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      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST 17.4 APK IS HERE ! 👊🏼⭐️🔥   08/29/2017

      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST 17.4 APK IS HERE ! 👊🏼⭐️🔥 Thats right people, The new Beast for Kodi 17.4 has landed and is totally awesome and packed with all working adding for your enjoyment. Again we have to than @ChrisB for this magnificent build, @Tech Timeruuu for our wizards and for this build our man is back @XportsTV who compiled the APK for us. The VIDEO GUIDE for this is near the bottom of this post.   HOW TO INSTALL THE LATEST BEAST Register at https://thebeast1.com (UK Server) or https://thebeast2.com (US Server) Add a username, email address and password then click Register After the registration notification appears "Thank you for registering with us. Please  log in to continue." select  log in Enter the email password you used in the first step and click Log in You'll see the Name you chose, your chosen email, and verify. Select Verify –  DO NOT MISS THIS PART You will see weather icons. Wait for it to end. Log in for the last time: If you see  VERIFIED next to your chosen email, you've registered successfully. You  WILL NOT receive any emails. That has not been in place for months. Registration Complete, Open Kodi to Install the Latest BEAST update for KODI 16/17 -From KODI Home Screen > Add-ons > Settings (Gear symbol), top left
       >Enable Unknown Sources. BACK to KODI HOME screen > Settings (Gear Symbol), top left 
       > File Manager 
       > Add Source. Select None Type the following  EXACTLY http://thebeast1.com/repo/ and select Done OR For the USA source please use http://thebeast2.com/repo – but you must sign up at http://thebeast2.com for this (If one doesn't work, try the other, but you must register and enter the same one) Highlight the box underneath that says repo, clear it and type beast & Select OK Go back to your Home Screen Add-Ons > Click Open box in top left corner (Add-on Browser)  Select Install from zip file Select The Beast or whatever name you typed. Select  repository.beast Select repository.beast-xxx.zip *(where xxx is the version number)* Go back and select install from repository and choose The Beast Repository Go to Program add-ons and select either  The Beast Wizard U.K. or  The Beast Wizard U.S. depending on where you are. After making your selection click  Install The Beast Wizard pop up will greet you with a message and an option to the  Build Menu Click on  Build Menu You will need to enter your email and password you just created by clicking on  Enter Details Select the build you wish to install from this wizard -Make sure to chose Most Recent Dated Build Click where it says  CLICK TO UPDATE Click  Yes, Install The Beast will start to download After the download completes the build will start extracting. After extraction just click OK and click on Yes, Close. launch Kodi, wait 1-3 minutes for build to finish updating. As always please like this video and subscribe to my channel to keep bringing you awesome videos. Official site: http://streamhelp.org
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    • Mixdoctor

      🔥🔥 THE ROYALIST SEPTEMBER 7th (KodiTalk & StreamHelp's) VERY OWN BUILD IS OUT NOW! FOR KODI 17.3 AND 17.4 🔥🔥   09/06/2017

      🔥🔥 THE ROYALIST SEPTEMBER 7th (KodiTalk & StreamHelp's) 🔥🔥 🔥🔥 VERY OWN BUILD IS OUT NOW! FOR KODI 17.3 AND 17.4 🔥🔥 Thats right people, The new Royalist Build for Kodi 17.3 and  Kodi 17.4 has now been UPDATED and is totally awesome and packed with all working addons for your enjoyment. Again we have to thank @Tech Timeruuu for this magnificent build and all our wizards.  The VIDEO GUIDE for this is near the bottom of this post.   HOW TO INSTALL THE LATEST ROYALIST BUILD Register at https://thebeast1.com (UK Server) or https://thebeast2.com (US Server) Add a username, email address and password then click Register After the registration notification appears "Thank you for registering with us. Please  log in to continue." select  log in Enter the email password you used in the first step and click Log in You'll see the Name you chose, your chosen email, and verify. Select Verify –  DO NOT MISS THIS PART You will see weather icons. Wait for it to end. Log in for the last time: If you see  VERIFIED next to your chosen email, you've registered successfully. You  WILL NOT receive any emails. That has not been in place for months. Registration Complete, Open Kodi to Install the Latest BEAST update for KODI 16/17 -From KODI Home Screen > Add-ons > Settings (Gear symbol), top left
       >Enable Unknown Sources. BACK to KODI HOME screen > Settings (Gear Symbol), top left 
       > File Manager 
