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  1. Customs authorities in Hong Kong say they have shut down a "well organized" TV show piracy operation. Two men aged 25 and 46 were placed under arrest and a third key member is said to be at large. At this stage the group remains unnamed as their United States-based site is still online and proving difficult to shut down. When it comes to content being made available on file-sharing networks, TV shows have certainly stamped their position as one of the leaders in recent years. Often enjoying their premiere in the United States, TV shows are illegally downloaded all over the world just minutes after they air, disrupting local licensing and marketing strategies in an instant but giving fans want they want – without the premium price tag. Until these issues are fully addressed piracy will continue, with dedicated TV show releasing groups happy to fill in the gaps on availability and/or price – until they’re tracked down and stopped of course. To that end, Hong Kong customs authorities are this morning reporting success in shutting down what they describe as a “well organized cross-border†TV show piracy “syndicateâ€. Following an investigation carried out over the past three months, yesterday authorities arrested two men in two areas of the autonomous territory. One, a 25-year-old living in the Southern District, is said to be the group’s founder. Another, a 46-year-old, is being described as a “key memberâ€. A third, said to be the group’s ‘capper‘, is believed to be at large. According to a government release, four sets of computers were seized and TV shows were discovered stored on the equipment. Overall the group is suspected of distributing around 2,500 shows. Of interest, however, is that Hong Kong authorities are currently refusing to name the group or their site URL. That’s because the server is located in the United States and at the moment remains fully operational. Nevertheless, the operation is being declared a success. “This is virtually our first case in which we have discovered such a large quantity of television programs being uploaded to the Internet for downloading,†a Customs officer said. Under local copyright law anyone distributing an infringing copy of a TV show or other copyright work commits a criminal offense if that negatively affects the copyright owner. The maximum penalty is four years in jail and a fine of around US$6,500 per infringing copy. https://torrentfreak.com/well-organized-tv-show-piracy-group-shut-down-150512/
  2. In a submission to the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network has addressed site blocking and potential threats to VPN use. While the former could descend into an expensive consumer-funded game of whac-a-mole, clarification is required to remove potential threats to VPNs. After Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the Australian Cabinet to approve the development of a new legal mechanism allowing rightsholders to obtain site-blocking injunctions, legislation was introduced to parliament last month. What followed is a still-current six-week consultation period for additional submissions, with various groups invited to voice their opinions and concerns. While the site-blocking elements of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 are likely to please rightsholders, concerns remain that not only will the legislation fail to achieve its aims, but may also have unintended consequences that could stifle consumer choice. In its submission the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), the body that represents the interests of consumers on communications issues including broadband and emerging Internet services, three key issues are raised – VPN use, efficacy and cost of blocking, plus consumer interests. The VPN problem ACCAN is concerned over some of the wording employed in the amendments. Instead of referencing “website blockingâ€, the legislation speaks about “online locationsâ€. While this appears to be an effort to future-proof the Bill, it also has the potential for additional consequences should rightsholders decide to exploit the ambiguity. “Our first concern relates to the scope of activities that may be picked up by an interpretation of an ‘online location’ which ‘facilitates an infringement’ of copyright,†ACCAN writes. “Without clear legal precedent, there is ambiguity under the Copyright Act about what constitutes infringement in relation to the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to gain access to geo-blocked products and services. If this ambiguity is not cleared up, this amendment may have the unintended consequence of blocking these services and in turn harm competition and consumer choice.†And confusion does exist. On his website Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull says that the Copyright Act does not make it illegal to use a VPN to access overseas content. On the other hand, the Australian Copyright Council believes that using a VPN to download content licensed overseas is “likely to be an infringement of copyright in Australia.†While it was previously reported that the Bill had been delayed due to modifications aimed at protecting VPN-like services, ACCAN says that it would prefer clarity on the matter. “While this ambiguity exists there is a risk that rights holders will attempt to use this injunctive power to block VPN websites and limit consumer access to paid content overseas,†the group writes. And the threat is real. As reported last week, New Zealand based media companies report that they are on the verge of suing local ISPs who provide VPN services designed to unlock overseas content. Avoiding the same thing Down Under is a priority for ACCAN. Protecting the public interest In most countries where rightsholders have demanded site blocking on copyright grounds, ISPs have refused to block voluntarily and have insisted on a court order. This has resulted in processes where movie and recording industry companies become the plaintiffs and ISPs the defendants. The sites themselves aren’t involved in the process, and neither are their users. “[We] remain concerned that a judge in an ex parte hearing will not have the requisite evidence at hand to weigh the public interest against those of rights holders,†ACCAN writes. “The amendment creates no right for legitimate users of a site to present evidence on any adverse consequences of an injunction. There should be a presumption in the Bill in favor of allowing parties to become interveners or amicus curiae in the context of these injunction applications.†Efficacy and costs of blocking Like many other similarly focused groups, ACCAN is concerned that not only will site / online location blocking prove ineffective when it comes to stopping infringement, but the bill for the exercise will ultimately fall at the feet of the consumer. Citing Dutch studies which found that blocking The Pirate Bay enjoyed only short-lived success, ACCAN voices concerns that once one site is blocked, users will simply migrate elsewhere. “This research confirmed the findings in other studies which found that legal action against file sharing often has an immediate effect, but this typically fades out after a period of six months as new sources for pirated content emerge. ACCAN’s concern is that this website blocking bill may devolve into an expensive game of ‘whack-a-mole’, which consumers will end up paying for through higher internet bills,†the group writes. Similar fears over consumers picking up costs for online infringement enforcement have been voiced across Europe and in the United States, but in no cases has that caused a court to deny rightsholders the opportunity to protect their copyrights. It is guaranteed that one way or another – via their Internet bill or through the cost of media – Aussies will eventually pay for the proposed enforcement measures The Bill is currently under review by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, with a report due in a little under a month. https://torrentfreak.com/vpn-and-site-blocking-attacked-by-consumer-group-150420/
