Swedish Pirates Caught through Money Trail Swefilmer alleged operators finally showed up in court – the landmark trial launched, accusing them of running a popular unauthorized streaming platform. The individuals, 26 and 22 years old, also stand accused of generating $1.5m in advertising and donations. Kodi Invites Rightsholders to Provide Legal Content and DRM Kodi developers do not really like the current sentiment around their software, because it is associated with piracy no less than BitTorrent. While copyright owners are asking Kodi to block certain pirate add-ons, the team believes that it would be ineffective. Instead, Kodi developers are inviting copyright holders to join British Payday Loan Firm Hacked, 250,000 Customers Affected Customers of the UK payday loan firm Wonga were warned that their personal details might have been stolen. The company explained that it was investigating illegal access to the personal data of its customers in the United Kingdom and Poland. According to the current information, 270,000 new and former customers, MegaUpload’s Lawsuits Put on Hold, Again A US judge has granted the request of the defunct file-sharing service to place the cases filed by the music and movie industries against it on hold for another 6 months. Before, these lawsuits have already been frozen for several months, with the parties to the lawsuit waiting for progress in the criminal case against MegaUpload. Google Will Show Fact-Checking Labels to Detect False News Joining the common efforts to tackle the spread of misinformation and fake news, Google will now display fact-checking labels in its search results in order to highlight vetted news and information and inform users whether German Wi-Fi Operators Will Be Protected From Piracy Liability A draft law allowing businesses to run open Wi-Fi hotspots without bearing responsibility for the copyright infringements of their customers has just been approved in Germany. At the same time, rights owners will still be able to request that certain websites are blocked to prevent repeat infringement Spanish Police and Europol Shut Down Large IPTV Piracy Group Major IPTV piracy operation was dismantled in Spain with help from Europol and Bulgarian authorities. The ring was operating through 2 legitimate Internet service providers in Spain and Bulgaria, Facebook Offered Its Users Tips on Flagging Fake News Facebook is still trying to address concerns about its role in the spread of false information and now offers users tips for spotting fake news. Australian Watchdog Launched Case against Apple The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched federal court action against Apple over violating consumer rights. The move followed the ACCC’s investigation of the so-called “error 53” fault, which brought down thousands of iPads and iPhones after their owners downloaded IOS 9. Irish ISPs Will Have to Block Pirate Streaming Websites The entertainment industry is celebrating another victory in Ireland where several ISPs have been ordered to block access to pirate streaming websites. The Hollywood studios complain that online piracy deprives them of millions in profit and are going to continue targeting piracy websites.
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