Last Week in Piracy: Week 12

Welcome to this weeks summary of news relating to Cyber Security, Anti-Piracy, Anti-Counterfeiting, Brand Protection and many other online security topics. In this summary we provide you with a selection of news items that we feel capture this week in terms of piracy and online protection. We provide you with a short introduction of a news item (written by the respective website); if you feel like you want to read more about a specific topic, you can click on the provided links below.

Global Piracy in 2017: TV and Music Illegal Activity Rose, While Film Declined

Digital pirates continued to swarm over entertainment in 2017, even with the rise of legal streaming services like Netflix and Spotify. Worldwide, users made a total of 300 billion visits to internet piracy sites last year, up 1.6% from 2016, according to antipiracy consulting firm Muso. But while illegal streaming and downloads of TV shows and music increased in 2017, film piracy actually declined, Muso’s analysis showed.

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Music piracy grew in 2017 and is now “more popular than ever”

A new report has found that music piracy grew in 2017 and that, despite the prevalence of streaming services, piracy remains “more popular than ever”. According to the annual Global Piracy Report from piracy data tracker MUSO, music piracy grew 14.7% from the year prior in 2017, with 73.9 billion visits to music piracy sites made worldwide.

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Gov’t ponders site blocking to stop manga piracy

The Japanese government is considering measures to cut off internet connections to websites offering free access to pirated publications such as manga and magazines, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga revealed at a March 19 news conference.

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Piracy site 123Movies shutting down

Popular pirate content website 123Movies, which also operated as GoMovies, has confirmed plans to shut down.The streaming site, which offers users a range paid-for content for free, announced its imminent closure with a message on its homepage, saying it will cease operations at the end of the week.

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