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Posted by Andy

For many years, video-focused Internet piracy was all about obtaining pre-recorded content such as movies and TV shows. Now, however, the rise of streaming is enabling a massive uptake of live ‘pirate’ programming.

At the forefront of this movement are web streaming portals, dedicated Kodi add-ons, and premium IPTV services. The latter, which can rival official services, tend to offer a better quality service but with a price tag attached. This has resulted in a whole new market for people seeking to generate revenue from piracy.

One of those outfits was UK-based BulkyIPTV, but as first reported here on TF, last week the entire operation was shut down after police arrested its operator.

“Hi all. Today I was arrested. Everything has been shut down,” its operator confirmed Wednesday.

“They took everything – phone, laptop, PC and cash, as well as other stuff to gather evidence against me. I’m sorry it has come to this but i’m looking at a stretch inside.”

Soon after the news was made public, many people on Facebook speculated that the arrest never happened and that BulkyIPTV’s operator had conjured up a story in order to “do a runner” with his customers’ subscription money.

However, a source close to the situation insisted that an arrest had been made in the Derby area of the UK in connection with live TV piracy, a fact we reported in our article.

For a few days things went silent, but in a joint statement with the Federation Against Copyright Theft, Derbyshire Police have now confirmed that they executed a warrant at a Derby property last week.

“The warrant took place on Tuesday (18th July) as part of ongoing work to stop the use of the illegal set top boxes, which are tampered with to enable them to offer a range of premium subscription services such as Sky TV and BT Sport without paying for them,” the police statement reads.

While the police don’t specifically mention BulkyIPTV in their press release, everything points to the operator of the service being the person who was targeted last week.

BulkyGifts.co.uk, a site connected to BulkyIPTV that sold a product which enabled people to access cable and satellite programming cheaply, was initially registered to the address that police targeted on Tuesday in Grenfell Avenue, Sunny Hill. The name of the person who registered the domain is also a perfect match with Electoral Roll records and social media profiles across numerous sites.

Police confirmed that a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud, money laundering, and copyright offenses. Electronic equipment was seized along with a “large amount” of cash.

In a statement, Kieron Sharp, CEO of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, reminded sellers and buyers of these services that their actions are illegal.

“This collaboration between Derbyshire police and FACT is another step forward in disrupting the sale of illegal streaming devices,” Sharp said.

“People may think there is nothing wrong with having one of these devices and streaming premium pay-for channels for free, such as live sports. However, this is illegal and you would be breaking the law.”

As highlighted in our opinion piece last week, some service providers appear to be playing fast and loose with their security. If that trend continues, expect FACT and the police to keep taking these services down.

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

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Posted by Ernesto

This week we have two newcomers in our chart.

The Mummy is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

This week’s most downloaded movies are:
<td>2</td> <td>(2)</td> <td>Ghost In the Shell </td> <td>6.8 / trailer</td> <td>3</td> <td>(…)</td> <td>Going In Style </td> <td>6.8 / trailer</td> <td>5</td> <td>(…)</td> <td>Spider-Man: Homecoming (HDTS)</td> <td>8.0 / trailer</td> <td>9</td> <td>(4)</td> <td>Alien Covenant (Subbed HDrip)</td> <td>6.7 / trailer</td>
Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer
Most downloaded movies via torrents
1 (1) The Mummy 2017 (Subbed HDRip) 5.8 / trailer
4 (3) The Boss Baby 6.5 / trailer
6 (5) Despicable Me 3 (HDTS) 6.7 / trailer
7 (6) Wonder Woman (Subbed HDrip) 8.2 / trailer
8 (…) S.W.A.T.: Under Siege ?.? / trailer
10 (7) Kong: Skull Island 6.9 / trailer

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

Myth & Moor update

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:16 am
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Posted by Terri Windling

Field

I'm afraid I'm going to be out of the studio and off-line a little longer. I'd like to be back by the end of the week, if life permits -- but I've been living in a one-day-at-a-time kind of way, at the mercy of things beyond my control. As we all are really, every moment of our lives, but sometimes that fact is starker than others.

