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Christmas Surprise: Hive-CM8 Leaks More Pirated DVD Screeners

Screener copies of “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” and “Call Me By Your Name” are now widely available online. Interestingly, it was still Christmas in parts of the world when they came out, but apparently not where Hive-CM8 are. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak http://ift.tt/2levN0H

Social media led police straight to movie pirates

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Facebook was also the petard by which 40-year-old Graeme ‘Reidy’ Reid was hoisted, since he used the same anonymous e-mail account on his profile as he did his piracy. FACT bods simply searched for his Hushmail address and his Facebook page popped up — where he’d obligingly listed his occupation as “encoder.” We’ve not checked, but presumably bank robbers are going to start making similarly honest alternations to their social media pages in the near future. – Daniel Cooper, Engadget

Pirate Bay cofounder invents an infernal device that will utterly bankrupt the music industry

Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, has built a machine that makes 100 copies per second of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” storing them in /dev/null (which is to say, deleting them even as they’re created). The machine, called a “Kopimashin,” is globbed together out of a Raspberry Pi, some hacky python that he doesn’t want to show anyone, and an LCD screen that calculates a running tally of the damages he’s inflicted upon the record industry through its use. The 8,000,000 copies it makes every day costs the record industry $10m/day in losses. At that rate, they’ll be bankrupt in a few weeks at most. – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing  

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

Filmmaker Unions Want to Criminalize Streaming Piracy

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Under U.S. law streaming and file-sharing are seen as two different offenses. Not just from a technical point of view, but also in the way they are punished. Streaming is categorized as a public performance instead of distribution, which can only be charged as a misdemeanor, not a felony. […] This week Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) responded to a public consultation by U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) Daniel Marti, who asked for comments on the new Intellectual Property Enforcement plan. […] While the public may not like the proposed changes, there’s a good chance that they will indeed be introduced again. Last year the Obama administration hinted at a renewed effort to criminalize streaming. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

Popcorn Time Chaos Triggers More Downtime

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The main Popcorn Time fork has been pulled offline yet again. The problem was triggered by an exodus of developers, including the person who registered the application’s domain name. A few hours after the operators tried to transfer its ownership, domain registrar Gandi is now refusing to process the changes. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak
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