Hollywood targets apps that use copyrighted movie content without permission


The war against pirated material has been going on for ages, starting with music, then moving on to television and movies. Now, according to Reuters, Hollywood studios has set its eyes on their newest target: mobile apps that use and distribute unlicensed content from movies and television.

It’s not a tremendous surprise. The app industry is expanding exponentially, and by the end of this year, its value is expected to soar to an astounding $20 billion, up from $12 billion last year. Hollywood isn’t just going to sit by and lose profits to developers using its property without paying a licensing fee.

So far, New Corp’s Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Corp, Walt Disney Co’s Marvel unit, and Viacom’s Paramount are among the major studios that have filed complaints. Response to these complaints, particularly ones made to Google, has been nearly immediate. The corporate giant won’t comment on the particulars of the violations that have been made, but said that they review each complaint, and in the event of an infringement, the app is removed and the developer is contacted.

Apple also won’t comment and any specifics, but assures that it carefully vets each app before they make their way into the store. Though that doesn’t mean some don’t slip by. IP Lasso, a company that helps protect brands against fraudulent use of their content, said that, of 100 apps it surveyed that mentioned either the Academy Awards or the Oscars, 90 percent of them were available in either the Google Play or Apple stores. And those apps all contained potentially unlicensed content.

Not only is Hollywood going after apps with unlicensed content within them, but also apps that link off to off-app sites offering pirated material.

The war against pirated material is far from being over, if it ever will be. Every time corporations find a way to shut down one method, another quickly opens up.


How three simple words could be the difference between life and death

What3Words’ app-based address system gives a three-word code to every three-meter-square patch on the planet, with its accuracy and ease of use now catching the attention of first responders in the U.K.
Movies & TV

Disney completes its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox

Now that Walt Disney Company has closed its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's movie and television assets, what does this future hold for franchises like X-Men, the Fantastic Four, The Simpsons, and the rest?
Movies & TV

Netflix confirms it won’t be a part of Apple’s new video-streaming service

Netflix has confirmed that subscribers to Apple's new video streaming service won't have the option to view Netflix content on it. Apple is set to unveil its new TV service next week.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

Apple patents hint at improved Apple Store and unboxing experiences

It looks like Apple is working on ways to improve the Apple Store and product unboxing experiences. The company has been awarded a few patents, largely for tech that can be used in product packaging to ensure products stay charged.

Fossil made a smartwatch in 2004, and it’s part of a new brand retrospective

Fossil has been making watches for 35 years, and to celebrate the anniversary, it has a new retrospective exhibit complete with the first smartwatch it made — the Wrist Net watch from 2004.

Fossil is working on a smartwatch with BMW, and it’s coming next year

Fossil, the watch company that makes smartwatches under its own name and partners with other major brands too, intends to launch a smartwatch with car manufacturer BMW in the future.

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for March 2019

Smartwatches make your life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. So if you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, read on for the best smartwatch deals.
Social Media

A Facebook, Instagram bug exposed millions of passwords to its employees

Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram passwords weren't properly encrypted and could be viewed by employees, the company said Thursday. The network estimates millions of users were affected.

Nokia phones are being investigated for allegedly sending data to China

Nokia could be in some hot water. According to recent reports, Nokia 7 models may be secretly sending data to China without the user knowing about it. Nokia says that the issue was a software bug and that it has been fixed.

Diesel’s denim-inspired smartwatch straps are a casual, colorful must-own

Diesel will release two new versions of the On Full Guard 2.5 smartwatch later this year, with seriously cool, denim-inspired straps in classic Diesel colors. We tried them on at the Baselworld 2019 show.
Movies & TV

Apple’s next big event is set for March 25: Here’s what you can expect

Apple's next big event takes place on March 25 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to make several announcements related to its services, including Apple TV, so follow our guide to get ready for the big event.

Tips and tricks to get you started with your new Fitbit Inspire HR

The Inspire HR may be an entry-level fitness tracker in Fitbit's lineup, but the device still has plenty of features to explore. These are our favorite tips and tricks to help you use the Inspire HR to its fullest potential.

The Moto G7 Power, with its massive battery, is now available for purchase

After a number of leaks and rumors, the Motorola Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Power are finally here. The devices represent quite a spec bump over the previous-generation Moto G6 phones, yet still come at a reasonable price.