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    Explicit photos and videos of thousands of women have been leaked to Mega.NZ

    Thousands of women across the UK have fallen victim to a disturbing website which allows users to share intimate images of them, it has been revealed today.

    Explicit photos and videos of unsuspecting women have been leaked to the website, Mega.NZ, which has since removed the link to the material.

    Users have categorised women by the town, cities and counties they live in then included subcategories with their names.

    Mega.NZ is a reboot of file sharing site Megaupload, which was founded by German-Finnish internet mogul Kim Dotcom.

    The multimillionaire internet mogul was arrested on copyright infringement charges in 2012 and last year lost an appeal in New Zealand against extradition to the United States to face the charges.

    Mikala Monsoon, 23, from Glasgow, discovered her photos were on the site after being sent a link by an old school friend.

    She told Metro someone uploaded intimate photos of her when she was 17 and they have resurfaced online over the last six years.

    Ms Monsoon has since changed her name and moved away from her home in a bid to escape.

    She told Metro: 'I've been so mortified, upset and anxious but now I am just angry.

    'I've done my best to separate myself from it but last Wednesday I got a message from a girl I went to school with. She told me I was on this website.

    'My pictures have been on Reddit and porn sites but this website was the biggest collection I've seen.'

    Ms Monsoon reported the site to police in Glasgow last week, but it is still live with all the pictures freely available to download.

    The offence of disclosing private sexual images without consent became illegal in 2015 in England and Wales, and carries a maximum sentence of two years.

    Police Scotland confirmed the incident has been reported and 'enquiries will be carried out'.

    Scotland and Northern Ireland introduced legislation outlawing revenge porn in 2016.

    Revenge porn is currently categorised as a 'communications crime', meaning victims are not granted anonymity.

    While no automatic reporting restrictions are in place, victims in revenge porn proceedings can apply to the courts for reporting restrictions to provide lifetime protection from being identified in the media.

    Figures obtained from 19 police forces by the BBC under freedom of information laws show that since 2015, the number of cases investigated by police has more than doubled from 852 to 1,853 in 2018/19.

    However, in the same time period, the number of charges has dropped by almost a quarter - from 207 to 158.

    In the last year, more than a third of victims decided not to proceed with the case.

    Campaigners believe this may be because they are not granted anonymity and face having personal details disclosed during any potential court proceedings.

    They have also warned that simply threatening to share images should also be classified as a crime.

    It comes after Alice Ruggles, 24, was murdered by her former boyfriend Trimaan Dhillon in 2016 after he broke into her flat in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

    Dhillon had threatened to share images of Miss Ruggles online.

    Her mother, Dr Sue Hills, believes her daughter may have sought help sooner had Dhillon not first threatened her with releasing the photographs.

    Detective Superintendent Gordon McCreadie, said: 'Non Consensual sharing of intimate images is a new offence, introduced in July 2017.

    'Investigation into these offences is complex and dependant in many cases on the way in which perpetrators obtain and share the images as well as the ability to recover sufficient evidence to charge.‎ It can also depend very much on the technologies used by both the perpetrator and the victim. Perpetrators often share, or threaten to share images as a way of trying to impose power and control over their victims in what can be an absolute betrayal of trust.

    'There is under-reporting of NCSII, perhaps because people may feel embarrassed. What I would say to victims is don't be embarrassed - the police are not here to judge the way in which you conduct your personal life. Police Scotland remains committed to robustly investigating these matters. We encourage victims to come forward early which will better enable us to get evidence from any devices, or provide support to them, and advise how best to minimise impact.'

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    Woman urges Singapore government to ban access to all porno websites

    Instead of deconstructing the complex, multi-layered causes of sexual assault in Singapore, one prudish lady believes that pornography is its root cause.

    A “Roslyn Snodgrass Seah” wrote a passionate but problematic forum letter to The Straits Times, in which she urged the Singapore government to ban access to all porno websites. Be it from desktops, laptops, smartphones or “Internet television” (does she mean Netflix and YouTube?).

    Seah’s glaring line of reasoning is that the spike in police reports involving molestation is most likely due to easy access to internet porn. She did not, however, consider other factors, such as increasing awareness and resolve among victims to step forward and make a report.

    Somehow, Seah dragged in the Monica Baey case into her argument. “…a pornography watcher may commit sexual crimes against women when the opportunity arises, including filming women showering,” she wrote.

    She then called for an “aggressive multi-pronged approach” that involves the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) blocking access to all smut sites, while also educating children and parents on the alleged dangers of watching porn.

