Last Week in Piracy: Week 5

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.

App Publishers Lost $17.5B To Piracy In The Last 5 Years, Says Tapcore

Not all pirates say “arrghh” and wear eye patches. Some are smart, sophisticated, and technologically advanced. So smart, in fact, that they’ve siphoned off almost $18 billion in revenue from legitimate mobile publishers, says Tapcore.

Read the full story at Forbes.com.

Hollywood studios score a partial victory in their piracy battle with TickBox TV

A U.S. District Court judge has dealt a major legal blow to TickBox TV, the Georgia-based set-top box seller that the major Hollywood studios, along with streaming services Netflix and Amazon, have accused of facilitating piracy on a massive scale.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

Canada’s Telecoms and National Media Want the Government to Block Piracy Websites

As the US dismantles net neutrality protections for the internet, a powerful group of Canadian telecom companies, cultural organizations, one labour union, and the national broadcaster are all lining up behind a proposal that would allow the government to block access to websites that illegally host pirated content within Canada.

Read full story at Vice.com.

Piracy crackdown boosts China’s cinema sales

After stalling hard in 2016, the Chinese box office is back in gear. Annual ticket sales returned to double-digit growth in 2017, helped by new rules purging pirated movies from the internet, leaving no other option than to pay for new releases.

Read full story at Nikkei.com.