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  6. A supplier of piracy-enabled Kodi boxes being sued by Sky TV in New Zealand for almost US$1m has been sold to a mystery Chinese buyer for an eye-watering US$8.8m. That's the claim from founder Krish Reddy who says that the company will shut down within 90 days with the loss of six jobs. It's a spectacular end to an always controversial and sometimes ridiculous story. Back in 2016, an article appeared in Kiwi media discussing the rise of a new company pledging to beat media giant Sky TV at its own game. My Box NZ owner Krish Reddy told the publication he was selling Android boxes loaded with Kodi software and augmented with third-party addons. Without any hint of fear, he stated that these devices enabled customers to access movies, TV shows and live channels for free, after shelling out a substantial US$182 for the box first, that is. “Why pay $80 minimum per month for Sky when for one payment you can have it free for good?” a claim on the company’s website asked. Noting that he’d been importing the boxes from China, Reddy suggested that his lawyers hadn’t found any problem with the business plan. “I don’t see why [Sky] would contact me but if they do contact me and … if there’s something of theirs that they feel I’ve unlawfully taken then yeah … but as it stands I don’t [have any concerns],” he said. At this point, Reddy said he’d been selling the boxes for just six weeks and had shifted around 80 units. To get coverage from a national newspaper at this stage of the game must’ve been very much appreciated but Reddy didn’t stop there. In a bulk advertising email sent out to 50,000 people, Reddy described his boxes as “better than Sky”. However, by design or misfortune, the email managed to land in the inboxes of 50 Sky TV staff and directors, something that didn’t go unnoticed by the TV giant. With Reddy claiming sales of 8,000 units, Sky ran out of patience last April. In a letter from its lawyers, the pay-TV company said Reddy’s devices breached copyright law and the Fair Trading Act. Reddy responded by calling the TV giant “a playground bully”, again denying that he was breaking the law. “From a legal perspective, what we do is completely within the law. We advertise Sky television channels being available through our website and social media platforms as these are available via streams which you can find through My Box,” he said. “The content is already available, I’m not going out there and bringing the content so how am I infringing the copyright… the content is already there, if someone uses the box to search for the content, that’s what it is.” The initial compensation demand from Sky against Reddy’s company My Box ran to NZD$1.4m, around US$1m. It was an amount that had the potential rise by millions if matters got drawn out and/or escalated. But despite picking a terrible opponent in a battle he was unlikely to win, Reddy refused to give up. “[Sky’s] point of view is they own copyright and I’m destroying the market by giving people content for free. To me it is business; I have got something that is new … that’s competition,” he said. The Auckland High Court heard the case against My Box last month with Judge Warwick Smith reserving his judgment and Reddy still maintaining that his business is entirely legal. Sales were fantastic, he said, with 20,000 devices sold to customers in 12 countries. Then something truly amazing happened. A company up to its eyeballs in litigation, selling a commodity product that an amateur can buy and configure at home for US$40, reportedly got a chance of a lifetime. Reddy revealed to Stuff that a Chinese investor had offered to buy his company for an eye-watering NZ$10 million (US$7.06m). “We have to thank Sky,” he said. “If they had left us alone we would just have been selling a few boxes, but the controversy made us world famous.” Reddy noted he’d been given 21 days to respond to the offer, but refused to name the company. Interestingly, he also acknowledged that if My Box lost its case, the company would be liable for damages. However, that wouldn’t bother the potential investor. “It makes no difference to them whether we win or lose, because their operations won’t be in New Zealand,” Reddy said. According to the entrepreneur, that’s how things are playing out. The Chinese firm – which Reddy is still refusing to name – has apparently accepted a counter offer from Reddy of US$8.8m for My Box. As a result, Reddy will wrap up his New Zealand operations within the next 90 days and his six employees will be rendered unemployed. Given that anyone with the ability to install Kodi and a few addons before putting a box in the mail could replicate Reddy’s business model, the multi-million dollar offer for My Box was never anything less than a bewildering business proposition. That someone carried through with it an even higher price is so fantastic as to be almost unbelievable. In a sea of unhappy endings for piracy-enabled Kodi box sellers globally, this is the only big win to ever grace the headlines. Assuming this really is the end of the story (and that might not be the case) it will almost certainly be the last. https://torrentfreak.com/under-fire-kodi-box-company-sold-to-chinese-investor-for-us8-82m-180426/
