ETTV Feeds EZTV ‘Fake’ Torrents… ‘Stop Taking Our Releases!’

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    By Len,
    Popular TV-torrent distribution group ETTV is calling out one of its main 'competitors.' The group accuses EZTV of taking 'its' releases and branding them as their own, publishing fake torrents to prove their point. "If you want to be a distribution group you should be getting your source files privately," ETTV says. Online pirates are generally not known to be the most law-abiding citizens. However, they certainly have their own set of standards. Scene groups, for example, have to follow a strict set of rules which define how they are supposed to share their booty. Further down the piracy pyramid, we find P2P distribution groups. These operate out in public, making sure that scene releases find their way to the masses on a regular schedule. ETTV is one of these groups. Specializing in the latest TV content, it uploads dozens of scene releases to public sites, including their own. The group prides itself on its selection and speed, something appreciated by millions of pirates. While ETTV is running steady, the site’s operators have one major nuisance. EZTV, one of their main ‘competitors’, is releasing ‘their’ content without permission. While the original EZTV shut down following a hostile takeover, the people who took over are still serving torrents to millions of people every month. And according to ETTV, many of these torrents are sourced from ETTV. To show their discontent, ETTV recently added a fake torrent to their feed. Specifically, they uploaded a rather explicit adult film, disguising it as the latest “Taskmaster” episode. As can be seen below, the title comes with an additional message: “EZTV and TGX stop ridding our releases,” which made its way onto the EZTV site.   Stop!
        The fake release has since been removed from EZTV’s website but ETTV didn’t stop there. Another fake release appeared on Thursday, disguised as a Mr. Mercedes episode. However, as several commenters noted, this was something entirely different.   Not Mr. Mercedes
        Looking at the various release feeds, it indeed appears that EZTV, in particular, is a near copy of that of ETTV. The main difference is that the torrents appear a few minutes later. TorrentFreak reached out to ETTV, who told us that they decided to take a stand because they are tired of EZTV’s antics. “They are always using our content and we are getting tired of it. If you want to be a distribution group you should be getting your source files privately,” ETTV says. While ETTV is a bot that operates mostly automated, this process is certainly not free. The group pays various sites which offer scene content, so they can access these files. Of course, ETTV itself also uses the ‘work’ of others, including scene groups (and movie studios), but it stresses that it’s not okay for one public distribution group to blatantly copy from another. “We owe them nothing and don’t want anything from them either,” ETTV says. “They can play the ‘sharing is caring card’ all they want, but only amateurs and freeloading scum think its ok to run their sites by [taking content from] other public sites.” The other group that was called out in the fake release is TGX. However, as far as we’ve seen these fake releases were not republished with their tag. TGX did use torrents from ETTV’s feed earlier. Whether EZTV will be bothered by the accusations is doubtful. The group doesn’t have the best reputation after the hostile takeover of the original EZTV, and copying YIFY and ExtraTorrent, but most of their visitors don’t seem to care. This isn’t the first time a ‘fake’ torrent has made its way onto EZTV’s website. A few weeks ago we already reported on a similar incident, which ETTV had nothing to do with. https://torrentfreak.com/ettv-feeds-eztv-fake-torrents-stop-ridding-our-releases-180922/

    Open: The Horror Charnel (THC) | HORROR / CULT / SLEAZE / SCI FI MOVIES

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    Tracker's Name: The Horror Charnel (THC) Genre: HORROR / CULT / SLEAZE / SCI FI MOVIES Sign-up: https://horrorcharnel.org/signup.php Additional information: The Horror Charnel (THC) is a Private Torrent Tracker for HORROR / CULT / SLEAZE / SCI FI MOVIES

    Open: GZTown | HD MOVIES / TV

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    Tracker's Name: GZTown Genre: HD MOVIES / TV Sign-up: https://pt.gztown.net/signup.php?&sitelanguage=6 Additional information: GZTown is a CHINESE Private Torrent Tracker for HD MOVIES / TV

