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MPA’s Piracy Claims Caused Financial Damage, VOD Site Says

Two weeks ago the Motion Picture Association branded the Polish VOD service CDA.pl as a notorious pirate site. However, the platform itself wholeheartedly disagrees. The publicly traded company accuses the MPA of continuing to spread false information, which is hurting its image and causing substantial financial damage as well. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/32QCcUH [photo: CDA]

Kodi Addon Dev Says “Show of Force” Will Be Met With Defiance

When questioned whether that’s likely, our source said that while ACE might be able to tackle some of the bigger targets like Ares Project or Colossus, they fundamentally misunderstand how the Kodi scene works. “If you want a good example of a scattered pirate scene, I give you Kodi. They can bomb the base or whatever but nobody lives there,” he explained. – Andy, TorrentFreak http://ift.tt/2hMpUu7

Hollywood strikes back against illegal streaming Kodi addons

The crackdown suggests the MPA/MPAA-led Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has a thorough understanding of how owners of so-called “Kodi boxes” are able to stream TV shows and films illegally. While Colossus merely hosts the tools, urlresolver and metahandler did much of the heavy lifting for streamers. Their job was to scrape video hosting sites for relevant streaming links and serve them up for tools like Covenant inside Kodi. Streamers will find it very difficult to find working video streams of their favorite content without them, but they could reappear via a new host in the future. – Matt Brian, Engadget http://ift.tt/2zKNJZG

Sen. Orrin Hatch Urges MPAA to Allow Filtering on Streaming Services

While the studios have been on a winning streak in court, Senator Orrin Hatch’s salvo suggests that Congress may again intervene to allow family-friendly audiences to filter content. The letter notes that technology has advanced since 2005, and argues that the allowance for filtering should keep pace. Though Hatch does not threaten to pursue a legislative fix, Congress could update the [Family Movie Act] to explicitly condone filtered streaming if the studios do not first make some accommodation for it. – Gene Maddaus, Variety http://ift.tt/2sYVIzL

This Millennium’s Best Picture Oscar Winners Are Not On Netflix

“The number of online platforms for legally viewing movies and TV shows continues to grow steadily, making more creative content from all over the world available to more audiences than ever before,” the MPAA’s Julia Jenks wrote last week. […] This is correct and backed up by a recent MPAA-commissioned study. But there’s also an important element missing from the analysis. Unlike the music industry, where subscription services such as Spotify offer the most popular content, the video market is much more scattered. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

Popcorn Time Fork Goes Dark After MPAA Hounds Developers

[M]ost recently a new group of developers launched a Popcorn Time Community Edition (PTCE). The people behind PTCE began their work with a fully operational fix for the .io fork which was circulated on Reddit. Later they also added their own fork and a dedicated website at Popcorntime.ml. […] The MPAA pressure shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the lawsuit against the developers of the popular .io fork. Also, two PTCE developers had to quit the project last month after they were targeted by Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

Movie Studios Shut Down New Popcorn Time Alternative, But Not For Long

Despite being a major target for copyright holders the rise of new Popcorn Time alternatives appears to be never-ending. For example, a few days ago another Popcorn Time-inspired website launched at Popa.cr. While it’s visually similar to the application, the browser version operates more like a traditional streaming site with a Popcorn Time theme. Nevertheless, it was enough to attract the attention of the Motion Picture Association (MPAA). – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

YTS / YIFY Signs Unprecedented Settlement With MPAA

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Sources have informed TorrentFreak that the operator and the movie studios reached a private agreement. It’s unclear what the terms are but judging from previous deals it’s likely to involve a damages payment as well as some type of information sharing. The news of a quick resolution is corroborated by local MPAA representatives who informed the NZ Herald that the case against the YTS/YIFY operator was settled out of court. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

MPAA: We Shut Down YTS/YIFY and Popcorn Time

photo: TorrentFreak

The major movie studios of the MPAA are behind the recent shutdown of the torrent site YTS, the associated release group YIFY, and the main Popcorn Time fork, PopcornTime.io. In an international effort spanning Canada and New Zealand, visits were carried out at the premises of at least two key suspects. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak
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