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Netflix Joins Another Major Anti-Piracy Coalition

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When Netflix had just started offering online video content years ago, it didn’t consider piracy to be a major issue.

However, now that the company itself is one of the largest content producers, this outlook has changed drastically.

Like many other rightsholders, Netflix now keeps a close eye on pirate sites and services. The company has its own in-house anti-piracy team and also works with third-party companies, to issue takedown requests.

Increasingly, the streaming service is also teaming with other rightsholders to coordinate its enforcement efforts. Netflix is one of the founding members of the Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) and earlier this year it joined the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

This week brings yet another expansion, one that takes it across borders to Italy. Local anti-piracy organization FAPAV just announced that Netflix and the Italian football league Serie A are its latest members.

“The addition of two new members, Lega Serie A and Netflix, will consolidate and further enrich the association’s membership base,” FAPAV announced at its end-of-year gathering.

The anti-piracy group has been very active in Europe over the past several years. A few months ago, it helped to bring down the pirate release group FREE/iNCOMiNG, for example, and it was also involved in the court case that brought down the famous torrent site TNTVillage.

FAPAV has also been a driving force behind local pirate site blockades. In 2019, more than 400 new sites were blocked in Italy, which is more than double compared to the year before.

With help from Netflix, FAPAV will keep its focus on various piracy sources in the coming year.

IPTV piracy will be one of its main priorities in 2020, the group says. In addition to enforcement actions, it will also continue its efforts to educate the public on the downsides of piracy through informational campaigns.

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Court Orders ‘Ethical’ Torrent Giant TNTVillage to Stop Piracy Activity

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By their very nature, it is rare for torrent sites to stay online for more than a few years.

While there are a few notable exceptions that have bucked the trend, most come and go, having wilted under significant legal or financial pressures.

After being founded in 2005, TNTVillage, which for years was Italy’s most popular torrent site, was one of the unusual ones. Hated by local anti-piracy groups but loved by fans, the site aimed to draw attention to restrictive copyright law but also attempted to act ethically by not releasing new content quickly after release.

In September 2018, the site was targeted by a lawsuit with site owner Luigi Di Liberto revealing that his home had been searched by authorities. Now, according to the Italian Publishers Association and anti-piracy group FAPAV, the Court of Milan has “ordered the cessation of TNT Village’s file sharing activities, fully endorsing the rights holders’ requests.”

According to the groups, TNTVillage made available more than 134,000 titles available to the public, including movies, TV shows, anime, software, and books.

“It is a great result,” says Ricardo Franco Levi, President of the Italian Publishers Association (AIE)

“The court fully accepts our position. One million users, through the activity and structure of TNT Village, have illegally and massively shared contents of publishers protected by Copyright: there is nothing ethical about behavior contrary to the law and damaging the rights as these.

“Was this the most famous pirate house on the Italian web? We will do everything to counter not only this but all alternative forms of piracy.”

While the ruling is a considerable win for the groups after all these years campaigning against TNTVillage, there will be no simultaneous shutdown of Italy’s largest torrent site. In fact, the site itself stole the groups’ thunder in September, when an announcement revealed it would shut itself down.

“Unfortunately due to [owner] Di Liberto’s decision, not attributable to our will and with extreme regret, we inform you that the site and the forum are closed,” the announcement read.

However, given the anti-copyright stance of the site’s now-former operator, the site’s parting shot is of particular interest. Instead of deleting everything and disappearing into the shadows, the announcement added a file for download, noting that “if you are a geek, you may be interested in downloading THIS.”

The file bears the hallmarks of a site dump, which interested parties may be able to use to resurrect the infamous but now-defunct torrent platform. This hasn’t gone unnoticed to FAPAV, which is promising action if problems arise.

While celebrating the legal victory and noting the importance of continuing the fight against piracy, FAPAV General Secretary Federico Bagnoli Rossi warns that anti-piracy groups will be on the lookout for anyone seeking to clone the platform.

“In the meantime, our Federation together with AIE is continuing to verify that the portal database is not repurposed on other sites. Otherwise we will evaluate whether to proceed by legal means also against new possible platforms,” Rossi says.

“We are pleased with how this activity is progressing and we will certainly not lower our guard.”

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