Kodi Declares ‘War’ on Trademark Trolls – TorrentFreak

The Kodi team, operating under the XBMC Foundation, is taking a stand against ‘trademark trolls’ who abuse the Kodi name for personal profit. They accuse the Canadian trademark owner of actively blackmailing hardware vendors and removing content from Amazon. If needed, the foundation says that it may have to take legal action to keep its software freely accessible.

Source: Kodi Declares ‘War’ on Trademark Trolls – TorrentFreak

Porn Producer Says He’ll Prove That AMC TV Exec is a BitTorrent Pirate – TorrentFreak


Porn producer Flava Works is going toe to toe with Marc Juris, President & General Manager of AMC-owned WE tv. Unusually in such cases, Juris sued Flava Works first, after the company approached him with an offer to settle, which would have kept his identity a secret. With that no longer an option, the battle lines are being drawn.

Source: Porn Producer Says He’ll Prove That AMC TV Exec is a BitTorrent Pirate – TorrentFreak

Warner/Chappell Issues Copyright Claim Over YouTube Video Deliberately Containing None Of Its Music | Techdirt


Warner/Chappell’s DMCA takedown arm is so damn proactive it can kill YouTube videos containing as little as 0% of its IP. A clip of Star Wars posted to YouTube sans overbearing John Williams soundtrack was targeted by Warner/Chappell, the owner of the rights to John Williams’ Star Wars compositions.

Source: Warner/Chappell Issues Copyright Claim Over YouTube Video Deliberately Containing None Of Its Music | Techdirt

Copyright Troll Claims Texan Woman Downloaded Over 54,000 Torrents – TorrentFreak


Copyright holders have leveled some quite outrageous accusations over the years, but Malibu Media is taking it to the next level. The company is trying to convince a Texas woman to settle a piracy lawsuit over 15 downloads while accusing her of a further 54,000 downloads of content belonging to other rightsholders’ to increase the pressure.

Source: Copyright Troll Claims Texan Woman Downloaded Over 54,000 Torrents – TorrentFreak

Indie Game Developer Shares Free Keys on The Pirate Bay – TorrentFreak


While many copyright holders are filled with rage when they see their content showing up at The Pirate Bay, not all are. The developer of the indie adventure game ‘Paradigm’ decided to hand out free keys on the popular torrent site instead, realizing that not everyone can afford to buy it legally.

Source: Indie Game Developer Shares Free Keys on The Pirate Bay – TorrentFreak

US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak


The US Embassy in Costa Rica has threatened to have the country’s domain registry shut down unless it suspends ThePirateBay.cr. The registry says it won’t comply without a court order and has written to the ICANN organization to complain about harassment and personal insults.

Source: US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak

Denuvo Accused of Using Unlicensed Software to Protect its Anti-Piracy Tool – TorrentFreak

In what could be a severe case of irony overload, anti-piracy company Denuvo is being accused of using unlicensed software to protect its infamous anti-piracy tool. A developer of VMProtect, software which itself protects against reverse engineering and cracking, says that Denuvo has been using the product without obtaining the necessary permission.

Source: Denuvo Accused of Using Unlicensed Software to Protect its Anti-Piracy Tool – TorrentFreak

Copyright troll David Lowe dropped eleventh defendant after defense attorney threatened to expose fraud | Fight © Trolls

David A. Lowe
…a bittorent copyright troll David A. Lowe (Guardaley) became a laughing stock over the last couple of months by predictably dismissing his victims – one after another – as soon as the next said victim retained attorney Christopher Lynch, and Mr. Lynch sent a demand letter threatening to expose the troll’s fraudulent conduct.When I reported this pattern for the first time, there were only four dismissed defendants. Today the count is eleven.

Source: Copyright troll David Lowe dropped eleventh defendant after defense attorney threatened to expose fraud | Fight © Trolls

Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers – TorrentFreak

A District Court judge in Seattle has taken a novel approach in a series of default judgments targeting alleged BitTorrent pirates. Since the defendants are accused of sharing files in the same swarm, they should also share the penalty among each other, the judge argues. According to the order, these cases are not intended to provide a windfall to filmmakers.

Source: Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers – TorrentFreak