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PUBG: NetEase Masks Its Copyright Infringement With Game Updates
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PUBG has told a federal court in California that there are no grounds to dismiss its lawsuit against the Chinese developer NetEase. According to the company, the "Rules of Survival" and "Knives Out" games are blatantly copied from PUBG, accusing NetEase of hiding the similarities with new game updates.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is without a doubt one of hottest games at the moment.

The success earned the company hundreds of millions of dollars, which inspired other developers to create similar games.

Some of these games are too similar, according to PUBG.

To protect its financial interests, the company, therefore, decided to take the developer of two alleged spinoffs to court. PUBG sued the Chinese company NetEase, the makers of ‘Rules of Survival’ and ‘Knives Out’, accusing it of copyright infringement.

While NetEase readily admitted th...

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SevenTorrents Shuts Down, Transfers Database to New Torrent Site
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SevenTorrents, a torrent index that has serviced more than 40 million unique users over the past 10 years, has announced its retirement. While a site throwing in the towel is pretty common, SevenTorrents says it has transferred its user database to a brand new torrent site so its community can live on.

Hundreds of torrent sites have come and gone over the years with most disappearing after relatively short periods in action.

Sites like The Pirate Bay, which has just celebrated 15 years online, tend to drown out smaller players on the news front, but several have an impressive history behind them.

Take SevenTorrents, for example. The site has been serving torrents for around 10 years and last year serviced around six million unique visitors. It’s not a giant by any means but its longevity is notable in a somewhat hostile and oppressive anti-piracy environment.

No...

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Facebook Bans The Sale of All Kodi Boxes, Legal or Not
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Facebook has expanded its ban on the sale of piracy-enabling streaming devices. According to the company's latest commerce policies, all streaming devices that use Kodi software are now outlawed, which logically also applies to the many legal streaming boxes that are available.

Entertainment companies see streaming piracy as one of the largest threats to the industry. This is true for streaming sites, but also specialized pirate boxes, which are often sold with the popular media player Kodi installed.

While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, third-party add-ons can turn it into a powerful pirate tool. This is why Kodi and piracy are often mentioned in the same breath.

This negative stigma has already resulted in Google banning “Kodi” from the autocomplete feature of its search engine, among other things. And recently Facebook has piled on...

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KickassTorrents Karaoke Pirate Handed Suspended Jail Sentence
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A 63-year-old man from Lancashire, UK, has been handed an eight-month suspended sentence for karaoke track piracy. Steve Mather was raided by City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit in 2015, after making available unlicensed karaoke content on sites including KickassTorrents.

Following a complaint filed by the BPI, City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) launched an investigation into UK-based individuals who uploaded unlicensed karaoke tracks to the Internet.

In February 2015, the BPI carried out test downloads of eight ‘pirate’ karaoke albums to which Sunfly Karaoke and Digitop held the rights. In December that year, police carried out raids in several locations, one of which targeted then 60-year-old Steve Mather.

“The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has dismantled a gang suspected of uplo...

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Why Nintendo Will Never Defeat Retro Gamers
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This week and after 18 years of service, EmuParadise terminated all retro game downloads in response to a Nintendo lawsuit targeting two other download portals. While Nintendo might see this as a big win, the Japanese gaming giant - which has turned out some of the best titles of all time - doesn't seem to understand that this is a movement that will never be tamed.

The past few weeks have been pretty bad for fans of the retro gaming scene. Following action by Nintendo, two ROM platforms shut down in response to a lawsuit and another, EmuParadise, voluntarily stopped providing game downloads.

While these events have probably resulted in congratulations being shared among colleagues back in Kyoto, few gamers will join in the celebrations. Quite simply, most don’t understand why the company chooses to be so aggressively protective.

For the purposes of this discussion, let’s work on the assumption that distributing and obtaining ...

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ISP Will Block BitTorrent Traffic on ‘Unlimited’ Mobile Plan
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The Belarusian Internet provider Velcom has announced that mobile subscribers will no longer be able to use BitTorrent freely on its "unlimited" plan. No specific reason is provided, but it's likely that avid torrent users are causing too much overhead.

Access to the Internet is considered a basic need in many modern countries. Ideally, this should come without any content restrictions.

With all the fuss about net neutrality in recent years, most Internet providers have stayed clear from any interference.

In Belarus, however, local ISP Velcom is crossing a sensitive line.

The company informed its customers that its summer promotion, which provided subscribers on some plans with “unlimited” Internet access, is being limited.

Those who exceeded their regular cap have been able to access the Internet...

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Kodi Addon Repo Operator Shuts Down Following Threats from BREIN
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A Dutch-based developer and Kodi addon repository administrator has shut down his operation following threats from anti-piracy outfit BREIN. Due to the XvBMC-NL repo offering addons including Covenant and IPTV Bonanza, BREIN accused its operator of facilitating access to infringing content. He is now required to sign an abstention agreement and pay a settlement of 2,500 euros.

As the battle to prevent unauthorized content getting into the hands of the masses continues, Kodi remains one of the leading platforms for such consumption.

Completely legal as it leaves its official download platform, the Kodi software is easily modified to provide access to pirated movies, TV shows, and live sports. From here on in, usage of such a setup to infringe copyright is illegal in Europe.

With this established, anti-piracy outfit BREIN has been attempting to stem the tide of platforms offering ‘pirate’ addons in the Netherlands. One of those was XvBMC-N...

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Demonoid’s Torrents and Owner Are Missing in Action
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Over the past week, Demonoid's users have been unable to download anything from the torrent tracker. Instead of the usual stream of torrents, they see a "no torrents found" notice. While this appears to be a relatively small technical issue there is reason for concern, as the site's founder is missing in action .

As one of the oldest torrent communities online, the Demonoid tracker has gone though many ups and downs.

The site has suffered long stretches of downtime, faced legal threats, dealt with internal struggles, but survived nonetheless.

Earlier this year the tracker processed its ten millionth user registration. Things were relatively calm and the original founder, Deimos, was back in charge, working on several improvements.

“I want to to see the community we had back. Don’t know if it’s possible but that’s my aim,” Deimos told us last year when the site started...

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Bizarre DMCA Takedown Requests Censor EU ‘Censorship’ News
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In a series of bizarre takedown requests, a DMCA takedown outfit is inadvertently going after a wide variety of legitimate sites. Some requests specifically target news about the EU upload filters, or censorship machines, as they are sometimes called. As a result, one article from EU MEP Julia Reda was wiped from Google's search results.

Last week we reported how impostors abuse the DMCA takedown process to punish rival pirate sites.

Just when we thought we’d seen it all, an even more bizarre collection of takedown requests appeared.

This time our very own publication is a target, along with several other sites that cover censorship related news and developments.

At the center of the matter is the reporting agency “Topple Track“. In a series of takedown requests, the company targets a broad selection of perfectly legitimate sites, sites that have nothing to do with the content for w...

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The Pirate Bay Turns 15 Years Old
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Founded in 2003 by a group of hackers and activists, The Pirate Bay aimed to bring file-sharing to the masses. In the fifteen years that followed, the site transformed from a small community to Hollywood's resilient arch-rival, serving millions of users. And that's not the only thing that changed.

Todayish, The Pirate Bay turns 15 years old, which is quite an achievement considering the immense legal pressure it has faced over the years.

While the exact launch date is a bit of a mystery, even to the site’s founders, August 10 was previously chosen as its anniversary.

What we do know is that the site was brought online in 2003 by now-disbanded pro-culture organization Piratbyrån, which is Swedish for Bureau of Piracy.

The group was formed by political activists and hackers in the same year, many of whom had already launched other web projects challenging po...

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