TorrentFreak: Google, Yandex Discuss Creation of Anti-Piracy Database

TorrentFreak: Google, Yandex Discuss Creation of Anti-Piracy Database. “Google, Yandex and other prominent Internet companies in Russia are discussing the creation of a database of infringing content including movies, TV shows, games, and software. The idea is that the companies will automatically query this database every five minutes with a view to removing such content from search results within six hours, no court order required.”

TorrentFreak: Hollywood Studios Flag Their IMDb Listings as “Pirate” Links

TorrentFreak: Hollywood Studios Flag Their IMDb Listings as “Pirate” Links. “A rather persistent bug in the takedown code of a major reporting agency has caused an embarrassing situation for several Hollywood studios. For quite some time now, companies including Sony Pictures Television and Columbia Pictures have been inadvertently asking Google to remove the IMDb listings of their own work.”

TorrentFreak: Will Reddit’s /r/Piracy Sub-Reddit Get Shut Down?

TorrentFreak: Will Reddit’s /r/Piracy Sub-Reddit Get Shut Down?. “During the past few months, several sections of Reddit dedicated to piracy have been closed down. The big question among some users now, it seems, is whether the site’s flagship /r/piracy sub-Reddit will suffer the same fate. The answer is entirely dependent on whether the sub’s users behave and the mods keep taking out the trash.”

TorrentFreak: ‘Impostors’ Manipulate Google With Fake Takedown Request

TorrentFreak: ‘Impostors’ Manipulate Google With Fake Takedown Request. “Scammers, masquerading as legitimate copyright holders such as Netflix and Disney, are using Google DMCA takedown tools to manipulate search results. Some webmasters complain that hundreds of links are being pulled offline by the notices. Anti-piracy outfits MUSO and Blue Efficience, which are among the impersonated companies, confirm that not all requests in their name are legitimate.”

TorrentFreak: Sci-Hub Proves That Piracy Can be Dangerously Useful

TorrentFreak: Sci-Hub Proves That Piracy Can be Dangerously Useful. “Despite two lost legal battles in the US, domain name seizures, and millions of dollars in damage claims, Sci-Hub continues to offer unauthorized access to academic papers. The site’s founder says that she would rather operate legally, but copyright gets in the way. Sci-Hub is not the problem she argues, it’s a solution, something many academics appear to agree with.”

Tubefilter: Google Categorically Refuses to Remove The Pirate Bay’s Homepage

Tubefilter: Google Categorically Refuses to Remove The Pirate Bay’s Homepage. “It’s hard to spot consistent trends in the mass influx of DMCA takedown notices Google receives. One thing is pretty clear though, the search engine consistently refuses to remove The Pirate Bay’s homepage from its index. This, despite dozens of attempts from a wide variety of copyright holders over the years.”