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    Major Labels Ask UK High Court to Block Stream-Ripping Sites / TorrentFreak · Friday, 5 February - 09:27 · 3 minutes

cassette tape After years of battling peer-to-peer sharing carried out on networks including BitTorrent, the major record labels now view stream-ripping as the major piracy threat.

Broadly speaking, stream-ripping is carried out in two ways – either by using tools such as youtube-dl (which allow users to rip content from YouTube directly to their machines) or via dedicated websites that simplify the process. Some of these sites have become extremely popular, attracting the attention of the labels on the way.

Application For Injunction – Stream-Ripping

For well over a decade, entertainment industry companies have appeared in the High Court of England and Wales demanding that the UK’s leading ISPs block access to torrent and streaming sites. If the major record labels have their way, the same will soon apply to stream-ripping sites too.

This week a group of record labels under the umbrella of the British Recorded Music Industry Ltd (BPI) and Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) appeared at the High Court demanding that six major Internet service providers (including BT, Virgin, Sky, TalkTalk, EE and Plusnet) should block access to eight stream-ripping sites.

“On 3 February 2021, the High Court in London held an online hearing for a new set of website blocking cases, brought by the BPI to help reduce music piracy in the UK,” BPI General Counsel, Kiaron Whitehead informs TorrentFreak.

“The judge, Mr Justice Miles, has reserved his judgment and so we await receiving his ruling, and his written reasons for it, in due course.”

As the Judge is yet to render his decision, the BPI doesn’t want to go into too much detail at this legally sensitive stage, including by naming the plaintiffs and the sites being targeted. Nevertheless, we have been able to independently confirm some of the action’s key details.

According to the labels – which include Warner, Sony, and Capitol Records –,,,,,, and are sites that help users to rip music from sites like YouTube, in breach of the labels’ copyrights.

2conv and are already being sued by major labels in the United States and H2Converter has appeared on the EU’s ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’.

Notably, several of the targeted ripping sites are already blocked by ISPs in Australia following successful legal action by Sony, Universal, and Warner, with assistance from Music Rights Australia and the Australasian Performing Right Association.

Stream-Rippers ‘Authorize’ Users’ Piracy

TorrentFreak understands that this week’s application was made under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 . This allows the High Court to grant an injunction against a service provider, where that service provider has actual knowledge of another person using their service to infringe copyright.

The labels told the Court that since content uploaded to YouTube is generally licensed to be streamed via the site, people who download the labels’ tracks to their machines are making unlicensed (pirated) copies.

By extension, the labels argued that since the stream-ripping platforms authorize and facilitate the creation of those pirate copies contrary to the Copyright Act, they too can be held liable for users’ infringement.

While these arguments will be assessed on their merits in respect of the labels’ copyrights, the sites in question appear to be general tools that can be used to download content to which none of the labels hold the copyrights. Whether this aspect will be investigated by the Judge remains to be seen. It certainly didn’t prevent the sites from being blocked in Australia.

What we do know is that opposition won’t arrive in the form of objections by the ISPs. The service providers say they won’t oppose the application but do want to provide input should Justice Miles grant the application, presumably so they can protect their interests at the blocking stage.

Second Application For Injunction – Cyberlocker

In a second application for injunction reported by Law360 , the labels want the same ISPs to block access to cyberlocker site

Record company lawyer Edmund Cullen of Maitland Chambers told the Court that Nitroflare could potentially claim safe harbor under the UK’s electronic commerce regulations but in this case, protection from liability isn’t available.

“This is not a provision designed or available to a service like Nitroflare which is essentially structured for infringement and it can’t be a protection for pirates,” Cullen said, alleging that Nitroflare encourages its users to store and share copyrighted content.

At this stage it is not known when Justice Miles will render his decision.

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    Sony shipped 4.5M PS5s in 2020 but is struggling to speed up production / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 3 February - 17:18 · 1 minute

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Sony shipped 4.5 million PlayStation 5 consoles worldwide through the end of 2020, the company revealed in an earnings report Wednesday. The number is broadly comparable to the 4.5 million PS4 consoles shipped in that system's 2013 holiday launch quarter . But potential PS5 customers shouldn't expect the rate of production to increase, Sony said, despite widespread retail sellouts that have led to substantial secondhand markups .

