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  1. BREIN says it has closed down several "open directories" after they offered thousands of pirated eBooks to users in breach of copyright. With some operators now liable to pay settlements to the Dutch anti-piracy group, those familiar with more modern ways of obtaining content may be asking what this ancient form of file-sharing is all about. Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN aims to tackle all kinds of piracy, wherever and however it takes place online. From popular P2P technologies such as BitTorrent through to streaming portals and the well-es
  2. Anti-piracy group BREIN says it is targeting people who run the open source software known as Spotweb, asking them to close down their platforms and pay settlement fees. So what is Spotweb and why is BREIN so concerned about it? The answers to those questions lie in the shutdown of a pirate indexing site more than nine years ago. While most pirates in 2020 use torrent, streaming and download portals for their general piracy needs, many are still obtaining the latest content from Usenet, one of the oldest file-sharing systems around. With mas
  3. Dutch ISPs Ziggo, KPN and XS4ALL must block access to Pirate Bay mirrors and proxy sites. This latest verdict is part of a prolonged legal battle that started over a decade ago. The ISPs already blocked sites in the past but lifted the measures recently, because a previous court order no longer applied. In court, they argued that the blocks are ineffective but without result. Following court orders and site blocking regimes worldwide, The Pirate Bay is blocked in dozens of countries. This is also the case in the Netherlands where the legal process too
  4. In a letter sent to the European Commission, a large group of anti-piracy organizations and copyright holders calls for stricter online identity checks. As part of Europe's planned Digital Services Act, online services such as hosting companies, domain registrars, and advertisers, should be required to perform "know your customer" checks. This can help to combat all sorts of illegal activity including online piracy. Anonymity is a great good on the Internet but increasingly there are calls for stricter identity checks. Such requirements are
  5. Dutch anti-piracy group says it has remained busy during the COVID-19 lockdown period. In a report detailing its activities of the past six months, the group says that in addition to 250 enforcement actions against content providers, it is planning to tighten the noose on intermediaries. They need to cooperate more if they want to take advantage of their limited liability status. Founded before Napster, BREIN has forged itself a unique niche in anti-piracy enforcement. It not only tackles smaller-scale distributors and facilitators of in
  6. BREIN has published the results of its 2019 anti-piracy campaign. In addition to shuttering 564 downloading and streaming platforms, the group had The Pirate Bay and 258 of its mirrors and proxies blocked by ISPs. More than 330 similar platforms shut themselves down. Founded in 1998, BREIN is one of the world’s most recognizable anti-piracy groups and has taken on some of the largest names in piracy, including the infamous Pirate Bay. BREIN has a laundry list of significant anti-piracy victories under its belt, not only by introducing si
  7. BREIN Explains Why It’s Not going After ‘Casual’ Pirates Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is continuing to gather information on BitTorrent pirates. This information will be used to go after frequent seeders of pirated material. According to BREIN director Tim Kuik, individual downloaders will stay out of range for now because not all rightsholders support this approach. Kuik himself also believes that going after the suppliers is the better strategy. When it comes to civil anti-piracy enforcement, BREIN is without a doubt one of the best-known players in the industry.
  8. EU Court Asked to Rule on ‘Piracy Liability’ of Usenet Provider After more than a decade in court, the legal dispute between anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider News-Service.com has landed on the desk of the European Court of Justice. The Dutch Supreme Court referred questions to the EU court seeking clarification on several piracy liability related issues. In 2009, anti-piracy group BREINtook News-Service Europe (NSE) – one of Europe’s largest Usenet providers at the time – to court. Representing the movie and music indu
  9. Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is among the most active civil copyright enforcement groups in the world. This week the group announced its 2018 achievements, which includes the shutdown of pirate sites and IPTV vendors, as well as settlements with uploaders. These efforts will continue in the year to come, when BREIN also plans to ramp up its efforts against uploaders. When it comes to civil anti-piracy enforcement, BREIN is without a doubt one of the best-known players in the industry. The group, which receives support from Hollywood and other content industries, has
  10. BREIN Goes After ‘Pirate’ Plex Share With Thousands of Movies and TV-Shows Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has tracked down a Plex user who offered access to a library of 5,700 movies and 10,000 TV-shows. The user, who admitted to downloading the files through torrents and Usenet, agreed to pay a €750 settlement. BREIN says it keeps an eye on all kinds of unauthorized offerings, noting that this Plex share was advertised through Reddit. Plex is a multifunctional media server that allows users to easily organize all
  11. BREIN Criticizes Bullet-Proof Hosts, Forces Pirate Webcasters to Get Licenses In a relatively unusual action, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN says it has forced three unlicensed Internet radio broadcasters to obtain licensing. A fourth has shut down. Other stations targeted by BREIN state that they're owned by their streaming platform, a matter that is complicated by its status as a so-called bullet-proof host set up to protect its customers' privacy. While millions of the world’s pirates are focused on sites offering movies, TV shows, music, videogame
  12. A pirate who uploaded large volumes of music to the Internet without permission has agreed to pay Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN 10,000 euros ($12,374) to avoid a lawsuit. Although the individual uploaded the content to the newsgroups, which are sometimes considered to be more secure, BREIN forced his Usenet provider to hand over his details, making it easy to track him down. In 2018, music piracy is a very different beast than it was back in the early P2P days of Kazaa and LimeWire. Where once it ran rampant, vastly improved official offerings have en
  13. Acting on behalf of various copyright holders, anti-piracy group BREIN has shut down the private torrent tracker Snuffelland. The group tracked down the site's operators, a middle-aged married couple and a 60-year-old uploader. All agreed to a pay a modest settlement. Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has targeted operators and uploaders of pirate sites for more than a decade. The group’s main goal is to shut the sites down. Instead of getting embroiled in dozens of lengthy court battles, it prefers to settle the matter with those responsible. This w
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