Thank you for your patience, and your messages of support. I hope your summer has been richly creative.

Field 2

"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done."

  - Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

Myth & Moor update

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:16 am
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Posted by Terri Windling

Field

"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done."

  - Vincent Van Gogh

Field 2

I'm afraid I'm going to be out of the studio a little longer. I'd like to be back by the end of the week, if life permits -- but I've been living in a one-day-at-a-time kind of way, at the mercy of things beyond my control. As we all are really, every moment of our lives, but sometimes that fact is starker than others.

Thank you for your patience, and your messages of support. I hope your summer has been richly creative.

 

Dear Equinox Letter

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:24 pm
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Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:19 pm
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[syndicated profile] torrentfreak_feed

Posted by Ernesto

In recent years many pirates have moved from more traditional download sites and tools, to streaming portals.

These streaming sites come in all shapes and sizes, and there is fierce competition among site owners to grab the most traffic. More traffic means more money, after all.

While building a streaming from scratch is quite an operation, there are scripts on the market that allow virtually anyone to set up their own streaming index in just a few minutes.

TVStreamCMS is one of the leading players in this area. To find out more we spoke to one of the people behind the project, who prefers to stay anonymous, but for the sake of this article, we’ll call him Rick.

“The idea came up when I wanted to make my own streaming site. I saw that they make a lot of money, and many people had them,” Rick tells us.

After discovering that there were already a few streaming site scripts available, Rick saw an opportunity. None of the popular scripts at the time offered automatic updates with freshly pirated content, a gap that was waiting to be filled.

“I found out that TVStreamScript and others on ThemeForest like MTDB were available, but these were not automatized. Instead, they were kinda generic and hard to update. We wanted to make our own site, but as we made it, we also thought about reselling it.”

Soon after TVStreamCMS was born. In addition to using it for his own project, Rick also decided to offer it to others who wanted to run their own streaming portal, for a monthly subscription fee.

TVStreamCMS website

According to Rick, the script’s automated content management system has been its key selling point. The buyers don’t have to update or change much themselves, as pretty much everything is automatized.

This has generated hundreds of sales over the years, according to the developer. And several of the sites that run on the script are successfully “stealing” traffic from the original, such as gomovies.co, which ranks well above the real GoMovies in Google’s search results.

“Currently, a lot of the sites competing against the top level streaming sites are using our script. This includes 123movies.co, gomovies.co and putlockers.tv, keywords like yesmovies fmovies gomovies 123movies, even in different Languages like Portuguese, French and Italian,” Rick says.

The pirated videos that appear on these sites come from a database maintained by the TVStreamCMS team. These are hosted on their own servers, but also by third parties such as Google and Openload.

When we looked at one of the sites we noticed a few dead links, but according to Rick, these are regularly replaced.

“Dead links are maintained by our team, DMCA removals are re-uploaded, and so on. This allows users not to worry about re-uploading or adding content daily and weekly as movies and episodes release,” Rick explains.

While this all sounds fine and dandy for prospective pirates, there are some significant drawbacks.

Aside from the obvious legal risks that come with operating one of these sites, there is also a financial hurdle. The full package costs $399 plus a monthly fee of $99, and the basic option is $399 and $49 per month.

TVStreamCMS subscription plans

There are apparently plenty of site owners who don’t mind paying this kind of money. That said, not everyone is happy with the script. TorrentFreak spoke to a source at one of the larger streaming sites, who believes that these clones are misleading their users.

TVStreamCMS is not impressed by the criticism. They know very well what they are doing. Their users asked for these clone templates, and they are delivering them, so both sides can make more money.

“We’re are in the business to make money and grow the sales,” Rick says.

