Music Group Threatens Popcorn Time’s Blog Platform

January 29th, 2015

popcorncensorIn a few weeks time the Popcorn Time phenomenon will reach a symbolic milestone` when the ‘Netflix for Pirates’ celebrates its first birthday.

Of course, after serving millions of users in a short space of time, copyright holders have their eyes on the now-several forks of the popular project. Today we have news of yet another effort to limit the software’s reach.

PopcornTime.io is considered by many to be the true successor to the original Popcorn Time project that was shut down just weeks after it launched in 2014. Its development team is proudly open source and operates with an ethos closely aligned with that of the original team. It also receives similar legal threats and the latest to involve the project is somewhat of a head-scratcher.

PopcornTime.io has a blog where it publishes important updates. The latest entry heralds the project’s latest Android client in all its bug-fixed glory. It’s presented using the Ghost open source blogging platform and quite bizarrely copyright holders are trying to change that.

“The Greek equivalent of RIAA are threatening @TryGhost with legal action because we host @popcorntimetv’s blog,” Ghost founder John O’Nolan said this week.

“Good luck with that, Greece.”

Somewhat intrigued, TorrentFreak contacted O’Nolan – the former Deputy Head of the WordPress UI Group – who confirmed the threats.

“We were incredibly shocked to be contacted by a representative in 2015 requesting the personal information of one of our users without any basis. The clear lack of understanding here is worrying on many levels,” O’Nolan told TF.

And it gets worse. In the first instance O’Nolan thought that his company was actually hosting Popcorn Time’s blog, but in fact its being hosted by the project itself. All O’Nolan does is offer the completely neutral Ghost blogging platform.

To try and get to the bottom of this curious situation we contacted the organization targeting Popcorn Time. AEPI, the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property, did not officially respond to our request for comment. However, we did manage to learn more about this music group’s claim.

It appears that since Popcorn Time allows people to download movies and TV shows that have music playing in the background, AEPI believes that Popcorn Time should pay royalties and/or a music licensing fee to do so legally in Greece.

While it seems unlikely that the project is interested in any such license, the complaint to Ghost has only warmed relations between the blogging platform and Popcorn Time.

“If you ever have a need for more security/encryption features – don’t hesitate to reach out,” O’Nolan ‏informed the project. “Likewise if you have any trouble with your current host, we’ll host you.”

And as far as Popcorn Time are concerned, there’s only one blogging platform for them.

“We use Ghost as our blogging platform because it’s lightweight yet packed full of features. Unlike WordPress you can concentrate on writing your post. Throw in the fact it’s open source and written on Node.js and it’s the perfect match!” the team told TF.

It’s not been a good 2015 for AEPI thus far. Earlier this month the anti-piracy group lost its bid to have various torrent sites blocked by local ISPs. The Athens Court ruled that barring access to torrent sites such as KickassTorrents and The Pirate Bay would be disproportionate, unconstitutional, and would hinder ISPs’ entrepreneurial freedoms.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

An Irishman in New Orleans: Irish Cop Shot by Black Male in the Big Easy

January 28th, 2015
It was earlier this month the white mayor of 60 percent black New Orleans called upon the fine (primarily white) taxpayers of Louisiana to pony up for more state troopers to patrol the streets of the Big Easy. [New Orleans mayor calls on state taxpayers to fix city’s violent crime, Louisiana Watchdog, 1-7-15]
Irish cop (off-duty) visiting New Orleans shot by black male... why will no one speak of the no-go areas in America for whites, courtesy of the black population?

You remember New Orleans, right? One of America's most violent cities, whose "elite" have dedicated tremendous time and resources into trying to convince the black population (solely responsible for the violence) to behave and stop committing so much violence. 

This campaign has a name: The NOLA for Life Campaign, a comprehensive murder-reduction strategy geared completely at the black community.

Were it not for the overzealous nature of black individuals in the New Orleans community to collectively engage in activities ending in fatal or nonfatal shootings, New Orleans would not require the NOLA for Life campaign (for those wondering, 92 percent of the 150 New Orleans homicide victims in 2014 were black).

Hypothetically speaking, without black people, New Orleans would be just like Key West, Florida. 

Oh, there might not be much jazz in Key West, but there's little crime and homicide taking place in the southernmost tip of the United States, while an overabundance of crime and homicide is taking place in New Orleans. 

