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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.

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Piracy Control on Far Cry 5 Could Impact Performance

Ubisoft has had a piracy problem for most of its productions so they seem to be taking a serious note of Far Cry 5 before releasing it. This time Ubisoft is putting Denuvo anti-tamper piracy protection on Far Cry 5 before releasing it but they are putting an extra layer of protection on top of it that may impact performance.

Read the full story at Segmentnext.com.

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Hollywood Says Only Site-Blocking Left to Beat Piracy in New Zealand

The Motion Picture Distributors’ Association, which represents the major Hollywood studios in New Zealand, says that there is “nothing” that can be done to tackle piracy other than site-blocking. Noting the local popularity of The Pirate Bay, MPDA is placing faith in government to pass the necessary legislation. Meanwhile, so-called “Kodi-boxes” are cited as a rising threat.

Read the full story at Torrentfreak.com.

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‘Thor Ragnarok’ Digital Version Accidentally Released Early, Resulting in Piracy

Thor: Ragnarok isn’t supposed to be released on digital until February 19th. However, a mistake at Apple allowed costumers using Vudu and MoviesAnywhere a brief window where they could download it on iTunes early. Now copies have made there way around the internet and the film is being pirated at an intense rate.

Read full story at Comicbook.com.

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Anti-piracy firm Denuvo acquired by digital security outfit Irdeto

Denuvo’s anti-piracy tech has been divisive in the gaming world, with some complaining that it restricts their gaming habits or stifles modding communities. But few will dispute that it has been unusually successful in its main goal of preventing piracy, and to a certain extent, cheating. Successful enough, anyway, to be picked up by Irdeto, a broader digital security concern that added Denuvo’s tech and staff to its stable today.

Read full story at Techcrunch.com.