“So we have made templates looking like 123movies, Yesmovies, Fmovies and Putlocker to accommodate the demands of the buyers. A similar design gets buyers traffic and is very, very effective for new sites, as users who come from Google they think it is the real website.”

The fact that 123Movies changed its name to GoMovies and recently changed to a GoStream.is URL, only makes it easier for clones to get traffic, according to the developer.

“This provides us with a lot of business because every time they change their name the buyers come back and want another site with the new name. GoMovies, for instance, and now Gostream,” Rick notes.

Of course, the infringing nature of the clone sites means that there are many copyright holders who would rather see the script and its associated sites gone. Previously, the Hollywood group FACT managed to shut down TVstreamScript, taking down hundreds of sites that relied on it, and it’s likely that TVStreamCMS is being watched too.

For now, however, more and more clones continue to flood the web with pirated streams.

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

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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have ONE volunteer reccer who signed up for August with this fandom:

* Steven Universe ([personal profile] juniperphoenix)

So while we already have a few recs to look forward to in August, it would of course be awesome if we had some more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccer has volunteered for September, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for August, September or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of July. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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Posted by Andy

Formerly known as XBMC, the popularity of the entirely legal Kodi media player has soared in recent years.

Controversial third-party addons that provide access to infringing content have thrust Kodi into the mainstream and the product is now a household name.

Until recently, TVAddons.ag was the leading repository for these addons. During March, the platform had 40 million unique users connected to the site’s servers, together transferring an astounding petabyte of addons and updates.

Everything was going well until news broke last month that the people behind TVAddons were being sued in a federal court in Texas. Shortly after the site went dark and hasn’t been back since.

This was initially a nuisance to the millions of Kodi devices that relied on TVAddons for their addons and updates. With the site gone, none were forthcoming. However, the scene recovered relatively quickly and for users who know what they’re doing, addons are now available from elsewhere.

That being said, something very unusual happened this week. Out of the blue, several key TVAddons domains were transferred to a Canadian law firm. TVAddons, who have effectively disappeared, made no comment. The lawyer involved, Daniel Drapeau, ignored requests for an explanation.

While that’s unusual enough, there’s a bigger issue at play here for millions of former TVAddons users who haven’t yet wiped their devices or upgraded them to work with other repositories.

Without going into huge technical detail, any user of an augmented Kodi device that relied on TVAddons domains (TVAddons.ag, Offshoregit.com) for updates can be reasonably confident that the domains their device is now accessing are not controlled by TVAddons anymore. That is not good news.

When a user installs a Kodi addon or obtains an update, the whole system is based on human trust. People are told about a trustworthy source (repository or ‘repo’) and they feel happy getting their addons and updates from it.

However, any person in control of a repo can make a Kodi addon available that can do pretty much anything. When that’s getting free movies, people tend to be happy, but when that’s making a botnet out of set-top boxes, enthusiasm tends to wane a bit.

If the penny hasn’t yet dropped, consider this.

TVAddons’ domains are now being run by a law firm which refuses to answer questions but has the power to do whatever it likes with them, within the law of course. Currently, the domains are lying dormant and aren’t doing anything nefarious, but if that position changes, millions of people will have absolutely no idea anything is wrong.

TorrentFreak spoke to Kodi Project Manager Nathan Betzen who agrees that the current security situation probably isn’t what former TVAddons users had in mind.

“These are unsandboxed Python addons. The person [in control of] the repo could do whatever they wanted. You guys wrote about the addon that created a DDoS event,” Betzen says.

“If some malware author wanted, he could easily install a watcher that reports back the user’s IP address and everything they were doing in Kodi. If the law firm is actually an anti-piracy group, that seems like the likeliest thing I can think of,” he adds.

While nothing can be ruled out, it seems more likely that the law firm in question has taken control of TVAddons’ domains in order to put them out of action, potentially as part of a settlement in the Dish Network lawsuit. However, since it refuses to answer any questions, everything is open to speculation.

