Sweden Might Toughen Piracy Punishments Swedish authorities are considering the idea to address the problem of evolving pirate websites. One of the mulled measures is to consider using potential legal tools such as categorizing large-scale infringement as organized crime, tougher sentences, domain seizures, and website blockade French Tax Authority Suspected VLC in Facilitating Piracy VLC is recognized as one of the most popular media players in the world, accounting for more than 2bn downloads. The open-source player is able to play virtually all video file types and is therefore recommended by many services, including illegal ones. This fact has drawn the attention of France's Tax Dutch Anti-Piracy Group Shut down Infringing Live Streams on Facebook The well-known anti-piracy group BREIN has just taken down a popular Facebook page engaged in live streaming of popular movies to its followers. The page operator faced with an ex parte court order and agreed to settle the case BitTorrent-Powered Ad-Free YouTube Alternative Has Launched YouTube accounts for more than a billion visitors every month, but it is not a secret that it has its weaknesses, especially when it comes to monetizing controversial content. Such weaknesses can be avoided by the recently launched BitTorrent-powered alternative UK Pirate Kodi Box Seller Pleaded not Guilty A shopkeeper Brian Thompson accused of the supply of "fully-loaded" Kodi boxes pleaded not guilty in the United Kingdom – the man admitted selling modified set-top boxes but denied they were primarily designed to DailyMotion Blocked in Russia Popular video-hosting platform was permanently blocked in the country following the complaints from copyright owners. The local court ordered the ISPs to block the French platform over repeated allegations of copyright violation, which the company had failed to adequately address Copyright Holders Claim ISPs Don’t Have Blanket Immunity From Piracy The US ISP requested a declaratory judgment from the New York federal court on its potential liability for pirating subscribers. However, music rights group BMG asked the court to dismiss this request, claiming that ISPs don't have "blanket immunity" against secondary infringement claims. British ISPs Will Give Pirates 20-Day Grace Period British ISPs will soon start sending piracy notifications to their subscribers who were caught sharing copyright-infringing content. The anti-piracy campaign is named "Get It Right" Android VPN Apps Lack Security Security researchers have warned over the lack of security in many VPN apps offered by Google Play – more than a third of the tested apps had built-in malware, and 2/3 featured at least one third-party tracking library. Finnish Government Investigates Copyright Trolling The Finnish government is going to start an investigation over tens of thousands of cases where Internet users are facing demands for cash settlements for alleged copyright infringement.
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