Manga Website Operator Arrested

Fukuoka,Okt. 24 (Jiji Press) – Police arrested on Tuesday the alleged leader of a group that had been operating the pirate website Mangamura.

Romi Hoshino, 27, is believed to have been served an arrest warrant inside the airplane during his deportation from the Philippines to Japan, investigative sources said.

Hoshino was held by law-enforcement authorities in the Southeast Asian country in July, the same month the Fukuoka prefectural police acquired the arrest warrant for him on suspicion of violating the copyright law.

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Popular Torrent Sites of 2019

What are the most-visited torrent sites at the start of 2019? As we continue a long-standing tradition, we see that YTS has taken over the lead from The Pirate Bay. After some turbulent years, the list of torrent sites has remained fairly intact, although there are some movers and shakers.

While streaming is all the rage nowadays, torrent sites still remain popular.

The Pirate Bay has long been the undisputed leader in terms of traffic, but if we look at the most visited domains at the start of this year, it’s now surpassed by YTS and 1337x.

TPB’s dip can be attributed to the frequent downtime and connectivity issues over the past months. It remains the go-to torrent site for many when it’s accessible, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the site regains the lead in the coming months.

This year’s list includes one newcomer. TorrentDownloads is back after a year of absence. The site takes the place of iDope which disappeared from the scene last year.

We traditionally limit our overview to typical torrent sites that are targeted primarily at an English or international audience. This means that RuTrackerDytt8EliteTorrent, and Torrent9 aren’t included even though they would qualify in terms of traffic.

Below is the full list of the ten most-visited torrent sites at the start of the new year. The list is based on various traffic reports and we display the Alexa rank for each. In addition, we include last year’s ranking.

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As it was recently reported, in the Netherlands were turned off servers of the streaming player Moonwalk, which was very popular among pirate online cinemas.

Disabled Moonwalk Steam Player servers

TorrentFreak was the first to report about it with reference to the Dutch Copyright Foundation (BREIN).

In its crusade on Moonwalk, BREIN teamed up with the American ACE (Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment) and the MPAA (American Film Association). Anti-piracy groups BREIN, MPA and ACE have teamed up to take down Moonwalk, a system that allegedly provides back-end services for around 80% of pirate Russian streaming sites. BREIN says that Moonwalk’s database contains 26,000 movies and more than 10,000 TV shows. An announcement from Moonwalk says it will “NEVER be up again.” The Moonwalk website also has an announcement that the site is “permanently closed.”

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file-sharing

The ZAC NRW and the police headquarters Aachen announce: On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, investigators of the police headquarters Aachen and the Dutch and French police on behalf of the located at the prosecutor’s office in Cologne central and Cybercrime NRW (ZAC NRW) several Residential and business properties in the Netherlands, in France and in Germany searched and thereby secured extensive evidence. The investigation is directed against three suspects aged 40, 48 and 54 years. The defendants are alleged to have committed, through the operation of a file-sharing platform, in a large number of cases, to the unlawful exploitation of copyright works. According to current findings, the online portal operated by the accused is the largest filehoster operated in Germany.

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Anti-Piracy

The anti-piracy memorandum signed by rightsholders and major Internet companies in Russia has expired. This means that search engines no longer have to remove allegedly-infringing content from their indexes. Whether they will continue to do so in advance of legislation compelling them to do so now appears reliant on goodwill.

Following intense pressure on local Internet companies, particularly search giant Yandex, last year an important meeting took place at the headquarters of Russian telecom watchdog Roscomnadzor.

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File Sharing

The latest Internet traffic report from Sandvine shows that global file-sharing traffic continues to rise. The same is true for VPN usage, which saw a drastic increase over the past year. According to Sandvine, increased fragmentation among legal video streaming services likely plays an important role in these trends.

Today’s Internet traffic patterns are completely different from those roughly a decade ago.

The most pronounced change in recent years has been the dominance of streaming services, mostly IPTV providers, Netflix, and YouTube.

While streaming remains the key traffic generator on the Internet today, file-sharing traffic is making quite a comeback. The early signs of this trend were already visible last year but new data from the Canadian broadband management company Sandvine show that this was no fluke.

Looking at the global application traffic share, we see that video streaming accounts for 60.6% of all downstream and 22.2% of all upstream traffic.

File-sharing has a very modest downstream market share, at just 4.2%, but it beats streaming when it comes to utilized upload bandwidth, 30.2% worldwide.

The relatively large upstream share makes sense, as that’s part of the nature of file-sharing. What’s more telling, perhaps, is the year-over-year growth numbers.

From 2018 to 2019, the share of file-sharing traffic increased by roughly 50% while the upstream share grew by 35%. Keep in mind that these numbers are relative, so in absolute terms, the traffic increases are even larger, as bandwidth usage continues to increase.

There are some regional differences in this trend. BitTorrent traffic, which is the largest chunk of all file-sharing traffic, has grown mostly in the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) regions, for example.

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