    To be fair, Seah is not all that wrong. A number of international social science studies carried out have attempted to correlate sexually explicit material to sex crimes, and the results are… debatable. While some studies determine that watching porn leads to rape, others find that porn can be a safety valve; an outlet for “potentially assaultive energy”.

    But while the debate carries on, we’re here to tell Roslyn that blocking porno sites won’t make a damn difference.

    There are millions of them

    First of all, there are millions of websites that showcase erotic video and imagery. Then there are the thousands of sites that host literotica (erotic literature, but, uh, don’t expect Shakespearean levels of quality). We would have mentioned Tumblr, but those guys managed to snuff out all the NSFW content, which could prove its downfall.

    Ultimately, despite the government’s best efforts, it is a technically improbable feat for the IMDA to identify and block all the porn and porn-adjacent sites in the world. Even if they manage to do so, it’s pretty much useless because…

    Virtual Private Networks

    …Virtual Private Networks (VPN) exist. Disregarding technical jargon like tunnelling protocols and packet sniffing, VPNs basically allow devices to have private, secure internet connections across a public network. The connection is encrypted (whatever you’re doing is concealed from prying eyes) and users can easily circumvent any blocks that prevent you from accessing a site. Case in point: a site like PornHub.

    VPN software is everywhere too, and some brands are even providing their services for free. Of course, VPNs are meant for more secure internet browsing without being tracked online and also to bypass internet filters established in countries with major censorship (hello China). Here though, we’d guess that folks switch on the VPN and go to town on sex stuff and US-only streaming content.

    Domain Name System

    Seah forgets (or doesn’t realise) how tech-savvy today’s kids are — especially hormonal horndogs looking for something to get off to. They don’t even have to use VPN software to get around blocks, because there’s something called changing the Domain Name System (DNS) server on your devices.

    DNS servers basically contain a database of public IP addresses and URLs, and these servers are typically set up by your internet service providers like StarHub, M1, MyRepublic and so on. Local internet service providers are bound by the rules of the Singapore authorities, so the DNS servers set up by them can disable their users from accessing blocked websites.

    These include popular torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents — Singapore’s copyright law makes it a requirement for local internet service providers to implement the blocks.

    But folks don’t have to use the DNS servers set up by internet service providers. Tonnes of free public DNS servers by Google and Cloudflare are available, and under optimal conditions, they usually provide a safer and faster internet connection. Plus, it gets around restrictions.

    Deep web, darknet

    Then, of course, there’s the darker route. Block, censor, and regulate enough things, and people will resort to illegal means to get access to said things. If porn is effectively blocked, then thirsty hentai-hunters need to go to the deep web. The internet is way bigger than what Google can find: there is plenty of stuff that Google (and other search engines) can’t index.

    Within the deep web is a wealth of unindexed content, and at the very bottom of this pile is what is commonly referred to as the dark web. If one were to go down that rabbit hole with anonymity networks (“darknets”) like Tor, one can find their way to the dark web, where true anonymity exists.

    Getting there is a matter of hunting down specific information scattered across forums and unindexed websites while in the Tor network, and not simply entering a URL into your browser. This particularly shadowy layer of internet is home to the most illegal and controversial activities, including the trading of narcotics, firearms, stolen credit card numbers, and even child pornography.

    Trust us Roslyn, if blocking all porn sites is your idea of a solution to sex crimes, this ain’t it chief.

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    BitTorrent (BTT) now Accepted as Payment for NordVPN Products

    BitTorrent, Inc., a leader in peer-to-peer protocols and products, announced that NordVPN will now accept BitTorrent (BTT) as a payment method for users. NordVPN, which services more than 8 million customers with award-winning security and privacy products, adds BTT alongside an exclusive list of digital assets it accepts as payment.

    "BitTorrent Speed and BTT soon will enhance our popular Windows-based µTorrent Classic client, creating a vibrant BitTorrent ecosystem," said Justin Sun, founder of TRON and CEO of BitTorrent. "The feature will allow over 100 million users to earn BTT, which can be spent as digital currency for many online products and services. We are proud to be working with providers in the privacy and security industry to accept BTT, and more exciting announcements are coming."

    To purchase NordVPN using BTT or TRX, please visit
    https://join.nordvpn.com/order, select a plan, then select Crypto Currencies from the payment methods.

    About NordVPN
    NordVPN was born in 2012 when four childhood friends came together to build technology that could liberate the internet. The feeling that the internet was losing its main purpose led to a search of possible solutions on how to overcome all the restrictions. After setting up the first VPN server and sharing the prototype among friends, the creators were encouraged to continue their work. That's how NordVPN was born, now serving more than 8 million people worldwide.

