3 Count: Twitter Ban

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1: Twitter Permanently Bans Pro-Trump Meme Creator Carpe Donktum for Repeated Copyright Violations

First off today, Todd Spangler at Variety reports that Twitter has permanently banned conservative meme creator Carpe Donktum, real name Logan Cook, for repeated instances of copyright infringement.

The account, which rose to fame for sharing media that supports President Trump and mocks his political opponents, has faced controversy before including a suspension in October for sharing a violent movie clip with the text indicating it was the secret service gunning down members of the media. The account has also drawn repeated copyright infringement allegations as owners of the media he uses object to its appearance on the site.

Under the DMCA, Twitter has an obligation to remove the account of any repeat infringer and they have done so in this case. Cook, however, claims that this is a case of Twitter “censorship” and has launched an alternate account to continue operations. He is also asking for his followers to support his protest of Twitter’s actions.

2: The Pirate Bay: Swedish Court Throws Out Injunction That Wrongly Targeted ISP

Next up today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that a Swedish court has tossed out an injunction that attempted to compel a local ISP to give information about The Pirate Bay. The reason: The ISP in question doesn’t actually have the information the plaintiffs want.

The request was filed by two Swedish movie companies, who hoped to compel the local ISP Obenetwork to turn over information about The Pirate Bay, which they claimed is hosted on their network. However, Obenetwork responded saying that the IP address in question is actually leased from a VPN provider, OVPN, and they have no knowledge of OVPN’s customers.

The studios could, at least in theory, file a similar motion against OVPN but they proudly state that they host no logs or user information. As such, they claim they have no such information to turn over. This makes the next steps for the companies unclear.

3: Team Effort Makes Mark on Oscar Security

Finally today, Ian McMurray at IBC Daily reports that four tech companies, Nagra, Brightcove Akamai and BuyDRM are collaborating to provide a new security feature for the Academy Screening Room, the tool used by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to view films for the Oscars.

The new system allows Academy members to access films securely on a variety of devices including desktop computers, mobile devices and tVOS. The applications were built using Brightcove technology and are encrypted, requiring a BuyDRM key to unlock the content. It is then watermarked with Nagra’s technology and streamed over Akamai’s network.

The Academy hopes that the approach will prevent the screeners from being used to pirate the films. Oscar screeners have been a frequent target for pirates in the past as they are high-quality digital versions of films that are often only available in theaters or even pre-release.

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