Russia May Consider Returning Snowden to US as a Favor to Trump The rumors are that Russia is considering turning over the NSA leaker as a "gift" to Donald Trump. Belgian Copyright Holders Seek Piracy Blockades The Belgian Entertainment Association, which unites companies from the music, movie, and videogame industries, has urged ISPs to block a number of pirate sites in the country. WhatsApp Introduced 2-Step Verification WhatsApp has implemented a new two-step verification process in order to boost security for users. The feature is optional and is meant to considerably increase the hurdles for a third-party when breaking into your account Music Labels Sued Hip-Hop Mixtape Site A number of the largest record labels have sued Spinrilla, a popular hip-hop mixtape website and app. Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records and Universal Music Group accuse Spinrilla’s operators of copyright infringement and claim damages that could reach millions of dollars. US Hosting Provider Denied Liability for Client’s Infringement Adult publisher ALS Scan sued a hosting company from Chicago, claiming that the latter is responsible for the actions of its client ImageBam. However, the hosting company, Steadfast, argues that it's protected by the DMCA's safe harbor. UK ISP Will Force Pirates to Remove File-Sharing Apps British Internet service providers are prepared to notify their subscribers about the facts that their accounts are used for sharing copyrighted content without permission. Although the UK campaign will be purely educational, one of the UK ISPs announced that persistent infringers will be asked to remove file-sharing clients from their devices. Australian TV Provider Shut Down Facebook Livestream A few days ago, millions of Australians were watching the long awaited rematch between the Australian boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green. However, live stream was quite expensive, Google Doesn’t Agree to Hand over User Emails Stored Abroad The tech giant is going to appeal a ruling by an American judge that required the company to hand over the emails of Gmail users stored outside the US. Google believes that it can put the privacy of non-US citizens at risk. EU Required Ukraine to Address Online Piracy The head of the trade section of the European Commission's delegation to Ukraine explained that the country risks damaging relations with the European Union due to Internet piracy. The EU suggests that Internet service providers must bear responsibility for hosting pirate portals, along with operators of such resources. Kodi Addon Was Used for Creation of DDoS “Botnet” One of the popular Kodi addons, Exodus, is normally used to access pirated films and TV-shows, but over the past week its users unwittingly participated in the DDoS attack. When the problem was unearthed, the Exodus developer rolled back the malicious code and retired.
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