3 Count: Feeling Blue
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1: Cloudflare to Expose Popular Manga Piracy Sites
First off today, Navkiran Dhaliwal at Good e-Reader reports that Sheuisha, the largest publishing company in Japan, has secured a DMCA subpoena against Cloudflare demanding that the service turn over the information of various manga pirate sites that use their network.
The sites include manga-zip.is, hexupload.net, 13dl.to among others. Shueisha had previously attempted to get the sites removed from Cloudflare directly, but the service declined to do so, saying that they are not obligated to remove cached files.
With this subpoena, Cloudflare is being asked to hand over all information that they have on these websites and their operators. However, Cloudflare may still contest the subpoena, as they have done with similar ones. That said, the subpoena may have already had some of its effect as pirated copies of Grand Jump magazine, the content used to obtain the subpoena, has been removed from several of the sites in question.
2: ACE Takes Down Spain’s Largest Piracy Service
Next up today, Colin Mann at Advanced Television reports that the anti-piracy coalition, Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), has shuttered the top illegal streaming service in Spain, AtomoHD.
The site was launched in 2020 and quickly grew to average more than 9.7 million monthly visits, becoming Spain’s most popular streaming website. However, the site is no more and, according to ACE, they were responsible for the takedown.
It is unknown how they secured the takedown, but they did say that the domains involved in the site are being turned over to ACE and will be redirected to a page that helps users find legal content.
3: Piracy-Loving Twitter Blue Users Exploit New 2-hour Video Limit
Finally today, Twitter recently made a change to its policies that allowed Twitter Blue subscribers to upload videos up to two hours in length. However, that policy is already being abused as several users have begun uploading pirated films to the service.
The announcement of the two-hour limit was made on Friday, May 18. It represented a sharp increase from the two and a half minute limit non-paying Twitter users can upload and the previous cap of 60 minutes for paid subscribers.
Some of the pirated content was removed. However, it was previously noted that Twitter’s content matching system was not working, which enabled widespread piracy, even with the 60-minute upload restriction.
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