       > Add Source. Select None Type the following  EXACTLY http://thebeast1.com/repo/ and select Done OR For the USA source please use http://thebeast2.com/repo – but you must sign up at http://thebeast2.com for this (If one doesn't work, try the other, but you must register and enter the same one) Highlight the box underneath that says repo, clear it and type beast & Select OK Go back to your Home Screen Add-Ons > Click Open box in top left corner (Add-on Browser)  Select Install from zip file Select The Beast or whatever name you typed. Select  repository.beast Select repository.beast-xxx.zip *(where xxx is the version number)* Go back and select install from repository and choose The Beast Repository Go to Program add-ons and select either  The Beast Wizard U.K. or  The Beast Wizard U.S. depending on where you are. After making your selection click  Install The Beast Wizard pop up will greet you with a message and an option to the  Build Menu Click on  Build Menu You will need to enter your email and password you just created by clicking on  Enter Details Select the build you wish to install from this wizard -Make sure to chose Most Recent Dated Build Click where it says  CLICK TO UPDATE Click  Yes, Install The Royalist will start to download After the download completes the build will start extracting. After extraction just click OK and click on Yes, Close. launch Kodi, wait 1-3 minutes for build to finish updating. THE ROYALIST INSTALL VIDEO GUIDE      As always please like this video and subscribe to my channel to keep bringing you awesome videos. Official site: http://streamhelp.org
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      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST UPDATE 17.3 & 17.4 SEPTEMBER 17th IS HERE ! 👊🏼⭐️🔥   09/16/2017

      🔥⭐️👊 THE BEAST UPDATE FOR KODI 17.3 & 17.4 👊🏼⭐️🔥 🔥⭐️👊SEPTEMBER 17th IS HERE ! 👊🏼⭐️🔥 Thats right people, The Guys have done it again for us all, The new Beast for Kodi 17.3 and 17.4 has now been UPDATED and is totally awesome and packed with all working addons yet again for your enjoyment. Again we have to thank @ChrisB for this magnificent build, @Tech Timeruuu for our wizards. We now have updates for all our builds 17.3 and 17.4 in our wizards including our forums own build The Royalist. The VIDEO GUIDE for this is near the bottom of this post. HOW TO INSTALL THE LATEST BEAST Register at https://thebeast1.com (UK Server) or https://thebeast2.com (US Server) Add a username, email address and password then click Register PLEASE NOTE when you are registering only use letters and numbers ( apart from the @ in your email ) and do not use any symbols what so ever like ( !#$%^&*()_+?>< ). After the registration notification appears "Thank you for registering with us. Please  log in to continue." select  log in Enter the email password you used in the first step and click Log in You'll see the Name you chose, your chosen email, and verify. Select Verify –  DO NOT MISS THIS PART You will see weather icons. Wait for it to end. Log in for the last time: If you see  VERIFIED next to your chosen email, you've registered successfully. You  WILL NOT receive any emails. That has not been in place for months. Registration Complete, Open Kodi to Install the Latest BEAST update for KODI 16/17 -From KODI Home Screen > Add-ons > Settings (Gear symbol), top left
       >Enable Unknown Sources. BACK to KODI HOME screen > Settings (Gear Symbol), top left 
       > File Manager 
       > Add Source. Select None Type the following  EXACTLY http://thebeast1.com/repo/ and select Done OR For the USA source please use http://thebeast2.com/repo – but you must sign up at http://thebeast2.com for this (If one doesn't work, try the other, but you must register and enter the same one) Highlight the box underneath that says repo, clear it and type beast & Select OK Go back to your Home Screen Add-Ons > Click Open box in top left corner (Add-on Browser)  Select Install from zip file Select The Beast or whatever name you typed. Select  repository.beast Select repository.beast-xxx.zip *(where xxx is the version number)* Go back and select install from repository and choose The Beast Repository Go to Program add-ons and select either  The Beast Wizard U.K. or  The Beast Wizard U.S. depending on where you are. After making your selection click  Install The Beast Wizard pop up will greet you with a message and an option to the  Build Menu Click on  Build Menu You will need to enter your email and password you just created by clicking on  Enter Details Select the build you wish to install from this wizard -Make sure to chose Most Recent Dated Build Click where it says  CLICK TO UPDATE Click  Yes, Install The Beast will start to download After the download completes the build will start extracting. After extraction just click OK and click on Yes, Close. launch Kodi, wait 1-3 minutes for build to finish updating. VIDEO GUIDE BELOW As always please like this video and subscribe to our channel to keep bringing you awesome videos. Official site: http://streamhelp.org
