3 Count: Dynamic Blocking

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1: ISP’s Dynamic Injunction Fears Fail to Prevent Lookmovie & Flixtor Blocking

First off today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that, in the Netherlands, the Court of Rotterdam has ruled in favor of the anti-piracy group BREIN in their quest for a broad site block on a pair of pirate websites.

Previously, European Union’s highest court found that site blocking orders are legal as long as they balance the rights of the copyright holder and the rights of third parties. However, BREIN recently sought a dynamic extension against two pirate websites, Lookmovie and Flixtor, which would require ISPs to block new IP addresses, domains and proxies for the sites as they came online.

One Dutch ISP, KPN, fought against that, taking the matter to the Court of Rotterdam. There, the court has ruled that such an injunction is not overly broad and granted it. BREIN, for their part, is happy about the decision, though it remains to be seen how this will impact a voluntary agreement between area ISPs, including KPN, on site blocking efforts.

2: Street Fighter 6 Will Use Denuvo Anti-Tamper Piracy Tech on PC

Next up today, Dakota Hills at Event Hubs reports that video game company Capcom has announced it will include the Denuvo anti-piracy system when it releases the upcoming game Street Fighter 6.

The announcement came in the form of an edit to Street Fighter 6‘s page on Steam. According to the update, the software will allow a copy of the game to be installed and played on five different devices,

The move is controversial among fans of the series. Since the software runs in the background as the game is being played, there are concerns it could impact the performance of the highly competitive game. However, some are optimistic that Capcom may remove the DRM some time after launch, as they have done with other games.

3: Government Announces Industry Progress on Music Streaming

Finally today, a press release from the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office writes that it has published a new agreement on music streaming metadata.

Metadata is information that is attached to a song that contains various information about it, including the title, performer, songwriter, publisher and so forth. That information is crucial, not only for identifying which song is which, but for the distribution of royalties.

However, such metadata is often missing or limiting, prompting the office to launch a new collaborative effort to improve metadata in the country. There are few details at this time, but the government said that it is forming a group, “composed of representatives and experts from across the music sector” that will work to improve metadata on all music, in particularly new music.

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