    Now, NordVPN is one of the most trusted privacy and security service providers in the world, serving more than 8 million people, and maintaining its strongly held values and well thought-out features.

    About TRON and BitTorrent, Inc.
    Founded in 2004, BitTorrent, Inc. is the largest decentralized peer-to-peer network in the world, with over 100 million active users driving 22% of upstream and 3% of downstream traffic globally.

    TRON is dedicated to creating a boundary-free internet that inspires innovation across industries. TRON, one of the largest blockchain protocols, offers high throughput, high scalability, and high availability for all Decentralized Applications (DApps). The ecosystem is governed by Super Representatives and the community.






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    Taiwan: Porn stars thank police for nabbing pirates

    Two female Japanese adult film stars yesterday thanked Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) investigators for arresting two men who were allegedly streaming and selling copyrighted Japanese adult content.

    The men — surnamed Liu (劉) and Yang (楊) — were allegedly streaming the content through their Web site “AVQ Online Adult Theater” and charging users a monthly fee of NT$599 (US$19) for access.

    The Web site had more than 10,000 users before it was shut down, investigators said, adding that users could pay the fees at convenience stores.

    About 30,000 pirated DVDs, a PC, Web servers, hard drives and other equipment were confiscated in a raid of the men’s store, investigators said, adding that the Japanese copyright holder, S1 No. 1 Style, was notified of the arrests.

    The Japanese company yesterday sent representatives to Taiwan to present police with a DVD of Japanese adult film stars Yoshitaka Nene and Tsukasa Aoi thanking them for the arrests.

    The men allegedly used Internet protocol rerouting and other techniques to maintain anonymity and avoid arrest, investigators said, adding that the quick success of their site demonstrated sophisticated e-commerce know-how.

    The men also sold physical media and other items to their most active users, with annual sales totaling more than NT$10 million, investigators said.

    Charges have been filed on behalf of the Taiwanese office of Japan’s Intellectual Property Promotion Association against the two men for copyright infringement, public broadcasting of copyrighted material without permission and other offenses, they said.

    Total damages were estimated at more than NT$1.1 billion, they added.

    Authorities have frozen NT$70 million of the men’s assets, investigators said.

    It was the first time they had frozen assets in a copyright infringement case, to ensure that no further infringement would occur, they said.

    The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office would continue the investigation, they added.

    As text on the Web site was in traditional Chinese and users could pay for access at convenience stores without a credit card, minors might have had access to the content, investigators said.

    Two other men — surnamed Lai (賴) and Lien (連) — have also been detained, as they were allegedly responsible for the Web site’s management, they said.






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    Nigeria - Northflix: We launched App to curb piracy of Hausa films, says CEO

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Northflix, Malam Jamilu Abdulsalam said the zeal to project and boost the film making business in the north is one of the reasons behind the launching of the new movie streaming app, Northflix.ng.

    Malam Jamilu said the effort is also another attempt to assist stakeholders in the film making business to be able to curb the long standing issue of film piracy, and to also deepen the penetration of Nigerian Hausa films into the global market.

    The movie streaming app, Northflix.ng was launched in Kano during a grand iftar organised by Northflix and attended by many stakeholders in the movie industry held at Bristol palace hotel.

    The CEO also identified poor distribution channels and high rate of piracy as the major concerns depriving movie producers of getting financial value for their investment.

    He then urged the producers to embrace the innovation for better and higher rewards for their contents.

    Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdallah Uba Adamu who was one of the invited dignitaries at the event described the initiative as an opportunity for propagating the rich Hausa culture in the global community.

    He urged film producers to embrace the initiative so as to get value for their products.






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    ''Attack on Titan' Season 3 Pushed Back Following Leaks, Piracy Concerns

    he subtitled release date for Attack on Titan Season Three, Part Two has been pushed back by three days following a string of leaks. The show's American distributor will no longer receive assets until after the show has aired in Japan.

    This delay was revealed in a blog post by Funimation, the franchise’s American licensee. The company said that beginning with Episode 54, which is slated to debut on May 29, the show's subtitled release will switch from Sundays at 1:35 p.m. ET to Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. ET. Fans will see this change occur on Funimation’s own streaming platform, FunimationNow as well as Hulu, Crunchyroll and on any official streaming platform for Attack on Titan found in countries across the world.

    This change occurred due to widespread leaks of Attack on Titan episodes over the last few weeks. Episode 52 of the show leaked online with Arabic and Spanish subtitles over a full day before it was scheduled to air in Japan. Episode 53 faced a similar problem, leaking with Arabic subtitles several hours prior to its intended timeslot. The specificity of the subtitle languages has led fans to speculate that the show is being leaked by a licensee from either an Arabic or Spanish-speaking country.