Another possibility is that the domains are being held pending sale, which then raises questions over who the buyer might be and what their intentions are. The bottom line is we simply do not know and since nobody is talking, it might be prudent to consider the worst case scenario.

“If it’s just a holding group, then people [in control of the domain/repo] could do whatever they can think of. Want a few million incredibly inefficient bit mining boxes?” Betzen speculates.

While this scenario is certainly a possibility, one would at least like to think of it as unlikely. That being said, plenty of Internet security fails can be attributed to people simply hoping for the best when things go bad. That rarely works.

On the plus side, Betzen says that since Python code is usually pretty easy to read, any nefarious action could be spotted by vigilant members of the community fairly quickly. However, Martijn Kaijser from Team Kodi warns that it’s possible to ship precompiled Python code instead of the readable versions.

“You can’t even see what’s in the Python files and what they do,” he notes.

Finally, there’s a possibility that TVAddons may be considering some kind of comeback. Earlier this week a new domain – TVAddons.co – was freshly registered, just after the old domains shifted to the law firm. At this stage, however, nothing is known about the site’s plans.

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

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Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Peter Quill, Yondu Udonta
Content Notes/Warnings: some blood
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: rej11 on Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: Most of the pre-canon art about Peter and Yondu focuses on a really young Peter, so I like this one because Peter is in his mid-to-late teens. I love how this piece tells a whole story in one image, and the details are fantastic.

Link: Peter & Yondu in trouble (Bigger image)

Wonder Woman by GiannaRoseH (SFW)

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:54 pm
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Fandom: Wonder Woman
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Wonder Woman
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: GiannaRoseH on DA
Why this piece is awesome: It's a marvellous strong portrait of Diana on the horse, from near the end of the movie, wrapped in a fur-trimmed cloak and looking every inch the warrior princess. Also I love the colours. 
Link: Wonder Woman

[ SECRET POST #3853 ]

Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:04 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3853 ⌋

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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #553 ]

Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:48 pm
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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #553 ]




The first secret from this batch will be posted on July 29th.



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Posted by Ernesto

Two weeks ago we noticed a ‘handy’ feature where Google highlighted various torrent sites in its search results.

People who typed “best torrent sites” into the search box would see a reel of popular sites such as The Pirate Bay and RARBG in the results, featured with their official logos and all.

Google employees obviously didn’t curate the list themselves. They are a Google feature called the “results carousel,” which is generated based on an algorithm. Still, considering the constant criticism the search engine faces from rightsholders, it’s a sensitive topic.

The torrent site carousel

It appears that the search engine itself wasn’t very happy with the featured search results either. This week, the torrent sites were quietly banned from the search carousel feature. According to the company, it wasn’t working as intended.

“We have investigated this particular issue and determined that this results carousel wasn’t working in the intended manner, and we have now fixed the issue,” a Google spokesperson informed TorrentFreak.

Although Google carefully avoids the words copyright and piracy in its comments, it’s quite obvious what motivated this decision. The company doesn’t want to highlight any pirate sites, to avoid yet another copyright controversy.

That the intervention was triggered by “piracy” concerns is backed up by another change. While various “streaming sites” are still prominently listed in a search carousel, the pirate sites were carefully stripped from there as well.

A few days ago it still listed sites including Putlocker, Alluc, and Movie4k.to, but only legitimate streaming portals remain on the list today. That change definitely required some human intervention.

Only ‘legitimate’ streaming postals now

This isn’t the first time that Google’s “rich” search results have featured pirate sites. The same thing happened in the past when the search engine displayed pirate site ratings of movies, next to ratings from regular review sites such as IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

Apparently, Google’s search engine algorithms need some anti-piracy fine-tuning, every now and then.

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

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Posted by Andy

Over the years, the MPAA and RIAA have grabbed hundreds of headlines for their anti-piracy activities but recently their work has been more subtle. The same cannot be said of Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN.

