Bleeping Computer: US, Brazil seize 272 websites used to illegally download music

Bleeping Computer: US, Brazil seize 272 websites used to illegally download music. “The domains of six websites that streamed and provided illegal downloads of copyrighted music were seized by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Department of Justice. 266 other websites part of the same network were also taken down in Brazil, with six individuals arrested in 30 search and seizure raids across the country.”

TorrentFreak: US Court Orders Every ISP in the United States to Block Illegal Streaming Sites

TorrentFreak: US Court Orders Every ISP in the United States to Block Illegal Streaming Sites. “More than a decade after U.S. lawmakers scuttled the controversial SOPA legislation that would’ve required ISPs to block pirate sites, a US court has demonstrated that the ability to block sites has been available all along. Injunctions issued in response to lawsuits against three pirate streaming services require every ISP in the United States to prevent subscribers from accessing them.”

New York Times: In Echo of Soviet Era, Russia’s Movie Theaters Turn to Pirate Screenings

New York Times: In Echo of Soviet Era, Russia’s Movie Theaters Turn to Pirate Screenings. “The screenings are reminiscent of the Soviet era, when the only way to see most Western films was to get access to a pirated version. Whereas those movies made their way to Russians in the form of smuggled VHS tapes, today, cinemas in the country have a simpler, faster method: the internet. Numerous websites offer bootleg copies of movies that take minutes to download. Some theaters in Russia are now openly screening pirated movies; others are being more careful, allowing private individuals to rent out spaces to show films, free or for a fee.”

TorrentFreak: Google Voluntarily Removes More Pirate Sites From its Search Results

TorrentFreak: Google Voluntarily Removes More Pirate Sites From its Search Results. “Over the past months, it has become clear that Google is voluntarily helping rightsholders to tackle online piracy. The search giant has now removed another batch of ‘pirate site’ URLs from its results in the Netherlands, just days after a local ISP was ordered to block them. While it’s a big step to take, Google hasn’t yet commented on the matter.”

Vedomosti: Movies, series and music from unfriendly countries legalized through compulsory license

Vedomosti, and machine-translated from Russian: Movies, series and music from unfriendly countries legalized through compulsory license. “The Russian authorities have found a way to keep films, series, music and other intellectual property in the country from companies from unfriendly countries that have announced they are leaving or suspending their activities in Russia. For this, a bill is being developed that expands the effect of a compulsory license, two interlocutors familiar with the discussion of the initiative told Vedomosti.”

TorrentFreak: DuckDuckGo ‘Removes’ Pirate Sites and YouTube-DL from Its Search Results (Updated)

TorrentFreak: DuckDuckGo ‘Removes’ Pirate Sites and YouTube-DL from Its Search Results (Updated). “Privacy-centered search engine DuckDuckGo has completely removed the search results for many popular pirates sites including The Pirate Bay, 1337x, and Fmovies. Several YouTube ripping services have disappeared, too and even the homepage of the open-source software youtube-mp3 is unfindable.”

Waypoint: Russian ‘Loop Hero’ Devs Tell Players to Pirate Their Game Because of Sanctions

Waypoint: Russian ‘Loop Hero’ Devs Tell Players to Pirate Their Game Because of Sanctions. “Four Quarters, the indie Russian game developer behind the surprise hit Loop Hero, are telling players they should pirate the game if they can’t find a way to buy it legitimately because of wide-ranging sanctions imposed on the country since its invasion of Ukraine in late February.”

TorrentFreak: Google Punishes Pre-Release Piracy Sites Harder in Search Results

TorrentFreak: Google Punishes Pre-Release Piracy Sites Harder in Search Results. “Google’s voluntary anti-piracy measures have gradually expanded over the years, resulting in some unique responses. When Google removes an allegedly copyright-infringing URL from its search engine, it will disable ads on this URL as well. In addition, the search engine has added a ‘still-in-theaters/prerelease’ tag for DMCA notices, so reported sites can be punished more severely.”

Attack on Titan: Four Japanese Manga publishers sue Cloudflare (The Register)

The Register: Attack on Titan: Four Japanese Manga publishers sue Cloudflare. “Four major Manga publishers are set to sue internet-grooming firm Cloudflare, on grounds its content delivery network facilitates piracy of their wares. The four companies – Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa – together dominate the market for Japanese comics and own many iconic properties.”

Engadget: Illegal movie streaming service Popcorn Time shuts down

Engadget: Illegal movie streaming service Popcorn Time shuts down. “Popcorn Time, the app that was once popular for making pirating movies as easy as watching Netflix, has shut down. Its original developers took the service down and abandoned the project merely a few days after it launched in 2014. But since the project was open source, other developers were able pick up where they left off, and it’s been killed and revived a few more times ever since. It remains to be seen whether Popcorn Time is now gone for good, but it looks like the biggest contributor to its most recent demise is the dwindling interest in the app.”

Ars Technica: Google Play app with 500,000 downloads sent user contacts to Russian server

Ars Technica: Google Play app with 500,000 downloads sent user contacts to Russian server. “An Android app with more than 500,000 downloads from Google Play has been caught hosting malware that surreptitiously sends users’ contacts to an attacker-controlled server and signs up users to pricey subscriptions, a security firm reported. The app, named Color Message, was still available on Google servers at the time this post was being prepared. Google removed it more than three hours after I asked the company for comment.”

Complete Music Update: Google voluntarily de-lists The Pirate Bay in response to ISP-targeting web-blocking injunction

Complete Music Update: Google voluntarily de-lists The Pirate Bay in response to ISP-targeting web-blocking injunction. “Google has seemingly de-listed The Pirate Bay from its search engine in the Netherlands in response to a web-blocking injunction in the country against the infamous piracy site, even though it isn’t actually named on that injunction.”

New York Times: Those Fancy Cars He Flaunted on YouTube? A $30 Million Fraud Scheme Paid for Them, U.S. Says

New York Times: Those Fancy Cars He Flaunted on YouTube? A $30 Million Fraud Scheme Paid for Them, U.S. Says. “On Wednesday, federal prosecutors said that they had charged Omi, whose real name is Bill Omar Carrasquillo, and two of his associates, in a scheme that involved illegally selling copyrighted video content to thousands of subscribers on Mr. Carrasquillo’s own online service, which was called, at various times, Reboot, Gears TV, Reloaded and Gears Reloaded.”