Nintendo Switch Piracy is “Unstoppable” – Until People Go Online
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Earlier this year Team-Xecuter, a hacking group with a long history of defeating console security, announced a new defeat for Nintendo Switch. The "future-proof" route to both homebrew code and mass piracy excited the masses but the reality on the ground will be a little less colorful. According to hacker SciresM, Nintendo has deployed a system which can detect people playing pirate games online and ban their consoles forever.

For as long as games consoles have existed, security to prevent people from playing pirated games has been under attack.

In the early days, the existence of a hardware cartridge was initially enough to prevent clones, but with ever more determined hackers on the job, few protections have survived the tests of time.

More recently, however, the mighty Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have proven exponentially more difficult to crack. Locked down hardware and continuously updated firmware pose unprecedented challenges to today’s hackers, with few making the progress they did in y...

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SET TV Tells Netflix, Amazon & Hollywood That it’s “No Longer Available”
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SET TV, an IPTV service being sued by several Hollywood studios, Amazon, and Netflix, went offline last week while hinting at technical issues. However, responses filed at a California District Court this week reveal that the service has shut down, with all marketing and subscription sales terminated.

Back in April, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), an anti-piracy partnership forged between Hollywood studios, Netflix, Amazon, and more than two dozen other companies, sued Florida-based Set Broadcast, LLC.

The entertainment industry companies accused Set Broadcast of running SET TV, an unauthorized IPTV service offering otherwise subscription TV channels and media without appropriate licensing.

“Defendants market and sell subscriptions to ‘Setvnow,’ a software application that Defendants urge their customers to use as a tool for the mass infringement ...

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EU Parliament Committee Adopts Piracy ‘Upload Filter’ Proposal
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The EU's plans to modernize copyright law in Europe are moving ahead. The Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament (JURI) just adopted several proposals, including the controversial "upload filters." Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda is disappointed but notes that the fight is not over yet.

Through a series of new proposals, the European Commission is working hard to modernize EU copyright law.

These plans have not been without controversy. In particular, Article 13 of the proposed Copyright Directive has been widely criticized as it would pressure online services to monitor and filter uploaded content.

The article states that online services are liable for any uploaded content unless they take “effective and proportionate” action to prevent copyright infringements, as identified by copyright holders.

That also includes preventing allegedly infringin...

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Think Tank: Congress Should Make Streaming Piracy a Felony
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The Free State Foundation, a think tank founded in 2006 which receives regular donations from the MPAA, is calling on Congress to tackle the threat from streaming piracy. In a new paper, FSF notes that those streaming unlicensed content to the public are currently guilty of a misdemeanor, an offense that should be upgraded to a felony if piracy is to be brought under control.

Soon after the turn of the century, P2P consumption of unlicensed media quickly dominated the file-sharing landscape.

The BitTorrent protocol emerged as the unchallenged kind of peer-to-peer transfers and for many years no rival could get anywhere near its level of market saturation.

Then, soon after the turn of the decade, the tide began to turn. With cheaper, faster bandwidth becoming increasingly available to a broader user base, opportunities to stream content directly from websites gathered unprecedented momentum. What began several years earlier as a relatively niche act...

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The Pirate Bay’s Frozen in Time, No New Uploads
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The Pirate Bay appears to be suffering some technical problems. The site's upload functionality has been broken for several days, preventing new torrents from being added to the site. Some Pirate Bay uploaders are eagerly waiting to release new content, but it's unclear when the issues will be resolved.

The Pirate Bay has more than its fair share of technical inconveniences. Every other week the site goes down for a few hours, or days, just to reappear as if nothing ever happened.

In recent days many users have noticed some hiccups as well, as TPB’s upload functionality is currently broken. According to the recent uploads page, no new torrents have been added since last weekend.

The last torrent was uploaded on Sunday and the recent torrents page suggests that the problems started just before 7:00 a.m. Central European Time.

After that, things went quiet and t...

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BitTorrent Is Reportedly Selling for $140 Million
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BitTorrent Inc, the parent company behind the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, recently made a deal to sell to Justin Sun, the founder of cryptocurrency TRON. According to new information, Sun has agreed to pay $140 million for the company. While no details have yet been confirmed, a shareholder notes that BitTorrent will in part be used to “legitimize” TRON’s business.

Last month, TF broke the news that Justin Sun, the entrepreneur behind the popular cryptocurrency TRON, was in the process of acquiring BitTorrent Inc.

The San-Francisco based file-sharing company confirmed the interest from Sun and last week sources added that details of the sale had been finalized.

One of the questions that remained unanswered is how much the company is worth. This gap has now been filled by TechCrunch, which reports that TRON’s founder agreed to pay $140 million to acquire the company.

According to the report, there are still some outstanding ...

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YouTube’s Piracy Filter Blocks MIT Courses, Blender Videos, and More
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Several popular YouTube accounts, including those belonging to 'MIT OpenCourseWare' and the 'Blender Foundation,' have had all their videos blocked. People who try to access the videos are informed that they are not available in their country, suggesting that YouTube's piracy filters have been triggered. It's unclear, however, who or what is to blame.

To protect copyright holders, YouTube uses an advanced piracy recognition system that flags and disables videos which are used without permission.

This system, known as Content ID, works well most of the time, but it is far from perfect.

It’s not well equipped to determine whether content deployment is protected under ‘fair use’, and in some cases it even views white noise or birds chirping as piracy.

Over the past several days, an even more worrying trend has appeared. Several popular YouTube accounts including those belonging to ‘MIT OpenCour...

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 06/18/18
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The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Escape Plan 2: Hades' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Tomb Raider'. 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' completes the top three.

This week we have three newcomers in our chart.

Escape Plan 2: Hades is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

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This week’s most downloaded movies are: Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer Most downloaded movies via torrents 1 (…) Escape Plan 2: Hades 3.9...

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Torrents Turn Rambo-Prequel Novel into a Success
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When the aspiring Italian author Wallace Lee had his stories about Rambo targeted with a takedown notice, he considered becoming a "pirate writer." Luckily, however, Rambo's creator came to the rescue by officially sanctioning his work. And with help from torrent sites, "Rambo Year One" is now a critically acclaimed success.

In this day and age, aspiring artists have access to a wide variety of tools they can use to create a decent product.

Creating something is easy, but the real challenge is to escape obscurity and get noticed by the public.

Traditionally, this task has been fulfilled by major publishers and other media distributors, but there are also alternative routes.

The stories of YouTube sensations who turned into their own media empires come to mind. But in darker corners of the web, which are mostly associated with piracy, there are success stories too.

This week we spok...

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Sceper Set to Return After Attempted Sale “Turned Into a Scam”
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Sceper, one of the most popular release blogs of recent times, disappeared without warning earlier this year after "real-life" issues got in the way of delivering pirate media to the masses. Now the site is preparing a comeback after the planned sale of the platform reportedly turned into an attempted scam. Sceper's co-owner gives TorrentFreak the lowdown.

Earlier this year, TorrentFreak received a steady stream of emails from users of Sceper.ws, one of the most popular “release blog” sites.

After about eight years of serving up links to large volumes of mainstream content, the site had apparently disappeared. There was no warning or indication of what may have transpired, but several weeks ago a message appeared on its homepage, indicating the platform was up for sale.

Intrigued as to why its operators had decided to throw in the towel, TF made contact seeking information. This week we received a response from part ...

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