BREIN is the most prominent outfit of its type in the Netherlands but it’s not uncommon for its work to be felt way beyond its geographical borders. The group’s report for the first six months of 2017 illustrates that in very clear terms.

In its ongoing efforts to reduce piracy on movies, music, TV shows, books and games, BREIN says it carried out 268 investigations during the first two quarters of 2017. That resulted in the takedown of 231 piracy-focused sites and services.

They included 45 cyberlocker linking sites, 30 streaming sites and 9 torrent platforms. The last eDonkey site in the Netherlands was among the haul after its operators reached a settlement with BREIN. The anti-piracy outfit reports that nearly all of the sites were operated anonymously so in many instances hosting providers were the ones to pull the plug, at BREIN’s request.

BREIN has also been actively tracking down people who make content available on file-sharing networks. These initial uploaders are considered to be a major part of the problem, so taking them out of the equation is another of BREIN’s goals.

In total, 14 major uploaders to torrent, streaming, and Usenet platforms were targeted by BREIN in the first six months of this year, with each given the opportunity to settle out of court or face legal action. Settlements typically involved a cash payment of between 250 and 7,500 euros but in several instances, uploaders were also required to take down the content they had uploaded.

In one interesting case, BREIN obtained an ex parte court order against a person running a “live cinema” on Facebook. He later settled with the anti-piracy group for 7,500 euros.

BREIN has also been active in a number of other areas. The group says it had almost 693,000 infringing results removed from Google search, pushing its total takedowns to more than 15.8 million. In addition, more than 2,170 listings for infringing content and devices were removed from online marketplaces and seven piracy-focused Facebook groups were taken down.

But while all of these actions have an effect locally, it is BREIN’s persistence in important legal cases that have influenced the copyright landscape across Europe.

Perhaps the most important case so far is BREIN v Filmspeler, which saw the anti-piracy group go all the way to the European Court of Justice for clarification on the law surrounding so-called “fully loaded” set-top boxes.

In a ruling earlier this year, the ECJ not only determined that selling such devices is a breach of copyright law, but also that people streaming content from an illicit source are committing an offense. Although the case began in the Netherlands, its effects will now be felt right across Europe, and that is almost completely down to BREIN.

But despite the reach of the ruling, BREIN has already been making good use of the decision locally. Not only has the operator of the Filmspeler site settled with BREIN “for a substantial amount”, but more than 200 sellers of piracy-configured set-top boxes have ceased trading since the ECJ decision. Some of the providers are the subject of further legal action.

Finally, a notable mention must go to BREIN’s determination to have The Pirate Bay blocked in the Netherlands. The battle against ISPs Ziggo and XS4ALL has been ongoing for seven years and like the Filmspeler case, required the attention of the European Court of Justice. While it’s still not over yet, it seems likely that the Supreme Court will eventually rule in BREIN’s favor.

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

[ SECRET POST #3852 ]

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:25 pm
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Posted by Andy

There are no shortage of sites on the Internet that promise free software downloads but few do so with no strings attached. Thousands bundle adware and worse with ‘free’ software, while others bombard visitors with ads.

FossHub, on the other hand, does things very differently.

FossHub only offers free software, with no adware, spyware or malware attached. It doesn’t bombard users with advertising either. In fact, its download pages only have a single ad at the top. Well, that’s the plan at least but when it comes to BitTorrent software, things haven’t been so straightforward recently.

The problem centered around qBitTorrent, the free and open-source torrent client developed as an alternative to µTorrent. FossHub makes the client available in its file-sharing section and as the image below shows, has racked up close to 18 million downloads.

Previously, when people viewed the qBitTorrent page, they were presented with a single advert, courtesy of Google. However, a couple of months ago the guys at FossHub contacted the people behind the client to say they’d had problems with AdSense persistently flagging the qBitTorrent page as “unauthorized file sharing.”

“The consequence was that it stopped generating revenue for that page for FossHub,” a member of the qBitTorrent team explains.