    "To prevent further leaks, the licensor has decided to deliver the show materials to Funimation after Japan’s broadcast has concluded on Sunday," explained Funimation.

    The company went on to note the frustration some fans might feel, “We know that this is an inconvenience for all fans awaiting a new episode this Sunday, but this restriction is out of our hands.”

    The delay in receiving materials means the company will be unable to begin translating and subtitling the show until after it airs in Japan, hence the delay.

    Subtitled episodes will continue to be released on Wednesdays until the season concludes, unless the original Japanese licensor decides at some point to roll back this decision.

    Funimation painted the change as "an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how leaks and piracy ultimately affects everyone in the anime industry.” The company promised that the series’ simuldub will not be affected by the release date alteration.

    Attack on Titan Season Three, Part Two airs in America on Adult Swim’s Toonami block every Saturday. Episode 50’s dub will premiere on Toonami later this week on May 25.

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    GOT Season 8 torrents: GOT breaks viewership record, but most was pirated torrents

    Game of Thrones Season 8 is one of the most talked about TV show of all time for so many reasons. Whether it is the controversial ending or production mistakes, Game of Thrones is been in trends since the last few months.

    As it was the final season and every fan was excited to see how Game of Thrones ends, it generated record viewership numbers. Along with the official HBO numbers, GOT torrents have also shattered all piracy records.

    Game of Numbers

    HBO reported that a record 17.4 million users watched Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 through official HBO App and other partner networks. It is the highest number of viewers the show has ever reached before Season 8.

    Not only that the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 broke all the illegal views records too. GOT was watched around by 55 million users through torrents and other such means within 24 hours of the release of the first episode this season.

    Finale Record

    Even though everyone is hating the GOT finale episode, it has shattered all the previous viewing records. GOT S8 finale was live streamed by over 19.3 million users all around the world. While the average views of the whole of the Game of Thrones Season 8 come around 44.2 million. As of now, there are still many fans who haven’t watched Season 8 of Game of Thrones, so these numbers are expected to further go up.

    Streaming vs Download

    The biggest difference Game of Thrones had made is that more and more people are streaming the show instead of downloading. Since HBO has made it so easy to stream Game of Thrones Season 8 all around the world, it was bound to happen.

    As per the reports, 76.6 percent on the total figures are from online streaming while only 12.2 percent people bothered to download GOT Season 8. The remaining numbers go to a regular TV channel which airs Game of Thrones after some hours later.






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    Movie Company Uses DMCA Subpoena Shortcut to Identify Pirates

    When copyright holders want to identify pirates in the US, they have to file a lawsuit. However, in Hawaii, the people behind the film "Hunter Killer" have used a shortcut by requesting a DMCA subpoena. This is unusual, as many legal experts thought this was no longer an option.

    In the early 2000s, the RIAA started going after against tens of thousands of alleged music pirates.

    The music industry had just defeated Napster, but P2P file-sharing remained a massive problem. Applications such as KaZaA, Morpheus, Grokster, and eDonkey, had millions of users each.

    Since filing federal lawsuits is relatively expensive, the RIAA attempted to take a shortcut by applying for so-called DMCA subpoenas. These are not reviewed by a judge, as regular subpoenas are, and only require a signature from the court clerk.

    While this worked initially, Internet providers soon started to object. They argued that DMCA subpoenas are only valid when an Internet service stores or links to the infringing content, not when they merely pass on traffic.

    Several courts, including the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, agreed with the ISPs and effectively banned the practice. If copyright holders want to go after individual downloaders, they have to file a complaint and request a regular subpoena.

    While these rulings were established at the start of the last decade, Hawaii attorney Kerry Culpepper sees things differently. Representing the rightsholders of the movie “
    Hunter Killer,” he recently requested a DMCA subpoena against Verizon.

    Culpepper and his client are not new to copyright litigation. Far from it. They have been involved in several lawsuits against alleged pirates, obtaining regular subpoenas. However, in this case, they are taking the shortcut.

    Instead of filing a complaint, Culpepper applied for a DMCA subpoena to compel Verizon to identify the account holders behind 20 IP-addresses which allegedly shared a copy of the movie “Hunter Killer” via BitTorrent.

    The court clerk signed off on this request, without oversight from a judge. This is pretty significant, as it means that the movie company can obtain the identities of the alleged pirates with limited expense, without having to file a lawsuit.

    If this becomes common practice, it will become a goldmine for so-called copyright trolls. Now that more and more federal courts are pushing back against these cases, refusing to issue regular subpoenas, they could simply request DMCA subpoenas and avoid filing a lawsuit altogether.

