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Roku devices to be back on sale in Mexico following court ruling

Roku devices to be back on sale in Mexico following court ruling

Roku to resume sales in Mexico after court ruling

A favorable ruling from the 11th Collegiate Court in Mexico City will now allow the popular streaming device, Roku, to resume sales of its set-top boxes in Mexico in the coming weeks.

Roku devices were prohibited for sale in Mexico back in July 2017 due to a piracy lawsuit filed by TV company Cablevision, the cable TV operator owned by Mexican media giant Televisa. Cablevision took Roku to court alleging that the devices manufactured by Roku were being hacked to allow users to watch pirated channels. However, this ruling has now been overturned and Roku has been declared legal that allows it to enter the streaming market in Mexico once again.

Roku General Counsel Stephen Kay says, “Today’s decision is an important victory for Roku and its Mexican distributor, Latamel Distribuidora, S. de R.L. de C.V. and Mexican retailers in the legal battle against an improper ban on sales of its popular streaming players in Mexico. We are pleased with the Collegiate Court’s decision and look forward to continuing to build Roku’s TV streaming business in Mexico.”

Also, Roku CMO Matthew Anderson after the latest ruling said, “Streaming is the future of TV. It offers a great opportunity for consumers in Mexico by providing more entertainment choices, the ability to watch TV on their schedules and more value for money. We are grateful for our customers in Mexico who, despite the sales ban, continued to stream more and more hours; and for our retail partners and content providers who supported us throughout this past year. We look forward to launching the latest Roku devices in Mexico soon and giving customers an even richer streaming experience.”

However, Cablevision also issued a statement warning Roku that it would take further legal action if it found pirate channels appearing on Roku devices in the future. “In the event they fail to take due care about carrying unauthorized content, we will continue with legal action such as the dozens of actions that the Mexican Intellectual Property Institute (IMPI) and various judicial, local and federal governments have taken to block pirated sites on Roku,” said Cablevision.

Roku devices are expected to become available for sale via distributors including Amazon, Best Buy, Office Depot, Radio Shack, Sears, and Walmart in the coming weeks.

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ACE launches a crackdown on illegal Kodi plugins

ACE launches a crackdown on illegal Kodi plugins

ACE sends out cease-and-desist letters to ‘pirate’ Kodi add-on developers and distributors

The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) has started sending out cease and desist letters as a new offensive against Kodi box manufacturers, developers and several individuals of the Kodi add-on community for facilitating piracy.

For those unaware, ACE is an anti-piracy coalition formed by the likes of Amazon, Disney, Netflix, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, HBO, CBS, Sony Pictures, Canal + and several major Hollywood studios to combat the pirate distribution of their content.

According to TorrentFreak, ACE has sent cease and desist letters to developers, distributors and several individuals asking them to stop their illegal activities such as development of extensions or their hosting on the internet or maintaining builds and repositories on YouTube that explains how to access protected content from Kodi.

Several sites have closed their doors, which includes NoobsAndNerds, a repository specialized in extensions for Kodi, is currently down, reports TVAddons who were the first to notice it. The site’s Twitter account has also been disabled.

SpinzTV, who offers unofficial Kodi builds and an associated repository, is also under the scanner.

https://twitter.com/SpezC1/status/963524961758535685

Many netizens have started posting the letter received from ACE on Twitter. However, no one seems to care, for instance, like the developer, Teverz and YouTuber, Doggmatic (see their tweets below).

This is not the first time ACE has initiated such an action. In November last year, ACE had summoned two plugin developers for Kodi to cease their activities. In February this year, ACE obtained a preliminary injunction against TickBox TV, a box distributed in the United States that explains in detail how to install illegal add-ons. TickBox, the company which sells the TickBox TV device, have been ordered to release a software update for TickBox TV to remove copyright-infringing add-ons from its Kodi-powered streaming boxes.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Netflix and Amazon join hands with Hollywood studios to fight piracy against Dragon Media

Netflix, Amazon and Hollywood studios sue Dragon Box streaming device seller

Netflix, Amazon and Hollywood studios accuse Dragon Media of copyright infringement, sue the Dragon Box streaming device seller

Netflix and Amazon along with several major Hollywood studios like Universal, Columbia, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Dragon Media for facilitating piracy on a huge scale.

Dragon Media, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based company, is accused of offering its Dragon Box, a streaming media box that comes pre-loaded with customized open-source Kodi software, which can be used to access pirated content and facilitate mass copyright infringement.