  3. Fears that teachers and pupils might breach Spain's new copyright law if strict guidelines aren't adhered to have led to some schools being presented with an enormous bill. The worldwide Motion Picture Licensing Corporation is now offering a blanket license to one region in return for a payment of $350,000 a year. In many countries there are exceptions to copyright law that allow those in education to use copyrighted material to further their studies. Those exceptions often have limits but copying for research, comment and reporting purposes are generally allowed while teachers are able to make multiple copies of content to hand out to their students. Following the tabling of a new intellectual property law in Spain, last December the Department of Education sent out a circular reminding schools that the showing of audiovisual content outside strict “fair use†parameters is completely banned. While airing short clips should be ok, the government had become concerned that schools stepping over the mark could be forced to obtain prior authorization to show content or might even find themselves being sued. That resulted in the decision-making body in the autonomous region of Galicia striking a private licensing deal with rightsholders from the movie industry. According to Praza.gal the existence of the deal was revealed in a letter (pdf) sent to schools this week by the local CEO of the worldwide Motion Picture Licensing Corporation. The letter revealed that MPLC was willing to license each student for the price of 1.25 euros per year. While that doesn’t sound much in isolation, there are 260,000 students in the region making a grand total of 325,000 euros ($350,000) to be sent to MPLC’s movie and TV show company members. The CIG-Ensino union has reacted furiously to the news and is now calling for local authorities to prohibit the collection of any monies and ensure that audiovisual resources for use as teaching and learning aids remain free. “[schools and teachers] should not to pay any tax for doing their job and should be able to continue using all kinds of tools that are needed to do their jobs as effectively as possible,†the union said. “It is incomprehensible to try to limit the task of educating exclusively to the use of the textbooks and reducing the use of resources such as film, music, documentaries in classrooms.†MPLC has not yet commented on the news. https://torrentfreak.com/movie-licensing-group-demands-350k-from-schools-150402/
  4. In a response to the draft code tabled to deal with the Australian online-piracy problem, some of the world's largest music publishers have presented a set of draconian measures. ISPs should not only use technology to spy on their own customers, but also to proactively block access to infringing content and websites. Following intense pressure from the Australian government, ISPs were warned that they had to come up with a solution to online piracy or face a legislative response. In collaboration with some rightsholders, last month a draft code was tabled by ISPs which centered on a three-strikes style system for dealing with peer-to-peer file-sharers using systems including BitTorrent. In a response to the code just submitted by the Australasian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL) – which counts EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music among its members – the companies accept that the proposals are moving in the right direction but suggest boosting them in a number of ways. Firstly, in an attempt to plug the so-called ‘incorporation’ loophole, the publishers say that all Internet subscribers should be subjected to the graduated response scheme, not just residential customers. While that suggestion could cause all kinds of problems for businesses and providers of public wi-fi systems, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. AMPAL says it recognizes that the code requires rightsholders to do their own online monitoring of file-sharers. It’s a practice employed around the world in every jurisdiction where “strikes†systems are in place. However, the publishers would prefer it if the draft code was amped up to the next level. “The Code does not place a general obligation on ISPs to monitor and detect online copyright infringement,†the publishers write. “AMPAL submits that ideally the Code should include such a duty using ISPs’ monitoring and filtering techniques.†The publishers don’t elaborate on their demands but even in this form they are troubling to say the least. While rightsholders currently monitor only file-sharers distributing content without permission, in theory and to meet AMPAL requirements ISPs may have to monitor the activity of all customers. Not only that, the ‘filtering’ aspect would mean that ISPs become much more than mere conduits of information, a real problem for those seeking to avoid being held liable for infringing activity. But AMPAL’s plans for ISPs go further still. Not only should they be pro-active when it comes to monitoring and warning subscribers, ISPs should also use technology to actively block access to infringing content on other levels. “The Code does not require ISPs to block access to infringing material. AMPAL submits that ideally the Code should include provisions obliging ISPs to take such action following provision of the relevant information by Rights Holders and/or following discovery of copyright infringing websites by ISPs’ monitoring and filtering techniques,†the publishers write. Again, AMPAL provides no elaboration, but on face value these suggestions will horrify ISPs. The premise is that after being told by a rightsholder that specific content is infringing, ISPs should use filtering technology to stop its subscribers from sharing that content. Difficult – if not impossible. Furthermore, ISPs should be both responsive to rightsholder request and pro-active when it comes to the practice of blocking ‘infringing’ websites. Who decides the criteria for such blocking isn’t detailed, but presumably AMPAL feels well placed to do so and that the ISPs should do its bidding. When it comes to dealing with subscribers, AMPAL is also seeking penalties for those who persistently disregard infringement notices. The current proposals allow rightholders to request the details of errant subscribers after they get caught sharing content three times, smoothing the way for legal action. But AMPAL wants more. “AMPAL submits that ideally additional options should be available to Rights Holders in the form of sanctions or mitigation procedures to be imposed on Account Holders,†the publishers write. “Rights Holders are severely limited in the realistic damages that they can recover. Litigation in this area is costly and difficult particularly for the small to medium enterprises that make up a large proportion of all rights holders.†Describing the draft code as “an important initial stepâ€, AMPAL says that a revised code to incorporate its demands should be implemented in the future. “Only with a concerted effort by ISPs, Rights Holders and government can the damaging effects of online copyright infringement be addressed,†the trade group concludes. Finally, in its submission to the draft code the BBC expresses concern that subscribers could use VPN technology to circumvent the whole system. “The code is ill equipped to deal with consumers who spoof or mask their IP addresses to avoid detection, behaviour that we believe will increase as a result of an introduction of a notice scheme,†the BBC said. https://torrentfreak.com/music-group-wants-isps-to-spy-on-customers-to-stop-piracy-150324/
