3 Count: Barbed Wire Dud

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1: Movie Companies Sue Popcorn Time, VPN, and ‘Hosting’ Provider in Piracy Lawsuit

First off today, Ernesto Van der Sar at Torrentfreak writes that group of independent filmmakers has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Popcorn Time, the VPN service VPN.ht (Wicked Technology) and hosting service Voxility for alleged copyright infringement.

The lawsuit was filed by Hawaiian attorney Kerry Culpepper and represents filmmakers behind such works as Angel Has Fallen, Rambo V: Last Blood and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

According to the lawsuit, all the services above play a role in the unlawful distribution of their films. But, while the inclusion of Popcorn Time may be sensible, the lawsuit against the VPN and hosting provider is less common. Nonetheless, the lawsuit accuses VPN.ht of encouraging piracy and Voxility of ignoring takedown demands.

2: Public-Private Partnership Needed to Tackle Piracy

Next up today, Julian Clover at BroadbandTV News reports that a new report from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has called for a public-private partnership to tackle online piracy.

RUSI is the oldest defense and security think tank in the world and is based in the UK. According to the report, it believes that online piracy is more than just a threat to rightsholders, but a potential threat to security.

As such, RUSI is calling for a public-private partnership that takes a “follow the money” approach to tackle piracy by sabotaging revenue streams such as Bitcoin mining, private donations and advertisements. They also want to make consumers more aware of the threats including fraud, identity theft and malware issues.

3: Video Footage From The End Of AEW Revolution Removed

Finally today, PWMania reports that All Elite Wrestling’s (AEW) latest pay-per-view ended in something of a dud after a planned explosion failed to go off leaving the ending of their exploding barbed wire main event less-than-impressive.

However, if you try to seek out the moment on YouTube or Twitter you may find it difficult to locate as AEW has been aggressively pulling down clips of the ending using copyright notices.

Historically, AEW has not been aggressive about enforcing their copyrights, especially in clips and gifs. This change has drawn sharp criticism from fans on Twitter, which accuse AEW of attempting to muzzle criticism rather than address copyright issues.

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