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By Usama Jawad96
Camcorder pirates in India could face up to three years in prison and $14,000 in fines
by Usama Jawad
Piracy is an ongoing problem that has been affecting the digital media industry for the past few years. While it leads to a loss in revenue for many publishers, in some cases it also helps further popularize the content that is being pirated.
With the debate over piracy still raging on, it appears that a new law in India could pose hefty fines and prison sentences on camcorder pirates in the country.
As reported by TorrentFreak, an amendment to India's Cinematograph Act is currently in the stage of being drafted, after pressure from local content creators, Hollywood, and the US government. If this draft is approved, pirates in India who visit movie theaters with concealed camcorders, record the content being shown and then publish it online, could face up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of ₹1,000,000 (~$14,000).
The proposed amendment to the Cinematograph Act reads as follows:
The move has reportedly been greeted with enthusiasm by the local media industry, with many hoping that this will put a stop to piracy. It is currently unknown when (and if) this draft will be enacted into the Cinematograph Act, but pirates in India will undoubtedly be very disappointed if it does go through.
Source: TorrentFreak | Two Skeleton Pirates Portrait image via Shutterstock
By Hamza Jawad
Skull & Bones features exciting naval combat in new gameplay trailer, beta announced as well
by Hamza Jawad
Announced by Ubisoft at last year's E3, the open world pirate game Skull & Bones has gotten a new gameplay trailer today, showing off action-packed naval combat with other players. An upcoming beta for the game is now open for registration as well, although no start date has been announced as of yet.
A cinematic trailer was initially shown, unveiling intense naval warfare in the Indian ocean.
The description of Skull & Bones reads as follows:
The game can be played both solo or coop, and will feature a variety of game modes. Justin Farren, Creative Director at Ubisoft Singapore, revealed some interesting gameplay elements like "fortunes", and went on to describe Skull & Bones as ''a shared world, where every player encounter matters."
A detailed gameplay trailer was revealed as well, displaying exciting, action-packed naval combat, quite similar to what we've seen in the same publisher's famous title, Assassin's Creed IV : Black Flag.
There are several different combat options available, providing some interesting ways to traverse the open world, such as disguising your ship as a friendly rather than engaging an enemy head-on, and more.
The game is set to be launched on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019. However, you can already register for the beta here.
CODEX claims to have cracked Microsoft's UWP protections and DRM
by Muhammad Jarir Kanji
A video game piracy group by the name of CODEX claims it has successfully breached the 5 layers of protection that come with games published on the Microsoft Store on Windows 10.
The group lists these five layers of protection as follows: "MSStore, UWP, EAppX, XBLive, and Arxan." Like the more famous Denuvo - which has, of course, become a prime example of the persistence and ingenuity of pirates in getting around anti-piracy measures - Arxan serves as an anti-tamper system.
One of the crackers, Vorxi, makes no attempt to hide his disdain for Arxan, saying, "It’s the equivalent of Denuvo (without the DRM License part). It’s [sic] still bloats the executable with useless virtual machines that only slow down your game.”
The game they're using as the basis for their assertions is Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection. While the title itself may not be the most exciting of games, what's far more important here is the group's claims that they have bypassed all five layers of DRM protection for the UWP platform, and that they could reproduce their success with other, more popular AAA titles.
The release notes by the hacking group state:
Of course, it remains to be seen if the cracking of Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection will serve as a one-off event resulting from some particular flaw in its release or if it's only a test-case for similar exploits of big-name AAA titles to come. If the group's claims are to be believed and the latter is true, it may spell disaster for Microsoft's plans for attracting more developers to publish their apps on its Store.
Source: TorrentFreak via MSPoweruser
TheDarkOverlord strikes again, releases unaired ABC show
by Paul Hill
The hacking entity, TheDarkOverlord (TDO), has announced that it has uploaded the ABC yet-to-be-aired show, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. mere weeks after it released season five of the popular show, Orange is the New Black following a failed ransom attempt.
Speaking to TorrentFreak, TDO said:
The torrent itself is 8.43 GB and is currently being seeded by just 8 people and has 21 leechers. It was uploaded by the same Pirate Bay account as Orange is the New Black.
TDO told TorrentFreak that it had approached AB with “a most handsome business proposal” but were “so rudely denied an audience,” hardly surprising. As a result, the hacker(s) decide to upload the show online.
Orange is the New Black was obtained by TDO as a result of a breach at post-production studio Larson Studios; although TDO wouldn't divulge the source of the latest leak it’s likely from Larson Studios too. The entity previously alleged that it had more material with which to bargain with.
Source: TorrentFreak | Image via ABC
I see that Virgin media are already blocking eztv!