For those unaware, Kodi is a free and open-source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub. It works as a centralized media center that allows you to access all of your digital audio, movies, TV shows, music collection and photo library from a single, convenient place. The content can be accessed whenever and wherever you are. You can run it on televisions and set-top boxes and streaming devices.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Central District of California, Dragon Media urges their customers to use Dragon Box for watching copyrighted movies and TV shows. It advertises its products by encouraging users to stop paying for authorized subscription services and “Watch your Favourites Anytime For FREE”, “Get rid of your Premium Channels … (and) Stop paying for Netflix and Hulu,” the lawsuit says.

“Dragon Box uses software to link its customers to infringing content on the Internet,” the studios said in their 23-page complaint. “The Dragon Media application provides Defendants’ customers with a customized configuration of the Kodi media player and a curated selection of the most popular addons for accessing infringing content,” the lawsuit states.

“These addons are designed and maintained for the overarching purpose of scouring the Internet for illegal sources of copyrighted content and returning links to that content. When Dragon Box customers click those links, those customers receive unauthorized streams of popular motion pictures and television shows.

“When used as defendants intend and instruct, Dragon Box gives defendants’ customers access to multiple sources that stream plaintiffs’ copyrighted works without authorization,” the complaint added.

The lawsuit further alleges, “The commercial value of Defendants’ Dragon Box business depends on high-volume use of unauthorized content through the Dragon Box devices. Defendants promise their customers reliable and convenient access to all the content they can stream and customers purchase Dragon Box devices based on Defendants’ apparent success in delivering infringing content to their customers.”

The streaming boxes in recent months have become the main target for copyright enforcers, including the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), an anti-piracy partnership between Hollywood studios, Netflix, Amazon, and more than two dozen other companies that have come together to fight piracy around the world.

A similar complaint was filed by the same studios had filed in October last year against TickBox, a company based in Georgia, US, which sells the TickBox TV gadget.

With this lawsuit, the future of Dragon Media has suddenly become uncertain. However, at the time of writing, the Dragon Box website is still active and the company has not yet responded on the accusations.

The lawsuit has named Dragon Media Inc. owner and President Paul Christoforo and Dragon Box device distributor Jeff Williams as the defendants. Further, the movie studios have asked the California District court for an injunction to shut down the infringing service along with an injunction against Dragon Media, Christoforo and Williams, and up to $150,000 in statutory damages.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Young students offered $10 to pirate latest movies in cinemas

Young students offered $10 to pirate latest movies in cinemas

Students and youths offered $10 to record movies and upload them on pirate sites

With stringent rules and laws put in place for piracy, students and youngsters are now being offered $10 to flock cinemas and record the latest blockbusters and upload them on pirate sites, revealed an Indian Chamber of Commerce representative during a meeting with police this week. “The amount is being deposited into their account the moment they upload the film,” an official said.

In a country like India, the demand for movies is very huge, as it produces movies anywhere between 1,500 to 2,000 each year, which is more than any other country in the world, reveals a 2015 report.

However, piracy is a huge problem in India. A worth watching movie is mostly pirated very quickly either on the day of its release or couple of days later. These early copies of movies recorded from “cams” – recordings made in cinemas – are sold for a negligible amount and instantly grabbed by those people who cannot afford to purchase cinema tickets.

According to local Anti-Video Piracy Committee representatives, the cam recordings come from piracy groups who have outsourced “camming” duties to external people. This helps them in efficiently decentralizing their operations.

For such work, particularly young students with decent mobile phones are targeted. There is no dearth of such candidates in India which now has more than a billion phone users.

Raj Kumar, Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce representative and Anti-Video Piracy Committee chairman, says, “The offer to youngsters is that they would get 10 US dollars into their bank accounts, if they videographed and sent it on the first day of release of the film. The minors and youngsters are getting attracted to the money, not knowing that piracy is a crime,” he adds.

Even though US$10 may seem like a paltry amount, the offer is significant for many locals. According to 2014 figures, the average daily wage in India is just 272 Indian Rupees (US$4.24), which means that by sitting in a cinema for an hour or two with a phone, a student can theoretically earn more than one can in two days of employment.

Jayesh Ranjan, IT and Industries Secretary had organized a meeting of film producers, Internet service providers and cybercrime officials on December 18 where the problem of youth “camming” was brought up.

