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With Popcorn Time Faltering, Stremio Eyes the Top Spot

photo: Stremio, TorrentFreak

Stremio is still being developed (PC, Mac, Linux – partially open source) so can be a little temperamental at times. However, it illustrates perfectly where a Popcorn Time-style application can go in the future when plug-ins are utilized. Perhaps this is what ‘Butter‘ has in mind. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Inventor Files “First Run” Movie Patent to Beat Piracy

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Filed in March 2015 and published earlier this month, the application lacks the complex language often present in similar filings. However, what it lacks in gobbledygook it makes up for in common sense. “The technology is an online viewing platform that allows first-run movies to be viewed on most electronic devices that have internet capability. This is not Netflix or Hulu, where the consumer is forced to wait for many months to view an anticipated movie. WebCinema is a new and useful process that enables the general public to completely control where and when they choose to conveniently watch new or currently released Hollywood-produced movies.” In addition to offering convenience, Reilly Johnson believes that his ‘invention’ can also help to protect copyrights. Citing the success of Popcorn Time, he says there is “logical evidence” that a system like WebCinema could help Hollywood to capture missing revenue. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Popcorn Time Users ‘Fined’ Over Michael Douglas Movie

photo: PopcornTime, TorrentFreak

[U]sers of [Popcorn Time] in Scandinavia are coming under fire, with hundreds of Danish Internet account holders being hit with cash demands after their connections were linked with infringements of the Michael Douglas movie ‘And So It Goes‘. The demands for compensation are being issued by lawfirm Opus Law acting on behalf of the Denmark division of Scanbox Entertainment. They appear to average around $320, a much lower sum than is usually demanded in the United States, for example, but still a considerable amount for a single movie. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Streaming Sites Warned Not to Pirate Mayweather Fight

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No matter where these notices are sent, the majority have something in common. For a DMCA notice to be valid it has to report an infringement that is ongoing, or at the very least has taken place. Rightsholders can’t send a DMCA notice just because they think that an infringement might be on the horizon. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Aurous Promises To Be a Popcorn Time For Music

logo: Aurous

logo: Aurous

Set for alpha release in the coming weeks, Aurous is aiming to bring Popcorn Time simplicity and presentation to music content discoverable on BitTorrent networks. Taking a decentralized approach which will enable the app to continue functioning even if its website is closed down, Aurous’ will turn users into P2P search engines. […] Aurous will be available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and IOS devices, with support for connected TV coming down the line. It will be free to use and the devs say it won’t have any bundled adware. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Streaming Site Operator Accused of £120m ‘Piracy Fraud’

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A man from Northern Ireland has been accused of being part of an operation which could have defrauded the film industry out of £120m. Paul Mahoney, 30, who has pleaded guilty, allegedly made £300,000 ($464,244.00) from advertising revenue on several sites, including the now-defunct streaming portal FastPassTV. – Andy, TorrentFreak

CNN & CBC Sued For Pirating 31 Second YouTube Video

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In his complaint, Alfonzo Cutaia seeks injunctions against both CBC and CNN to stop further unlawful use of his video. He also accuses the news outlets of “intentional and willful” copyright infringement and seeks appropriate damages. Interestingly, the lawsuit also claims that both CBC and CNN violated the DMCA when the companies ‘liberated’ it from the YouTube system and offered it for viewing elsewhere. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Vimeo Intervenes to Fix ‘Pixels’ DMCA Disaster

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“After users informed us that their videos did not contain any Pixels content, we reached out to Entura. Entura has since withdrawn its takedown notice. As a result, we have now restored the affected videos.”
Without providing any evidence, Entura was not only able to have ten entirely non-infringing videos removed from the service, but in response Vimeo issued each of its affected customers with a ‘strike’ against their account. If the users were to receive a couple more of these they could be classified as serial offenders and find themselves banned from Vimeo altogether. – Andy, TorrentFreak
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