    There’s a big IF of course, as we noted that appeals courts outlawed similar practices over a decade ago. So how is this different now?

    Looking at the filing, we see that Hunter Killer’s attorney is well aware of the precedents. They are mentioned in the subpoena application, but Culpepper argues that these earlier cases don’t necessarily apply here.

    The rulings in the DC Circuit and Eighth Circuit appeals courts both concluded that DMCA subpoenas can’t be issued against ISPs that are mere conduits. This is because the “notifications” described in the DMCA could not be applied to ISPs that don’t store infringing material. As such, DMCA subpoenas were not an option.

    Culpepper counters that the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court, which Hawaii and other states such as California fall under, never ruled on the mere conduit issue in a case like this. Hence, it’s an open question. In fact, Hunter Killer’s attorney notes that more recent decisions suggest that the DMCA notifications are valid in this case.

    In the more recent repeat infringer cases against ISPs such as Cox and Grande, courts have concluded that these providers have no right to a DMCA safe harbor because they failed to act on DMCA notifications. This suggests that these notices are valid and apply to conduit providers.

    Commenting in a personal capacity, not on behalf of his client, Culpepper informs TorrentFreak that these decisions suggest that DMCA subpoenas are valid too.

    “The Fourth Circuit in BMG v. Cox, determined that Cox had no safe harbor preventing them from liability for infringement because of Cox’s failure to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers based upon the notifications received from Rightscorp among other reasons,” Culpepper says.

    “These are the same types of notifications the DC Circuit and Eighth Circuit said were not valid for a 512(h) subpoena, yet here they were deemed sufficiently valid for triggering loss of safe harbor.”

    Culpepper has many other counterpoints as well, but in this instance, these were not needed. The clerk issued the subpoena, which is what he and Hunter Killer were after.

    The question remains, of course, is what they will do with the personal details of the alleged infringers. In theory, the information could be used to demand settlements, however, they could also serve as evidence for a bigger case.

    In the past, Culpepper has approached file-sharers, not to sue or settle with them, but to build a case against the pirate apps there were using. This is what happened in a Showbox-related lawsuit, for example, and could happen here as well.

    That said, the revival of the DMCA subpoena is definitely a major event that will be watched closely by rightsholders and ISPs. In this case, we see no evidence that Verizon objected, but if the practice becomes more common, the matter may end up in court.




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    Reddit KOs Piracy-Focused MMA Community, Ex-UFC Fighter Gets The Blame

    Piracy of UFC and other live MMA events got a little bit harder this week after Reddit banned its popular /r/mmastreams sub-Reddit. Following numerous copyright infringement complaints, the 165,000 member community must now find a new home. After a controversial Twitter outburst, some believe that an ex-UFC fighter should shoulder some of the blame.

    Diligently following top-tier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events has never been an inexpensive pastime.

    From its modern roots in the early 1990s on a strictly PPV basis, MMA has become a huge draw around the globe. Dominated by the UFC, those PPVs today cost upwards of $60 in the US, albeit less in other countries where providers like BT Sport offer the events as part of much cheaper packages.

    Nevertheless, there is no shortage of fans who’d prefer not to pay anything at all. That, of course, is entirely possible using various types of pirate streaming outlets, from dedicated sites to streaming torrents, from Kodi add-ons to ‘pirate’ IPTV services.

    While these streams are in abundance most Saturdays, finding them isn’t always easy for the novice. However, acting as a human-powered link aggregator, that’s where Reddit’s /r/MMAStreams sub-Reddit came in handy. Visitors to the sub around event time were able to find free streams of most if not all events. Until this week, that is.

    /r/mmastreams – banned by Reddit


    The nuking of the 165,000 member community shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Around a month ago, moderators of the sub posted a warning indicating that everyone was on borrowed time.

    “Today, we were notified that
    r/MMAStreams is at high risk of being banned for copyright violation,” the announcement read.

    “We are seeking clarity on the issue, but we must begin to take steps to move.”

    The community began switching to /r/MMAStreamz but this week that too
    was banned for exactly the same reasons as its predecessor.

    It isn’t clear who had been filing complaints against these subs but one can be pretty confident that the UFC had a fairly big part to play. While links to live events don’t hang around for long, Reddit doesn’t contest notices on behalf of users, particular when a sub is obviously centered around infringement.

    Of course, many in the link-sharing community are looking for a scapegoat. From a strictly legal perspective, the obvious choice would be the people posting the streams (no pirate links, no notices – in theory) but to MMA fans, they certainly aren’t part of the problem.

