

EU moves closer to removing barriers for online media subscriptions Reuters

European Union institutions moved a step closer on Tuesday to letting consumers access their online subscriptions for services like Netflix or Sky when they travel across the bloc.

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