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  1. Divergent: Shailene Woodley (Allegiant, above) says she will not be appearing in the fourth installment of the Divergent movie series. Last summer we heard that Lionsgate planned to debut the movie on television rather than in theaters and then launch a TV series as a follow up. We have yet to hear if Lionsgate will still finish the primary storylines left unresolved from the movies so far. Woodley will next be seen in HBO's limited series Big Little Lies, starting on February 19. [Vanity Fair] Jay and Silent Bob Reboot: Kevin Smith says that he has completed a first draft of a script for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. He describes it as "a tongue-in-cheek, silly-ass satire that pokes fun at the movie business's recent re-do obsession." The sequel to Jay... Read More View the full article
  2. Lil Yachty and Carly Rae Jepsen covered ‘It Takes Two’ for an upcoming Target commercial View the full article
  3. In recent years many people have accused so-called ‘copyright trolls’ of using dubious tactics and shoddy evidence, to extract cash settlements from alleged movie pirates. As the most active copyright litigant in the United States, adult entertainment outfit Malibu Media has been subjected to these allegations as well. The company, widely known for its popular “X-Art” brand, has gone after thousands of alleged offenders in recent years earning millions of dollars in the process. While many of its targets eventually pay up, now and then the company faces fierce resistance. This is also true in the case Malibu launched against the Californian Internet subscriber behind the IP-address This defendant has put up quite a fight in recent months and invested some healthy resources into it. A few days ago, the defendant’s lawyer submitted a motion (pdf) for summary judgment, pointing out several flaws in the rightsholder’s complaint. While this kind of pushback is not new, the John Doe backed them up with a very detailed expert report. The 74-page report provides an overview of the weaknesses in Malibu’s claims and the company’s evidence. It was put together by Bradley Witteman, an outside expert who previously worked as Senior Director Product Management at BitTorrent Inc. In common with other aspects, Malibu’s file-sharing evidence was also carefully inspected. Like many other rightsholders, the adult company teamed up with the German outfit Excipio which collects data through its custom monitoring technology. According to Witteman’s expert analysis, the output of this torrent tracking system is unreliable. One of the major complaints is that the tracking system only takes 16k blocks from the target IP addresses, not the entire file. This means that they can’t prove that the defendant actually downloaded a full copy of the infringing work. In addition, they can’t do a proper hash comparison to verify the contents of the file. From the expert report That’s only part of the problem, as Mr. Witteman lists a range of possible issues in his conclusions, arguing that the reliability of the system can’t be guaranteed. Human error when IPP enters information from Malibu Media into the Excipio system. Mr. Patzer stated that the Excipio system does not know if the user has a complete copy of the material. The Excipio system only take 16k blocks from the target IP addresses. There has not been any description of the chain of custody of the IPP verification affidavits nor that the process is valid and secure. IP address false positives can occur in the system. The user’s access point could have been incorrectly secured. The user’s computer or network interface may have been compromised and is being used as a conduit for another user’s traffic. VPN software could produce an inaccurate IP address of a swarm member. The fuzzy name search of file names as described by Mr. Patzer could not have identified the file kh4k52qr.125.mp4 as the content “Romp at the Ranch.” Proprietary BitTorrent Client may or may not be properly implemented. Claim of “zero bugs” is suspect when one of the stated components has had 5 over 431 bugs, 65 currently unresolved. Zero duration data transfer times on two different files. The lack of any available academic paper on, or security audit of, the software system in question. In addition to the technical evidence, the expert report also sums up a wide range of other flaws. Many files differ from the one’s deposited at the Copyright Office, for example, and the X-Art videos themselves don’t display a proper copyright notice. On top of that, Malibu also made no effort to protect its content with DRM. Based on the expert review the John Doe asks the court to rule in his favor. Malibu is not a regular rightsholder, the lawyer argues, but an outfit that’s trying to generate profits through unreliable copyright infringement accusations. “The only conclusion one can draw is that Malibu does not operate like a normal studio – make films and charge for them. Instead Malibu makes a large chunk of its money using unreliable bittorrent monitoring software which only collects a deminimus amount of data,” the Doe’s lawyer writes. Stepping it up a notch, the lawyer likens Malibu’s operation to Prenda Law, whose principals were recently indicted and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, and perjury by the US Government. “Malibu is no different than ‘Prenda Law’ in form and function. They cleverly exploit the fact that most people will settle for 5-10K when sued despite the fact that the system used to ‘capture’ their IP address is neither robust nor valid,” the motion reads. Whether the court will agree has yet to be seen, but it’s clear that the expert report can be used as a new weapon to combat these and other copyright infringement claims. Of course, one has to keep in mind that there are always two sides to a story. At the same time the John Doe submitted his motion, Malibu moved ahead with a motion (pdf) for sanctions and a default judgment. The adult entertainment outfit argues that the defendant destroyed evidence on hard drives, concealed information, and committed perjury on several occasions. To be continued… Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  4. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis reportedly didn’t submit their 2016 album, ‘This Unruly Mess I've Made,’ for Grammy consideration View the full article
