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MPAA Updates 'Notorious Pirates' List

Posted by: , 15:28 AEDT, Sun October 27, 2013

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MPAA's updated list removes isoHunt (for obvious reasons), but perennial favorites like The Pirate Bay remains
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The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has updated their "notorious pirates" list, which has been submitted to the US government for review.

The MPAA, Hollywood's main trade lobby, publishes a list of websites and web services it considers to be the worst of the worst when it comes to film and TV copyright infringement. The list is a reply to a call for submissions from the Office of the US Trade Representative, and is used by the government to as a list of potential targets for future action.

Much like how the highlight of last year's update was the removal of the now defunct Megaupload from the list, this year's major subtraction is the recently defunct isoHunt, which settled with the MPAA just last week.

Otherwise, the list includes the perennial "favorites" like The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents, both of which have now moved to new domain names. Cyberlocker websites Putlocker and Uploaded, similarly, remain on the list of "download/streaming" sites, as does Russia's social networking website VK (formerly VKontakte).

MPAA's submission also moves the focus onto "linking sites", sites that do no host infringing content, but are "professional-looking sites that facilitate content theft by indexing stolen movie and television content hosted on other sites," the MPAA's submission noted.

You can read the full text of the MPAA's submission here (via TorrentFreak).


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