In Key West, a much more licentious atmosphere can be found (Duval Street is more fun than Bourbon Street), but the shooting and chaos is absent; because the black population is negligible. 

But a surplus black population in New Orleans requires the potential diverting of Louisiana taxpayer funds to pay for more police to patrol the Big Easy... redistribution of (largely white taxpayer) wealth to try and police a black population incapable of following the law. 

A black population who have created far more "no-go" areas for white people in New Orleans than Muslims have for Europeans throughout the Europe. France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs even warned French tourists visiting New Orleans that most crimes “are located in clearly identifiable neighborhoods," meaning: areas overwhelmed with blight, boarded up houses and black people. 

Much like the area an Irish cop visiting New Orleans was just robbed and shot in...[Irish police officer shot while vacationing in New Orleans, BBC reports, Fox8, 1-28-15]:
An Irish police officer was shot during an attempted robbery in New Orleans, according BBC News. 
The incident was reported just after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street. Officers arriving on the scene in the Seventh Ward found a man shot multiple times. 
Brian Hanrahan, 32, has been identified as the victim in the shooting, according to BBC. Hanrahan is from Killenaule, a small town in Ireland. He was on vacation in New Orleans with his father when the incident occurred. 
Hanrahan tells police that he met an unknown individual who brought him to the area, telling him that he knew of a place where the two could get a drink. The victim tells police that he went to a nearby ATM and withdrew $200. 
When he reached the location on New Orleans Street, the victim tells police he was approached by another man who asked for money. When Hanrahan refused, the suspect allegedly shot his and took his money. He fled on foot. 
The suspect has been described as a black male, approximately 40 years old, and wearing a gray shirt and dark-colored baseball cap. Detectives say they were unable to locate the victim's wallet.
"The suspect has been described as a black male..."

Easily the most commonly uttered phrase in a New Orleans cop vocabulary.

How much of New Orleans is a no-go area to white people? How much could these no-go areas, were they no longer burdened with the population making them no-go areas, provide in real estate where life could flourish again?

Real estate bringing families back to New Orleans, jobs (not connected with the NOLA for Life non-profit...), and businesses providing much needed tax revenue to improve the city's infrastructure... an infrastructure being neglected because of the necessary allocation of funds to pay for more police to patrol a black population incapable of assimilating to the norms established by white people.

The solution to the potential creation of no-go areas in America courtesy of Muslims is simple: don't allow Muslims to immigrate to America.

The solution to ending no-go areas for whites in America because of black crime and general black dysfunction is simple: talk about its origin.

Not white racism. Not white supremacy. Not white privilege.

Black people.



 

An Irishman in New Orleans: Irish Cop Shot by Black Male in the Big Easy

January 28th, 2015
It was earlier this month the white mayor of 60 percent black New Orleans called upon the fine (primarily white) taxpayers of Louisiana to pony up for more state troopers to patrol the streets of the Big Easy. [New Orleans mayor calls on state taxpayers to fix city’s violent crime, Louisiana Watchdog, 1-7-15]
Irish cop (off-duty) visiting New Orleans shot by black male... why will no one speak of the no-go areas in America for whites, courtesy of the black population?

You remember New Orleans, right? One of America's most violent cities, whose "elite" have dedicated tremendous time and resources into trying to convince the black population (solely responsible for the violence) to behave and stop committing so much violence. 

This campaign has a name: The NOLA for Life Campaign, a comprehensive murder-reduction strategy geared completely at the black community.

Were it not for the overzealous nature of black individuals in the New Orleans community to collectively engage in activities ending in fatal or nonfatal shootings, New Orleans would not require the NOLA for Life campaign (for those wondering, 92 percent of the 150 New Orleans homicide victims in 2014 were black).

Hypothetically speaking, without black people, New Orleans would be just like Key West, Florida. 

Oh, there might not be much jazz in Key West, but there's little crime and homicide taking place in the southernmost tip of the United States, while an overabundance of crime and homicide is taking place in New Orleans. 

In Key West, a much more licentious atmosphere can be found (Duval Street is more fun than Bourbon Street), but the shooting and chaos is absent; because the black population is negligible. 

But a surplus black population in New Orleans requires the potential diverting of Louisiana taxpayer funds to pay for more police to patrol the Big Easy... redistribution of (largely white taxpayer) wealth to try and police a black population incapable of following the law. 

