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UK police arrest pirate who cost the music industry ‘millions’

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[T]he Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) often targets people suspected of illegally sharing movies, music and other digital downloads. In Liverpool, the City of London division has today, with help from Merseyside Police and UK copyright agency PRS for Music, arrested a 38-year-old Liverpool man linked with illegally distributing the UK’s Top 40 singles via download sites. – Matt Brian, Engadget

FACT Wipes ‘Pirate’ Sport Streaming Software From Github

SportsDevil’s reign on GitHub was brought to an end following action from UK-based anti-piracy group Federation Against Copyright Theft. While FACT is closely affiliated with Hollywood studios, it also represents the rights of major sports broadcasters and rightsholders including The Premier League, British Sky Broadcasting Ltd and BT Sport. […] In addition to the ZIP files for the project, FACT targeted 47 configuration files enabling SportsDevil to pull links to content from sites such as FirstRowSports, Wiziwig.tv and Cricfree, a site that was targeted by PIPCU earlier this year. – Andy,TorrentFreak 
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Sports Streaming Site Hides Itself From The UK Piracy Police

The sports streaming site Fromhot, also known as Sportlemon and Frombar, was one of the most recent targets of the latter strategy. The “franchise” has well over a million visitors per month but some of these went missing after the Frombar.com domain was suspended. The streaming site does remain operational from several alternative domain names, which now point to Fromhot.com, but interestingly enough the site can no longer be accessed from the UK. – Ernesto,TorrentFreak
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United States Hosts Most Pirate Sites, UK Crime Report Finds

The latest UK IP Crime Report reveals that significant progress is being made in the fight against online piracy but still many challenges remain. One of the main problems traces back to U.S. hosting companies, who according to the report give shelter to most of the investigated pirate sites. […] The report notes that as in previous years, Hollywood-funded industry group FACT remains one of the key drivers of anti-piracy efforts in the UK. Over the past year they’ve targeted alleged pirate sites though various channels, including their hosting providers. Not all hosts are receptive to FACT’s complaints though, and convincing companies that operate abroad is often a challenge. This includes the United States where the majority of the investigated sites are hosted. – Ernesto,TorrentFreak
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Police Seize Domain of Frombar Sports Streaming Site

The popular sports streaming ‘franchise’ SportLemon has lost Frombar.com, one of its main domain names, following a request from the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Whether the intervention will prove effective has yet to be seen, as the site is continuing its operations from various alternate domains. […] The sports streaming site is relatively popular, with well over a million visitors per month. For now, these visitors will have to find an alternative as the site currently displays a prominent police banner. “You have tried to access a website that is under criminal investigation by the UK: Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) This site is being investigated for online copyright infringement,” the banner reads. – Ernesto,TorrentFreak  
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UK police arrest man over illegal streaming sites

City of London Police sent its specialist intellectual property unit to arrest the man at his home, where detectives discovered an “industrial size streaming operation”. This consisted of 12 computer servers streaming sporting events from across the world. The equipment has been confiscated by the police and the man was taken to a local police station for questioning. This is the unit’s third arrest in relation to online streaming, following a recent effort by police to crack down on the practice. – Katie Collins,Wired UK
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