  5. iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending February 9, 2017: View the full article
  6. Our critical roundtable on the songs and videos of the week View the full article
  7. Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Steve Coogan headline Oren Moverman's adaptation of Herman Koch's bestseller 'The Dinner,' which premieres in competition at the Berlinale.read more View the full article
  8. Reza Aslan and Keegan-Michael Key also are among the speakers at Friday's UTA rally.read more View the full article
  9. You know America’s in a troubling spot when even Katy Perry is singing about the illusion of freedom. That’s the subject of “Chained to the Rhythm,” the once-carefree pop star’s new single, which appeared online Thursday night amid a series of Perry tweets and retweets about revolution, George... View the full article
  10. Prince fans will be able to stream his music on Spotify, Napster and other streaming services as of Sunday. View the full article
  11. When Colin Hanks approached members of Eagles of Death Metal with the idea of directing a documentary about their harrowing experience in Paris — the band was onstage at the Bataclan theater in 2015 when terrorists burst in and killed 89 concertgoers — drummer Josh Homme’s first response was to... View the full article
  12. In January it was revealed that UK ISPs and the movie and music industries had finally reached their years-long goal of sending infringment notices to pirating subscribers. The alerts, which are claimed to be educational in nature, are part of the larger Creative Content UK (CCUK) initiative, which includes PR campaigns targeted at the public and classroom. Until now, no one has published details of the actual alerts in public but thanks to a cooperative member of the UK public, TorrentFreak has the lowdown. The system we’ll show below relates to Sky, so other ISPs may or may not operate slightly differently. The initial warning email from Sky The email above has been redacted to protect the identity of our tipster. The blacked-out areas contain his name, the date in DD/MM/YY format, an alleged time of infringement in the HH:MM format, and a seven-digit reference code for the shared content, which is the TV show Westworld. There is also a pair of links, one to sign into the subscriber’s Sky account (presumably this ensures the person signing in is the account holder) and a link to the ‘Get it Right Information Portal’. The first page before hitting that site looks like this. What is Creative Content UK? Once on the GetItRight site, the user is informed that his or her account has been used to breach copyright and that further information is available on the following pages. There’s a report coming up Following the links, the alleged infringer is presented with a page which provides a lot more detail. The CIR ID shown below is the same as the seven-digit code on Sky’s website. The date and time are the same, although in different formats. The all-important IP address is listed alongside details of the software used to share the content. Also included are the filename and filesize of the infringing content and the copyright owner that made the complaint. The infringement data Interestingly, the system’s ability to track repeat infringers is evident at the bottom of the screenshot where the “Total Instances Logged This Period” can be seen. Since the purpose of the campaign is to “educate” infringers, we asked our tipster a little about his habits, his impressions of the system, and how this warning will affect his future behavior. “I was expecting [a warning] sooner or later as a heavy BitTorrent user. I’m sharing everything from movies, TV shows to games, but this email was about watching a TV show on Popcorn Time,” he revealed. “This surprised me because I don’t use Popcorn Time very often and yet after approximately 10 minutes of usage I got an email the very next day. Isn’t that funny?” So in this case, the warning was not only accurate but was also delivered to the correct person, rather than merely the person who pays the bill. We asked our tipster if he was aware of the GetItRight campaign before receiving this warning and whether it would achieve its aims. “Yes, I have read articles on TorrentFreak. Only what I have read on TorrentFreak,” he said. “I don’t think [the warnings] will work, at least not on a big scale. Maybe they will educate some people who did it by mistake or did it just once but for someone like me there is no hope. But at least the campaign is not aggressive.” Interestingly, the education factor in this particular case appears to have somewhat backfired. Our tipster said that thanks to news coverage of the warnings, he knew immediately that there would be no consequences for receiving one. That put his mind at rest. However, he did indicate that he may change his habits after receiving the warning, particularly given Sky’s claim it will ask subscribers to remove file-sharing software if they’re caught multiple times. “[The threat to remove software] upsets me as a long-term Sky customer. But I won’t comply, I will either subscribe to another ISP provider or start using VPNs,” he said. “I might stop using Popcorn Time as I wasn’t using it too often anyway, but I will keep using BitTorrent,” he added. Of course, Popcorn Time has BitTorrent under the hood, so both can trigger warnings. Received a warning from a UK ISP? Contact TF in complete confidence. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  13. Depeche Mode shared a new music video for the lead track off their upcoming album. View the full article
