Piracy

Scoop: AT&T to cut off some customers' service in piracy crackdown

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AT&T will alert a little more than a dozen customers within the next week or so that their service will be terminated due to copyright infringement, according to sources familiar with its plans.

Why it matters: It's the first time AT&T has discontinued customer service over piracy allegations since having shaped its own piracy policies last year, which is significant given it just became one of America's major media companies.

BitTorrent's uTorrent surpasses 1 million daily active users

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In the age of streaming and subscription-based movies and TV shows, a new study shows piracy is on the rise again, per Motherboard.

Why it matters: Streaming, what once helped simmer down piracy on the dark web, now seems to be the cause of the uptick in illegally downloaded content. "Torrenting," the act of downloading movies and TV shows illegally, has bounced back because there's too many streaming services, and too much exclusive content, the new study shows. Pirating might worsen as more companies, like Disney, choose to pull out of streaming services to create their own.