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Facebook Sued Over Failure to Respond to DMCA Takedown Notices

News Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli is suing Facebook for copyright infringement. According to the complaint, the social media platform failed to remove a series of links to copyrighted photos. The takedown notices in question were sent around the same time a TorrentFreak-linked Boffoli-meme was taken down by Facebook. Seattle-based artist Christopher Boffoli is no stranger […]

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Instagram Uses DMCA Complaint to Protect Users’ “Copyrighted Works”

Breaking Facebook-owned Instagram has taken down an independently developed API claiming that it violates the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA. The complaint claims that the tool ‘Instagram-API’ allows unauthorized access to Instagram users’ posts, which the company says are copyrighted works to which it grants protected access. DMCA notices are sent in their millions every […]

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Rivendell Has Now Sent Half a Billion DMCA Takedown Requests to Google

Breaking This week anti-piracy company Rivendell made history by reporting its 500 millionth infringing URL to Google. Speaking with TorrentFreak, the founder of Rivendell and sister company LeakID says that his team works closely with Google and finds the search giant very cooperative and helpful. He credits pirates for being resourceful but loves finding ways […]

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MangaDex Targeted by DMCA Subpoena, Now Migrating Servers

Breaking MangaDex, a scanlation platform with tens of millions of monthly visitors, is experiencing extended downtime with a host migration and maintenance cited as the official reasons. However, TorrentFreak has learned that a DMCA subpoena was granted to copyright holder Viz Media in December, one that ordered Cloudflare to give up the identity of MangaDex’s […]

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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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Apple Hits Encryption Key With DMCA Notice, Panic Shuts Down the Jailbreak Sub-Reddit

News A sub-Reddit dedicated to jailbreaking iOS devices put itself into lockdown yesterday after several DMCA notices were filed against the discussion forum. Various sources reported that the notices were filed by Apple, in an attempt to hinder distribution of jailbreaking-related tools and information. While that remains unconfirmed, Apple did use the DMCA to take […]

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Google Sees DMCA Anti-Circumvention Notices Skyrocket

News Copyright holders are increasingly targeting Google with DMCA anti-circumvention notices. The number of complaints has already doubled compared to last year, and skyrocketed compared to the years before. The notices are particularly effective as there is no standard mechanism to file a counter-notification. A few weeks ago, we reported that the RIAA targeted several […]