  14. Increasingly people are trading in expensive cable subscriptions for cheaper or free Internet TV. However, ideally they would still like to enjoy this from the comfort of their living room. In recent years this has become much more convenient with help from a variety of easy-to-use media players, Kodi boxes included. Following this trend, there has also been an uptick in the availability of unlicensed TV streams, with vendors offering virtually any channel imaginable, for free or in exchange for a small fee. Rightholders are not happy with this development and are actively cracking down on sellers of these illicit services and devices. This is also what happened in Malaga, Spain, where local ISP Y-Internet was raided. The police action was carried out following a complaint from the UK football organization Premier League, with assistance from anti-piracy outfit Irdeto. While the company’s website doesn’t list any IPTV offers, the provider allegedly offered piracy-configured IPTV devices on the side for a hefty annual fee of €450. While it’s not mentioned by the police, TF discovered that the ISP also has ties to a company that offers an IPTV service with UK and Irish TV & radio channels. The website in question was online at the time of the raid, but is now “undergoing maintenance.” Y-Internet itself is a well-known business in the Costa Del Sol region according to several online sources. The Spanish Government officially licensed the company’s Internet services, and the ISP is said to serve 300,000 homes and businesses, including many UK expats. During the raid, five company employees were present in the store, but it’s unclear if any arrests were made. Whether the company’s regular Internet subscribers were affected by the action is also unknown. While details remain scarce, police did release a video of the raid showing several pieces of hardware and network equipment. The UK owners of the ISP were not present in the store at the time of the raid. They reportedly observed their employees from overseas and tried to destroy files, payment transactions, and clients’ records when the police action began. However, the police reportedly stopped them before they could permanently erase any critical evidence. The Premier League is happy with the result and notes that this is the second success recently. Just a few weeks ago a UK supplier of piracy-configured IPTV boxes was sentenced to four years in prison. “The raids conducted by the Spanish authorities, supported in this case by Irdeto’s expertise, are a positive example of law enforcement taking seriously piracy and IP infringement,” says Kevin Plumb, Premier League Director of Legal Services “This approach is essential for organizations like the Premier League – and other creative industries – as our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect intellectual property. It is because of this that clubs can invest in star players and managers, and world class stadiums – the very things fans enjoy about our competition.” Or as the Spanish Police put it on Twitter a few hours ago: One goal against Piracy… Update: While the raid announced by the police and Irdeto yesterday, BBC just released an article which states that it took place last September. No arrests were made and the invistigation remains ongoing. It’s unclear why the information was only released this week. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  15. In 1969, when she peered from her album covers with those piercing blue eyes and resembled the fair maidens she saluted in song, Judy Collins took home her first Grammy for her recording of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now." Seven years later, she was nominated for female pop vocal performance... View the full article
  16. The erotic, S&M-laced 'Fifty Shades' sequel is doing better than projected, although 'Lego Batman' is still expected to pull ahead Saturday and win the weekend crown; 'John Wick: Chapter 2' a win for Keanu Reeves. read more View the full article
  17. Big Sean gets introspective in an open letter he wrote to his 18-year-old self. View the full article
  18. Leave it to DJ Khaled to turn an album announcement into a flashy, over-the-top experience. The invitation was cryptic. The hip-hop producer, Snapchat star and Grammy nominee had faux crystal plaques engraved with details of Thursday’s event sent to reporters. Held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the... View the full article
  19. When you watch a movie like Fifty Shades Darker -- the much-hyped sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, and the second installment in a trilogy to conclude with Fifty Shades Freed next year -- you expect a lot of the conversation to revolve around the hotter moments between Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson), or the delicious romantic intrigue that permeates every corner of the film. Curious fans, however, are very interested in a much smaller part of the film -- a throwaway moment in Christian's childhood bedroom where we see a Chronicles of Riddick poster hanging on the wall. The Chronicles of Riddick, like Fifty Shades Darker, is the second film in a three-part series, and it stars Vin Diesel as a highly skilled predator and member of a warrior race... Read More View the full article
