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China Hits Piracy By Shutting Down One Of Its Most Valued Movie Hubs

China Hits Piracy By Shutting Down One Of Its Most Valued Movie HubsSiluhd.com used to be one of the country’s most famous websites, but now it’s been shut down by China’s authorities.

Having more than 130 employees, 1.4 million registered users, and over 10 years of servicing the public with high-quality pirated movies, Siluhd.com was amongst China’s favorites. The portal’s CEO, along with some of the directors, was detained last week, and the website was shut down.

The announcement came through a local news portal called Sina. According to their report, Siluhd used to offer hundreds of thousands of HD movies (in Blu-Ray format), TV series, music tracks, and even games. A probable cause for the portal being targeted by the Chinese authorities was that it charged its members with 50 yuan (approximately $8.10) every month. However, it is yet unknown how much money their system generated along the years.

China’s World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated every April (on the 26th), and this year’s event came with a big, fat prize. According to statements offered by Chinese officials, Zhou and seven of the website’s directors were detained on suspicion of copyright infringement; out of the 139 employees, 30 could also be detained, as they allegedly uploaded copyrighted content.

“Police found in Zhou’s house more than 190 1-TB hard disks carrying over 10 thousand pieces of movies and TV series,” Caijing wrote last Friday.

Along with Siluhd, several other established websites, most of which offering free video/music streaming and downloading services, were shut down, Sina informed.

However, unlike Siluhd, their predicament could only be temporary, as one of them (yyets.com) resumed its business the next day after the popular event.

While Bitcoin’s Value Goes Unstable, TPB Decides To Accept Donations In The Form of Bitcoins

While Bitcoin’s Value Goes Unstable, TPB Decides To Accept Donations In The Form of BitcoinsAlthough the Bitcoin devalued last week (dropping to approximately $80 per Bitcoin), the world’s most famous BitTorrent tracker, The Pirate Bay, is now allowing people to make donations via Bitcoins.

It’s been nearly 10 years since The Pirate Bay opened its gates to the public. The portal’s revenues relied solely on advertising banners, but now it’s time for a change. In light of world-wide efforts to sink the ship, the black-flaggers adopted a new strategy – that of increasing their revenues by enabling people to make donations in the form of Bitcoins.

The decision, however, could prove to be a double-edged sword; on one hand, the Bitcoin is hard to trace and/or seize due to its nature, but, on the other, the transparency of Bitcoin donations may constitute a downside. Time will tell whether TPB made the right call or not.

Aside from this “issue”, if you decide to make a donation, you should know that all Bitcoin transactions work on a simple yet secure rule: money goes from one anonymous peer to the other.

Meanwhile, plenty of other services chose to use the Bitcoin, including EZTV, ezRSS, OpenBitTorrent, PublicBitTorrent, Zoink, Torrage, and iStole.

A day after TPB embraced the currency, people started to make donations, summing up to 5.56 BTC.

via: TorrentFreak

Italy Cracks Down On Piracy With Extensive Domain Seizing Campaign

Italy Cracks Down On Piracy With Extensive Domain Seizing CampaignAfter the U.S. Homeland Security seized over 70 domain names back in 2010, this is the second major action against file-sharing and cyberlocking services.

A TorrentFreak report informs that the Public Prosecutor of Rome has set the weapons on no less than 27 file-sharing services. Furthermore, the domain-seizing campaign (rapidly becoming known as “A monster from Rome”) is set to go beyond Italy’s own borders.

“The domains of sites linking to torrent files, in order to download illegal copies of music and movies, have been seized [blocked] this week as ordered by Preliminary investigation of the Judge of Rome, at the request of the public prosecutor, following an investigation of the Italian Cybercrime Police,” a statement obtained by TorrentFreak reads.

In response to these measures, Fulvio Sarzana, an Italian attorney specialized in copyright laws, said that:

“I think that operations like this one could jeopardize freedom of speech, and endanger legitimate web sites, being also a risk for the civil liberties. Copyright cannot be considered as a more essential right than freedom of expression, or a more important matter than a free and open internet.”