TorrentFreak spoke with Sam at FossHub who provided more details.

“FossHub has hosted qBittorrent and other free projects binaries for almost a decade. For qBitorrent, we hosted its files for at least three years by now. We provide all the necessary bandwidth and other things that the project might need,” Sam said.

“It was not a problem for the last three years to show the single Google Adsense ad until the beginning of last month (June 2017) when we noticed a Policy violation message appearing under our account.

“Since we didn’t have any major issues with our account, we thought it must be a false positive. We tried to get in touch with Google AdSense team, but unfortunately, we received some (at least that what we think) standard canned responses.”

Sam says that FossHub wrote to Google AdSense support several times but never got to the bottom of the problem. Then, something catastrophic happened.

During June, presumably due to the problems with the qBitTorrent page, the entire FossHub site was banned by AdSense for seven days, thereby stopping the site from generating any revenue on any of the software offered.

“We wrote on a daily basis and attempted to request another review, but there was no human so that we can talk and try to obtain an answer,” Sam explained.

In the absence of any feedback, FossHub then took the decision to stop placing ads on any of the software available in its file-sharing section, despite none of the tools being illegal or infringing anyone’s copyrights. In a follow-up post on Reddit this week, FossHub underlined that fact.

“qBitorrent and other similar apps are legit software. You are responsible for what you choose to download and share,” a representative from the site wrote.

“Many free projects and sites publish their files via .torrent files. Just an excellent example of how qBitorrent and other similar clients can help you download files and allow GIMP project to save bandwidth: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/.”

The qBitTorrent team say they have made this matter public out of “frustration and protest”, not only due to the legality of file-sharing software but also in support of FossHub, who have helped qBitTorrent many times over the years.

“I keep wondering why the multitude of other unofficial sites, which are very popular and place ads on their qBittorrent pages too, aren’t being flagged too?” a member of the team responded.

“In any case, I am writing this to inform our user base about Google’s shenanigans. And if any of you works at AdSense, then please help FossHub talk to a real person or treat all sites fair by allowing or not allowing BitTorrent clients.”

Whether Google will take the opportunity to clarify the situation remains to be seen but it’s abundantly clear that the qBitTorrent software is not only entirely legal, it’s also one of the most respected torrent clients around.

“Despite this unpleasant incident we will support and help free projects such as qBitorrent as much as we can,” FossHub concludes.

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

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Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Peter Quill, Yondu Udonta
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Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Skidar on Tumblr (artist's tagging is somewhat haphazard, but most of their other fanart can be found under the skidar-art tag)
Why this piece is awesome: Since the new movie came out, there's been a ton of excellent art about kid!Peter and Yondu, so it was hard to pick one to start with! I went with this one because it's very cute and lively with wonderful details, and I could totally see them getting into a situation like this.

Link: Don’t let the baby Terran wander unsupervised
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Wentworth is the New Prisoner
A two-day international conference
Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April 2018RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Confirmed keynote speakers and panellists:

Professor Sue Turnbull (University of Wollongong, Australia);
Kim Akass (University of Hertfordshire, UK);
Kate Hood (actress, writer and director, aka Prisoner’s Kath Maxwell);
Jan Russ (casting director, PrisonerNeighbours, etc.)

Wentworth (aka Wentworth Prison) is an award-winning Australian prison drama series now in its fifth season and recently renewed for a sixth season. It screens in Australia on Foxtel, in the UK on Channel 5 and in the USA on Netflix. The series was inspired by Prisoner (aka Cell Block H), a groundbreaking drama produced between 1979 and 1986, which was internationally successful and led to a cult following. Set in a women’s prison in contemporary Melbourne, Wentworth dramatises current cultural and political issues, and provides a rich example of creative and industrial screen practice that can often be read in the context of its predecessor, Prisoner.

This conference will unite those who study and are fans of Wentworth and Prisoner, with those who are or who have been involved in making the series.