  20. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Han Solo movie, according to Variety. Reportedly, the role will be a "CGI-driven" performance, with comparisons made to Alan Tudyk's supporting role as security droid K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If things work out with Waller-Bridge, it's exciting news for a couple of reasons. First of all, she's a tremendously talented actress, as anyone who's had a chance to see her series Fleabag (above) on Amazon can testify. She wrote the six-episode series, based on her own, award-winning play, and stars as the titular character, a young woman dealing with the many challenges of living in modern-day London, while also harboring complicated, unresolved issues concerning a recent... Read More View the full article
  21. Desiigner finally drops his new single, ‘Outlet’ View the full article
  22. Terms of Endearment: Oprah Winfrey will star in a new version of Terms of Endearment. Lee Daniels is in talks to direct; the two previously worked together on The Butler (above). The 1983 Academy Award-winning version, based on a novel by Larry McMurtry, starred Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger as mother and daughter in a family drama; Winfrey will play the role originated by MacLaine. [The Wrap] St. Agatha: Darren Lynn Bousman, best known for helming three installments of the Saw franchise (Saw II, above), will direct St. Agatha, described as a female-driven psychological horror movie. No other story details have been revealed; production begins this week in Atlanta. [Deadline] Bad Girl Gone: Music star Iggy Azalea and her production company have... Read More View the full article
  23. For example, they’ve done a 1920s-style version of “Gangsta’s Paradise,” they got an extremely sad clown to sing a Lorde song, and they recreated “Welcome to the Jungle” on the harp and cello. Well, for reasons unbeknownst to everyone, their latest video features an Isley Brothers-style rendition of Haddaway’s “What Is Love,” AKA the song from the “Roxbury Guys” SNL sketch/movie, and in the middle of it, The New Day’s Xavier Woods Honor Rolls in to play the tambourine and, of course, the trumpet. View the full article
  24. There’s new life at the former Liquid Kitty in West LA, as the understated drink spot on Pico Boulevard flips into a new concept called Neat. Wen Yeh, the backer at spots like BRU HAUS, West End, and The Belmont, is behind Neat, and says the place is looking to be a moodier neighborhood drink destination for a slightly pricier clientele. View the full article
  25. Internet backbone providers are an important part of the Internet ecosystem. These commercial Internet services have datacenters all over the world and help traffic of millions of people to flow from A to B. When the average Internet user types in a domain name, a request is sent through a series of networks before it finally reaches the server of the website. This also applies to The Pirate Bay and other pirate sites such as Primewire, Movie4k, TorrentProject and TorrentButler. However, for more than a week now the US-based backbone provider Cogent has stopped passing on traffic to these sites. The sites in question all use CloudFlare, which assigned them the public IP-addresses and While this can be reached just fine by most people, users attempting to pass requests through Cogent’s network are unable to access them. The issue is not limited to a single ISP and affects a small portion of users all over the world, the United States and Europe included. According to Cogent’s own backbone routing check, it applies to the company’s entire global network. No route to The Pirate Bay Since routing problems can sometimes occur by mistake, TorrentFreak reached out to Cogent to ask if the block is intentional and if so, what purpose it serves. A Cogent spokesperson informed us that they looked into the issue but that the company “does not discuss such decisions with third parties,” while adding that they do not control the DNS records of these sites. That the IP-addresses of The Pirate Bay and the other sites remains inaccessible suggests that it is indeed intentional. This is also backed up by the fact that the addresses in question have a “BGP community string” tag that prohibits it from being sent to other networks. For now, however, we can only speculate what the reason or target is. Since so many of the sites involved are accused of facilitating copyright infringement, it seems reasonable to view that as a possible cause. However, this remains unconfirmed for now. The Pirate Bay team is aware of the issue and tells us that users affected by the roadblock should contact Cogent with their complaints, hoping that will change things. In the meantime, people who want to access the blocked sites have no other option than to come up with a workaround of their own. According to various users the ‘roadblock’ can be bypassed with a VPN or Tor, and some proxy sites appear to work fine too. The websites themselves can still update their DNS records and switch to a new IP-address, which some appear to have done, but if they are the target then it’s likely that their new IP-address will be blocked soon after. — The following sites are affected by the Cogent blackhole, but there may be more. The Pirate Bay, Primewire, Movie4k, Torrentproject, Couch-tuner, Cyro.se, Watchseriesfree, Megashare, Hdmovieswatch, Torrentbutler.eu, Afdah. Movie.to, Mp3monkey, Rnbxclusive.me, Torrentcd, Moviesub, Iptorrents, Putlocker.com and Torrentz.cd. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
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