“The order of the seizure of the websites has been given at the request of a small Italian distributor for one single cartoon movie: it is clear that there is not any proportion between the seizure of entire sites (and domains) containing millions of legal files and the potential violation of the copyright of a single movie,” he concluded.

The following 27 domain names targeted by the prosecutor are blocked at a DNS level.


The Pirate Bay Switches To Greenland (.gl); Seizing Procedures For The New Domain Are About To Commence

The Pirate Bay Switches To Greenland (.gl); Seizing Procedures For The New Domain Are About To CommenceIn an effort to avoid having their domain name seized, The Pirate Bay moved to a new one belonging to Greenland (.gl). Soon after, Greenland’s  company in charge with all .gl registrations took action against the torrent portal.

A Pirate Bay insider recently told TorrentFreak that the move comes in anticipation to the new domain name seizure campaign taking place in Sweden.

For regular users, this was not a dramatic change at all; the old page redirected them to the new one. Furthermore, The Pirate Bay has also decided to run its business from a different set of IP-addresses, just to make sure that they’re out of the danger zone.

The decision marked the second time in more than a year when TPB switched its domain name – the first being when thepiratebay.org became thepiratebay.se.

Unfortunately for the world’s leading torrent hub, Tele-Post – the company that oversees all .GL registrations – said in a statement that:

“Tele-Post has today decided to block access to two domains operated by file-sharing network The Pirate Bay.”

“We observed Tuesday that the domains [ThePirateBay.gl & PirateBay.gl] had been activated and therefore immediately contacted our lawyer,” the company continued.

What will be the next move is still to be seen, but what we know now is that The Pirate Bay is currently running on its old domain name (that is thepiratebay.se) until a new one will be found.

Russia’s Government Will Not Put Pirates To The Wall

Russia’s Government Will Not Put Pirates To The WallTo avoid the disastrous effects of misdirected copyright enforcement (see the case of the United States), but still keep piracy at bay, the Russian government has announced that is ready to adopt a different approach.

Governments from around the world desperately tried to put an end to piracy, either by dragging thousands of alleged infringers into copyright lawsuits or by going after the source – file-sharing services. Unfortunately for them neither worked. As a matter of fact, their efforts only increased the popularity of file-sharing websites, and did little to nothing to stop them from spreading. Their lack of inspiration to find a suitable solution – such as creating more virtual places where legal content can be purchased, understanding that there’s a vital difference between “hardcore pirates” and the usual BitTorrent user, and, why not, come up with improved copyright laws that do not undermine our freedom of speech and human rights – eventually led to an increase in popularity of what we know as graduated response systems. Their declared purpose is to educate the regular internet user about copyright and copyright infringement; however, this method is not enough for rightsholders, who continue to target file-sharers by the hundreds of thousands.

Taking the stand at Read Legally – Russia’s initiative to quench the thirst for knowledge in a legal manner, Vladimir Grigoryev (head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media) said:

“We do not plan to hold Internet users liable for downloading as they do in the U.S., where owners of computers can end up in court.”

This doesn’t mean, however, that piracy will be welcomed with open arms by Russia. The Russian government is determined to impose stricter rules when it comes to websites that facilitate copyright infringement.

“Responsibility [for illegally downloading copyrighted content] will be placed on the owners of pirate websites,” Grigoryev said.

He continued by saying that Russian file-sharers will soon be the subjects of educational programs similar to those in the United States.

“[File-sharers] will enter an educational campaign,” he said.

Details about the campaign are scarce, at least for now, but the Russian government seems to be confident.

Time will tell whether the country’s entertainment industry, who had been sending complaints about VKontakte and AllofMP3 clones for years now, is going to be satisfied once these campaigns kick in or not.

Stay tuned!

source: TorrentFreak