We invite abstracts for papers (critical or creative, 20 minutes) from academics, practitioners or those who are both, including research degree candidates and early career researchers. All topics related to Wentworth and Prisoner will be considered, with the aim of generating a lively exchange of critical and creative ideas. Our intention is that selected papers from the conference will lead to a publication (most likely an edited collection).

Conference organising committee:

Associate Professor Craig Batty (RMIT University); Dr Tessa Dwyer (Monash University); Dr Radha O’Meara (University of Melbourne); Dr Stayci Taylor (RMIT University).

Please email your 300-word paper abstract, along with a 100-word biography, to governorwentworth@gmail.com by Monday 30 October 2017.

Potential paper and panel topics include, but are not limited to:

●      Gender in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Sexuality and Queerness in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Class in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Prison industrial complex in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Race and ethnicity in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Diversity behind bars

●      Nation in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Violence in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Substance abuse in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Mental health and mental illness in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Aesthetics of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Serial narrative and Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Performance in Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Wentworth as reboot or remake of Prisoner

●      Television genre and the prison drama

●      Prestige TV and prison dramas 

●      Reception of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Wentworth/Prisoner fans, fan practices and fandoms

●      Distribution of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Creative practice in the development and production of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Industrial practice in the development and production of Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Wentworth/Prisoner and transnational TV and format trade

●      Activism, Social Change and Wentworth/Prisoner

●      Music and lyrics in Wentworth/Prisoner


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Join us on March 22-24, 2018, for the Transmedia Literacy International Conference. This event brings together a vibrant and global community of media and education researchers and innovators. The conference is organized as a part of the dissemination activities of the TRANSLITERACY H2020 action, a project that involves researchers from Europe, Latin America and Australia. Beyond the paper sessions and the keynotes the Transmedia Literacy International Conference will include workshops and short presentations by education innovation leaders. The main objective of the conference is to share research outputs and practices around the following topics:

Transmedia literacy
Transmedia education
Transmedia skills and informal learning strategies
Media literacy
Educommunication
Student-generated contents
Collaborative cultures and education
Fan cultures and education

Transmedia Literacy International Conference will be held at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona, and will feature a series of workshops for teachers as well as two days of paper sessions and a special event around Transmedia Literacy. We hope you can join us!

This event has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645238

Deadlines:
Proposals submission: October 31, 2017
Notifications: December 15, 2017

Registration:
With accepted proposals: from December 15 to February 15, 2017
Other participants: from February 16, 2017
Keynote speakers:
David Buckingham – University of Loughborough (United Kingdom)
Divina Frau-Meigs – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (France)
Alejandro Piscitelli – Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Other keynote speakers will be confirmed as soon as possible.
PROPOSALS

The Transmedia Literacy Conference will accept the following formats:

