Google, Visa, MasterCard and more are still cogs in piracy’s money machine

Many American companies still have their fingers in the Piracy Profit Pie While Bitcoin, the shady crypto-currency,  may be emerging as a potential new not-so-legal tender in the black market of online piracy,  the fact remains that mainstream companies like Google, Visa and Mastercard still play a major role in facilitating the flow of money that’s exchanged (and earned) in this illicit underground economy. There’s no question that cloud-based pirate cyberlocker havens took a hit after the demise of big daddy Megaupload with many of the biggest once scattering like cock roaches when the feds took action.  Despite that much-needed house-cleaning, offshore...

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London Police fight pirates on their own turf

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] London Police turn tables on web pirates In a nice twist of karma, the London Police have stepped up their battle against online piracy sites, fighting fire with fire, by placing banner ads on pirate sites warning users to stay away.  Since advertising revenue drives the engine of online piracy this latest initiative by the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) as part of their “Operation Creative” anti-piracy campaign is more than a little ironic. …police banners are now replacing a wide range of legitimate brand adverts on infringing websites. The pop-up will inform the user that the website...

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Facebook spits in the face of the Hollywood-puts MPAA ad on page promoting movie piracy website

Facebook doesn’t give a damn whose ad goes where, so long as it means more cash in its pocket If ever you needed more evidence to show just how irresponsible problem online advertising has become–or how totally tone deaf and blind Silicon Valley is-look no further than Facebook. Yet again, a Silicon Valley king is caught red-handed–yet again–profiting from online movie piracy. Take a look below at the Facebook page for a notorious pirate site, Solarmovie.  Not only does Solarmovie–with its 15,000+ likes–get to openly share hundreds of links to pirated movies,  but Facebook–in an absurdly ironic twist–plops a paid advertisement promoting the MPAA website The Credits...

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London law enforcement getting tough with ad-sponsored piracy

The business of online piracy has always been dependent on advertising revenue.  Without ad income, many pirate sites would cease to exist.  Now it appears that law enforcement in the UK is taking action against this type of criminal activity through an effort called “Operation Creative,” an alliance that include law enforcement, advertisers, publishing and music interests.  According to a story published today by the BBC: In an operation run by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), 61 websites were identified as displaying unauthorised material.They were asked to “correct their behaviour” and “operate legitimately”. Details of those that did...

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Debunking claim Online Piracy is NOT a Danger to Indie Film

Yes Charles, online piracy does pose a threat to the health of independent film Charles Judson, a self-described “Writer, Film Critic/Consultant,” raised some eyebrows–mine included–with a piece published this week on cinematlmagazine.com which featured the headline, ” Is Piracy a Danger to Independent Film?  Part 1: The Search-In Which I Can’t Find Much of Anything”  It’s a (sort-of) rebuttal to the recent post on indiewire.com “Here’s How Piracy Hurts Indie Film,” co-authored by Creative Future’s Executive Director Ruth Vitale and Tim League Founder/CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in which they examined how online piracy undermines independent filmmakers: The fact is: pirate sites don’t discriminate based on a movie’s budget. As long as they can generate revenue from advertising and credit card...

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