Bell Media President Mary Ann Turcke says watching U.S. Netflix in Canada by using VPNs is stealing. She said it should be frowned upon. At the Telecom Summit in Toronto, Turcke said “It has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix … like throwing garbage out your car window — you just don’t do it.”
Founded over a decade ago, BT-Chat.com has grown to become one of the most popular among movie and TV fans. Ever since, this Canada-based website didn’t encounter any problems; however, a few days ago, the site went offline without official explanation or prior warning. It showed the message “Error 791-the internet is shutdown due to copyright restrictions.”
HeroTalkies posted a tweet saying “Proud to officially release Andavar Kamal Hassan’s @Uttama_Villain in Herotalkies.com. #SupportOriginal”
The hashtag #SupportOriginal links to Kamal Haasan’s dream of a wide reach of films through online medium. To help counter piracy, he released the movie “Uttama Villain” online in HD 1080p with 5.1 surround sound.
Video Privacy Protection Act or VPPA is a law passed in 1988 and designed for video tapes. Courts are starting to define companies’ obligations to stream media under VPPA. This law prohibits any person who’s engaged in the rental, sale or delivery of pre-recorded audio visual materials or video cassette tapes business from disclosing a consumer’s “personally identifiable information” or PII to third parties without their consent.
According to a recent study, it looks like Netflix Inc. is starting to beat piracy networks in North America. In the first half of 2015, Netflix has gotten so popular that its internet traffic reached 36%.
Amid the rise of legal streaming websites, online piracy is still a very big business. Even with the relentless efforts of copyright enforcers, the problem seems to stay. One reason is because top brands support the content theft sites through advertising.
After a court ruling on Tuesday, the Stockholm District Court awarded the Swedish state the domain names of the world’s largest BitTorrent indexer. The Pirate Bay used piratebay.se and thepiratebay.se to index mostly digital media content. Since it was founded, the primary concern is how to protect copyright.
At the Fiji Performing Arts Music Awards, the Fijian Government reaffirmed its commitment to fight piracy in the country.
Copyright holders argued that Canada’s “notice-and-notice” system was not strong enough to stop piracy. But after a few months when the law took effect, some filmmakers are changing their minds about the new law. They are urging the U.S. to adopt the Canadian system instead of the six strikes scheme.
Microsoft faces a new copyright issue involving their Windows app stores. The largest software maker is making sure that its online stores are clean even as it is getting ready to update to Windows 10 operating system (OS), which promises better performance across various devices with more secure web browser.