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Cloudflare Agrees to Stop Caching Pirate Content in Japan, If Court Declares Sites Illegal

News In 2018, four of Japan’s largest manga publishers filed a motion at a Tokyo court demanding that Cloudflare stop providing services to several ‘pirate’ sites, including Mangamura replacement Hoshinoromi. The companies now reveal that a settlement has been reached with Cloudflare to “stop the replication” of the sites on its Japan-based servers, if a […]

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Court Orders Cloudflare to Prevent Access to Pirated Music or Face Fines or Prison

News This week visitors to pirate music site DDL-Music were greeted with a rare ‘Error 451’ message from Cloudflare, indicating that the site had been rendered unavailable due to legal reasons. It now transpires that following legal action by Universal Music, Cloudflare was served with a court injunction , which threatened fines and potential prison […]

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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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Cloudflare Sued For Failing to Terminate 99 ‘Repeat Copyright Infringing’ Sites

When copyright holders feel they have exhausted all options to have websites stop their allegedly-infringing activities, there is a growing trend to move further up the chain. Sites now regularly have copyright complaints filed against their hosting companies and domain registries, for example, demanding that they take action to prevent contentious behavior. Since millions of […]

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American Petroleum Institute Obtains DMCA Subpoena Ordering Cloudflare Action Against Pirate Site

Breaking The American Petroleum Institute has obtained a DMCA subpoena requiring Cloudflare to stop doing business with, and hand over the personal details of, individuals behind several domains offering pirated copies of its standards. The powerful oil and gas association says that its standards are only available in physical formats so the PDF copies currently […]

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Japan Pirate Site Traffic Collapsed 50% in Four Months, With a Little Help From Cloudflare

News A report published by the Motion Picture Association reveals that traffic to pirate sites focused on Japan halved between March and June 2018. A significant part of the collapse is attributed to the closure of giant manga site Mangamura and two similar platforms. Interestingly, especially considering criticism elsewhere on the piracy front, information provided […]