"It is difficult for us to increase production of the PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors and other components," Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said during a briefing accompanying the results. "We have not been able to fully meet the high level of demand from customers [but] we continue to do everything in our power to ship as many units as possible to customers who are waiting for a PS5."

Overall, Sony's Game and Network Services division saw its holiday quarter profits increase nearly 50 percent year over year. The company now forecasts the best fiscal year performance for the gaming division in company history, thanks in large part to an increase in PlayStation Plus subscriptions (which now sit at 47.4 million). A full 87 percent of PS5 owners so far subscribe to PlayStation Plus, Sony said, making those subscriptions key to the company's profits going forward.

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    Remember Sony’s electric car from CES? Now it’s being road-tested / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 12 January - 19:40 · 1 minute

Perha the highlight of last year's CES was Sony's surprise battery electric concept car, the Vision-S . At the time, we thought that the Vision-S—which looked like a cross between a Porsche Taycan and a Lucid Air—was mostly meant to show off all the different enabling technologies it contained, from sensors to entertainment. Well, the Vision-S is back for this year's not-happening-in-Las-Vegas CES, and it seems the project might be a little more serious than we once thought.

As you'll see in the embedded video, Sony has been testing the Vision-S, both on a test track and public roads in Austria. Why Austria? That's where Magna Steyr is located, a contract car manufacturer that currently builds vehicles for other car companies, including the Mercedes-Benz G-Class , BMW 5 Series , Jaguar I-Pace , and Toyota Supra. And Magna Steyr is one of Sony's partners in the Vision-S, along with automotive tier 1 suppliers Bosch, Continental, and ZF, software company Elektrobit Automotive, mapping company HERE, as well as Nvidia, Blackberry (maker of QNX), and Qualcomm.

Over the past year, the Vision-S's sensor count has grown from 33 to 40, with Sony experimenting to see how it can improve the car's 360-degree safety system. The company has also been working on the interior to make it a more relaxing place to be, according to Izumi Kawanishi, senior VP for Sony's AI robotics business group.

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    Sony lance une plateforme de streaming si qualitative que personne ne pourra l’utiliser / Numerama · Tuesday, 12 January - 10:54

En marge de ses nouveaux téléviseurs, Sony lance une plateforme de streaming axée sur la qualité d'image et de son. Baptisée Bravia Core, elle sera exclusive... aux nouveaux téléviseurs. [Lire la suite]

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    Qui l’eût cru ? Sony n’a pas abandonné son projet de voiture électrique futuriste / Numerama · Tuesday, 12 January - 09:04

Un an après l'avoir montrée sur son stand lors du CES, Sony continue de perfectionner sa voiture 100 % électrique. Mieux, elle est actuellement testée sur les routes européennes. [Lire la suite]

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    La meilleure nouveauté des futurs téléviseurs Sony ? Google TV / Numerama · Friday, 8 January - 10:23

Sony a annoncé ses nouveaux téléviseurs 4K et 8K. Ils s'appuieront sur Google TV, introduite sur le Chromecast lancé fin 2020 par Google. On vous explique tout sur cette interface. [Lire la suite]

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    AT&T sells Crunchyroll to Sony for $1.2B amid “streamlining” efforts / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 10 December - 18:58 · 1 minute

The logo may or may not last after the deal is complete.

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Those of us who are old enough to have clear memories of video stores may remember the time when "Japanimation" comprised a single bottom shelf of battered VHS cases near the back of the shop. These days, however, anime distribution in the US is a billion-dollar business—or, more specifically, a $1.2 billion business, as that's what Sony is paying in cash to acquire Crunchyroll from AT&T.

Crunchyroll has more than 90 million users in 200 million countries, including more than 3 million subscribers to its streaming service, the companies said in a joint press release . It also distributes mobile games, manga, and merchandise and manages events. Sony will eventually be folding Crunchyroll into its existing Funimation anime distribution business.

Crunchyroll currently falls under the WarnerMedia division of AT&T, and it's not a surprise that AT&T is selling it off. The company is hemorrhaging pay-TV subscribers and trying to sell off the DirecTV division, which paid $49 billion to acquire only five years ago. (Recent reports say potential buyers are offering figures closer to $16 billion.)

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