    There is another candidate, however. One with a very high profile and, many streaming fans believe, a mouth that should’ve stayed closed.

    Brendan Schaub is a former UFC heavyweight contender but since his departure from the promotion, he hasn’t always been polite about the way it operates. He may have also stepped somewhat dramatically over the line in advance of UFC 236, the very first UFC PPV under its brand new and exclusive ESPN+ streaming deal.

    In a nutshell, Schaub – who has more than 750,000 Twitter followers and a very successful podcast – hit the platform in a sweat last month because he couldn’t get the PPV on his TV. With the clock counting down, he then made a veiled threat to stream the event illegally. He was subsequently inundated with a couple of thousand messages from fans containing links to do just that.


    In a post-event podcast, Schaub revealed that what he saw in the illegal streaming world should be a serious matter for the UFC.

    “I don’t think they [the UFC] realize the level of pure professionalism these dark web dudes have to these links. I’m not gonna say I did watch it illegally, i’m not gonna say I didn’t. When I clicked on that link, that thing was better quality than I had [expletive]…ever seen.

    “Here’s the thing that’s scary about it,” he continued. “I must have got 2,000 DMs with different links to illegally stream this thing.”

    And then, the cardinal sin. He mentioned Reddit by name.

    “Just for database and research I went through 10 to 15 [of the links]. How big is Reddit? Reddit has their MMA thread where [events get posted], and you’re talking clear as day. I saw the fight. I’m anti-illegal streaming, i’m against that,” he added, to balance things up a bit.


    Whether Schaub did pirate the whole event isn’t known but in the days that followed he continued to mention the illegal streams available via Reddit and elsewhere to his considerable audience. That, some believe, is why MMAStreams suddenly felt even more heat than usual.

    The reality is that we’ll probably never know for sure. It’s also likely that even without Schaub’s promotional ‘help’, MMAStreams would still find itself choked-out eventually. Previously, similar sports-focused sub-Reddit’s have
    closed down following complaints from other organizations.

    Considering its size, there is zero chance that the UFC didn’t know about MMAStreams already and with ESPN on board, they almost certainly want to show what they’re capable of on the eyeballs front. Platforms like MMAStreams don’t help that effort and that’s probably part of the reason why they’re no longer around.

    Not on Reddit, at least….

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    Critical data loss on digitalirc.org

    IRC Server used by a few trackers suffers critical data loss. Reminder to reset your account (digitalirc.org)

    "Due to unforeseen circumstances we have lost approximately 10 months of Services Data. This includes any NickServ or ChanServ registrations, as well as password changes. We are taking steps to ensure this incident does not repeat. The root cause of the issue appears to be the services software silently failing when attempting to write to a full disk and instead writing an empty file."






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    Chinese Game of Thrones Pirates Unaffected By US ‘Trade War’

    Last Sunday's Game of Thrones finale was enjoyed by millions around the world but those trying to view through the official channel in China were left disappointed. With the US-China trade war being blamed for the blackout, citizens turned to file-sharing sites where global politics are easily bypassed.

    Following its launch in 2011, Game of Thrones became one of the most talked about and loved TV shows in history.

    Eight years and dozens of Emmy awards later, episode six of season eight aired last Sunday, bringing the curtain down for the final time.

    While millions were able to soak up this momentous TV occasion, fans in China were left brokenhearted. Tencent Video, the Chinese platform that has held the local distribution rights to the HBO series since 2014, revealed that it would not be broadcasting S08EP06.

    Citing a mysterious “media transmission problem”, Thrones fans were told that if they wanted to watch the show, that would have to be at a later date.

    Strangely, however, HBO told the
    Wall Street Journal that there had been no problem delivering content to Tencent, leading to speculation that the show had become yet another casualty of the trade war with the United States.

    But even as officials bicker and argue, the flood of content across the Internet continues, seemingly untroubled by the political turmoil. If official channels aren’t able to provide what the public wants, then unofficial swarms of like-minded people will do their jobs for them.

    Since the announcement, TorrentFreak has been looking around various popular torrent and eD2K (yes, that’s still a thing) sites in China. We can safely say that obtaining the final episode of Game of Thrones is not a problem.


    While the above image suggests availability for uTorrent and BitComet, a pair of torrent clients that are well known in the West, Chinese users are more likely to opt for the popular ‘Thunder’ client.

    Owned by Xunlei, Thunder is one of the world’s most popular torrent clients. As shown below, links for all episodes in the series are easy to obtain via ‘thunder’ links, which can be thought of as a magnet link variant.


