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Cloudflare Blocks Access to Pirate Site For “Legal Reasons”, Displays Rare 451 Error

Breaking CDN company Cloudflare is displaying an extremely rare ‘Error 451′ to German visitors who attempt to access a music piracy site. The message currently affecting DDL-Music.to states that the site has been rendered “Unavailable for Legal Reasons’. Contrary to Cloudflare’s own error code guide, no explanatory legal demand specifics have been published. As one […]

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Russia Blocks Shutterstock Domain, Restricting Access to Legitimate Copyrighted Content

News Russia’s website blocking system, which is frequently used to prevent access to copyright-infringing content, is now blocking access to legitimate copyrighted images on Shutterstock. According to telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor, an image considered insulting to the state resulted in image.shutterstock.com and two IP addresses being blocked by the country’s ISPs. Many countries around the world […]

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Denmark Blocks Sci-Hub Plus Streaming, Torrent & YouTube-Ripping Sites

Following legal action by anti-piracy group Rights Alliance and many rightsholders, 11 sites in various sectors have been deemed illegal. Among them are torrent site TorrentFunk, various streaming platforms, two YouTube-ripping services and popular scientific publication download sites Sci-Hub and Library Genesis. While many countries around Europe have frameworks in place to block ‘pirate’ sites […]

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Microsoft Puts Blocks On In-Browser Minecraft Clone

A developer who implemented Minecraft in Javascript to bring the “game onto the web” has been served with a takedown notice by Microsoft. While citing breaches of the DMCA, the notice adds that the variant of the popular world-building game also breaches other rights belonging to the company, including trademarks. Minecraft is one of the […]

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YouTube ‘Blocks’ Popular MP3 Stream-Ripping Sites

Several stream-ripping sites have been unable to download and convert files from YouTube starting a few hours ago. It appears that the video streaming platform is actively blocking requests from these sites. While the reason for the sudden blocking efforts is unknown, the music industry would certainly welcome a more aggressive stance from YouTube. Free […]

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Kaspersky VPN Now Blocks ‘Pirate’ Sites in Russia

Following orders from local authorities, Kaspersky’s VPN has begun blocking sites on Russia’s national blacklist, which includes many ‘pirate’ sites. The news follows reports that the country’s telecoms watchdog, Roscomnadzor, will not attempt to block VPNs for non-compliance, but will seek to fine them instead. In order to prevent citizens from accessing objectionable content, from […]

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The Pirate Bay Faces Massive ISP Blocks in Spain

Back in 2015, Vodafone admitted that following an order from the Spanish government, it had begun blocking The Pirate Bay, the world’s most famous torrent site. Fast forward four years and the Ministry of Culture and Sports is attempting to finish the job, with an order for ISPs to block more than 60 TPB-related domains. […]