  7. SOUTH African companies paid almost R5,2 million (about 422 000) in damages for using unlicensed software in 2017, up from R3,6 million in the previous year. This is according to data from the BSA | The Software Alliance, the non-profit, global trade association created to advance the goals of the software industry and its hardware partners. BSA is formerly Business Software Alliance. The significant increase in unlicensed software payments, which includes settlements as well as the cost of acquiring new software to become compliant, is the result of more accurate leads from informers, said Darren Olivier, Partner at Adams & Adams, legal counsel for BSA. In 2017 BSA received 281 reports in South Africa alleging the use of unlicensed software products of BSA member companies - this up considerably up from 230 leads in 2016. "BSA's recent social media campaign also helped to create awareness among local companies about the need to comply with existing legislation in order to avoid legal action," Olivier said. While the average settlement paid by companies in 2017 was around R36 094, in some cases the amount owed was far greater, as is evidenced by Shereno Printers, a print and design company based in Gauteng, which ended up paying a hefty settlement amount of R260 000 last year in an out of court settlement. Aside from settlements, companies also paid more than R2,6 million in licenses purchased to legalise their unlicensed software. The ramifications of software piracy extend beyond financial implications as it also results in potential job losses and loss in tax revenue. "This is not to mention the financial and reputational damage brought about by security breaches and lost data," commented Olivier. As unlicensed software has not been updated with the latest security features, it leaves businesses vulnerable to cyber attack. This is a particular problem for companies operating in South Africa where economic crime has recently reached record levels, according to the Global Economic Crime Survey. It is reported 77 percent of South African organisations have experienced some form of economic crime. Instances of cybercrime totaled 29 percent of economic crimes reported. BSA has thus encouraged all businesses to ensure they have effective software asset management (SAM) practices in place.
  8. Piracy is a crime, or so the media and tech industry loves to keep reminding people. This is largely ignored by both the distributors and users of pirated products, but recently, at least one party has learned how serious this crime really is. An e-waste recycler was just sentenced to 15 months in prison for illegally selling restore CDs of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Eric Lundgren, 33, is a well-known e-waste recycler who became renowned for his innovations in the industry. He created a facility that basically turned old devices that have been discarded into entirely new gadgets. In keeping with this concept of reusing stuff that was just thrown away, the recycler also decided to do the same thing with discarded Windows restore discs and now he’s going to prison for it, The Washington Post reports. The discs are usually thrown away despite their importance in helping users recover their OS on their computers when they get corrupted in any way. It seems people are more content with simply buying new units, which gave Lundgren the opportunity to use the discs he has collected for a little profit. Selling the discs to computer repair shops for a small amount of money, the idea was basically to provide the OS restore ability to customers who might need it. Unfortunately, U.S. Customs managed to catch a shipment of the discs and charged Lundgren with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods. The case wouldn’t have involved such a heavy punishment as a prison sentence had Microsoft not argued against Lundgren’s position that the discs were worthless to the company anyway. The tech giant said in a letter and via a witness that selling the discs could potentially hurt its bottom-line. Microsoft even accused Lundgren of selling the discs at $25 each, which is simply not true, Engadget reports. This is the full price of the discs when they come with the actual operating system. Lundgren was charging nowhere near that amount and for trying to turn a profit while recycling e-waste, he is being punished with a prison sentence.