It was decided in the meeting that the Telangana State government may soon have its own special police officers and cybercrime experts to handle the increasing problem of pirate sites, who will take them down if necessary.

“The State government has adopted a no-tolerance policy towards online piracy of films and will soon have a plan in place to tackle and effectively curb piracy. We need to adopt strong measures and countermeasures to weed out all kinds of piracy,” Ranjan said.

The State already has its own Intellectual Property Crimes Unit (IPCU) who have been successful in curbing piracy in some cases, local officials have complained that too little is being done to control huge losses faced by the industry.

Earlier this year, although individuals involved in the piracy of the spectacular movie Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion, which is also the highest grossing Indian film ever within six days of its release, had been tracked down by cybercrime officials, the nitty-gritties still seem to escape Indian anti-piracy forces.

In the month of October 2017, a 4K copy of Baahubali 2 was uploaded to YouTube, bringing the best of Indian cinema for the first time for free to the delight of audience around the world. The movie has racked up an amazing 54.7 million views since it has been uploaded.

In the meeting held on Monday, it was felt that sites providing pirated Indian movies should be targeted and defeated.

“In the meeting, the ISPs too were asked to designate a nodal officer who can keep a watch over websites which upload such data onto their websites and bring them down,” a cybercrime police officer said.

Source: TorrentFreak

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72-Year-Old Man Accused Of Downloading Movies Illegally

72-Year-Old Man Accused Of Downloading Movies Illegally

Elderly Hawaiin Man Says He Is Wrongfully Indicted

In a state-wide crackdown conducted by Hawaiin police recently on its residents for downloading illegal movies, a 72-year-old Kailua man is being sued for downloading pirated movies. However, he has denied the claim as “absolutely absurd” and said that he has being wrongfully accused.

I’ve never illegally downloaded anything … or even legally! I use my computer for email, games, news and that’s about it,” John J. Harding said. “It was kind of overwhelming because I’ve never downloaded anything in my life, and a movie, it’s crazy!” Harding added.

A local attorney has been hired by movie companies to hunt down alleged offenders. However, some are of the view that innocent people are being targeted by movie companies.

In the month of June, Harding received a letter from local attorney, Kerry Culpepper, that accused him of downloading a movie and also listed Harding’s IP address for having over 1,000 other pirated downloads. Culpepper works for the rightsholders of movies such as ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice.’

Culpepper asked the Hawaii Federal Court for a subpoena, which ordered the associated Internet provider to disclose the details of the customers who downloaded illegally at IP addresses that he tracked down. Although Harding was one of them, it’s possible someone else may have used his internet service.

The accusation came as a shock to Harding, who said that he never downloads anything, which means it is likely that someone else may have been using his internet service.

I know definitely that I’m not guilty and my wife is not guilty. So what’s going on? Did somebody hack us?” Harding said. “Is somebody out there actively hacking us? How they do that and go about doing that, I have no idea.”

The settlement requests sent by the attorney to the exposed users’ states, “Our firm is authorized to accept the sum of $3,900 as full settlement for our client’s claims. This offer will expire on 7/31/2017. Thereafter, our client will accept no less than the sum of $4,900 to settle this matter, but this increased settlement offer will expire on 8/7/2017.”

However, the elderly man was not interested in accepting the offer. “The tone of the letter was basically, pay up or we’re coming after you,” Harding said. “It’s absurd. Absolutely absurd.”

Culpepper said damages go up to $150,000 per illegal download and said the letter was not just a scare ploy.

I have to strike a balance between getting the attention of the subscriber, but not causing too much stress, and I believe that my letters strike that balance,” Culpepper said.

Adding further, Culpepper said that people who feel that they have been wrongfully indicted need to contact his office.

This is similar to a car stolen. If your car was stolen and your car hit someone or did some damage, initially the victim would look to see who was the owner of the car,” he said. “You would probably tell them, someone stole my car. That time, that person would try to find the person who stole your car.”

In the past, Culpepper said that he has accepted lower settlements and sometimes apology letters instead of payment.

We’re not trying to bankrupt people or take food from the mouths of struggling people. The purpose of this campaign is to deter piracy,” he said.

While Harding is not planning to hire an attorney due to expenses, on the other hand, Culpepper is advising people not to ignore his letters.

“The worst thing that could happen would be someone who is not responsible for this becoming a named defendant.”

