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Pokémon Go Developers Are Sued in the Netherlands
The Netherlands brought Niantic Labs, makers of Pokémon Go, to court over their failure to stop players flocking to protected beaches. The problem is that thousands of Pokémon hunters have crowded the beaches of Kijkduin, south of the Hague, because hundreds of the game’s most popular monsters show up there every day. Their volume has caused concern over the potential damage to the protected dunes in the nearby area.
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New Feature in uTorrent: Altruistic Mode
Added: Thursday, Sep 29th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting, ISP, RIAA
uTorrent developers introduced a new feature for the client: Altruistic Mode is a great thing for users who want to share more than they download. The problem is that once Altruistic Mode is enabled, downloads using the feature may never complete.
Normally, the more people upload the healthier the swarm, and this might be the reason for BitTorrent Inc. to release the new feature to both uTorrent and BitTorrent clients. Altruistic Mode is aimed at people who want to guarantee that they always upload twice they download. For some reason, this is achieved not by uploading more, but by downloading less. As a result, users who enabled Altruistic Mode find out that the torrent they’re downloading might never complete, because the importance of a finished download places second to a healthy swarm. Ironically, if too many people decide to act selflessly and turn the feature on in the same swarm, everyone’s download may never complete.
In any case, it’s quite an interesting feature for the uTorrent and BitTorrent clients and is regarded as an experiment that could be later developed. The developers explain that they may further roll out another feature where a peer starts out in Altruistic Mode and later switches to regular Download Mode. This wouldn’t change the upload ratio much but would help other peers download faster at the beginning, thus allowing peers to get a complete file faster.
So far, the Altruistic Mode is available in uTorrent 3.4.9 and above and BitTorrent 7.9.9 and above. The new feature is disabled by default but can be enabled in the menu Preferences/BitTorrent and then activated for individual torrents.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Kim Dotcom Urged Court to Rehear His Case
Back in August, the court of appeals rejected efforts by the MegaUpload founder to regain control over millions of dollars in assets seized by the American government many years ago. Now Kim Dotcom urges the Court to rehear his case and rehear en banc.
The popular file-sharing service was shutdown four and a half years ago, with authorities in the US, New Zealand and Hong Kong seizing Dotcom’s millions of dollars in cash and other property, claiming that they were the product of copyright infringement and money laundering. While Dotcom and his co-defendants continue fighting against the US government’s attempts to extradite them, the latter branded them fugitives from justice and won a legal battle to seize their assets.
Kim Dotcom tried to appeal these measures, but a three-judge panel handed down a decision against him. The court of appeals upheld the decision of the lower court, dismissing the argument that the seizure order had no jurisdiction. The court reiterated that as a fugitive, Dotcom had no standing to reclaim his assets of $67m. However, the MegaUpload founder is not going to give up. Now he announced that his legal team had filed a petition to the court of appeals for a rehearing of his case. The petition highlights the gravity of the matter – the largest criminal copyright case in the American history. It also points out that the American government acted aggressively by seizing property and then achieving forfeiture without a trial on the merits.
Dotcom points out that the decision of the panel was not unanimous and that the ruling conflicts with precedents of both the court of appeals and the Supreme Court. The petition also clarifies that the property in question is controlled by foreign courts that are not obliged to comply with a US forfeiture order. Therefore, Dotcom’s lawyers believe that en banc review is required to ensure uniformity in the court rulings and to avoid a conflict with Supreme Court precedent. Finally, Dotcom continues to insist that the American government is abusing its powers to gain unfair advantage over citizens of foreign countries.
It remains to be seen whether a rehearing will be granted, but Dotcom is ready to go all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Pippa Middleton Sued Hacker of Her iCloud Account
Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, has reportedly taken high court action against the hacker or hackers who breached her iCloud account and stolen private pictures. The case against “The Person or Persons Unknown” will be heard in London in the next few days. In the meantime, court officials didn’t disclose the details of the case.
Game Developers Found Common Language with Pirates
SUPERBEAT XONiC developers have recently discovered that links to cracked versions of their game were shared on Reddit. Instead of suing pirates, they thanked them for interest shown and offered a discount on top.
WhatsApp Was Ordered to Stop Collecting User Data in Germany
German Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information has ordered WhatsApp’s parent company to stop collecting user data from its messenger app and destroy any data it has already received. Facebook recently announced that it would start sharing WhatsApp user data for the purpose of targeted ads. While users have the option of opting out of the data being used for advertising purposes, they can’t opt out of the data sharing between the two services.
YouTube Ripping Website Sued by Music Labels
YouTube-MP3, the world's leading YouTube ripping service, is sued by a group of anti-piracy groups: the IFPI, RIAA, and BPI in the United Kingdom announced launching a lawsuit to protect the rights of artists and recording labels. YouTube-MP3 accounts for 60m monthly visitors and is reported to generate “millions” in advertising revenues.
Cyberlocker Can’t Ignore Spam DMCA Notices
German court has ruled that a file-hosting service Uploaded.net can be liable for pirated materials shared by its customers, even when the copyright takedown notices didn’t get through its spam filters.
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