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  1. UK Copyright Trolls Cite Hopeless Case to Make People Pay Up Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️👌 Thank You And Have A Great Day
  2. Roku Gets Tough on Pirate Channels, Warns Users Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️👌 Thank You 🙂 And Have A Great Day.
  3. Anti-Piracy Group Shuts Down ‘Pirate’ Kodi Repos and Add-Ons Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️👌
  4. Facebook Bans Sale of Piracy-Enabling Products & Devices (KODI BOXES) Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to include a ban on “products or items” that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media. The new rule has almost certainly been put in place to stop the further spread of “fully loaded” set-top devices running modified Kodi and similar software. Riding the crest of a wave made possible by the rise of Internet streaming, piracy-enabled set-top boxes and similar devices have been hitting the homes of millions around the globe. Often given the broad title of ‘Kodi Boxes’ after the legal open source software that commonly comes pre-installed, these devices are regularly configured for piracy with the aid of third-party addons. Easy to use, set-top devices have opened up piracy to a whole new audience, normalizing it during the process. It’s a problem now being grappled with by anti-piracy outfits in a number of ways, including putting pressure on services where the boxes are being sold. Now there are signs that Facebook has decided – or more likely been persuaded – to ban the sale of these devices from its platform. The latest addition to its Commerce Policy carries a new rule (13) which targets infringing set-top boxes almost perfectly. “Items, products or services sold on Facebook must comply with our Community Standards, as well as the Commerce Policies,” the page reads. “Sale of the following is prohibited on Facebook: Products or items that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media.” The move by Facebook follows similar overtures from Amazon back in March. In a change to its policies, the company said that devices that promote or facilitate infringement would not be tolerated. “Products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorized access to digital media or other protected content,” Amazon said. “Any streaming media player or other device that violates this policy is prohibited from sale on Amazon,” the company added. The recent move by Facebook was welcomed by Federation Against Copyright Theft chief, Kieron Sharp. “It is great to see Facebook follow the likes of Amazon and eBay in making changes to their policies to prohibit the sale of illicit streaming devices on their platforms,” Sharpe said. “These days social media sites are more than just a place to share photos and comments with friends and family. Unfortunately, the fast-paced development of these sites are being exploited by opportunists for criminal activity which needs to be disrupted.” The sale of infringing devices on social media does indeed pose a challenge to the likes of FACT. While most piracy devices have traditionally needed an expert touch to configure and then sell, in 2017 almost anyone can buy a standard Android device and set it up for piracy in a matter of minutes. This means that every interested citizen is a potential seller and Facebook provides a perfect platform that people are already familiar with. Nevertheless, recent rulings from the EU Court of Justice have clarified two key issues, both of which will help in the fight to reduce the availability of ‘pirate’ boxes, wherever they appear. In April, the ECJ declared such devices illegal to sell while clarifying that users who stream pirate content to their homes are also breaking the law. It’s unlikely that any end users will be punished (particularly to the ridiculous extenterroneously reported by some media), but it certainly helps to demonstrate illegality across the board when outfits like FACT are considering prosecutions. Thank You 🙂 And Have A Great Day. The Mixdoctor Team Member of koditalk.org
  5. EU Votes Today On Content Portability to Reduce Piracy (with latest update) Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️👌
  6. Microsoft Patents Technology to Block Pirated Content, Track Repeat Offenders Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️👌
  7. Netflix Focuses Piracy Takedown Efforts on “Orange is The New Black” Leak Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️👌
  8. 10 Years in Jail For Internet Pirates Now Reality in the UK Just click on the picture below and PLEASE click some of our adverts on the site to help server costs, ❤️ thank you so much ❤️👌