Research Papers: participants must send research papers (extension: 6,000 -8,000 words) before October 31, 2017. The Transmedia Literacy International Conference will accept proposals tailored to the diverse forms of research in the field of transmedia literacy, transmedia education, transmedia skills and informal learning strategies, media literacy, educommunication, student-generated contents, collaborative cultures and education, and fan cultures and education.
Paper parallel sessions will be held on March 22 (afternoon) and March 23 (morning & afternoon).
If you are interested in presenting a Research Paper, please fill and submit a proposal in English (download the Paper Guidelines) to the following email: transliteracyconference@upf.edu, clearly indicating that is a Research Paper proposal in the subject. Please send a MS Word file (.doc, or .docx); do not send PDF documents.
Deadline: October 31, 2017.
Innovative Educational Practices: participants must send before October 31, 2017 an extended abstract (extension: 1,200-1,500 words) describing a real educational experience in primary/secondary schools involving transmedia storytelling, collaborative practices in social media, student-generated contents o any other educommunicational activity.
Innovative educational practices sessions will be held on March 22 (afternoon) and March 23 (morning & afternoon).
If you are interested in presenting an Innovative Educational Practice, please fill and submit a proposal in English (download the specific guidelines here) to the following email: transliteracyconference@upf.edu, clearly indicating that is an Innovative Educational Practice proposal in the subject. Please send a MS Word file (.doc, or .docx); do not send PDF documents.
Deadline: October 31, 2017.
Workshops: the Transmedia Literacy International Conference will accept a short number of workshops oriented to high-school teachers/professors. The workshops should be designed for short groups (no more than 20 people) and the duration should be 4 hours (240 minutes including a break); they could explore different uses and experiences around transmedia storytelling and collaborative cultures in the classroom.
Workshops will be held on March 23 (morning & afternoon) and, eventually, on March 24 (morning).
Workshops can be in English, Spanish or Catalan (Los talleres pueden ser en inglés, castellano o catalán / Els tallers poden ser en anglès, castellà o català).
English: If you are interested in organizing a Workshop, please fill the following Workshop proposal (extension: 1,500-2,000 words) (download the specific guidelines here) and submit it to: transliteracyconference@upf.edu, clearly indicating that is a Workshop proposal in the subject. Please send a MS Word file (.doc, or .docx); do not send PDF documents.
Castellano: Si estás interesado en organizar un Taller, por favor completa la siguiente propuesta (descargar la guía) (extensión: 1.500-2.000 palabras) y envíala a: transliteracyconference@upf.edu, indicando claramente que es una propuesta de Taller. Por favor, envía un archivo MS Word (.doc o .docx); no envíes documentos PDF.
Catalán: Si estàs interessat a organitzar un Taller, per favor completa la següent proposta (descarregar la guia) (extensió: 1.500-2.000 paraules) i envia-la a: transliteracyconference@upf.edu, indicant clarament que és una proposta de Taller. Per favor, envia un arxiu MS Word (.doc o .docx); no enviïs documents PDF.
Deadline: October 31, 2017.
PROGRAM OF THE CONFERENCE (work in progress)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

09.00 – 13.00 Registration
10.00 – 13.00 Special opening event (live and streaming)
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.30 Keynote conference
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 18.00 Paper / Innovative Educational Practices Sessions
Friday, March 23, 2017

09.00 – 13.00 Registration
09.30 – 10.30 Keynote conference
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 13.00 Paper / Innovative Educational Practices Sessions
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.30 Keynote conference
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 18.00 Paper / Innovative Educational Practices Sessions / Workshops
Saturday, March 24, 2017

10.00 – 14.00 Workshops
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Teacher’s Kit presentation

Important details

This conference is supported by the TRANSLITERACY Project / H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 645238. The registration is free and includes coffee breaks.
Participants with accepted papers, innovative experiences or workshops will have priority for registration. The registration will then be opened to other participants.
All conference rooms will be equipped with standard Wi-Fi broadband service, PC, Power Point / Adobe PDF software, AV projection, sound, and VGA adapters. We will not provide additional bandwidth capacity or provide other special equipment.

COMMITTEES

Scientific Committee

Carlos A. Scolari – Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
Elisenda Ardévol –Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)
Rosalía Winocur – Universidad de la República (Uruguay)
Gladys Ceretta – Universidad de la República (Uruguay)
Sara Pereira – Universidade do Minho (Portugal)
Raine Koskimaa – University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
Rebecca Enyon – Oxford Internet Institute (United Kingdom)
Simona Tirocchi – Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
Carlos Barreneche – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
Gabriella Taddeo – Istituto Nazionale Documentazione Innovazione Ricerca Educativa (Italy)
Heather Horst – University of Sidney (Australia)
Sarah Pink – RMIT University (Australia)
Organization Committee

Carlos A. Scolari – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Maria-Jose Masanet – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Mar Guerrero-Pico – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
María-José Establés – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Elisenda Ardèvol – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Israel Márquez – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Débora Lanzeni – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Arnau Gifreu – Universitat de Vic
Ruth Contreras – Universitat de Vic

The conference


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