  9. A lawyer sued a unit of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. on Thursday, demanding the network operator halt its plan to block access to websites that allow visitors to read pirated comics and books. The lawyer, Yuichi Nakazawa from Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo, said in the first known such lawsuit that NTT Communications Corp.'s policy to block access to three sites providing hyperlinks to sites offering pirated publications is a violation of the secrecy of communications, which is banned by Telecommunications Business Act. NTT said Monday it will block access to the websites in line with a recent government request. A government panel decided on a tentative plan earlier this month to address internet piracy, urging network operators to voluntarily cut off connections to such sites. The move has raised concerns among legal scholars that such network access control could run afoul of Article 21 of the Constitution, which guarantees the secrecy of communication. The Telecommunications Business Act also obliges services providers to protect the secrecy of communications. According to the complaint filed with the Tokyo District Court, Nakazawa, who uses an internet service provided by NTT Communications, claims that the provider will violate his secrecy of communications because it would need to know the content of customers' communications to block access to the sites. The lawyer said NTT Communications' plan lacks ground as there is also no provision allowing it in the contract agreement. "It is necessary to restrict sites of pirated publications but that does not mean you can do anything. We should have sufficient discussions for an appropriate measure, including revising the law," Nakazawa said. NTT Communications declined to comment, saying it has not yet confirmed the complaint. It said there is no change in its plan to block access to the sites.
  10. A man has been ordered to pay £45,000 in fines and damages for the illegal distribution of Sky Sports. It’s the latest in a string of convictions and co-incides with World Intellectual Property Day (April 26). Waqas Rasheed shared streams from (the then) Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2. These streams were found on IPTVdonations.com, an illegally run IPTV subscription service. He claimed to have “inadvertently” created the streams whilst trying to access Sky content online for free. However, the Judge ruled Rasheed’s apparent lack of intention was not a defence in law. “This result is an excellent example of just how serious an issue illegal streaming is,” said Kieron Sharp, CEO of the intellectual property protection organisation FACT. “This case in particular highlights that ignorance is not a defence and digital piracy is not a grey area. If you are accessing content for free that you’d usually pay for, or you’re creating the streams online to allow others to do so, you are breaking the law.” The distribution of content over the Internet has by far outstripped smart card piracy as the most-common form of copyright theft within pay-TV. It is illegal to stream content that others pay for. Ignorance of the law is not a defence,” said Neil Parkes, Media & Intellectual Property Partner at law firm Foot Anstey.
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  22. Earlier this year, the US Government included Russian social networking giant vKontakte in its list of notorious pirate sites. Branded as a 'hub' for infringing activity, the site was mentioned alongside The Pirate Bay, Fmovies, and Openload. While this critique isn't new, it's intriguing to see that, this week, several major music labels are praising the same site for helping the music industry to grow. For several years vKontakte, or VK, has been marked as a notorious piracy facilitator by copyright holders and even the US Government. Like many other user-generated content sites, Russia’s largest social media network allows its millions of users to upload anything, from movies and TV shows to their entire music collections. However, copyright holders have often claimed that, unlike its competitors, the site lacks proper anti-piracy measures. “vKontakte’s ongoing facilitation of piracy causes very substantial damage,” the RIAA complained two years ago, and more recently the IIPA labeled the site as a “major infringement hub for illegal film materials.” As a result of the ongoing critique, particularly from the movie industry, the US Trade Representative included VK in its most recent list of notorious pirate sites. While this isn’t the first time that VK has ended up there, it’s an intriguing position considering the praise the social network received from the music business this week. After several major labels reached licensing agreements with VK in 2016, it has transformed from one of the music industry’s largest foes to a rather helpful friend. This milestone was clearly marked in IFPI’s most recent Global Music Report, which was just released. “[Russia has] become an interesting market. The local services are meaningful now, and VKontakte has gone from being the number one most notorious copyright infringer to being a positive contributor,” says Dennis Kooker, Sony Music’s President Global Digital Business. Moving from a site that does substantial damage to being a positive contributor is quite a