  5. The MetArt Network, a group of well-known adult websites, is cracking down on pirate tube sites. Through a series of lawsuits filed at a federal court in Seattle, Washington, the group hopes to take out Spankbang.com, Pornvideoxo.com, Pornburst.xxx and various other sites that host their videos without permission. Porn is huge on the Internet, and so is pirated porn. In common with other entertainment industries adult producers are battling with a constant stream of illegal content. Most of this content is enjoyed via so-called tube sites where videos can be streamed instantly. In an effort to put a stop to the unauthorized streams MetArt Network has decided to take several pirate tube sites to court. The group has filed ten lawsuits in Seattle, Washington, targeting the operators of Spankbang.com, Pornvideoxo.com, Pornburst.xxx, Sextvx.com and other streaming sites that offer their content without permission. The site owners are accused of various copyright and trademark violations, as well as unfair competition. According to MetArt the sites hide behind the DMCA while profiting heavily from the illegal videos they host. “The DMCA safe harbor provisions have been systematically abused by internet copyright infringers in an attempt to garner protection for pirate websites displaying copyrighted adult entertainment content without license or authority for free viewing to the public,†the complaint (pdf) reads. “Under a veneer of DMCA compliance, the owners and operators attempt to hide behind the safe harbor provisions while monetizing the website through premium membership programs and substantial advertising contracts.†MetArt points out that the site’s operators take no measures to ensure that pirated videos stay offline, nor do they enforce a policy to ban repeat copyright infringers among their users. Instead of taking proactive steps against piracy, the tube sites are “willfully blind†to the infringements while using MetArt’s brand to advertise its services, the adult group claims. “Defendants’ acts and omissions allow them to profit from their infringement while imposing the burden of monitoring Defendants’ website onto copyright holders, without sufficient means to prevent continued and unabated infringement,†the complaint reads. One problem MetArt faces is that some site owners hide behind private Whois registrations. The company has therefore asked the court for a subpoena against Whoisguard, Enom, CloudFlare and various other service providers so it can identify those responsible. Through the lawsuits MetArt eventually hopes to recoup damages which can run into the millions of dollars. In addition, they’re asking the court to transfer the sites’ domain names to stop future infringements. Whether the adult group’s arguments will hold up in court has yet to be seen but the cases will be watched closely by the adult industry as well as the major Hollywood studios, who face a similar ‘pirate’ steaming problem. Torrentfreak
  6. Five men in the UK have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud for their participation in the unlawful release of movies onto the Internet. The case, which was heard in Crown Court this week, features big numbers including the distribution of up to 9,000 movies with five million viewers. Placing unreleased movies onto the Internet whilst located in the UK is a risky business and one likely to attract the attention of anti-piracy companies if done on a large-scale. FACT, the Federation Against Copyright Theft, are particularly vigilant in this area and have launch numerous investigations into those it believes have infringed their movie partners’ copyrights. On February 1 2013, FACT announced that they had joined police officers from the Economic Crime Unit to carry out raids in the UK targeting four addresses in the West Midlands. Following a hearing in September 2014, the case was heard in Wolverhampton Crown Court this week. It’s the culmination of three years’ investigative work by FACT into the “source and supply†of copyrighted movies. The accused are: Graeme Reid, 40, from Chesterfield, Scott Hemming, 25, and Reece Baker, 22, both from Birmingham, Sahil Rafiq, 24, of Wolverhampton and Ben Cooper, 33, of Willenhall. In line with previous FACT-led prosecutions, copyright infringement is completely off the table. All men pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud a charge that previously saw SurfTheChannel’s Anton Vickerman jailed for four years. In an earlier FACT press release the men were referred to as members of The Scene but one of the accused informs TorrentFreak that simply isn’t true. “They say we were in The Scene – no, we were P2P,†he said. Unless other connections come out in court, his claims appear to be true. TorrentFreak has learned that the investigation spanned several BitTorrent-based release groups including 26K, RemixHD and UNiQUE, plus torrent sites Unleashthe.net (the site run by busted US-based release group IMAGiNE) and TheResistance. Nevertheless, the case marks the first time that a group of movie releasers have ever gone to court in the UK and the signs are not promising for the men. Big numbers are being thrown around including the unauthorized release of up to 9,000 movies alongside claims that up to five million people may have viewed them. At the end of the hearing the men were released on bail. They’re now in the hands of FACT’s private prosecution and whatever the court decides is an appropriate sentence following their guilty pleas. The extent of both will be revealed at a hearing later in the year. http://torrentfreak.com/movie-release-group-members-plead-guilty-150131/
  7. In what could be one of the most unusual anti-piracy moves yet, an open source blogging platform has been threatened by the music industry after movie-focused Popcorn Time simply used the company's software. Ghost founder John O'Nolan is surprised and decidedly unimpressed. In a few weeks time the Popcorn Time phenomenon will reach a symbolic milestone when the ‘Netflix for Pirates’ celebrates its first birthday. Of course, after serving millions of users in a short space of time, copyright holders have their eyes on the now-several forks of the popular project. Today we have news of yet another effort to limit the software’s reach. PopcornTime.io is considered by many to be the true successor to the original Popcorn Time project that was shut down just weeks after it launched in 2014. Its development team is proudly open source and operates with an ethos closely aligned with that of the original team. It also receives similar legal threats and the latest to involve the project is somewhat of a head-scratcher. PopcornTime.io has a blog where it publishes important updates. The latest entry heralds the project’s latest Android client in all its bug-fixed glory. It’s presented using the Ghost open source blogging platform and quite bizarrely copyright holders are trying to change that. “The Greek equivalent of RIAA are threatening @TryGhost with legal action because we host @popcorntimetv’s blog,†Ghost founder John O’Nolan said this week. “Good luck with that, Greece.†Somewhat intrigued, TorrentFreak contacted O’Nolan – the former Deputy Head of the WordPress UI Group – who confirmed the threats. “We were incredibly shocked to be contacted by a representative in 2015 requesting the personal information of one of our users without any basis. The clear lack of understanding here is worrying on many levels,†O’Nolan told TF. And it gets worse. In the first instance O’Nolan thought that his company was actually hosting Popcorn Time’s blog, but in fact its being hosted by the project itself. All O’Nolan does is offer the completely neutral Ghost blogging platform. To try and get to the bottom of this curious situation we contacted the organization targeting Popcorn Time. AEPI, the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property, did not officially respond to our request for comment. However, we did manage to learn more about this music group’s claim. It appears that since Popcorn Time allows people to download movies and TV shows that have music playing in the background, AEPI believes that Popcorn Time should pay royalties and/or a music licensing fee to do so legally in Greece. While it seems unlikely that the project is interested in any such license, the complaint to Ghost has only warmed relations between the blogging platform and Popcorn Time. “If you ever have a need for more security/encryption features – don’t hesitate to reach out,†O’Nolan â€informed the project. “Likewise if you have any trouble with your current host, we’ll host you.†And as far as Popcorn Time are concerned, there’s only one blogging platform for them. “We use Ghost as our blogging platform because it’s lightweight yet packed full of features. Unlike WordPress you can concentrate on writing your post. Throw in the fact it’s open source and written on Node.js and it’s the perfect match!†the team told TF. It’s not been a good 2015 for AEPI thus far. Earlier this month the anti-piracy group lost its bid to have various torrent sites blocked by local ISPs. The Athens Court ruled that barring access to torrent sites such as KickassTorrents and The Pirate Bay would be disproportionate, unconstitutional, and would hinder ISPs’ entrepreneurial freedoms. http://torrentfreak.com/music-group-threatens-popcorn-times-blog-platform-150129/