  9. The group behind the popular Kodi software is not happy that their media player is often linked to piracy. Copyright holders would like Kodi to block certain pirate add-ons, but the team doesn’t believe that would be effective. Instead, they’re inviting rightsholders to join their platform and are considering the addition of DRM to make that easier. Millions of people use Kodi as their main source of entertainment, often with help from add-ons that allow them to access pirated movies and TV-shows. As Kodi’s popularity has increased drastically over the past two years, so have complaints from copyright holders. While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, unauthorized add-ons give it a bad name. This is one of the reasons why the Kodi team is actively going after vendors who sell “fully loaded” pirate boxes and YouTubers who misuse their name to promote copyright infringement. Interestingly, the Kodi team itself didn’t help its case by putting up an FBI seizure notice last week, as an April Fools gag. The banner suggested that the site had been taken down by the US Department of Justice for copyright infringement. Downloads of the latest builds of the software were also blocked. Kodi’s April Fools gag This week TorrentFreak spoke with several members of the Kodi team, operating under the XBMC Foundation, who made it clear that they want to cooperate with rightsholders instead of being accused of facilitating piracy. The team told us that copyright holders regularly approach them. Some are well informed and know that Kodi itself isn’t actively involved in anything piracy related. However, according to XBMC Foundation President Nathan Betzen, there are also those who are fooled by misleading media reports or YouTube videos. “There are rightsholders that know who we are and realize we are distinct from the 3rd party add-on crowd,” Betzen says. “And then there are the rights holders who have been successfully taken in by the propaganda, who write us very legal sounding letters because some random YouTuber or ‘news’ website described the author of a piracy add-on as a ‘Kodi developer’.” The Kodi team doesn’t mind being approached by people who are misinformed, as it gives them an opportunity to set the record straight. It has proven to be more challenging to find a way forward with movie studios and other content creators that are aware of Kodi’s position. These movie industry representatives sometimes ask Kodi to remove third-party repo installs and block certain pirate add-ons. However, according to XBMC Foundation’s Project lead Martijn Kaijser, this isn’t the direction Kodi wants to go in. “Our view on this is that [removing code] would not help a bit, because the code is open-source and others can easily revert it. Blocking add-ons won’t help since they would instantly change the addon and the block would be in vain,” Kaijser tells us. The Kodi team feels that pirates are leeching off their infrastructure and put the entire community at risk. But, instead of taking a repressive approach they would like to see more legal content providers join their platform. With an audience of millions of users, there is a lot of untapped potential on a platform that’s rapidly growing. To facilitate this process, the media player is currently considering whether to add support for DRM so that content providers can offer their videos in a protected environment. While some users may cringe at the thought, Kodi believes it’ll help to get rightsholders on board. “Our platform has a lot of potential and we are looking into attracting more legal and official content providers. Additionally, we’re looking into adding low-level DRM that would at least make it more feasible to gain trust from certain providers,” Kaijser tells TorrentFreak. Kodi addons Although Kodi does go after sellers of pirate boxes, Betzen personally doesn’t believe that this is the answer. The best way to deal with the piracy issue is to offer more legal content through official add-ons. “We’d like to actually work with content providers to have official add-ons in our network. That’s much easier to do when we are proactively attempting to help them to fight copyright infringement,” Betzen says. There are already plenty of legal uses for Kodi, including the DVR system, support for legal sports streaming, and a variety of add-ons such as Crunchyroll, HDHomeRun, Plex and Twitch. However, getting some major content providers on board has proven to be quite a challenge thus far. Kaijser notes that rightsholders have been very reserved thus far. He tried to convince content providers to offer official add-ons, or even turn some community made ones into official ones, but hasn’t had much success. In a way, the repeated piracy discussions and news items are both a blessing and a curse for Kodi. They help to grow the platform at a rate most competitors could only dream of, while at the same time keeping rightsholders at bay. Time will tell if Kodi can turn this around.