A black population who have created far more "no-go" areas for white people in New Orleans than Muslims have for Europeans throughout the Europe. France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs even warned French tourists visiting New Orleans that most crimes “are located in clearly identifiable neighborhoods," meaning: areas overwhelmed with blight, boarded up houses and black people. 

Much like the area an Irish cop visiting New Orleans was just robbed and shot in...[Irish police officer shot while vacationing in New Orleans, BBC reports, Fox8, 1-28-15]:
An Irish police officer was shot during an attempted robbery in New Orleans, according BBC News. 
The incident was reported just after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street. Officers arriving on the scene in the Seventh Ward found a man shot multiple times. 
Brian Hanrahan, 32, has been identified as the victim in the shooting, according to BBC. Hanrahan is from Killenaule, a small town in Ireland. He was on vacation in New Orleans with his father when the incident occurred. 
Hanrahan tells police that he met an unknown individual who brought him to the area, telling him that he knew of a place where the two could get a drink. The victim tells police that he went to a nearby ATM and withdrew $200. 
When he reached the location on New Orleans Street, the victim tells police he was approached by another man who asked for money. When Hanrahan refused, the suspect allegedly shot his and took his money. He fled on foot. 
The suspect has been described as a black male, approximately 40 years old, and wearing a gray shirt and dark-colored baseball cap. Detectives say they were unable to locate the victim's wallet.
"The suspect has been described as a black male..."

Easily the most commonly uttered phrase in a New Orleans cop vocabulary.

How much of New Orleans is a no-go area to white people? How much could these no-go areas, were they no longer burdened with the population making them no-go areas, provide in real estate where life could flourish again?

Real estate bringing families back to New Orleans, jobs (not connected with the NOLA for Life non-profit...), and businesses providing much needed tax revenue to improve the city's infrastructure... an infrastructure being neglected because of the necessary allocation of funds to pay for more police to patrol a black population incapable of assimilating to the norms established by white people.

The solution to the potential creation of no-go areas in America courtesy of Muslims is simple: don't allow Muslims to immigrate to America.

The solution to ending no-go areas for whites in America because of black crime and general black dysfunction is simple: talk about its origin.

Not white racism. Not white supremacy. Not white privilege.

Black people.



 

How Cunning VOD Pirates Plundered Taken 3

January 28th, 2015

taken3-logoSoon after its U.S. premiere on January 9, pirate copies of the new Liam Neeson movie Taken 3 began appearing online. While quality was decent for a ‘cam’ recording, it was nothing to get really excited about.

As it happened that didn’t matter too much since most downloaders were already preoccupied with the recent flood of high quality Oscar screeners. Nevertheless, those who ventured into a cinema to record Taken 3 are likely to have exposed themselves to considerable risk.

In many countries one can end up in jail for such activities, especially when recording is followed by uploading to the Internet. But just a week later new events meant that the Taken 3 pirates’ dance with danger would largely be forgotten.

Last Thursday an HD copy of Taken 3 appeared on all major torrent sites but thanks to an earlier tipoff, that came as no surprise to us. Several days earlier a source already told TF that a “pristine” copy of Taken 3 would become available on January 22. So how did he know? The answer lies thousands of miles away in the Middle East.

OSN is a pay TV network with its headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The network offers international entertainment content such as movies, TV shows and sporting events. Perhaps surprisingly to readers in the West, it also provides access to movies still running in U.S. theaters.

As can be seen from the image of an OSN TV screen below, Taken 3 was due to air on the PPV network on January 22.

taken 3

TF was assured that a copy would quickly by pirated using OSN as several other popular movies had also been ‘capped’ from the same source in recent times. Sure enough, the first copies to appear online last Thursday all appeared with tell-tale Arabic subtitles or a suspiciously narrow image window where they’d been cropped out.

taken-arabic

While it’s not easy to say whether all ‘subbed’ copies now online originate from the first original ‘capping’ of Taken 3, we know that the first ‘big’ copy on Western sites (uploaded by a group called CPG) was not the first overall.

Those honors fell to a group called “weleef” who uploaded this “exclusive” to Arabic forum ArabScene shortly after the first showings on OSN.

arabscene-taken

Of course, thanks to this source people from all around the globe were able to watch a good copy of the movie, despite it still playing in cinemas in the United States and elsewhere. Sadly, even those wanting to pay for the movie in the U.S. will have to wait until April 2015 for a VOD release.

