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Saturday, February 18, 2017

70 Percent of Young Swedish Men Are Video Pirates, Study Says.

A new study from Sweden has found that just over half of all young people admit to obtaining movies and TV shows from the Internet without paying, a figure that rockets to 70 percent among young men, reports TorrentFreak, citing a study. 

From the report: 

 According to figures just released by media industry consultants Mediavision, in January 2017 almost a quarter of all Swedes aged between 15 and 74 admitted either streaming or downloading movies from 'pirate' sites during the past month. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the tendency to do so is greater among the young. 

More than half of 15 to 24-year-olds said they'd used a torrent or streaming site during December. 

When concentrating that down to only young men in the same age group, the figure leaps to 70 percent.

They often use the Russian browser Yandex to find stuff that Google won't bring up. 

 "In 2014, many film studios teamed up to force the Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget to block the popular torrent website The Pirate Bay," reports Fossbytes.

 "It was also said that ISPs should be blocked if they refused to block copyright infringing websites."

Now, a Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal has ordered The Pirate Bay and streaming portal Swefilmer to be blocked by Bredbandsbolaget for the next three years.

Fossbytes reports:

  The court overruled the earlier ruling of the District Court, ordering the ISP to employ some technical measures to stop its customers from accessing the website and its different URLs. 

The court said that a blocking injunction would be proportional "in the light of EU law." Notably, under the EU law, it's possible for the copyright owners to get an injunction against the ISPs whose services are used to pirate content. 

This verdict is the first of its kind in Sweden, but similar injunctions have been announced in the past in other European nations.

 This ruling also opens new doorways for the copyright holders to target more torrent websites in the near future. 

  Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde said in a statement to TorrentFreak:

 "The fight is not about TPB -- the users of TPB can just bypass this blockade easily.

 It's about the slippery slope it brings."

 Earlier this month, several users worldwide reported that they were unable to access pirate websites including the Pirate Bay.

 It was because the internet backbone network of Cogent Communications had blackholed the CloudFlare IP-address of pirate websites.

Less than a week later, CloudFlare is fighting back.

From a report on TorrentFreak: 

The Pirate Bay and dozens of other pirate sites that were blocked by Cogent's Internet backbone are now accessible again.

 CloudFlare appears to have moved the sites in question to a new pair of IP-addresses, effectively bypassing Cogent's blackhole. [...] 

As of yesterday, the sites in question have been assigned the IP-addresses and, still grouped together.

 Most, if not all of the sites, are blocked by court order in the UK so this is presumably done to prevent ISP overblocking of 'regular' CloudFlare subscribers.

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