    Of course, if the Chinese are relying on Western video sources to satisfy their S08EP06 needs, many of them will find they meet a language barrier that needs to be overcome. While Tencent offered Chinese subtitles, pirates are also happy to oblige with hand-translated SRT files, to match the Amazon-sourced video.


    Finally, in addition to trade war speculation, a piece in
    Fortune noted that the final episode contained a point about democracy that may not have gone down particularly well with Chinese authorities. This, it’s suggested, may have something to do with the episode failing to air as planned.

    Whether that’s the case or not, Game of Thrones episodes are already subject to censorship edits in the region, a point not lost on Chinese pirates who enthuse in site comment sections about whether copies of the show are cut or uncut versions.

    Needless to say, due to Tencent’s “media transmission problems”, it’s likely that most if not all pirate copies currently circulating fit into the latter category. There are some things that not even the Chinese government and its Great Firewall can control.

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    Cox Business Subscriber Doesn’t Want Identity Revealed in Piracy Lawsuit

    As part of the ongoing lawsuit with several record labels, ISP Cox Communications agreed to identify thousands of business subscribers accused of sharing pirated material. One of the affected businesses believes this goes too far, so has asked a Virginia federal court to shield its identity.

    Last year a group of prominent record labels, all members of the RIAA,
    filed a lawsuit against ISP Cox Communications.

    The labels argue that Cox categorically failed to terminate repeat copyright infringers and that it substantially profited from this ongoing ‘piracy’ activity. All at the expense of the record labels and other rightsholders.

    As part of the discovery phase, both parties requested relevant information from each other. The labels, for example, were interested in finding out the names and addresses of Cox business subscribers that received copyright infringement warnings.

    In addition to regular households, Cox also offers Internet connections to business clients and many of these – 2,793 to be precise – were flagged as pirates.

    After some back and forth Cox and the record labels
    agreed on a stipulated court order, requiring the ISP to disclose this information. While the court signed off on this, not all affected subscribers are happy with this decision. One of them objected in court this week.

    The company in question appeared as “John Doe” and explained that it’s a non-profit corporation that provides hospital and medical care facilities outside of Virginia.

    As is quite common today, the non-profit operates a secured network that’s only accessible to its employees. In addition, it offers public WiFi access to patients and visitors. The latter was provided by Cox in the relevant time period.

    “Like other medical care providers, John Doe provides an unsecured, public
    wireless network that can be accessed by patients and other visitors who agree to abide by John Doe’s terms of use for the Public WiFi network. Cox is the internet service provider for this Public WiFi network,” the company notes

    It was this unsecured network that triggered the referenced copyright infringement notifications. This, despite the fact that all users had to agree to the terms of service, which specifically prohibited illegal downloading.

    From the ToS

    https://torrentfreak.com/images/prohibited.png

    The health care provider doesn’t refute that visitors or patients may have used the network to share copyright-infringing content. However, it notes that there’s not much it can do to identify these infringers. Not then and not now.

    The health care provider doesn’t track MAC addresses of people who connected to the network, and even if it did, that would only identify a device, not a person.

    Given this background, the “John Doe” company doesn’t see any reason why its details should be shared with the record labels. That won’t help to identify any copyright infringers. However, it does breach the health care provider’s privacy rights.

    “Thus, disclosure of John Doe’s subscriber information will not lead to the discovery of the individual(s) who are alleged by Plaintiffs to have engaged in copyright infringement through the misuse of John Doe’s network in violation of the access agreement,” the company informs the court.

    “All disclosure will accomplish is a breach of John Doe’s privacy rights under the Cable Communications Privacy Act, 47 USC § 551, and the imposition of time and expense burdens on John Doe, all without furthering any claim or defense in this case.”

    It is now up to the court to decide whether the details of the company can be handed over by Cox. Meanwhile, it remains unclear why the record labels are interested in this information at all, and how this will help their case.



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    DMCA Subpoena to Identify Pirates Succeeds in US Court


    • For the first time in 15 years, a DMCA subpoena is signed off by a US court clerk.
    • The Hawaii district court has accepted the arguments of an experienced attorney.
    • Verizon will now have to give away the identities of 20 of their customers who are allegedly pirates.


    A DMCA subpoena submitted by the rightsholders of the film ‘Hunter Killer’ to the US District Court of Hawaii was signed off by the court clerk without the involvement of a judge, ending a precedent practice of many years of denial to approve these requests. DMCA subpoenas are shortcuts to regular subpoenas that copyright holders were taking in the early 2000s to help them get the identities of individual pirates through the ISPs that were serving them. When the ISPs expressed their objection to this practice, the courts decided that they were right and that DMCA subpoenas should only be signed-off when they target hosts of pirated material.