  10. The group behind the popular Kodi software is not happy that their media player is often linked to piracy. Copyright holders would like Kodi to block certain pirate add-ons, but the team doesn’t believe that would be effective. Instead, they’re inviting rightsholders to join their platform and are considering the addition of DRM to make that easier. Millions of people use Kodi as their main source of entertainment, often with help from add-ons that allow them to access pirated movies and TV-shows. As Kodi’s popularity has increased drastically over the past two years, so have complaints from copyright holders. While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, unauthorized add-ons give it a bad name. This is one of the reasons why the Kodi team is actively going after vendors who sell “fully loaded” pirate boxes and YouTubers who misuse their name to promote copyright infringement. Interestingly, the Kodi team itself didn’t help its case by putting up an FBI seizure notice last week, as an April Fools gag. The banner suggested that the site had been taken down by the US Department of Justice for copyright infringement. Downloads of the latest builds of the software were also blocked. Kodi’s April Fools gag This week TorrentFreak spoke with several members of the Kodi team, operating under the XBMC Foundation, who made it clear that they want to cooperate with rightsholders instead of being accused of facilitating piracy. The team told us that copyright holders regularly approach them. Some are well informed and know that Kodiitself isn’t actively involved in anything piracy related. However, according to XBMC Foundation President Nathan Betzen, there are also those who are fooled by misleading media reports or YouTube videos. “There are rightsholders that know who we are and realize we are distinct from the 3rd party add-on crowd,” Betzen says. “And then there are the rights holders who have been successfully taken in by the propaganda, who write us very legal sounding letters because some random YouTuber or ‘news’ website described the author of a piracy add-on as a ‘Kodi developer’.” The Kodi team doesn’t mind being approached by people who are misinformed, as it gives them an opportunity to set the record straight. It has proven to be more challenging to find a way forward with movie studios and other content creators that are aware of Kodi’s position. These movie industry representatives sometimes ask Kodi to remove third-party repo installs and block certain pirate add-ons. However, according to XBMC Foundation’s Project lead Martijn Kaijser, this isn’t the direction Kodi wants to go in. “Our view on this is that [removing code] would not help a bit, because the code is open-source and others can easily revert it. Blocking add-ons won’t help since they would instantly change the addon and the block would be in vain,” Kaijser tells us. The Kodi team feels that pirates are leeching off their infrastructure and put the entire community at risk. But, instead of taking a repressive approach they would like to see more legal content providers join their platform. With an audience of millions of users, there is a lot of untapped potential on a platform that’s rapidly growing. To facilitate this process, the media player is currently considering whether to add support for DRM so that content providers can offer their videos in a protected environment. While some users may cringe at the thought, Kodi believes it’ll help to get rightsholders on board. “Our platform has a lot of potential and we are looking into attracting more legal and official content providers. Additionally, we’re looking into adding low-level DRM that would at least make it more feasible to gain trust from certain providers,” Kaijser tells TorrentFreak. Kodi addons Although Kodi does go after sellers of pirate boxes, Betzen personally doesn’t believe that this is the answer. The best way to deal with the piracy issue is to offer more legal content through official add-ons. “We’d like to actually work with content providers to have official add-ons in our network. That’s much easier to do when we are proactively attempting to help them to fight copyright infringement,” Betzen says. There are already plenty of legal uses for Kodi, including the DVR system, support for legal sports streaming, and a variety of add-ons such as Crunchyroll, HDHomeRun, Plex and Twitch. However, getting some major content providers on board has proven to be quite a challenge thus far. Kaijser notes that rightsholders have been very reserved thus far. He tried to convince content providers to offer official add-ons, or even turn some community made ones into official ones, but hasn’t had much success. In a way, the repeated piracy discussions and news items are both a blessing and a curse for Kodi. They help to grow the platform at a rate most competitors could only dream of, while at the same time keeping rightsholders at bay. Time will tell if Kodi can turn this around.
