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First off today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that Godaddy has received an order from the Peruvian Copyright Commission to disable four pirate domains currently registered through its service.
The move stems from a complaint filed by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The request specifically targets four illegal music streaming domains, none of which use Peru’s top level domain. Nonetheless, Preu’s National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) felt that the infriongement was egregious and serious enough to warrant demanding the suspension of the domains.
As of this writing, all four domains are still working. INDECOPI did say that GoDaddy may appeal the ruling but, so far, GoDaddy has not responded to the demand.
Next up today, Jordan Valinsky at CNN reports that, in the wake of recent scandals involving data security, Facebook has announced that it is making its privacy settings easier to find and adding additional tools to help people better control how their content is used.
Facebook has come under fire in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw massive amounts of Facebook data being used without clear permission in an attempt to sway the 2106 presidential election. In response to that, Facebook has said it’s revamping its privacy efforts, both adding a shortcut to its privacy settings and a new “Access Your Information” button that lets users delete items they no longer want on Facebook.
According to Facebook the new tools are about “transparency” and are not an attempt to gain new rights to use your data. In the meantime, Facebook has lost approximately $80 billion in market value following the backlash.
Finally today, Benjamin Pineros at Techly reports that 123movies, previously the largest illegal movie streaming site, has made good on its promise and shut its doors.
123movies had long been a target for content creators with the MPAA recently dubbing it their biggest target. However, five days ago the site posted a countdown clock saying that it was shutting down in four days. As part of the announcement it also asked its users to support creators by purchasing content legally.
With the time to close passed, the site is gone, having made good on its promise. However, a quick Google search finds dozens of clone sites of varying effectiveness and completeness. Though the name will live on, the site itself is gone.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.