Jonathan Yunger, vice president of Millennium Media, the parent company of one of the complainants, said they are not after people’s money. They want people to take piracy very seriously and stop downloading illegally content.

Source: Hawaii News Now

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 To Block Downloads From Kodi, The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents And Others

Microsoft's Windows 10 To Block Downloads From Kodi, The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents And Others

Microsoft to stop illegal downloads as Kodi, The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and others to be blocked in Windows 10

The fight against piracy has been a long one. With people on either side of the fight & debate sticking to their guns on the matter. However, it now looks like the software giant might change the piracy landscape once and for all.

New Patent

This report comes on the basis of a new patent filed by Microsoft that could potentially allow it to block content being shared without the copyright holder’s permission. If true, this action could snip the problem of unauthorized content sharing right at the root.

Microsoft’s patent relies on fingerprint recognition to identify the source of these illegal files and block them. Along with blocking these files, users who frequently share files without authorization could end up being singled out and punished. This system, if implemented could be much more effective in stomping out piracy than the current system of the copyright holder issuing legal notices.

The patent filed by Microsoft reads as :

“Objects in a shared storage system can be marked as including prohibited content. Incidents that result in objects being so marked can be stored in an incident history associated with a user responsible for those objects. The incident history can be processed to identify repeat offenders and modify access privileges of those users.”

“However, when objects are shared by one user with another user, prohibited content is blocked from being shared, while the remainder of the shared objects can be accessed by the other user. Functions that allow sharing of content are implemented so as prevent sharing of prohibited content with another user, while allowing other content to be shared. If a group of files or objects is shared, then the presence of prohibited content in one object in the group results in that prohibited content not being shared, but the remaining files or objects are still shared.”

Though this is new news, the fact that Microsoft might eventually join the fight against piracy is not old news. Long before reports of the patent broke, there were reports of a kill switch in Windows 10 that could search and identify pirated content for the purpose of disabling and deleting the files. Although those plans did not roll out with Windows 10, there were appeals made by anti-piracy agencies to Microsoft advocating the need for them to include such a feature in their popular OS.

The fight so far

This patent comes in the wake of increased pressure on resources for sharing pirated content such as The Pirate Bay and Kodi. Readers of this website would be aware of the saga that played out when copyright protection groups across the US and Europe used the legal system to block access to The Pirate Bay. The resistance displayed by Pirate Bay at the time only seemed to have increased its popularity and resulted in multiple points of access to their servers through proxies. Once that filed, the focus has shifted onto individuals responsible for sharing the content in the first place. The International Property Office (IPO) in the UK has increased the prison sentence for unauthorized sharing of copyrighted content to 10 years from 2.

The IPO had previously commissioned a study that suggested online copyright infringement should carry similar sanctions to those used for counterfeiting offences. Minister of State for Digital and Culture at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock said: “I’m delighted the Digital Economy Act has become law. This legislation will help build a more connected and stronger economy.”

While its unlikely that individual users will be handed out prisons sentences, they could be required by law to get involved in the legal process.

Speaking about the issues of illegal streaming Kieron Sharp, FACT Chief Executive, told Express.co.uk: “Consumers need to be aware that devices that allow you access to premium pay-for TV channels without a legitimate subscription, or access to films that are not yet available to rent or buy, are illegal.

“Whilst end users are not a target, they could get swept up in one of our operations and become part of the whole criminal investigation, which could lead to prosecution alongside the suppliers, retailers and importers.”

The fact that most people in the world use Windows on their machines could spell doom for torrent sites and other sharing networks. The ability to accurately identify proponents of piracy might be the biggest deterrent yet for people indulging in the practice irrespective of the reasoning. Or could this just encourage more people to start using Linux ?

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Court Rules That Not Warning Kid About Piracy Makes Father Liable

Court Rules That Not Warning Kid About Piracy Makes Father Liable

Father Liable For Not Warning Kid About Piracy, Court Rules

In a rather exceptional verdict, a Leipzig court in Germany has held a father responsible for an audiobook downloaded by his 11-year old son. The father claims that he had instructed his son to use the computer only for school purposes and not for downloading things. However, the court specifically referenced that the anti-piracy instruction was not correct.

Sometimes, the targeted account holder is the perpetrator, but if the Wi-Fi network is unsecured, then it could also be another member of the household or even a complete stranger.