feat, something that’s also highlighted by Warner Music’s Head of Digital Strategy, John Rees. “We’re starting to see encouraging growth in a number of markets which historically have been completely overwhelmed by piracy,” Rees says. “We work with VKontakte, which last year launched a licensed music service that’s helping unlock the Russian market alongside our other paid streaming partners such as Apple Music, Yandex and Zvooq. There’s huge potential in Russia, and, considering the population size, we’ve only recently begun to scratch the surface,” he adds. This means that the same platform that helps the music industry to grow in Russia is seen as a notorious pirate site by Hollywood and the US Government, which mention it in the same breath as The Pirate Bay. The music industry’s positive signals haven’t gone completely unnoticed by the US Trade Representative. However, it believes that the social media platform should help to protect all copyright holders. “VK continues to be listed pending the institutionalization of appropriate measures to promote respect on its platform for IPR of all right holders, not just those with whom it has contracts, which are comparable to those measures used by other social media sites,” USTR wrote a few weeks ago. In recent years VK has implemented a wide variety of anti-piracy measures including fingerprinting techniques but, apparently, more is needed to appease the movie industry. While the music industry can scrap VK from the piracy agenda, it still has plenty of other worries. IFPI’s Global Music Report highlights the “value gap” as a major issue and stresses that stream-ripping is the fastest growing form of music copyright infringement. The shutdown of YouTube-MP3.org in 2016 is highlighted as a major success, but there’s still a long way to go before piracy is a problem of the past, if it ever will be. “The actions taken by the industry are having a positive impact and reducing stream ripping across major music markets. However, the problem is far from solved and we will continue to take on these illegal sites wherever they are operating around the world,” IFPI’s Frances Moore says. https://torrentfreak.com/vk-a-notorious-pirate-site-praised-by-the-music-industry-180425/
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  24. With a record international box office of over $40 billion behind him, MPAA chief Charles Rivkin has told movie exhibitors at CinemaCon that keeping a lid on unauthorized sites is one of his group's main goals. Describing the tackling of piracy as a "top priority", Rivkin framed the ACE anti-piracy coalition as a powerful group ensuring that movie makers maintain control and reap the rewards for their hard work. After several high-profile years at the helm of the movie industry’s most powerful lobbying group, last year saw the departure of Chris Dodd from the role of Chairman and CEO at the MPAA. The former Senator, who earned more than $3.5m a year championing the causes of the major Hollywood studios since 2011, was immediately replaced by another political heavyweight. Charles Rivkin, who took up his new role September 5, 2017, previously served as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs in the Obama administration. With an underperforming domestic box office year behind him fortunately overshadowed by massive successes globally, this week he spoke before US movie exhibitors for the first time at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. “Globally, we hit a record high of $40.6 billion at the box office. Domestically, our $11.1 billion box office was slightly down from the 2016 record. But it exactly matched the previous high from 2015. And it was the second highest total in the past decade,” Rivkin said. “But it exactly matched the previous high from 2015. And it was the second highest total in the past decade.” Rivkin, who spent time as President and CEO of The Jim Henson Company, told those in attendance that he shares a deep passion for the movie industry and looks forward optimistically to the future, a future in which content is secured from those who intend on sharing it for free. “Making sure our creative works are valued and protected is one of the most important things we can do to keep that industry heartbeat strong. At the Henson Company, and WildBrain, I learned just how much intellectual property affects everyone. Our entire business model depended on our ability to license Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the Muppets and distribute them across the globe,” Rivkin said. “I understand, on a visceral level, how important copyright is to any creative business and in particular our country’s small and medium enterprises – which are the backbone of the American economy. As Chairman and CEO of the MPAA, I guarantee you that fighting piracy in all forms remains our top priority.” That tackling piracy is high on the MPAA’s agenda won’t comes as a surprise but at least in terms of the numbers of headlines plastered over the media, high-profile anti-piracy action has been somewhat lacking in recent years. With lawsuits against torrent sites seemingly a thing of the past and a faltering Megaupload case that will conclude who-knows-when, the MPAA has taken a broader view, seeking partnerships with sometimes rival content creators and distributors, each with a shared