    Reddit Gets Tough With Multiple Bans of Piracy Sub-Reddits

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    Faced with communities that continually flaunt Reddit's rules on deliberately linking to copyright-infringing content, the site's admins have banned yet more piracy-focused sub-Reddits. The latest casualties are communities that have systematically posted links to movies, TV shows and software. While the DMCA contains a ‘repeat infringer’ clause, copyright cases filed in the United States are now helping to more accurately define what the term means. Multiple cases involving ISPs Cox, Grande Communications, and their subscribers, appear to be having a knock-on effect on platforms that rely on user-submitted content. No longer as vague as it was, the repeat infringer clause now means that platforms are quicker to take action against persistent pirates. With its tens of millions of users, Reddit is one such site. All content is submitted by users and while copyright infringements are dealt with following complaints from rightsholders, the site now appears to deal more swiftly with those who continually flout the rules. As previously reported, Reddit has issued stern warnings to several communities after they were subjected to multiple complaints from rightsholders. It now appears the ban-hammer is being swung with increasing force. Several sub-Reddits connected to copyright infringing content have recently been banned from Reddit. One of those is FullMoviesOnAnything, a previously 23,000-strong community that posted links to full movies hosted on external sites.   How FullMoviesOnAnything used to look   Following complaints, users are no longer greeted with a large index of links to infringing content. Instead, the sub-Reddit displays the familiar ‘banned’ screen indicating that the community has been shuttered for good.   Permanently banned from Reddit   Another sub-Reddit with a similar name and purpose has also been banned. FullMoviesOnAnything_ (note the underscore) was also nuked, apparently for spam. Like its namesake, however, the community also posted links to copyright-infringing content.   How FullMoviesOnAnything_ used to look   These aren’t the only ‘infringing’ sub-Reddits to be closed in recent times. TvShowsOnAnything, a nod to its namesake in the movie sector, has also been permanently removed from the site. The same thing happened to /r/fullmoviesonlineearlier this year. While Reddit doesn’t always display precise reasons for a sub-Reddit being banned on each individual landing page, one doesn’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that copyright infringement was an issue in the above cases. In other instances, however, the site is more clear. The ‘banned’ notices on sub-Reddits including /r/fullmovies and /r/crackedsoftwareare crystal clear, with a specific note that the sub-Reddit violated the site’s repeat infringer policy and were shut down.   Repeat infringer policy in effect   As highlighted last month, sub-Reddits dealing with piracy-related topics need to be increasingly careful not to break Reddit’s rules. Tight moderation is the key, along with common sense from users. https://torrentfreak.com/reddit-gets-tough-with-multiple-bans-of-piracy-subreddits-180922/

    Broadcaster Wins Streaming Piracy Blocking Case in Australia

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    Hong Kong broadcaster Television Broadcasts has won its site-blocking case in Australia. As a result, ISPs including Telstra, Optus, Vocus, and TPG plus their subsidiaries must block access to 25 "online locations" connected to seven unauthorized Android-based streaming services. The blocks must be in place within 15 days. Last year, Hong Kong-based broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) applied for a blocking injunction in Australia against several unauthorized IPTV services. Under the Copyright Act, the broadcaster asked the Federal Court to order ISPs including Telstra, Optus, Vocus, and TPG plus their subsidiaries to block access to seven Android-based services named as A1, BlueTV, EVPAD, FunTV, MoonBox, Unblock, and hTV5. TVB’s application was unusual in that it not only required ISPs to block URLs, domains and IP addresses related to the technical operation of the services, but also hosting platforms akin to Google Play and Apple’s App Store that host the app. Back in May, due to the relative complexity of the application, Justice Nicholas reserved his decision, telling TVB that his ruling could take a couple of months after receiving his “close attention.” In a ruling handed down by the Federal Court yesterday, TVB discovered it had been worth the wait. Justice Nicholas notes in his judgment that the primary purpose of the illicit streaming set-top boxes is to facilitate the infringement of copyright by making such material available in Australia without permission from copyright owners. He also notes, however, that many people using these devices did not know they are infringing copyright. “Be that as it may, I regard as flagrant the copyright infringements of the persons who have made the TVB broadcasts available online, including those persons responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the target online locations that make it possible for users of the streaming devices to view the TVB broadcasts either in close to real time or at some later time using the VOD service,” the Judge writes. In an earlier hearing, TVB was confronted with the fact that some of the content it broadcasts has uncertain copyright status in Australia. While Hong Kong is a member of the World Trade Organization, it is not a party to the 1961 Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations. The Judge says that considering the low volume of that content, blocking would not be an issue. “I accept that access to some of content that was originally broadcast (ie. which was not pre-recorded) in which copyright does not subsist may also be blocked, but my strong impression from the evidence is that this is likely to constitute a relatively small proportion of the total content the subject of TVB’s television broadcasts in Hong Kong,” he notes. “This is not a case, in my view, where blocking orders, if made, will significantly curtail non-infringing use of the streaming devices.” The Judge adds that other than blocking, TVB has no other practical remedies available to curtail infringement of its rights. This is due to the likelihood that the operators of the service are “almost certainly” based overseas and “impossible” to track down. “Obtaining any form of effective injunctive relief against them in Australia is not a realistic option,” Justice Nicholas adds. ISPs including Telstra, Optus, Vocus and TPG now have 15 days to block the “online locations” supplying content and services to the infringing set-top boxes in Australia. Meanwhile, TVB continues its battle against pirates. “Actions are being taken by TVB in Singapore and other overseas markets to block piracy websites. We will keep in contact with the Hong Kong government to push similar site-blocking in Hong Kong,” a TVB spokesman said. https://torrentfreak.com/broadcaster-wins-streaming-piracy-blocking-case-in-australia-180921/

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