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TV Distributors Abandon IPTV Blocking Application Down Under

Back in February, TV distributor International Media Distribution launched legal action in Australia’s Federal Court targeting IPTV provider Reelplay. The company and two partners wanted local ISPs to block the platform due to alleged copyright infringement. However, for reasons unknown, the applicants have now terminated their case. Changes to the law now make it relatively […]

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Warner Bros. Obtains Several Blocking Orders Targeting Major Pirate Sites

Warner Bros. has obtained several interim injunctions which compel ISPs in India to begin blocking major ‘pirate’ sites including EZTV, TorrentDownloads, Zooqle, Monova, Tamilrockers, and many more. The original applications are for permanent blocking injunctions that can be varied to counter circumvention. In some cases, domain suspensions have also been ordered. India is no stranger […]

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Inside the UK’s ‘Pirate’ IPTV Blocking System

Thanks to an injunction obtained by the Premier League, ISPs can now be ordered to block ‘pirate’ IPTV services whenever they air live Premiership football games. The entire system is highly secretive but sources with knowledge of how it operates have been sharing what they know with TF. It’s an intriguing and tactical game of […]

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Stream-Rippers Successfully Counter YouTube’s Blocking Efforts

Last week YouTube started to block stream-ripping sites from accessing its platform. The new measure, which is part of the company’s efforts to prevent unauthorized downloading, was welcomed by the music industry and other stakeholders. The targeted sites are not sitting still, however, with several managing to successfully bypass the blocking efforts. After the music […]

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Premier League Wins New ISP Piracy Blocking Order

The Premier League has won an injunction from the Commercial Court in Ireland to have live ‘pirate’ streams of its football matches blocked by local ISPs. Under the order, ISPs Eircom, Sky, Virgin and Vodafone will respond to real-time information supplied by the League’s anti-piracy partners. The injunction mirrors a similar program previously established in […]

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UK Pirate Site Blocking Requests Have Stopped, For Now

A few years ago, movie and music industry companies would regularly go to the UK High Court to demand pirate site blockades. These efforts, which were previously seen as an essential tool to combat infringement, have stopped for now. It appears other anti-piracy endeavors have priority instead. Website blocking is without a doubt one of […]

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Premier League Seeks Live Sports Blocking Order in Ireland

The Premier League is seeking to expand its illegal stream blocking program to Ireland. An application filed at the High Court demands that ISPs including Eircom, Sky, Virgin and Vodafone prevent their customers from accessing Premier League content via pirate sites and servers. Blocking of pirate websites and services is now a global phenomenon. Mostly […]

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Encrypted DNS and SNI Make Pirate Site Blocking Much Harder

Pirate site blocking is seen as an an effective enforcement tool for rightsholders. However, network experts and Internet providers warn that new threats are on the horizon. Encrypted DNS and SNI can potentially make it much more complicated to prevent people from visiting certain websites. Website blocking has become a prime measure for the entertainment […]