Anti-Piracy

Can an Army of Bitcoin ‘Bounty Hunters’ Deter Pirates? (TorrentFreak)

When we first heard of the idea to use Bitcoin bounties to track down pirated content online, we scratched our heads. Snitching on copyright infringers is not a new concept, but... More

NexGuard, Colorfront Collaborate to Ensure Content Distributors Stay Ahead of Tech-Savvy Pirates (CDSA)

NexGuard, a Kudelski company and the leading provider of forensic watermarking technology and solutions, and Colorfront, the Academy and Emmy Award-winning developer of high-perf... More

Narcos’ Cali Cartel Threatens to ‘Kill’ Illegal Downloaders (TorrentFreak)

Netflix offers a great alternative to piracy, and for dozens of millions of people it’s a favorite pastime. Since Netflix’s priorities are shifting more to the production of... More

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Pirated More Than 1 Billion Times (Variety)

The seventh season of “Game of Thrones” has been illegally downloaded or streamed more than 1 billion times. According to a report from anti-piracy firm MUSO, the seven epis... More

Is Blockchain an Accelerator of Piracy? (Irdeto Perspective)

What’s the attraction for pirates? Firstly, it’s the anonymity (or technically pseudonymity). Transactions rely on public and private encryption keys. Although the transactions... More

IBC 2017: NexGuard, Ericsson Partner to Launch Network ID Watermarking (MESA)

NexGuard, a Kudelski Group company and provider of forensic watermarking technology and solutions, today announced its Network ID product, launched as a technology partnership wi... More

‘Game of Thrones’: How HBO Beat Its Hackers (The Wrap)

When hackers unlocked troves of plot secrets about “Game of Thrones” and other HBO shows, they may have thought HBO would pay a king’s ransom to keep them from leaking every... More

Philips Takes on Cinema Piracy with New Ambient Light Tech (ZDNet)

Content creators and cinemas have tried everything from piracy-busting patrols to embedded watermarks, but nothing seems to be making a dent in film piracy. So-called "cam" copi... More

Irdeto: Kodi, Facebook Live Used for Mayweather vs. McGregor Piracy

Everything from social media services to media player platforms were used to illegally stream the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match Aug. 26, according to digital pla... More

Irdeto: Adapting to Changing Content Security Needs

Founded in 1969, Netherlands-based security firm Irdeto is coming up on its 50th anniversary, and the company’s longevity can be tied to adapting to the changing needs of its cli... More

Streaming Service iflix Buys Shows Based on Piracy Data (TorrentFreak)

When major movie and TV companies discuss piracy they often mention the massive losses incurred as a result of unauthorized downloads and streams. However, this unofficial marke... More

‘Game of Thrones’ Piracy Gets Dozens of Australian Sites Blocked (Fortune)

Australian courts have ordered internet providers to block more than 50 pirate websites in two separate cases, including one brought by the network airing Game of Thrones there. Si... More

How Hackers Conspire With Pirate Websites In Malware Extortion Schemes (Deadline)

Hackers have become an inescapable part of the Hollywood narrative, on and off the screen. HBO is reeling from the worst data breach since the North Koreans hacked Sony Pictures, w... More

Capella Systems Integrates NexGuard for Watermarked Transcoding

Forensic watermarking tech firm NexGuard has teamed up with universal transcoding enterprise software company Capella Systems, with Capella including NexGuard’s forensic watermar... More

Irdeto, Foxtel Welcome Conviction, Sentencing of Subscription TV Pirate (CDSA)

Foxtel Aug. 9 welcomed the sentencing of a Sydney man for his role in the selling of unauthorized access to Foxtel services. Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, 33 , was convicted ... More

Turning Piracy Into Found Money (OTT2)

Season 7 of HBO’s mega-hit Game of Thrones premiered recently, and according to HBO, over 16 million eager fans tuned in to the long-awaited episode, on TV and via the company’... More

Spoiler Alert: Hackers Are Gunning for Hollywood (Variety)

The 2014 hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment was a watershed moment for the entertainment industry. This month, yet another targeted attack — this one against HBO — reminds us ... More

Carnegie Mellon’s Smith: Changing Piracy Behavior No Easy Task

When a recent summer blockbuster hit theaters, pirated copies of the film were available the very next day, and yet some news reports said the box office performance of the film ha... More

Stanbury: Third-Party Audits More Crucial Than Ever

It’s a truth about the state of content security today: while the level of effort to cause damage coming from hackers and content pirates is surprisingly low, the level of effort... More

Google’s Amazingly Simple Plan to Destroy Piracy Forever (Digital Music News)

Google is the devil.  And so is YouTube.  Because, a bunch of music industry executives told me that. And hey, they have a point: Google exploits more loopholes than a Bahamia... More