desire to curtail illicit media. “One of the ways that we’re already doing that is through the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment – or ACE as we call it,” Rivkin said. “This is a coalition of 30 leading global content creators, including the MPAA’s six member studios as well as Netflix, and Amazon. We work together as a powerful team to ensure our stories are seen as they were intended to be, and that their creators are rewarded for their hard work.” Announced in June 2017, ACE has become a united anti-piracy powerhouse for a huge range of entertainment industry groups, encompassing the likes of CBS, HBO, BBC, Sky, Bell Canada, CBS, Hulu, Lionsgate, Foxtel and Village Roadshow, to name a few. The coalition was announced by former MPAA Chief Chris Dodd and now, with serious financial input from all companies involved, appears to be picking its fights carefully, focusing on the growing problem of streaming piracy centered around misuse of Kodi and similar platforms. From threatening relatively small-time producers and distributors of third-party addons and builds (1,2,3), ACE is also attempting to make its mark among the profiteers. The group now has several lawsuits underway in the United States against people selling piracy-enabled IPTV boxes including Tickbox, Dragon Box, and during the last week, Set TV. With these important cases pending, Rivkin offered assurances that his organization remains committed to anti-piracy enforcement and he thanked exhibitors for their efforts to prevent people quickly running away with copies of the latest releases. “I am grateful to all of you for recognizing what is at stake, and for working with us to protect creativity, such as fighting the use of illegal camcorders in theaters,” he said. “Protecting our creativity isn’t only a fundamental right. It’s an economic necessity, for us and all creative economies. Film and television are among the most valuable – and most impactful – exports we have. Thus far at least, Rivkin has a noticeably less aggressive tone on piracy than his predecessor Chris Dodd but it’s unlikely that will be mistaken for weakness among pirates, nor should it. The MPAA isn’t known for going soft on pirates and it certainly won’t be changing course anytime soon. https://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-chief-says-fighting-piracy-remains-top-priority-180425/
  25. The NTT group has announced that it will block access to websites that allow visitors to read pirated comics and other books for free. The measure applies to three sites: Manga-Mura, AniTube! and MioMio. The government had earlier asked internet providers to block access to these sites. The actions of such sites deprive authors and publishers of profits and clearly violate copyrights. The sites started to appear last autumn, and it is estimated that they have caused profit losses of over 400 billion yen. The sites are operated through a complicated network that passes through servers overseas. Because of this, it is difficult to identify the operators, so there are no prospects of the damage being recovered. Clearly the situation cannot be left unaddressed. But blocking access to particular websites means internet service providers will be checking which sites users are visiting. Secrecy of communications is a constitutional right preventing third parties from knowing the details of people's communications, and internet providers must not violate this right. This raises the issue of what should take precedence -- protecting copyrights or protecting secrecy of communications. Even if the need for measures is recognized, there remains a sense of uncertainty about the government's approach. First of all is the fact that its request to block the sites is not based on any law. The blocking of websites in Japan is limited to those carrying child pornography -- a measure carried out since 2011.This move was based on a clause in the Penal Code on averting danger, which states that an act unavoidably performed to avert a present danger to the life, body liberty or property of oneself or any other person is not punishable as long as it doesn't exceed the harm to be averted. The immensity of the violation of human rights was taken into consideration. When discussing the issue, copyrights were also considered, but the clause on aversion of danger was not applied, due to the possibility that damages could be recovered. The government's decision that it can now apply the danger aversion clause does not match up with how it considered the issue in the past. Next is that the government decided to block access to the websites on its own without going through expert third-party panels. Such a move raises fears that the government could arbitrarily block sites it finds inconvenient. This could come across as censorship. Was there no other way than to block access to the sites -- an approach over which opinions are divided? Sites with pirated content receive revenue through advertising. Restrictions on advertising, for example, are surely an important point for discussion. A total of 42 countries, including those in Europe, block access to sites with material violating copyrights, but such moves are based on legislation. Japan should probably move ahead and develop laws matching the current times.
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