Fairplay Canada Discredits “Pro-Piracy” TorrentFreak News, Then Cites Us

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At TorrentFreak we do our best to keep readers updated on the latest copyright and piracy news, highlighting issues from different points of view.

We report on the opinions and efforts of copyright holders when it comes to online piracy and we also make room for those who oppose them. That’s how balanced reporting works in our view.

There is probably no site on the Internet who reports on the negative consequences of piracy as much as we do, but for some reason, the term “pro-piracy” is sometimes attached to our reporting. This also happened in the recent reply Fairplay Canada sent to the CRTC.

The coalition of media companies and ISPs is trying to get a pirate site blocking regime implemented in Canada. As part of this effort, it’s countering numerous responses from the public, including one from law professor Michael Geist.

In his submission, Geist pointed out that the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that site blocking is disproportional, referring to our article on the matter. This article was entirely correct at the time it was written, but it appears that the Court later clarified its stance.

Instead of pointing that out to us, or perhaps Geist, Fairplay frames it in a different light.

“Professor Geist dismisses Mexico because, relying on a third party source (the pro-piracy news site TorrentFreak), he believes its Supreme Court has ruled that the regime is disproportionate,” it writes.

Fairplay does not dispute that the Supreme Court initially ruled that a site blockade should target specific content. However, it adds that the court later clarified that blockades are also allowed if a substantial majority of content on a site is infringing.

The bottom line is that, later developments aside, our original article was correct. What bothers us, however, is that the Fairplay coalition is branding us as a “pro-piracy” site. That’s done for a reason, most likely to discredit the accuracy of our reporting.

Pro piracy news site

Luckily we have pretty thick skin, so we’ll get over it. If Fairplay Canada doesn’t trust us, then so be it.

Amusingly, however, this was not the only TorrentFreak article the coalition referenced. In fact, our reporting is cited twice more in the same report but without the pro-piracy branding.

A few pages down from the Geist reference, Fairplay mentions how pirate site blockades do not violate net neutrality in India, referring to our thorough article that explains how the process works.

No pro piracy?

Similarly, we’re also pretty reliable when it comes to reporting on MUSO’s latest piracy data, as Fairplay cites us for that as well. These are the data that play a central role in the coalition’s argumentation and analysis.

We’re not entirely sure how it works, but apparently, we are a “pro-piracy” news site when Fairplay Canada doesn’t like our reporting, and a reliable source when it suits their message.

In any case, we would like to point out that this entire opinion article is written without any pro-piracy messaging. But it appears that every sentence that deviates from the agenda of certain groups, may be interpreted as such.

Not sure if you could call that fair play?

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New International Trailer for Computer Film 'Searching' with John Cho

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Star Wars Bits: Stars of Solo: A Star Wars Story Speak, Mark Hamill Trolls Twitter & More

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill is up to his old tricks on Twitter
  • The stars of Solo hit the red carpet
  • Some Solo: A Star Wars Story spoilers
  • How Lord and Miller influenced Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • And much, much more…


— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 9, 2018

Mark Hamill is always a joy to follow on Twitter, and in the wake of the divisive (and amazing) The Last Jedi, that hasn’t changed. Hamill has been on hand during Star Wars month to tweet a devastating teaser that looks like it’s from the new The Last Jedi comic by Gary Whitta and Michael Walsh. The use of #foreshadowing had many fans wondering if his line “See you around kid” was in fact a hint that Luke would indeed see Kylo around again, and will likely be returning in Episode IX, but of course it could just be Mark up to his old tricks again.

Solo Han and Chewie

Solo: A Star Wars Story is almost here, and Variety reports that there’s exciting news for the visual effects supervisor and co-producer Rob Bredow, who’s been promoted from CTO of Lucasfilm to lead ILM. The revolutionary visual effects company has gone from strength to strength since its founding in 1975. You may recognize Bredow’s name from previous Star Wars Bits as he was integral in launching the ILMxLAB which saw the company take talent from Lucasfilm, Skywalker Ranch, and ILM to “develop, create, and release story-based immersive entertainment.” We can’t wait to see what Bredow and ILM do next!

Sci-fi and horror have always gone hand in hand, so it wasn’t going to be long before someone did a truly scary Star Wars x Monster mashup. Digital 3D artist Lucas Bischoff has reimagined some of the most iconic Star Wars helmets as terrifying monsters, from Darth Vader himself through everyone’s favorite clumsy bounty hunter Boba Fett to the regal royal guard. These radical renderings are a delight for anyone who always wanted their Hoth with a bit more horror.

