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First off today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that group of film studios have teamed together to file a DMCA subpoena against Cloudflare demanding that the service turn over any information it has about identities of those behind many of the internet’s largest piracy websites.
Cloudfare provides content delivery and security services for millions of websites, including many of the internets largest pirate operations. The company has maintained a policy of strict neutrality, refusing to remove infringing sites from its service, frustrating many rightsholders
The DMCA subpoena, which so far has not been challenged, was filed in Hawaii in an attempt to unmask the individuals behind a variety of suspected pirate websites including Showbox, YTS and Popcorn Time. It is unclear, however, if Cloudflare has any useful information on these sites, as they may not have given any information when signing up for the service.
Next up today, Nitish Singh at TechNadu reports that Reddit has been actively removing subreddits that are connected to piracy, following on the heels of an updated removals policy that might make such removals much more expedient in the future.
The subreddits involved include FullMoviesOnAnything and TVShowsOnAnything, two subreddits that trafficked in pirated video content.
Reddit, historically, has not been known for aggressively targeting subreddits that engage in piracy, however, rightsholders are hopeful that its new removals clause, which bans subreddits after their moderators are given several warnings, will make it faster and easier for it to ban subreddits that deliberately traffic in pirated content.
Finally today, Moanike’ala Nabarro at KITV reports that Hawaiian hula choreographer Kumu Kunewa-Mook has won a case in Japan as a Japanese court has found that his choreography is protectable under copyright
Kunewa-Mook filed the lawsuit after, according to him, an instructor in Japan used his choreography without his permission. Kunewa-Mook had to prove that his work was not only copyrightable, but original, even dancing in court to demonstrate it.
In the end, the court sided with him and ruled against the instructor, finding that the local instructor had infringed him. Such cases are difficult, even in the United States. Though individual dance moves can not be protected, strings of them to form a choreography can be