Hiding in plain sight: The YouTubers’ crowdfunding piracy (Engadget)

Engadget: Hiding in plain sight: The YouTubers’ crowdfunding piracy. “I never imagined I would be watching Kitchen Nightmares, starring the world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay, in my downtime on YouTube. I knew of Ramsay and his ruthlessness from shows like Hell’s Kitchen, but I had never heard of Kitchen Nightmares until a few weeks ago, when an episode popped up on YouTube’s Trending section. Next thing you know, I’m hooked and watching full episodes of it on my phone instead of the usual sneaker videos. But aside from Ramsay’s rants at owners of filthy restaurants, something else caught my attention — these uploads weren’t from Fox, which owns the rights to the show in the US. Instead, they were from an unofficial channel called ‘Kitchen Nightmares Hotel Hell and Hell’s Kitchen.’ And as if that wasn’t brazen enough, the owner explicitly asked viewers for donations to fund the uploading of copyrighted content.”

TorrentFreak: Google Meets Russian Govt Body to Discuss Ongoing Piracy Issues

TorrentFreak: Google Meets Russian Govt Body to Discuss Ongoing Piracy Issues. “Google has been officially invited to become a signatory to the anti-piracy memorandum signed in Moscow earlier this month. During a meeting with government telecoms body Roscomnadzor on Wednesday, Google’s recent violation of Russian law was also discussed. The search giant is facing a fine after it displayed links to permanently banned sites within its search results.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Has Paid Out More Than $3 Billion To Copyright Holders Through Content ID

Tubefilter: YouTube Has Paid Out More Than $3 Billion To Copyright Holders Through Content ID. “In its latest How Google Fights Piracy report, Google gave an under-the-hood look at numbers for YouTube’s copyright infringement-busting Content ID system, introduced back in 2007. Newly revealed stats include the fact that through Content ID, YouTube has paid out more than $3 billion in ad revenue to content creators, up from $1 billion in 2014, and $2 billion in 2016. The report also revealed that, to date, Google has invested $100 million in Content ID’s staffing and digital infrastructure, up from $60 million in 2016.”

Protecting what we love about the internet: our efforts to stop online piracy (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Protecting what we love about the internet: our efforts to stop online piracy. “The internet has enabled people worldwide to connect, create and distribute new works of art like never before. A key part of preserving this creative economy is ensuring creators and artists have a way to share and make money from their content—and preventing the flow of money to those who seek to pirate that content. Today, we’re releasing our latest update on those efforts.. Our 2018 ‘How Google Fights Piracy’ report explains the programs, policies, and technology we put in place to combat piracy online and ensure continued opportunities for creators around the world.”

Complete Music Update: Following Yandex stand-off, Russian watchdog to launch new anti-piracy database

Complete Music Update: Following Yandex stand-off, Russian watchdog to launch new anti-piracy database. “Russia’s internet watchdog Roskomnadzor is establishing a database of copyright infringing webpages and content. It will then encourage net companies in the country to connect to, with a view to them speedily removing links to offending sites from their search engines while also deleting any listed material from their user-upload platforms.”

TorrentFreak: Yandex Under Fire Again, This Time For Linking to Blocked RuTracker

TorrentFreak: Yandex Under Fire Again, This Time For Linking to Blocked RuTracker. “Russian search giant Yandex is under fire again, this time for linking to previously blocked sites including RuTracker. A law passed last year forbids search engines from linking to sites previously blocked on the orders of the Moscow City Court, so a group of book publishers is now demanding fines and even a potential ISP blockade of Yandex in a first-of-its-kind action.”

TorrentFreak: Australia Targets Google With Tough New Anti-Piracy Law

TorrentFreak: Australia Targets Google With Tough New Anti-Piracy Law. “Australia already has laws to enable the blocking of overseas sites that facilitate piracy but the content industries want more. New legislation unveiled today will give copyright holders new tools to force Google and other search engines to delete search results that link to infringing sites.”