The defendant (the father) has denied having downloaded an audiobook, as he wasn’t  home at the time of the infringement. His wife and 11-year-old son were, and as the case progressed it became clear that the latter was the offender. It is not unusual for parents to be held responsible for the actions of their children.

The father argued in his defense that he had asked his son to keep any Internet activity restricted to school purposes, a statement that was backed up by his wife. Additionally, the 11-year-old was warned not to download random things or do anything unsafe.

However, this doesn’t count as a proper instruction as it lacks an exact explanation as to what illegal downloads are, according to the court’s verdict.

For proper parental supervision, it’s required to “instruct a child on the illegality of participating in illegal file-sharing exchanges, and to explicitly prohibit this behaviour,” writes the judge in her order.

The court describes the father’s behavior as “negligent” and doesn’t rule out the chance that the instruction to restrict the son’s Internet to school purposes, was made up to avoid punishment.

Since, the man has been held guilty, he has been asked now to pay 956 euros in damages and legal costs. He still has a choice to appeal the case at a higher court.

The copyright holder, who’s not named in the redacted verdict (pdf), was represented by the German lawfirm Waldorf Frommer, who are widely known for pursuing file-sharers around the country.

Copyright holders have gone after hundreds of thousands of alleged pirates in Germany over the past decade, challenging settlements ranging from a few hundred to thousands of euros.

Source: TorrentFreak

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The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents Music Uploader gets 1 year jail time

The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents Music Uploader gets 1 year jail time

Music uploader to The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents websites gets one year in jail

A British court has sentenced an Everton man responsible for uploading and distributing the weekly UK’s Top 40 singles to various torrent sites, including ExtraTorrent, KickassTorrents and The Pirate Bay. According to the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS), he has potentially cost the music industry more than £1m in a single year.

Wayne Evans, 39, uploaded the UK’s Top 40 singles to torrent sites, including ExtraTorrent & KickassTorrents every week, where they proved particularly popular. According to Torrent Freak, Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) along with Merseyside police raided Evans’ address in Everton, Liverpool a year ago with information that he had been involved in the illegal distribution of music online.

In addition, Evans operated OldSkoolScouse.co.uk and DeeJayPortal.co.uk, a website specializing in unlicensed a capella versions of famous tracks. The latter had more than 160,000 users on its website. Both domains were seized by PIPCU notice.

On October 7, Evans appeared before a Liverpool Court, pleading guilty to two counts of distributing copyright infringing content and possessing or controlling content for use in fraud. The court heard that the Top 40 packs were downloaded over 500,000 times, while a capella tracks from DJPortal were downloaded almost 136,000 times. The prosecution portrayed him as a serious criminal and sentenced him to 12 months in prison.

PIPCU is the UK’s specialist nationalist police. It’s dedicated to protecting UK industries that “produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime.” It’s funded by the Intellectual Property Office, or IPO.

In the meantime, Judge Robert Trevor-Jones who gave the verdict on Evans’ case believes that his 12 months sentence will serve as a “deterrent” to other pirates. “Today’s sentencing will suggest to others that illegally distributing music is not without its consequences. Evans caused significant loss to the music industry, and his actions will have affected jobs across the music industry,” his statement read.

In addition, Simon Bourn, Head of PRS for Music Litigation, Enforcement, and Anti-Piracy, said, “Music piracy on a commercial scale is a serious criminal offence and this sentencing by the Crown Court acknowledges that. Copyright infringement has a severe impact on the livelihoods of creators and so it is important that PRS for Music, alongside PIPCU, continues to champion and protect our members’ rights. We hope that today’s sentencing sends a message to all those involved in this type of criminal activity, that consequences will follow.”

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This New Service Alerts You When A New Movie Leaks Online

This New Service Alerts You When A New Movie Leaks Online

Get Free Alerts From Squawkr When A Pirated Movie Leaks Online

Do you like catching up latest blockbuster movies online in the comfort of your home instead of visiting a theatre? Do you wish if you could be notified when a movie leaks online? If your answer is yes, then Squawkr is there to help you.

Squawkr, is a new service, which alerts people when a high-quality pirated film appears online and allows them to maintain a watchlist of films.

All the user needs to do is sign up and inform the service of the upcoming films they wish to see. Once a title on the list becomes available Squawkr will send out notifications via email. Squawkr regularly polls the PreDB database of scene releases. After logging in, the users can start adding movie titles, which is pretty much all there is to it.