  11. Search Engines and Rightsholders Sign Landmark Anti-Piracy Deal Just click on the picture below CHECK OUT OUR NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL BY CLICKING HERE 😎The Mixdoctor 😎 Team Member of forum.place & Extreme Kodi Testing ( Check us out too ) You Can Now Follow Me On Twitter https://twitter.com/Kodi_Mixdoctor CHECK OUT OUR LATEST SITE Stream Help http://streamhelp.org If We Or This Forum Has Helped You Please Consider Donating To Keep All Videos And Forums Up To Date And Active As The Server Costs Are Great Remember Click Around The Adverts As This Also Helps Pay For Server Costs Thank You And Have A Great Day 🏵 KODI DISCLAIMER We are not connected to or in any other way affiliated with Kodi, Team Kodi, or the XBMC Foundation. The 3rd Party addons are not the property of Kodi.tv and not supported by them. Third party addons will not receive any support in official Kodi channels, including the Kodi forums and various social networks
  12. UK Could Force Google to Tackle Piracy, By Law if Necessary, government impose an anti-piracy code Just click on the picture below CHECK OUT OUR NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL BY CLICKING HERE 😎The Mixdoctor 😎 Team Member of forum.place & Extreme Kodi Testing ( Check us out too ) You Can Now Follow Me On Twitter https://twitter.com/Kodi_Mixdoctor CHECK OUT OUR LATEST SITE Stream Help http://streamhelp.org If We Or This Forum Has Helped You Please Consider Donating To Keep All Videos And Forums Up To Date And Active As The Server Costs Are Great Remember Click Around The Adverts As This Also Helps Pay For Server Costs Thank You And Have A Great Day 🏵 KODI DISCLAIMER We are not connected to or in any other way affiliated with Kodi, Team Kodi, or the XBMC Foundation. The 3rd Party addons are not the property of Kodi.tv and not supported by them. Third party addons will not receive any support in official Kodi channels, including the Kodi forums and various social networks
  13. Facebook and Foxtel Team Up to Crack Down on Live Streaming Piracy Just click on the picture below CHECK OUT OUR NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL BY CLICKING HERE 😎The Mixdoctor 😎 Team Member of forum.place & Extreme Kodi Testing ( Check us out too ) You Can Now Follow Me On Twitter https://twitter.com/Kodi_Mixdoctor CHECK OUT OUR LATEST SITE Stream Help http://streamhelp.org If We Or This Forum Has Helped You Please Consider Donating To Keep All Videos And Forums Up To Date And Active As The Server Costs Are Great Remember Click Around The Adverts As This Also Helps Pay For Server Costs Thank You And Have A Great Day 🏵 KODI DISCLAIMER We are not connected to or in any other way affiliated with Kodi, Team Kodi, or the XBMC Foundation. The 3rd Party addons are not the property of Kodi.tv and not supported by them. Third party addons will not receive any support in official Kodi channels, including the Kodi forums and various social networks
  14. UK ‘Piracy Warnings’ Are Coming This Month This month UK Internet providers will start their long-awaited piracy alerts campaign. With help from copyright holders and support from the Government, ISPs will send email notifications to subscribers whose connections are allegedly being used to pirate content. Today we take a look at what’s in store. In an effort to curb online piracy, the movie and music industries reached an agreement with the UK’s leading ISPs to send “educational alerts” to alleged copyright infringers. The piracy alerts program is part of the larger Creative Content UK (CCUK) initiative which already introduced several anti-piracy PR campaigns, targeted at the general public as well as the classroom. The plan to send out email alerts was first announced several years ago and is about to kick off. According to ISPReview the first providers will start sending out emails later this month. The four ISPs who are confirmed to be participating are BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, but other providers could join in at a later stage. Thus far CCUK hasn’t announced a lot of detail or specifics on how the program will operate exactly, but here’s what TorrentFreak has learned so far. WHAT WILL BE MONITORED? The “alerts” system will only apply to P2P file-sharing. In theory, this means that the focus will be almost exclusively on BitTorrent (including apps such as Popcorn Time), as other P2P networks have relatively low user bases. Consequently, those who use Usenet providers, streaming services (such as 123movies), or file-hosters such as Zippyshare and 4Shared, are not at risk. In other words, the program only covers a part of all online piracy. A spokesperson from CCUK’s “Get it Right” campaign stressed that the alerts represent only one part of the broader program, which also aims to reach other infringers through its other initiatives. HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE TARGETED? The system will apply to everyone whose Internet account has been used to share copyrighted material via P2P networks. That said, copyright holders and ISPs have agreed to cap the warnings at 2.5 million per year. This means that only a fraction of all UK pirates will receive a notice. Some people may also receive multiple notices if their account is repeatedly used to share copyrighted material. “This ensures that people who might have missed an earlier email receive another one – but also allows time for account holders to take steps to address the issue,” a Get It Right spokesperson informed us. WHAT’S IN THE NOTICES? While the exact language might differ between ISPs, the notices are primarily meant to inform subscribers that their accounts have been used to share infringing material, while pointing them to legal alternatives. “The purpose is to educate UK consumers about the many sources of legal content available, highlight the value of the UK’s creative industries and reduce online copyright infringement,” we were told. WHO WILL BE MONITORING THESE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS? While ISPs take part in the scheme, they will not monitor subscribers’ file-sharing activities. The tracking will be done by third-party company MarkMonitor, who are also the technology partner for the U.S. Copyright Alert System. This tracking company collects IP-addresses from BitTorrent swarms and sends its findings directly to the Internet providers. The lists with infringing IP-addresses are not shared with any of the rightsholders. Each ISP will keep a database of the alleged infringers and send them appropriate warnings. In compliance with local laws and the best practices of the Information Commissioner’s Office, recorded infringements will be stored for a limited time. WILL ANY INTERNET ACCOUNTS BE DISCONNECTED? There are no disconnections or mitigation measures for repeat infringers under the UK copyright alerts program. Early reports suggested that alleged file-sharers will get up to four warnings but we were informed today that there is no limit. This is in line with the overall goal of the campaign which is not targeted at the most hardcore file-sharers. The program is mostly focused on educating casual infringers about the legal alternatives to piracy. CAN THE MONITORING BE CIRCUMVENTED? The answer to the previous questions already shows that users have plenty of options to bypass the program. They can simply switch to other means of downloading, but there are more alternatives. BitTorrent users could hide their IP-addresses through proxy services and VPNs for example. After the U.S. Copyright Alert Program launched in the U.S. there was a huge increase in demand for this kind of anonymity services. SO HOW SCARY ARE THE ALERTS? CCUK’s “Get it Right” stresses that the main purpose of the system is to inform casual infringers about their inappropriate behavior and point them to legal alternatives. The focus lies on education, although the warnings also serve as a deterrent by pointing out that people are not anonymous. For some, this may be enough to cause them to switch to legal alternatives. All in all the proposed measures are fairly reasonable, especially when compared to other countries where fines and internet connections are on the table. Whether it will be successful is an entirely different question of course. The Creative Content UK team is confident that they can drive some significant change. 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