  8. Prominent movie torrent release group ETRG had its Twitter account suspended today for an alleged copyright infringement. The incident is rather unique as ETRG hasn't tweeted any links to pirated material. The ExtraTorrent Release Group, or ETRG for short, is one of the best known sources for pirated movies. The group releases dozens of popular films on various torrent sites each week and has a steady following of movie fans looking for fresh content. Some of these followers track new releases through ETRG’s Twitter account. While the group doesn’t link to any copyrighted material, it does list the titles of new releases there. One would think that ETRG isn’t violating Twitter’s policies by merely pasting a title. However, a few days ago two tweets mentioning “The Signal†got them in trouble. The tweets were targeted with a DMCA takedown request which led to the immediate suspension of the group’s account. “Twitter suspended ETRG’s account with no logical or valid reason. In fact they didn’t even give the reason. All I got was a DMCA notification and next day the account was suspended,†ETRG tells TF. In its copyright and DMCA policy Twitter explains that it takes action against “tweets containing links to allegedly infringing materials,†but ETRG didn’t post any links, just text. And there are more strange things happening. The takedown notice was sent on behalf of “Wild Side†and also targeted tweets from @PRoDJi and @TorrentBird. These tweets were removed as well, but interestingly enough the associated accounts haven’t been suspended. ETRG is disappointed with Twitter’s actions and says the company is caving in to unreasonable demands from copyright holders. “It shows how these sites are influenced by the powerful movie industry to do anything they want,†the group says. A few years ago the group stopped posting links after it has its account suspended and at the time Twitter re-enabled it within a day. But even without links it couldn’t escape another suspension. Hoping to get its account reinstated ETRG filed a counter-notice, but several days have passed since and they have yet to hear back from Twitter. Meanwhile, the account remains suspended. http://torrentfreak.com/twitter-suspends-account-torrent-release-group-etrg-141220/
  9. Two years ago Gregory Cherwonik was sent to prison for his role as sysop of the famous movie piracy group IMAGiNE. After having served more than half of his sentence he now publishes an open letter on TorrentFreak which contains heavy criticism of the MPAA and Department of Justice, among others. In 2011 the notorious IMAGiNE movie piracy group was dismantled by the feds. The group was known for releasing large numbers of movies onto the Internet, many of which were still playing in theaters. This attracted the attention of the MPAA who launched an investigation which eventually led to the arrests of four U.S. residents. These IMAGiNE members were charged with several counts of criminal copyright infringement and they eventually received prison sentences ranging from 23 months up to five years in prison. Among the sentenced was the then 53-year-old IMAGiNE sysop Gregory Cherwonik,mentor of a robotics team from Canandaigua. Cherwonik was sent to prison January last year and has now served half of his sentence. Through one of his family members, TorrentFreak recently received an open letter from Cherwonik, where he shares his thoughts on his prosecution, the life he’s living now, and what awaits after his release. The letter doesn’t lend itself to be excerpted or evaluated in detail, so with permission from Gregory and a close family member we have decided to post it pretty much as it arrived. It’s definitely controversial, but written from the heart. A LETTER FROM PRISON – BY GREGORY CHERWONIK This is the fourth time writing this, trying to get it to sound good to me. It’s hard to complain without sounding whiny. Anyways. I’m past the halfway point of my sentence. 21 of 34 months paid in my debt to the MPAA. Usually when you’re sentenced to prison you’re sent for crimes against society or the government. Unfortunately it no longer works that way in the United States of America. The IMAGiNE group provided society a service, so I owe it no debt. We gave those that couldn’t afford or have access to first run movies access to them. The poor, the service men and women, those that didn’t want to get their wallets raped to see for the most part poor quality movies. Seems only half (if even) of the movies produced these days are worth seeing. We didn’t do it for money or fame, we did it because the government and the corporations gave us the tools. The government with the “Disabilities Act†where all theaters had to have a secondary audio signal for those with hearing disabilities. The Corporations by providing higher and higher quality video cameras WITH 24fps speeds. It’s like they wanted us to pirate movies. There was never any expectation of cash for this service. The fact of the matter is we voted on whether we should make money from it… it was voted down. But what we did get out of this was a government that would lie and cheat to achieve its end result, a government that feels it can do what it wants to whoever it wants, anytime it wants, no matter where in the world they live. A government that no longer takes the people’s interest to mind when it makes laws. Now it’s a matter of who’ll pad their pockets the most. In my opinion we as a country took a nose dive when we started treating corporations as people. While I was first getting into torrenting long before IMAGiNE was even thought of, I read the law. As I understood it, as long as there was no “Financial Gain†it was a misdemeanor. I see the newer DVDs new state that whether there’s Monetary Gain or not. Did they amend the law, or is it that the MPAA feels it can also do as it pleases? Did the lMAGiNE case have something to do with this? I’m sure the prosecutors were fit to be tied when we stated we never received or expect any monetary gain from our endeavors. In fact it problem screwed them when they found out we actually paid money to do what we did. I guess not many people do things for a simple “Thank You†any more. But the reason I myself am in prison is because my “Financial Gain†was invented. When the US attornies couldn’t prove any monetary gain they decided to lie. They said my gain was the “THOUSANDS†of DVDs I downloaded. If you added up all the VCDs, SVCDs, Xvid, and DVDs I’ve download over the 10 years I’m sure you’d struggle to make 1,500 titles. If in fact I downloaded “THOUSANDS†over the last three years I’m sure my ISP would have shutoff my service. I currently have a library of over 400 bought and paid for titles; if the movie is good I buy it. You still can’t replicate the DTS sound, besides I am aware that if you don’t support those that make good, quality movies the industry will die. Many of the confiscated DVDs they took from me were nothing more than copies of my library. If it wasn’t for this made up “Financial Gainâ€, [co-defendants] Willie, Sean and myself would have only been charged with misdemeanors. Of course that wouldn’t look good in the press or on resumes. It wouldn’t send the right message. So let’s lie and make things look a lot worse, show everyone how terrible those “PIRATES†are. Please, do they really think the public bought that crap? 1 in 3 people aged 13 – 50 have downloaded or purchased bootleg or counterfeit goods. Yes we broke the law, I never said we didn’t. But we didn’t break the law we were charged with, and we sure as hell didn’t deserve the stiff sentences handed down. So here I sit waiting for my release date. Then I can get back to doing what I do best… care for my family. Providing for them, working, paying taxes, volunteering my time and money for and in the community. Just as I was doing before I was sent away to waste my time and the government’s money. Let me tell you, from what I’ve seen the government is great at wasting money. It’s no wonder the MPAA has to “CONTRIBUTE†millions to the Dept of Justice, to Homeland Security, to the people who are supposed to be representing us, the citizens of this land. Do you see the pattern here? Let me show you how I see it. The MPAA pays the Senators and Representatives to pass its laws via campaign “Contributionsâ€(aka bribes, just about confirmed from Chris Dodd’s own mouth). They then contribute to Homeland Security to police these bought and paid for laws. Then to top it all off they contribute to the Justice Dept to enforce them. You would think there would be a conflict of interest there somewhere. Oh I forgot, we’re talking about people who the law doesn’t apply to. But as we say here, it is what it is. So I’ll finish my time out, go back to my family, my job, my life with a felony conviction hanging over me. At least I’m old and only have to carry it a short time. The three years the MPAA took from me is actually a very high percentage of the time I had remaining in my life. It would have been, except I did get some positive things out of this whole debacle. I came in weighing 300lbs, 20 months later from the lack of any stress, crappy meals and being so bored, all I do is walk and run, and I’ve managed to get my weight down to 180lbs. My blood pressure is good, as is my sugar. You might say I’ve lost three years but gained 10 back. I’ve found out my wife of 26 years is my one, my only. My soul mate. That’s a wonderful feeling to have, to know you are loved as much as you love. I’ve found out that blood is definitely thicker, family is there for you always, but then I’ve also found out that friendship isn’t. I’ve often wondered if piracy actually hurt or helped the industry. I really wish an independent source would release a study on it. On one hand it might take away from the ticket and DVD sales. But on the other hand would these people actually have gone to the theaters or bought the DVD? What l do know is that if l watched a pirated movie and it happened to be good, I would tell people just that. The movie was good. I’m sure others do the same. Does this increase sales? Lets take the movie “The Hurt Locker“, it had a dismal showing at the theaters. It won an Oscar if I’m not mistaken, which doesn’t make it a good movie. But it also topped the lists for downloads at the time, and I’m sure the DVD sales went very well. Were those DVD sales because of the awards? Or were they because of word of mouth? I think it would be interesting to see the results of a good study. Then and only then can we know if we are criminals or not. Oh BTW would I do it again if I had to do over????? You bet your ass, but I would do it differently. I told the group from the very start that a website [unleashthe.net] would be the biggest security threat to the group. Obviously I was right. http://torrentfreak.com/imagine-bittorrent-group-sysop-speaks-prison-141005/
  10. Five men suspected of being involved in the release of first run movies will go to court later in the year. The Federation Against Copyright Theft, who are prosecuting the case, are keeping the precise details close to their chests for legal reasons, but TorrentFreak has identified those involved. There’s a good case to argue that the UK’s Federation Against Copyright (FACT) Theft is the most aggressive anti-piracy group operating in the West today. While the MPAA softens its approach and becomes friendly on its home turf, FACT – a unit funded by Hollywood – is acting as a proxy overseas in the United Kingdom. Later this year FACT will take another private prosecution to a criminal court in the UK. According to a press release issued yesterday, five men will face charges that they coordinated to action the unauthorized online distribution of recently released films. Other than noting that the men were arrested in 2013, FACT provided no other details and due to legal reasons declined further comment. However, TorrentFreak has been able to confirm the following. Following an investigation into the “sourcing and supply†of pirated films on the Internet, February last year FACT and police from the economic crime unit targeted four addresses in the West Midlands. IMAGE FROM THE RAID Four men, then aged 20, 22, 23 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of offenses committed under the Copyright Act, but exactly who they were was never made public. However, TF discovered that the men were members of a pair of P2P movie release groups known as 26K and RemixHD, a former admin of UnleashTheNet (the site run by busted US-based release group IMAGiNE) and an individual from torrent site The Resistance. The image below shows the final movie releases of RemixHD, the last taking place on January 29, 2013. The raids took place on February 1, 2013. FACT now report that five men, one more than originally reported, will face charges at Wolverhampton Crown Court later this year. While men from the two release groups are set to appear, it is unclear whether the former torrent site admins are still in the frame, although it is possible that FACT are referring to them collectively as a release group. Aside from the fact that this will be the first time that a release group case has ever gone to court in the UK, the case is notable in two other respects. Firstly, FACT – not the police – are prosecuting the case. Second, nowhere does FACT mention that the five will face charges of copyright infringement – it appears that the main charge now is conspiracy to defraud. http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-movie-group-members-set-to-face-fact-in-court-140913/
  11. A German-based music group's month-long DMCA notice-sending spree has seen it trying to censor leading music stores and news outlets for no good reason. The outfit also took a bizarre dislike to the word "coffee" and issued takedowns against Walmart, Ikea, Fair Trade USA and Dunkin Donuts. Thanks to Google and the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, spotting potential abuses of the DMCA takedown process has become easier than ever. Both organizations carefully catalog the notices they receive and as a result it’s possible to bring issues to the attention of the public. Most of the time problems arise with companies making the odd embarrassing mistake. At other times things get more serious. Today we bring news of another mess that would’ve ordinarily flown under the radar. On its Twitter account, Total Wipes Music Group claims to work with 800 music labels and cooperates with major digital music stores such as iTunes, Beatport and Juno. Early July the company began sending DMCA notices to Google and out of more than 15,000 URLs sent so far the majority have been rejected. In an early notice the company asked Google to remove website pages of several of its partners including BeatPortCharts, Napster (UK and Germany), Rhapsody and TraxSource. Other notices targeted both iTunes and Apple. In this notice, which claims to protect this content, Total Wipes launched a full frontal assault on anyone daring to use any words used in the title of their clients’ track “ROCK THE BASE & BAD FORMATâ€. The results are awful. In April this year DJ E-Z Rock, best known for the track ‘It Takes Two’ with partner Rob Base, sadly passed away. MTV, Rolling Stone and a number of news outlets all wrote about the event but in their notice Total Wipes demand that Google de-list all of their reports. They also attack a wide range of other random sites, some which dared to mention “rock†climbing and others which mentioned a rock festival on a military “baseâ€. For no apparent reason, another notice targeted The School of Performance and Cultural Industries at Leeds University in the UK, stopping off to admonish music mag Pitchfork Media and the evil PC gaming bloggers over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Perhaps the weirdest notice, currently being processed by Google, sees the music outfit target a wide range of sites with the word ‘coffee’ in their URLs. Cariboucoffee, cartelcoffeelab, clivecoffee, coavacoffee, coffee.org, coffeeandtealtd, coffeebean and coffeegeek are just the tip of a very large iceberg. Quite what Ikea, Walmart, Fair Trade and Dunkin Donuts did to warrant inclusion is a mystery, but our money is on their connections to coffee. Github’s crime will be revealed in due course. The end result is that Google has rejected what appears to be the lions’ share of more than 15,000 URLs sent by Total Wipes, even those that appear to target well-known ‘pirate’ sites. There are far too many URLs for us to check individually but some poor soul at Google is probably going to have to do just that. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. http://torrentfreak.com/music-group-dmca-notices-reveal-coffee-hatred-140825/
