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- RIAA, Other Copyright Holders Want ISPs to Introduce Piracy Filters
The Recording Industry Association of America, alongside other rightsholders, are not happy with the DMCA takedown process anymore and want ISPs to take on the job of filtering out pirated content. The RIAA and 14 other groups of rightsholders are asking the US Copyright Office to cut out the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) because it's not working. They believe it offers legal immunity to ISPs who simply aren't doing enough to fight against online piracy. "The extremely burdensome—and ultimately ineffective—notice-and-takedown process is hardly a fair exchange for the highly valuable immunity the DMCA safe harbors give service providers, allowing them to continue profitable business operations while avoiding liability for copyright infringement and the potential for statutory damages," the request reads. They also want the DMCA to demand that content is removed "expeditiously" because even a very short window of infringement can be damaging to pre-leas...
- Mininova Torrent Site to Shut Down In April
Mininova, one of the largest torrent sites on the Internet, as well as one of the oldest, has decided to shut down for good. According to an announcement posted on Mininova's front page, the forum will shut down next week, while the rest of the site will close down a month later. "On April 4th, 2017 Mininova.org will be shutting down. After this date, content distribution torrents will no longer be seeded. Uploaders are advised to make copies of their content," reads the announcement. Mininova was founded by five students from the Netherlands soon after Suprnova closed its doors for good. The torrent website based in Slovenia launched back in 2002 and closed in late 2004 after legal threats. The site now lives again after the domain name was donated to The Pirate Bay becak in 2007. Suprnova was a massive site back in the day, and its demise left a huge hole in the BitTorrent world. Mininova played on its name and managed to become the most successful of the d...
- Google Blunder Takes Down Google WiFi, OnHub and Some Apps, Re-Setup Needed
Even giant companies such as Google fail at their job once in a while, such as last night when an issue with Google Accounts caused Google WiFi and OnHub routers to reset themselves. This is obviously a great inconvenience for anyone relying on these devices, but correcting the problem is as easy as resetting them. On the other hand, more work needs to be done. "They will, unfortunately, need to be set up again. This has not affected the software or performance of the device, but it does need to be re-setup," Google says in a statement. Without it being too much of a surprise, users took to social media to complain about the situation, especially since the problem occurred in the middle of the work day for some people. Google WiFi has received quite a few great reviews since its launch three months back, and users seem to have enjoyed it so far. This blunder isn't the best way to start off, but things like this happen sometimes. Getting back online
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