Why Hollywood treats citizens in the Middle East and Asia better than its home audience is anyone’s guess, but if defeating piracy is the goal the practice might be backfiring.

Our source says that a Chinese VOD site already has 50 Shades of Grey listed for an end of February release, two weeks after its Valentine’s Day premiere in the U.S. Only a month to find out if that leaks too.

Update: A new and non-subtitled copy of Taken 3 is now flourishing online. The source? An OSN set-top box…

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

TIME TO SORT THIS PROBLEM OUT!

January 28th, 2015
TIME TO SORT THIS PROBLEM OUT!


Canadian Government Spies on Millions of File-Sharers

January 28th, 2015

spyBeing monitored online is a reality largely acknowledged by millions of file-sharers worldwide. Countless rightsholders, anti-piracy outfits, analytics companies and other interested parties crawl BitTorrent and other P2P networks every day, spying on downloads and gathering data.

While the public nature of these networks is perfect for those looking to eavesdrop, individuals who use file-hosting sites are often under the impression that their transfers cannot be monitored by third parties since transactions take place privately from user to site via HTTP.

That assumption has today been blown completely out of the water amid revelations that Canada’s top electronic surveillance agency has been spying on millions of downloads from more than 100 file-sharing sites.

Led by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s equivalent of the NSA, and codenamed LEVITATION, the project unveils widespread Internet surveillance carried out by Canadian authorities.

A document obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and released to CBC News shows that in an effort to track down extremists the spy agency monitors up to 15 million downloads carried out by users around the world every day.

cse-ffu

According to the 2012 document, 102 file-sharing platforms were monitored by CSE. Just three were named – RapidShare, SendSpace, and the now defunct Megaupload. None of the sites were required to cooperate with the Canadian government since CSE had its own special capabilities.

“A separate secret CSE operation codenamed ATOMIC BANJO obtains the data directly from internet cables that it has tapped into, and the agency then sifts out the unique IP address of each computer that downloaded files from the targeted websites,” The Intercept‘s analysis of the document notes.

Once harvested those IP addresses are cross-referenced with vast amounts of additional data already intercepted by the United States’ NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ. Subsequent searches have the ability to show a list of other websites visited by those downloading from file-hosting sites.

Further associations can then be made with Facebook or Google accounts (via Google analytics cookies) which have the potential to link to names, addresses and other personal details. It’s a potent mix but one apparently designed to weed out just a small number of files from millions of daily events.

fewdocs

According to the LEVITATION documents the system has the ability to track downloads in countries across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and North America.

Under law, CSE isn’t allowed to spy on Canadians, but IP addresses belonging to a web server in Montreal appeared in a list of “suspicious” downloads. Also monitored by CSE were downloads carried out by citizens located in closely allied countries including the U.S., UK, Germany and Spain.

“CSE is clearly mandated to collect foreign signals intelligence to protect Canada and Canadians from a variety of threats to our national security, including terrorism,” CSE spokesman Andrew McLaughlin told CBC.

While it may be of comfort for Canadians to learn that the government is only interested in a small number of files being exchanged outside the country’s borders, mass surveillance of this kind always has the potential to unnerve when mission-creep raises its head.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

SIGNUP AS A BRITAIN FIRST ACTIVIST! Are you sick and tired of watching hateful I…

January 28th, 2015
SIGNUP AS A BRITAIN FIRST ACTIVIST!
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CAMERON IS NOTHING BUT A SELF SERVING TRAITOR

January 28th, 2015
CAMERON IS NOTHING BUT A SELF SERVING TRAITOR


VIDEO: Christian Pakistani CHILD was facing the death penalty for blasphemy – af…

January 28th, 2015
VIDEO: Christian Pakistani CHILD was facing the death penalty for blasphemy - after being framed by Muslim Imam.
(Thankfully she was acquitted)



Churchill as you’ve never seen him before: Rare pictures of former PM from a you…

January 28th, 2015
Churchill as you've never seen him before: Rare pictures of former PM from a young man to his state funeral


Churchill as you've never seen him before: Rare pictures of former PM from a young man to his state funeral released to mark 50th anniversary of his death
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The images capture Sir Winston Churchill as a boy aged just six, as a young man while training for the armed services at Sandhurst, and touring the beaches of Normandy after the Allied invasion.