Tag Archives: piracy

Singapore prepares ban on piracy-configured media devices & software

(18 January 2019) New laws set to be tabled in Singapore this year will target the sale of piracy-configured media devices and software. The proposals also seek to prevent individuals from installing piracy software on devices for a fee, post-sale. Read the full story here.


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South Korea promises new crackdown on pirate sites

(13 January 2019) The government in South Korea says that it shuttered 25 pirate sites in 2018 and arrested the operators of more than half of them. It also announced the launch of a new response center to more quickly deal with pirate sites via blocking. Thousands of platforms are already blocked in the country. South […]


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Sci-Hub blocked in Russia following ruling by Moscow court

(3 December 2018) Sci-Hub, the popular pirate site that bypasses paywalls to illicitly host millions of pay-to-read scientific papers, is being blocked in Russia after a court in the country ruled against the site. Last month, the Moscow City Court ruled that Sci-Hub should be blocked in the country following complaints from the academic publishers […]


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Singapore High Court blocks access to ‘pirate’ set-top box apps

(23 November 2018) The Singapore High Court has handed down an injunction which requires several local Internet service providers to block access to popular ‘pirate’ apps. The order, which has not yet been made public, was issued following a complaint from local TV companies plus Fox International and the UK’s Premier League. Configurable set-top boxes […]


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Downloads of pirated research papers rampant in Japan

(13 November 2018) Academic papers were freely downloaded more than 1.27 million times in Japan last year from a “pirate” website, highlighting the growing reluctance to pay subscription fees for such publications, a study team said. The team, comprising researchers from the University of the Ryukyus and Nagoya Gakuin University, said the study results showed […]


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A librarian perspective on Sci-Hub: the true solution to the scholarly communication crisis is in the hands of the academic community, not librarians

(9 November 2018) Sci-Hub is a pirate website that provides free access to millions of research papers otherwise locked behind paywalls. Widespread dissatisfaction with scholarly communications has led many to overlook or dismiss concerns over the site’s legality, praising its disruptive technology and seeing justification in the free access it affords people all over the […]


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Japan is facing a digital manga piracy crisis

(11 April 2018) Digital manga sales are on the rise in Japan. For the first time ever the digital format has overtaken print, but there is a looming crisis when it comes to piracy. One of the most notorious manga pirate websites in Japan drew a whopping 174 million visitors in the month of March, making […]


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Science’s pirate queen

Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment (8 February 2018) In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world. It […]


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Coalition Against Piracy wants Singapore to block streaming piracy software

(4 December 2017) The recently-formed Coalition Against Piracy, which counts Disney, Fox, Sony, HBO, NBCUniversal, BBC Worldwide and the Premier League among its members, is demanding greater action against illicit streaming. The powerful group has called on the government in Singapore to not only block ‘pirate’ streaming software but also unlicensed streams from entering the […]


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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

(23 November 2017) Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month. According to Whois records, sci-hub.io, sci-hub.ac and sci-hub.cc have their domain set to “serverHold”, an ICANN code meaning the “domain is not activated in the DNS”. Records for sci-hub.io and sci-hub.ac […]


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Publishers push ResearchGate harder in copyright battle

(9 November 2017) ResearchGate has moved at least 1.7 million articles to make them less easily available, according to a publishers’ group that sent mass take-down notices against papers they said were in breach of copyright laws. James Milne, a spokesman for the Coalition for Responsible Sharing, said that the action was a “positive step” […]


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ResearchGate and Springer Nature plan cooperation

Joint Statement from Springer Nature and ResearchGate (9 October 2017, Berlin and London) ResearchGate and Springer Nature have been in serious discussions for some time about finding solutions to sharing scientific journal articles online, while at the same time protecting intellectual property rights. The companies are cautiously optimistic that a solution can be found, and […]


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Publishers and societies take action against ResearchGate’s copyright infringements

(5 October 2017) Following unsuccessful attempts to jointly find ways for scholarly collaboration network ResearchGate to run its service in a copyright-compliant way, a coalition of information analytics businesses, publishers and societies is now left with no other choice but to take formal steps to remedy the illicit hosting of millions of subscription articles on […]


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Judge recommends ISP and search engine blocking of Sci-Hub in the US

(3 October 2017) Earlier this year the American Chemical Society (ACS), a leading source of academic publications in the field of chemistry, filed a lawsuit against Sci-Hub and its operator Alexandra Elbakyan. The non-profit organization publishes tens of thousands of articles a year in its peer-reviewed journals. Because many of these are available for free […]


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American Chemical Society seeks judgment against Sci-Hub

Pirated papers distributor has not responded to lawsuit (6 September 2017) The American Chemical Society is asking a federal court to stop Sci-Hub, which provides free access to pirated journal articles, from distributing ACS journal articles and other materials. ACS wants the court to order Sci-Hub to cease “copying, distributing, altering, displaying, hosting, selling and/or […]


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