The U.S. Government is opposing a request from copyright troll lawyer Paul Hansmeier, who asked the court for a reduced prison sentence due to the hardships he endured under coronavirus restrictions. The U.S. attorney notes that these conditions were the same for everyone, and highlights that the lawyer continues to make new victims from his prison cell.
Two years ago, a U.S. District Court in Minnesota sentenced Paul Hansmeier to 14 years in prison.
Hansmeier was a key player in the Prenda Law firm, which pursued cases against people who were suspected of downloading pirated porn videos via BitTorrent.
This practice by itself is not illegal, but Hansmeier and his associate John Steele entered criminal territory when they lied to the courts, committed identity theft, and created a honeypot by uploading self-produced porn torrents to The Pirate Bay as bait.
The allegations eventually resulted in prison sentences for the ...
DISH Network and Sling TV have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against four unlicensed sports streaming sites including the popular SportsBay.org. According to the companies, the platforms offer illegal access to sports programming by bypassing Sling's technical protection measures in violation of the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA.
In the United States, broadcaster DISH Network has filed dozens of lawsuits targeting the operators of numerous streaming platforms, usually based on relatively straightforward violations of either the Copyright Act or the Federal Communications Act.
A new lawsuit filed this month based on the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA addresses the same problem from an interesting angle.Lawsuit Targets Four ‘SportsBay’ Sites
Filed in a Texas court, the lawsuit lists DISH Network and subsidiary Sling TV as plaintiffs. It targets four Doe defendants doing business ...
The opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was one of the most anticipated events of this year. In Japan, the lucky few could watch it in an ultra-high 8K resolution with 22.2 surround sound. This subsequently resulted in the first pirated 8K rip appearing on pirate sites, which is a major milestone by itself.
Attracting billions of eyeballs from all over the world, the Summer Olympics is the most watched sporting event.
While sports achievements are the main focus, the opening ceremony attracts one of the biggest audiences. This was no different last Friday when the Tokyo 2020 officially opened.
In the past, we also noticed a massive interest in the Olympics on various pirate sites. In 2008, the opening ceremony of the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing was downloaded millions of times through torrent sites, for example.
Four years later, The Pirate Bay joined in when the sit...
After filing a wave of lawsuits against entities alleged to have streamed the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight without permission, Triller has clocked up another failure in a US court. A lawsuit filed against YouTuber 'ItsLilBrandon' has been thrown out by a judge after Triller failed to follow the court's orders.
Ever since the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight was streamed illegally online, Triller has been filing copyright infringement lawsuits against the alleged culprits.
The campaign began with a $100m complaint against multiple “business entities” but a judge dismissed all but one of the parties from the action, warning that by joining all of them as cooperating parties, the illegal conduct of one defendant could be wrongly attributed to another independent defendant.
In response, Triller began filing separate actions against each entity. One of those suits targeted YouT...
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is one of the most active civil copyright enforcement groups in the world. This week the group announced its 2020 achievements, which include the shutdown of hundreds of pirate sites and services, dozens of settlements, and a local Pirate Bay blockade.
When it comes to civil anti-piracy enforcement, BREIN is without a doubt one of the best-known players in the industry.
The group, which receives support from Hollywood and other content industries, has shuttered hundreds of smaller sites and services in recent history. It was also responsible for taking down Mininova, once one of the largest torrent sites online.
Despite the COVID pandemic, BREIN continued these enforcement actions in 2020. The group has just published a detailed overview of last year’s accomplishments, which provides a clear insight into the group̵...
A group of independent movie companies has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet provider WOW!. The company, which has over three million subscribers across the US, faces far-reaching demands from the filmmakers who request site-blocking measures, a three-strikes policy for pirates, and the ongoing identification of alleged copyright infringers.
The “repeat infringer” issue remains a hot topic in US courts after rightsholders filed lawsuits against several ISPs.
These Internet providers are accused of not doing enough to stop copyright infringers on their networks, even after receiving multiple ‘copyright infringement’ notifications.
The copyright infringement allegations can have real consequences. In 2019, a Virginia jury ordered Internet provider Cox to pay a billion dollars in damages to a group of major record labels. This case is being appealed but at the same time, other ISPs have been dragged t...
Police in the UK have arrested a 56-year-old man in connection with the illegal streaming of premium TV channels. Officers were able to access and disrupt the online platform, disconnect the illegal streams, and display an online message to customers. In addition to money laundering, the man is suspected of carrying out offenses contrary to the Serious Crimes Act and Fraud Act.
In the past, those operating unlicensed torrent sites or streaming services in the UK needed to be aware of breaching civil copyright law, action that could result in a damages award but not a custodial sentence. Times have changed.
These days civil copyright actions have almost completely disappeared and it’s now exponentially more likely that offenders will be pursued in criminal cases, ones that have the potential to put them behind bars. That’s also the case following a new arrest carried out by police in the UK.West Mercia Police Make New Arrest
In an announc...
Internet provider Cox Communications has dropped its lawsuit against Rightscorp and BMG. The ISP accused the companies of sending abusive and unfair DMCA takedown notices to fabricate massive copyright infringement claims. Despite these strong words and harsh allegations, the parties managed to resolve the matter out of court.
Internet provider Cox Communications has been on the sharp end of several piracy lawsuits in recent years.
In December 2015, a Virginia federal jury held Cox Communications responsible for pirating subscribers, ordering the company to pay music publisher BMG Rights Management $25 million in damages.
This damages figure was reduced in a settlement agreement but, soon after, the Internet provider was hit with a $1 billion jury verdict in a similar case, which is still under appeal.Cox Updated Its DMCA Policy
These lawsuits were a wake-up call for Cox. To cope with the co...
Bungie and Ubisoft have filed a lawsuit against five individuals said to be behind Ring-1, the claimed creator and distributor of cheat software targeting Destiny and Rainbox Six Seige. Among other offenses the gaming companies allege copyright infringement and trafficking in circumvention devices, estimating damages in the millions of dollars.
Rather than test their skills on a level playing field, some gamers prefer to deploy third-party cheating software to gain a competitive advantage.
This is particularly prevalent in multiplayer games where being able to shoot through walls, automatically aim, run at advantageous speeds and retain ammo supplies naturally provides a competitive advantage.
While this may be good fun for those who dislike rules and don’t mind hollow victories, these hacks create frustration for other players which diminishes the gaming experience.
As a result, video game developers a...
Tofig Kurbanov, the Russian operator of YouTube-rippers FLVTO.biz and 2conv.com, will no longer take part in the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by several record labels. The decision comes after a Virginia District Court ordered Kurbanov to keep extensive logs of the sites' user activity and hand these over to the major record labels.
Three years ago a group of prominent music companies took two of the largest YouTube rippers to court.
The labels, including Universal, Warner Bros, and Sony, accused FLVTO.biz, 2conv.com and their Russian operator Tofig Kurbanov of facilitating copyright infringement.
While many foreign site operators choose not to fight back, Kurbanov did. With help from a seasoned legal team, he filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that US courts don’t have jurisdiction over a Russian site operator who conducts his business from another continent.
Initially, the district court agre...