    This was the standard practice for more than 15 years now, and the legal representatives of the rightsholders didn’t even bother to give the route a try. Rightscorp had submitted a DMCA subpoena to an Atlanta court in 2015 trying to get the identities of Birch Communications clients and failed, while LHF Productions tried again this January in a Utah Federal Court, but also had their request denied by the court clerk. It all seemed to remain the same on that part, and no further DMCA subpoena submissions were expected for years.

    However, merely months after the last one, an experienced attorney named Kerry Culpepper decided to request a DMCA subpoena against Verizon in Hawaii, and this time, it got signed-off. Now Verizon will have to hand over the IP addresses of 20 of its clients who are accused of downloading the movie ‘Hunter Killer’ via BitTorrent. As this will not require lawsuits to be submitted, obtaining the identities of these alleged pirates has become way cheaper and easier. With this information in their hands, copyright holders could either ask for settlements or build a bigger case based on it.

    The question that arises now is whether we have an individual event or a revival of the DMCA subpoena. Now that the Hawaii court clerk decided to accept the arguments of Kerry Culpepper about the validity of the DMCA subpoena for this case, more rightsholders are bound to give this a try in the near future. That said, we will soon get to learn if DMCA subpoenas have really returned or not. For the people involved in piracy, this is obviously huge news, as the people behind the movie that you are downloading via P2P could be many steps closer to your identity now.






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    Admin of TamilRockers Goes Behind the Bars on piracy issues

    A bad time for the TamilRockers.com as few members of the portal who remain the admin of it have been arrested. The site has been giving sleepless nights to the filmmakers in Kollywood as they were quick to post the pirated movies of the South as and when these hit the screens in the past. As per reports, the site has been uploading a number of sites from the South Indian film industry along with English and other language-based movies on their website. The reports also suggest that the portal has some links with the global piracy rackets as well.

    Of late, the site has become a popular place to download a number of South Indian movies and has thus remained in huge demand for the people. Many film lovers have been accessing this site to watch a number of movies. These include Kabali and other films as these remained expensive at the multiplexes. So, to beat the cost of the tickets, people were quick to take resort in sites like these. Of late, the filmmakers were gearing up to clamp down the site and its owners and finally they were able to nab them against the popular piracy channel KickassTorrent.

    Despite facing a tough time by the makers of the films like Kabaali, the site like TamilRockers used to upload the films and enjoy a good response from people to download the movie. They kept on changing their domain names avoid get noticed and caught. However, in the recent past, someone asked to freeze their operations during the time of a big-time film release. They kept on releasing the pirated version of the film that led the cyber cell to take stern action against them to pull them down and start things in the right direction by arresting the admin.

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    Poland has filed a complaint against the European Union’s copyright directive

    The directive was approved in April, and goes into force in June

    Poland has officially challenged the European Union’s recently-approved controversial copyright directive, according to Reuters, saying that the legislation would bring unwanted censorship. The country filed its complaint yesterday with the the Court of Justice of the European Union.

    Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad Szymanski said that the “system may result in adopting regulations that are analogous to preventive censorship, which is forbidden not only in the Polish constitution but also in the EU treaties.” Polish MPs predominantly rejected the measure (Two abstentions, eight for, 33 against, six no-votes, and two missing) when it was voted on.


    Tomorrow morning #Poland will bring a case before the #CJEU against the copyright directive, a disproportionate measure that fuels censorship and threatens freedom of expression. #Article13 #Article17 #ACTA2 pic.twitter.com/2VmQV8nFWu

    — Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland (@PremierRP_en) May 23, 2019



    The Council of the European Union officially approved the directive in April, and it goes into force on June 7th, 2019. Following that action, EU member states will have until June 7th, 2021 to produce their own laws to implement it. The legislation is designed to update copyright law, and contains a number of controversial clauses, such as Article 11, the so-called “link tax,” which will allow publishers to charge platforms such as Google to display news stories, and Article 13, which says that platforms would be liable for content that infringes on someone’s copyright.

    Users for platforms such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, and others fear that the directive could be detrimental to how they use the site — content platforms aren’t liable for what they’re hosting, provided they make the effort to remove anything that is infringing on one’s copyright, like music or pirated movies. Sites would now have to proactively ensure that copyrighted content isn’t making it onto the site. As my colleagues James Vincent and Russell Brandom noted last year, sites might have to resort to implementing a filter, which “would be ripe for abuse by copyright trolls and would make millions of mistakes. The technology simply doesn’t exist to scan the internet’s content in this


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