Online TV/Music

07 January 2019

Netflix and chill no more - streaming is getting complicated Associated Press

Streaming TV may never again be as simple, or as affordable, as it is now. Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix’s dominance.

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11 December 2018

Turns Out, Willy-Nilly Blocking of URLs Doesn't Stop Film Piracy Gizmodo

The most expensive film ever made in India is out around the globe, and its producers are very serious about shutting down piracy of the film. So serious that they were able to obtain a court order forcing local internet providers to block 12,564 domain names—many of which aren’t even registered. It appears this brute-force approach to piracy didn’t even work.

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30 November 2018

Is a 'Netflix effect' killing prestige films? Washington Post

Netflix may be great for independent-minded filmmakers. But it’s bad for a lot of the companies that produce independent films — and maybe the film business as a whole.

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28 November 2018

Music Industry Asks US Govt. to Reconsider Website Blocking TorrentFreak

US companies have successfully lobbied and litigated extensively for pirate site blockades around the world. On their home turf, the issue was categorically avoided following the SOPA outrage several years ago. It now appears that this position is slowly beginning to change.

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Aussie Senate Dismisses Concerns and Approves New Tough Anti-Piracy Law TorrentFreak

The Senate's Environment and Communications Legislation Committee has given its seal of approval to tough new amendments to Australian copyright law. In its report, the Committee acknowledges widespread concern over the proposals but says that "adequate safeguards" will prevent "adverse consequences."

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19 October 2018

Australia to target Google and Yahoo under internet piracy crackdown The Guardian

The federal government will target search engines as it expands a crackdown on internet piracy, making it harder for Australians to illegally download free movies and music.

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22 August 2018

Piracy is the Internet's Canary in the Coal Mine, MPAA Chief Says TorrentFreak

MPAA chief Charles Rivkin is sounding the alarm bell. The healthy and vibrant Internet many people want is in serious jeopardy. Whether it's in response to fake news, hate speech, or piracy, Rivkin calls on Internet platforms to take responsibility and fix the web's "broken windows."

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08 August 2018

Use of online pay-to-watch TV surges ahead in UK BBC News

The use of commercial video streaming services has surged ahead in Great Britain, according to official figures.

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05 August 2018

Easier streaming services put dent in illegal downloading BBC News

Music piracy is falling out of favour as streaming services become more widespread, new figures show.

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29 June 2018

A US Senate Committee Votes for Peace in the Music Industry New York Times

For a decade, the music industry has promoted a motley series of copyright bills to Congress, only to watch them fail.

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01 June 2018

Majority of Canadians Consume Online Content Legally, Survey Finds TorrentFreak

A study commissioned by Canada's Innovation, Science and Economic Development department has revealed that three-quarters of the Canadian public consume online content exclusively from legal sources. Perhaps surprisingly, just 5% identify as hardcore pirates. Meanwhile, 10% of the population have received infringement notices, with a quarter throwing them straight in the trash.

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31 May 2018

YouTube deletes 30 music videos after Met link with gang violence The Guardian

YouTube has deleted dozens of music videos after complaints by the Metropolitan police that their lyrics were allegedly inciting real-world violence.

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11 April 2018

MPA Reveals Scale of Worldwide Pirate Site Blocking TorrentFreak

Motion Picture Association Canada has revealed the scale of pirate site-blocking around the world. In a submission to the CRTC, the Hollywood group states that at least 42 countries are now obligated to block infringing sites. In Europe alone, 1,800 sites and 5,300 domains have been rendered inaccessible, with Portugal, Italy, the UK, and Denmark leading the way.

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22 March 2018

Online Piracy Is More Popular Than Ever, Research Suggests TorrentFreak

A broad and detailed report from piracy tracking outfit MUSO shows that visits to pirate sites went up last year. The company recorded more than 300 billion visits in 2017, which suggests that "piracy is more popular than ever." TV remained the most popular category and most pirates prefer streaming over torrents or direct downloading.

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14 January 2018

Law enforcement and private sector join forces to shut down illegal Streaming Network Europol

On 11 January 2018, a crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal IPTV streaming business has been dismantled. The investigations were led by the Cypriot Police – Intellectual Property Crime Unit, with the support of the Cybercrime Division of the Greek Police, the Dutch Fiscal Investigative and Intelligence Service (FIOD), the Cybercrime Unit of the Bulgarian Police, Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³) and with the support of members of the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA). In total, four individuals have been arrested and 17 houses searches have been carried out in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece.

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12 January 2018

Europol Hits Huge 500,000 Subscriber Pirate IPTV Operation TorrentFreak

A Europol-led operation involving police forces from Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands, has targeted one of the largest pirate IPTV operations in the world. At least three people have been arrested. Servers in Bulgaria and the Netherlands reportedly supplied the content to an estimated 500,000 subscribers worldwide, generating annual revenues of around five million euros.

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30 November 2017

Netflix Is Not Going to Kill Piracy, Research Suggests TorrentFreak

Netflix and other on-demand streaming services barely help to curtail piracy, new research shows. While legal streaming services are commonly used nowadays, the limited availability of recent content and the associated price tag are serious hurdles for many pirates.

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29 November 2017

Site blocking won't work InternetNZ

InternetNZ is surprised by today’s announcement of court action from Sky TV to a range of ISPs, asking them to block New Zealand Internet users from accessing certain websites. Sky’s assertion is that this move is designed to hamper piracy of online content.

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13 November 2017

Musical.ly, a Chinese App Big in the U.S., Sells for $1 Billion New York Times

The only Chinese social media company to build a major network outside China will be taken over by a fast-growing Chinese upstart.

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08 November 2017

MPAA Warns Australia Not to 'Mess' With Fair Use and Geo-Blocking TorrentFreak

The MPAA has submitted its 2018 list of foreign trade barriers to the U.S. Government. The document reveals that Hollywood is concerned that Australia is considering implementing fair use exceptions, allowing circumvention of geo-blocking, and expanding safe harbor provisions for online services. In addition, the MPAA notes that stiffer penalties are required to deter piracy.

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27 September 2017

EU study finds piracy doesn't hurt game sales, may actually help Ars Technica

For as long as video game piracy has existed, gamers and the industry have argued about whether the practice really hurts sales of legitimate games. In 2010, the Business Software Alliance estimated that generalized software piracy costs the world $51 billion annually and half a million jobs. Even most people who doubt every pirated download is equivalent to a lost sale will admit that illegal downloads have some negative effect on overall game sales.

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21 August 2017

Crowded TV Marketplace Gets Ready for Three Tech Giants New York Times

Apple has more than $1 billion budgeted for original programming, Facebook wants its own version of “Scandal” and Google is ready to spend up to $3 million per episode on a drama.

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19 August 2017

Australia's biggest telcos ordered to block international pirate websites by Federal Court ABC News

Australia's biggest telcos have been ordered to block access to 57 international websites that allow users to download pirated TV shows and movies.

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11 August 2017

Facebook Muscles Into the Online Video Scene Wired

Facebook is moving into short-form, professional video with Watch. It is a latecomer to the field, following similar moves by rivals such as Twitter, Snap, Spotify and Reddit. But Facebook could still wind up being a big winner.

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16 July 2017

Why musicians are so angry at the world's most popular music streaming service Washington Post

With the money from CDs and digital downloads disappearing, the music industry has pinned its hope for the future on online song streaming, which now accounts for the majority of the $7.7 billion U.S. music market.

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