  12. Samsung is known for its wide reach in the world of mobile gadgets and home appliances. The Korean giant has always been one to provide an experience for which every consumer can find something for himself or herself, and Samsung, known for manufacturing Windows Phone as well as Android devices, is always on the lookout for new mobile gadget markets and platforms. Its Gear smartwatches and Gear Fit fitness band are an example that the company is willing to go the distance to reach new consumers. Well, Samsung has now decided to reach a somewhat new customer base while helping Barnes & Noble at the same time. The company’s latest product? The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Yes, the Nook reading tablet that hasn’t been refreshed by bookstore company Barnes & Noble (or B&N) since 2012 with the Nook HD+ tablet now has a successor in the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook features a 7-inch display with a 1280 x 720p screen resolution – the same screen resolution provided in Samsung’s $200 Galaxy Tab 4. The Tab 4 Nook also features a quad-core processor, 8GB of internal memory storage that can be expanded by way of a microSD card slot, a 1.3MP front camera and a 3MP back camera, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The Tab 4 Nook is the lightest Nook tablet yet, weighing a little under 10 ounces (9.74 oz.). The Tab 4 Nook is no different than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 in its hardware, but it is in the device software that one can spot the difference immediately. Whereas the Galaxy Tab 4 runs Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and software, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook features Barnes & Noble’s apps. Tab 4 Nook owners will receive $200 worth of free B&N content by way of the company’s Nook Shop store pre-installed on the Tab 4 Nook. Some of the free content provided for new Tab 4 Nook users includes books such as I Am Number Four, The Wanderer, and Freakonomics, as well as TV shows such as Hannibal (NBC Universal), Orphan Black (BBC America) and Veep (HBO). To add to the list of free Nook gifts, Tab 4 Nook users will also receive a two-week trial for magazines such as US Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and Cosmopolitan, as well as a $5 gift card to spend at the Nook Shop. You can order the Tab 4 Nook at all 660 Barnes & Noble retail stores or purchase it for $179 online (with a $20 instant rebate). Barnes & Noble’s partnership with Samsung is a clear sign that the company hasn’t done well in its Nook tablet business, and that companies such as Amazon (with its multiple Kindle models) has dominated in the online ebook industry. Samsung, however, has had its share of financial misfortune as of late, with the latest results showing that the company’s taken a 2% dive in its profit as compared to last year, but the Korean giant looks to reclaim some lost territory with its Galaxy Note 4 phablet, Gear 2 Solo smartwatch, as well as its iPhone 6-contending Galaxy Alpha and Gear VR virtual reality headset.
  13. SMAIS, the Icelandic branch of the Motion Picture Association, has filed for bankruptcy. The board of the notorious anti-piracy group says that it suffered from mismanagement. In addition to tax fraud and falsified financial records, the group's CEO has admitted to embezzlement. Anti-piracy groups are often quick to label file-sharing sites as criminal organizations, but these outfits also have some rotten apples amongst their own. A few months ago we reported on the President of the Lithuanian Anti-Piracy Association LANVA, who was jailed for two years for drug trafficking. The boss of Iceland’s anti-piracy group SMAIS is not doing much better, it seems, as he stands accused of fraud and embezzlement. SMAIS is a local branch of Hollywood’s Motion Picture Association. The group recently failed to get The Pirate Bay blocked in Iceland, and has now run into the law itself. The organization’s board filed for bankruptcy after it discovered a wide range of serious problems. The group’s financial statements were falsified, the books were not in order, and taxes haven’t been paid since 2007. Making matters even worse, the board says that its CEO Snæbjörn Steingrímsson has admitted to embezzlement. This case is now under review by the Special Prosecutor, who has to decide whether a criminal investigation will be launched against the anti-piracy chief. The last time SMAIS made international headlines was last year, when the group pulled its Facebook page offline after four days. According to Steingrímsson, SMAIS didn’t have enough resources to handle the constant flaming comments from the public. What certainly didn’t help was that the launch of the Facebook page coincided with the news that SMAIS never paid for the film and game rating software they purchased from a Dutch company back in 2007. Considering the position the group is in now this is hardly a surprise. Whether Hollywood has plans to install a new anti-piracy group in Iceland if the bankruptcy goes through is currently unknown.
  14. Home automation. It’s a phrase we’ve heard over and over again for the last few years. What is it? It’s a new platform that allows even your home appliances to have similar functionality to your smartphone. It allows you to know while you’re cooking that your laundry load is finished and ready for takeout that your pot roast has finished cooking and is ready to serve, and so on. Smart ovens, smart TVs, smart washers and dryers, and even smart dishwashers remind us that everything’s getting “smarter†these days. Samsung is no stranger to the home appliance industry (neither is LG), but the Korean giant just turned things up a notch with its acquisition of former Kickstarter company SmartThings. According to sources familiar with the deal, Samsung purchased the home automation companyfor around $200 million. It’s not quite the same deal as Google’s Nest acquisition, but it shows that major tech companies are willing to go the distance with their dollars in order to acquire something that could put them on the edge, in the future, in the here and now. As far as the deal itself, Samsung’s Open Innovation Center (OIC) will now house SmartThings, and the company’s staff will relocate to Samsung’s OIC in Palo Alto, California. SmartThings has said that it will remain open platform, even with some respondents to the announcement expressing concerns that Samsung would make SmartThings exclusive to the Android and/or Tizen platforms – leaving out iOS in the process. SmartThings has some projects going for iOS users currently, and iOS users don’t want to see those scrapped because of the new deal. Samsung has promised that it’s committed to maintaining the open-platform nature of SmartThings. Samsung enters the home automation business at a time when tech giant Apple Inc. has decided to create its own home automation business from the ground up. Nest founder Tony Fadell (known as “the Father of the iPodâ€) was credited with some excellent work at Apple, but he later left to create his own smart thermostat company that was acquired earlier this year for $3.2 billion by search engine giant Google Inc. Google’s also acquired home surveillance company Dropcam, which has many consumers worried at the moment about Google’s “wandering eyes†in the homes of many individuals. While Samsung has won a place for itself in the home automation industry, one major question on the mind of every tech enthusiast is the issue of relevance: are consumers all that interested in home automation – in smart washers, dryers, and so on? So far, home automation has been a niche field (like smartwatches), but you can be sure that if the giants Google, Samsung, and Apple are involved, our homes will never be the same again.