“Movie fans now have the option to outsource this manual search labor. Instead, they just make a list of their most anticipated titles. Squawkr will then send an alert once a scene release becomes available,” reported TorrentFreak.

Squawkr developer Jakob said the service was created to assist pirates search for quality content. He says that the simplicity of the platform is one of its main selling points, he told TorrentFreak.

“I wanted to make Squawkr simple and easy to use, while being a powerful tool. It’s very intuitive. Just log in, start adding movies and get notified. That’s it,” Jakob says.

The idea for Squawkr started about a year ago, when Jakob used to spend many hours searching for high-quality leaks, often without luck.

“Torrent sites are flooded with Cam rips and WEB-DLs, which is fine for people who like to watch those. But for someone who enjoys true HD movies, it can be a bit of a pain to go through all the crap, just to find the needle in the haystack.”

This New Service Alerts You When A New Movie Leaks Online

With Squawkr, however, movie fans now have the option to outsource this manual search labor. Instead, they just make a list of their most anticipated titles. Squawkr will then send an alert once a scene release becomes available.

This New Service Alerts You When A New Movie Leaks Online

The first six months were put into mastering the basic coding skills, as Jakob couldn’t develop in PHP, Ajax and jQuery. He then spent another half year enhancing the functionality and design.

Currently, the site is focused on high-quality releases, mostly BluRay and DVD rips. It also allows users to choose between 720p and 1080p quality. If there is a high demand for other formats such as WEB-DLs in the future, they may be added. However, these will always be separate from the basic experience.

The site is free to use and is not going to change anytime soon. However, as for the legal side, Jakob is aware of the risks. He admits to consulting a lawyer before launching the website, who advised him to be careful as he was treading in a legal grey area.

Although it may sound highly illegal, the website doesn’t actually infringe any copyright laws as the service contains no links to any pirated content; hence, no real problems are expected in his home country of Denmark.

Source: TorrentFreak

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86-year-old grandma accused for illegally downloading a video game

86-year-old grandma accused for illegally downloading a video game

Copyright cops threaten 86-year-old Canadian for allegedly pirating zombie game

An 86-year-old woman from Ontario, Canada has been accused of downloading a zombie game she has never heard of. The accused in question is Christine McMillan who received an email informing her that she was liable for a fine of up to $5,000 for illegally downloading Metro 2033. Yet, she didn’t even know what Metro 2033 was and did not understand why she faced a fine of thousands of dollars.

Metro 2033 was released in 2010 and is a first-person shooter game based in the ruins of Moscow following a nuclear war. Players must defeat an evil mutant race, which some gamers refer to as zombies.

Christine told Go Public – an investigative news team from Canada’s CBC TV network, “I found it quite shocking … I’m 86 years old, no one has access to my computer but me, why would I download a war game?”

Copyright holders such as game developers and film studios normally hire third-party firms to collect settlement money from the alleged pirates.

In this case, the private firm Canadian Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement (CANIPRE) sent the letter, which was forwarded to Christine by her internet provider, according to Go Public.

The firm that sent the letter said the incident was “an unfortunate anomaly”.

Christine is one of the hundreds of thousands of people who have been accused of copyright infringement under Canadian federal government’s Notice and Notice regulations, which were introduced last year under the Copyright Modernization Act. According to which, ISPs are now required to forward copyright infringement notices to their customers.

Customers are identified only through their IP address. The service provider does not disclose any personal information to the copyright enforcers. The goal is to give copyright holders a quick and easy way to notify users of alleged copyright infringement taking place at their internet address. These notices warn the recipients that they have been identified as having downloaded content without paying for it and offer a one-off payment to avoid the case going to court.

In the beginning, Christine thought it was a scam. She said, “They didn’t tell me how much I owed, they only told me that if I didn’t comply, I would be liable for a fine of up to $5,000 and I could pay immediately by entering my credit card number.”

However, after calling her internet service provider Cogeco, she realised that the notices are perfectly legal.

Christine told Go Public: “It seems to be a very foolish piece of legislation.”

She further added, “That somebody can threaten you over the internet … that to me is intimidation and I can’t believe the government would support such action.” Christine intends to ignore the infringement notices and not pay the piracy ransom for Metro 2033.

According to a network security analyst, Christine used an unsecured wireless connection in her apartment and someone jumped on it and downloaded the game using her IP.

Source: TorrentFreak

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