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November 7, 2015

MPAA Claims Victory, YIFY Operator Reaches Settlement

In a final nail to the coffin of a piracy icon, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – backed by every major Hollywood Studio has declared a comprehensive victory in shutting down torrent release group YIFY and its website YTS.

A joint operation between the MPAA and the group’s ‘international associates’ has resulted in the shutting down of prolific and popular movie pirate YIFY. The MPAA has also reached a private settlement with the operator of YIFY, a New Zealand Citizen who allegedly ran the entire operation from a house in Auckland.

The unknown New Zealander settled out of court with the MPAA, according to local representatives of the studio-backed [...]

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October 21, 2015

Popcorn Time and Resource YTS Suffer Total Outages

Popular movie- and tv-streaming website Popcorn Time and its social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter are nowhere to be found. So too is YTS.to, the resource from which Popcorn Time streams its content for millions of users around the world. Speculation is rife that the MPAA may be behind the comprehensive takedown.

Popcorn Time, a platform on which millions of users around the world watch movies and television shows has had its fair share of takedowns in the past. At the time of writing this, the project’s official domain – PopcornTime.io is currently offline.

TorrentFreak notes that David Lemarier, aka ‘phnz,’ an early developer who worked on the [...]

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December 11, 2014

MPAA Working to Bring Site Blocking to the United States

The MPAA is discussing site blocking with major movie studios and law firms. They hope to implement site blocking within the United States using existing laws while avoiding a SOPA-style response from the public. While the use of site blocking to deal with copyright infringing sites is starting to take off in Europe, the United States has not yet experienced this type of censorship.

Two months ago in October, a major meeting involving dozens of studio executives, and maybe a Comcast senior engineer, took place. The agenda for the meeting included plan for overt and covert maneuvering to increase the support for site blocking policy.

MPAA Developing “Legal” Site [...]
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