  15. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, we’ve been told this week, has had underwhelming sales – but that’s got little to do with the quality of the Galaxy S5. There’re many tech analysts and consumers alike who think that Samsung’s GS5 has a somewhat tired design, and they can’t stand TouchWiz, but when you consider Samsung’s battery saving modes, water and dust resistance, as well as the company’s signature 16MP camera with ISOCELL technology, the GS5 is still one of the best smartphones to beat this year. And yet, we can’t make a final ruling on the title of “the best smartphone of the year†without considering Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 that’s set to arrive this September. Samsung’s had a track record in the past of announcing the phablet at the Berlin IFA Conference, but the company’s shaking things up a little this year: what would’ve been an IFA 2014 announcement will, instead, be a pre-IFA announcement. Instead of announcing the phone on September 5th, Samsung group looks to announce its signature phone two days earlier, on September 3rd. The company sent out press invites to the big event this week. The Galaxy Note 4, however, is considered to be the company’s premium flagship of all flagships, and, with that time of the year upon us, we’re sure that the Note 4 is soon to come and blow away anything else we’ve seen this year. You know the usual: the Note 4 will feature a large display (5.7 inches, the same as the Note 3), the wonderful S-Pen stylus will make it back to the device, but Samsung’s looking to place a Quad HD resolution into the Note 4. The Note 4, interestingly enough, will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor (or utilize Samsung’s Exynos processor), which will likely improve on-screen graphics and optimize battery life in a way that the Snapdragon 801 hasn’t done. With the graphics improvement arriving with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, then, it makes sense as to why Samsung didn’t place a Quad HD resolution into the Galaxy S5. LG’s done this with the LG G3, and battery life has suffered as a result. While torture tests have given the G3 an average battery life of a little over 6 hours, Sony’s Xperia Z2 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5, among others, have outpaced the G3’s battery life with 7.5-8.5 hours of battery life. The Galaxy Note 4 will also feature a 3.68MP front-facing camera and a 16MP back camera, with the back camera, oddly enough, utilizing Sony’s Exmor camera sensor instead of Samsung’s own ISOCELL technology. This rumor has been long-standing and has yet to be replaced, and we’ve not heard any different on this front. At the same time, however, it seems that rumors about the Note 4’s camera may be confused with rumors about Samsung’s newest Galaxy entry that we’ll get into below. What else do we know about the Galaxy Note 4? It’ll feature a UV ray sensor that’ll be used to define the danger or risk of your sun environment (whether UV rays are high or low on a given day) as well as when to use a good deal of sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, along with the fact that S-Health already registers the temperature of your environment and tells you whether you should stay or leave the current setting. Samsung’s committed to health, and the UV ray sensor, while it may not appeal to all, is ideal for individuals who head out into the sun on a daily basis without giving thought to the sun’s damaging UV rays. Skin cancer is real and on the rise, and even famous actors such as Hugh Jackman has battled skin cancer in recent months. And S-Health itself is valuable, considering that Samsung’s new software implementations allow you to register your stress level throughout the day and sleep patterns throughout the night. Some individuals care about health and fitness, and will use their Galaxy smartphones and Gear smartwatches to record their fitness activity. Not everyone uses these things, but Samsung’s smartphones and smartwatches have a growing user base. You’ve heard about the two Note 4 models being offered. Sources say that the Note 4 with the usual AMOLED display will arrive on September 3rd, but the flexible display Note 4 may not arrive until later. This is an isolated rumor, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung emerge with a flexible Note 4 at the big event. After all, with company sales down some from Q2 2013, Samsung officials having returned some portions of their bonuses, and having lost to Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi in Chinese sales in Q2 and other manufacturers in India, the company feels (possibly unjustifiedly) that it’s some ground to recover. Other stars at the September 3rd Galaxy Note 4 announcement One point Samsung group made at the Galaxy S5 announcement earlier this Spring is that the Galaxy S5 had a slight design change because Samsung customers demanded something a bit more chic and fashionable than in years past. Along the same lines, tech accessories have become more and more important with each passing year – and we’re not referring to screen protectors, cases, battery packs, or removable batteries, either. This year, Samsung group looks to bring a few additional “stars†to its September 3rd unveiling. Among these are the Gear 3 smartwatch and the Gear VR headset. We’re not surprised to see Samsung unveil a Gear 3 in September, but what is surprising are the rumors surrounding it. We’ve heard earlier this summer that Samsung intends to bring a cellular-connected smartwatch to market (called the Gear Solo), and we’ve not yet seen the wrist device. That sets the stage, however, for the Gear Solo’s arrival on September 3rd. If so, the Gear Solo will revolutionize the smartwatch market, since many individuals would love the idea of having a smartwatch that can be an all-in-one device without Bluetooth connectivity. We can’t wait to get our hands on one this Fall. Samsung’s Gear VR headset unveiling is no surprise, since we’ve already seen photos of the Gear VR headset and heard about Samsung’s partnership with Facebook-owned Oculus to produce it. Oculus is providing the software while Samsung’s providing some hardware for the device. In exchange for Oculus’s software experience, it’s been said that Samsung’s giving Oculus some of its top-notch OLED displays to enhance the Oculus Rift VR headset that’s soon to arrive also. At this point, however, Samsung’s Gear VR would beat Sony’s Morpheus VR headset to the market. All of these tech gadget accessories will accompany the Galaxy Note 4 this Fall – along with the Galaxy Alpha. Stay tuned to Inferse, as we’ll provide more details as we get closer to the main event.
  16. A number of tech analysts are calling Samsung’s Tizen OS “doomed†from its very beginning, seeing that Tizen must compete with the beast that is called Android OS as well as iOS and Windows OS, the top three dominant operating systems in the world right now. And, with this presupposition, if Tizen is doomed, then, following the logic, Samsung’s Z smartphone should be doomed also. Correct? Well, the case isn’t so clear cut – with either Tizen or Samsung’s Z smartphone. Samsung’s been dying for a chance to “do its thing,†represent the very best of its own innovations within Android. Starting with at least the Galaxy S3 from two years ago, Samsung’s continued to add its own original software features to its Android smartphones, showing up Google, Sony, LG, and HTC’s lackluster software offerings in the process. And the company’s software has won either praise or condemnation from Samsung and Android users. Still, that hasn’t deterred Samsung. Until the recent Google-Samsung agreement right after Mobile World Congress 2014 this past February. We can see the results of the agreement with Samsung’s Galaxy S5. It’s a little too conservative from Samsung’s norm, eliminating much of the usual camera software and other features we’ve come to expect from the company. It doesn’t mean that Google’s extinguished Samsung’s software prowess, but the Android owner has put out some of the fire. In comes Tizen, Samsung’s answer to Google’s recent tactics to dominate and control Android as if it were Apple’s iOS. Samsung’s had plans to bring its first Tizen OS smartphone to market this year. Called the Z, the Tizen smartphone was expected to appear first in March of this year – but Japanese carrier NTT Docomo pulled out of the deal. Now, it seems as if Samsung’s Tizen “Z†smartphone has been delayed a second time.
  17. Three federal indictments have been unsealed in Georgia revealing charges against six former members of three Android piracy groups. The United States Department of Justice says that the men are charged with intellectual property offenses related to the illegal distribution of millions of copyrighted apps. Assisted by police in France and the Netherlands, in the summer of 2012 the FBI took down three unauthorized Android app stores. Appbucket, Applanet and SnappzMarket all had their domains seized, the first action of its type in the Android scene. For two years the United States Department of Justice has released information on the case and last evening came news of more charges and more arrests. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced the unsealing of three federal indictments in the Northern District of Georgia charging six members of Appbucket, Applanet and SnappzMarket for their roles in the unauthorized distribution of Android apps. SnappzMarket Joshua Ryan Taylor, 24, of Kentwood, Michigan, and Scott Walton, 28, of Cleveland, Ohio, two alleged members of SnappzMarket, were both arrested yesterday. They are due to appear before magistrates in Michigan and Ohio respectively. An indictment returned on June 17 charges Gary Edwin Sharp II, 26, of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, along with Taylor and Walton, with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Sharp is also charged with two counts of criminal copyright infringement. It’s alleged that the three men were members of SnappzMarket between May 2011 through August 2012 along with Kody Jon Peterson, 22, of Clermont, Florida. In April, Peterson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. As part of his guilty plea he agreed to work undercover for the government. Appbucket Another indictment returned June 17 in Georgia charges James Blocker, 36, of Rowlett, Texas, with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. A former member of Appbucket, Blocker is alleged to have conspired with Thomas Allen Dye, 21, of Jacksonville, Florida; Nicholas Anthony Narbone, 26, of Orlando, Florida, and Thomas Pace, 38, of Oregon City, Oregon to distribute Android apps with a value of $700,000. During March and April 2014, Dye, Narbone and Pace all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Applanet A further indictment June 17 in Georgia charges Aaron Blake Buckley, 20, of Moss Point, Mississippi; David Lee, 29, of Chino Hills, California; and Gary Edwin Sharp II (also of Appbucket) with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Lee is additionally charged with one count of aiding and abetting criminal copyright infringement and Buckley with one count of criminal copyright infringement. All three identified themselves as former members of Applanet. The USDOJ claims that along with other members they are responsible for the illegal distribution of four million Android apps with a value of $17m. Buckley previously launched a fund-raiserin an effort to fight off the United States government. “As a result of their criminal efforts to make money by ripping off the hard work and creativity of high-tech innovators, the defendants are charged with illegally distributing copyrighted apps,†said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “The Criminal Division is determined to protect the labor and ingenuity of copyright owners and to keep pace with criminals in the modern, technological marketplace.†A statement from the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office indicates that the FBI will pursue more piracy groups in future. “The FBI will continue to provide significant investigative resources toward such groups engaged in such wholesale pirating or copyright violations as seen here,†Special Agent in Charge J. Britt Johnson said. http://torrentfreak.com/six-android-piracy-group-members-charged-two-arrested-140722/
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  20. Informing the masses about the activities of settlement-seeking copyright trolls is what FightCopyrightTrolls.com does best, so no surprise that its rivals are now hitting back. In a motion revealed this week, the world's most prolific filer of lawsuits against BitTorrent users accuses the site of running an Internet hate group that is both "criminal and scary". So-called Copyright trolls attempt to turn piracy into profit by setting their expensive lawyers loose on the man (or woman) in the street claimed to have downloaded or shared their works without permission. In many cases the strategies employed amount to classic bullying, with the victims either unable or too scared to defend themselves. As a result, small groups of individuals have sprung up around the globe to assist the targets of trolls by keeping them informed and offering forums to share experiences. One of the most famous operations is FightCopyrightTrolls.com (FCT), a husband and wife team that have worked extremely hard to counter troll-like companies in the United States. One such company is now fighting back. Due to its relentless pursuing of alleged BitTorrent users, Malibu Media is the most prolific filer of copyright lawsuits in the whole of the United States. The video company has already filed a couple of thousands lawsuits in the hope of extracting a few thousand dollars in settlements from each of its targets. This week came yet more evidence that FCT gets under the skin of this litigious company. In an 18-page motion revealed this week in a case against another alleged file-sharer, Malibu Media described FCT’s ‘Sophisticated Jane Doe†as not only a “self-admitted BitTorrent copyright infringerâ€, but one at the center of a campaign against the adult video company. “[Malibu Media] is the target of a fanatical Internet hate group. The hate group is comprised of BitTorrent users, anti-copyright extremists, former BitTorrent copyright defendants and a few attorneys,†Malibu wrote in their motion. “By administering and using the defamatory blog www.fightcopyrighttrolls.com, ‘Sophisticated Jane Doe’ (‘SJD’) leads the hate group.†One of the key problems, the porn company explains, is that Jonathan Phillips, the lawyer for the defendant in the case, is part of that group. “Opposing counsel communicates regularly with the hate group’s leader. Members of the hate group physically threaten, defame and cyber-stalk Plaintiff as well everyone associated with Plaintiff. Their psychopathy is criminal and scary,†Malibu explain. So what is Phillips’ alleged contribution? Apparently he shares information about ongoing cases with FCT and its members and makes life difficult for Malibu – on Twitter. “Opposing counsel regularly Tweets with the other members of the hate group. Further, his Tweets are often part of a series of Tweets intended to harass Plaintiff and its counsel,†Malibu writes. “Opposing counsel also Tweets about on-going litigation including this case and disparages Plaintiff. He even called Plaintiff a liar.†The motion, which was originally filed under seal in February, calls on the court to gag both Phillips and the defendant in the case. “To prevent the spoliation of evidence, Plaintiff respectfully requests that the Court enter a sealed order preventing opposing counsel and Defendant from talking about the contents of this Motion or [REDACTED] with anyone. If Plaintiff’s intentions are revealed, there is a high probability of spoliation of evidence,†the motion reads. While some information will remain under wraps, as far as the motion was concerned attempts at secrecy clearly failed. “This filing was a result of an order from the Northern District of Illinois, which refused to allow Malibu Media to litigate this particular case in the shadows,†Philips told Ars. “I am happy to practice in United States District Courts where the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has made it clear that litigation is to be open, accessible, and able to be reviewed and commented by the news media, the blogosphere, and the public at large.†The big issue for Malibu going forward is that they appear to have learned little from the demise of other outfits conducting similar litigation in both the United States and Europe. Once opponents get motivated they can have extremely long memories and no amount of threats will make them stop. Hunting trolls effectively becomes a sport, and it rarely ends well.
  21. Tracker's Name: MV Group Tracker Genre: e-Learning Sign-up Link: http://forums.mvgroup.org/index.php?act=Reg&CODE=00 Closing date: N/A Additional information: Interesting Documentary P2P Tracker