Spoke with Billy Dee Williams after the #SoloAStarWarsStory premiere. He said he loved the film! The Lando torch has officially been passed.

— JK Schmidt (@woeisjoe) May 11, 2018

Looks like the OG Lando Calrissian has given Donald Glover’s performance the thumbs up as Comic Book Dot Com’s Joe Schmidt reported via his Twitter account! Chatting with the iconic Billy Dee Williams at the Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere, Schmidt asked what Williams thought of the film and the star stated that he loved it! We’re very happy to know that both generations of Lando are clearly in awe of each other.

Random Fun Fact with Alden Ehrenreich: in 2016 our @Nightline cameras (accidentally) caught him roaming Star Wars Celebration London disguised as a stormtrooper. “Yep, that’s my watch,” he says. I was looking right at him but had no clue… #SoloAStarWarsStory

— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) May 11, 2018

Alden Ehrenreich is currently best known in the world of Star Wars for playing Han Solo, but it looks like he’s also partial to a Stormtrooper mask as Clayton Sandell revealed on Twitter. The star of Solo: A Star Wars Story was accidentally spotted on the nightline cameras at 2016 Star Wars Celebration in a very nifty if not a tad dark disguise!

solo cameo

Solo: A Star Wars Story has had its fair share of drama, and in a recent interview io9 spoke to the Kasdans about what the movie might have looked like had Lord and Miller not left and been replaced by Ron Howard. “This movie, like all movies, has evolved with each creative person that has come into it,” Jon Kasdan said. “What I think is true is that, beyond the drama, what we ended up with, ultimately, was the riches of these incredibly creative guys, all of their instincts. All of their comedy impulses survive in the movie.”

A number of savvy Star Wars fans have noticed that Alden Ehrenreich has worked with some of the most incredible and lauded directors on earth including the Coen Brothers, Sofia Coppola, Chan-wook Park, and Warren Beatty. During a recent interview on the Solo: A Star Wars Story press tour, Marvelous TV asked Ehrenreich about his experience and relationships with these acclaimed directors.

Jody Houser and Luke Ross’ Thrawn comic book has been a delight to behold, as the pair have steadily built upon the work of Thrawn creator Timothy Zahn and his iconic Expanded Universe creation. As reported on CBR in the newest issue the team tackle just how Thrawn became Admiral, and unsurprisingly it includes a lot of nefarious behavior from our favourite blue-skinned Chiss.

 A Star Wars Story Trailer Breakdown

Since the first glimpse of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, fans have been clamoring for a Lando film, and Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jon Kasdan feels the same way. “First of all I’m dying to see a Lando film. I would help in anyway I was asked to. I think that’s a great movie. I mean, I think you know one of the things though that’s interesting is, I want to see a Lando film very similar way to the way I think Larry was excited by a Han film. Which is in this movie, Lando gets to occupy, the role that Han occupied in the earlier films, which is he doesn’t have to carry the burden of being the protagonist,” Kasdan told Screen Rant.

As for the future of the now basically confirmed Solo sequels that Alden Ehrenreich accidentally leaked during the Solo press tour, well Ehrenreich has some ideas that he shared with Screen Rant in a recent interview. “Well, I think I just want to see more of his relationships with these characters. I think that would be really a lot of fun. And I think each being its own kind of adventure story and like almost the Indiana Jones mold would be pretty fricking cool.”

 A Star Wars Story Trailer Breakdown

SPOILER KLAXON! Ever since the first full trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story debuted, Expanded Universe fans have been hoping that the Wookiee we see Chewie sharing a tender moment with was in fact his wife from the EU, Malla. Alas, during an interview with Screen Rant, Jon and Lawrence Kasdan revealed that sadly it’s not. “It’s not Malla. In fact that is a different character. In fact, we could tell you the name of that character. That was Sagwa. And he was always in the script. There was always a version of that character in the script.”

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The Best

Chicago Improv – As a comedy nerd who has partaken in the improv himself, I can’t tell you how perfectly this sketch parodies the world of improv. Between the warm-up exercises, the jealousy among rising comedians, all the flannel, the arguments that happen between teams, this is hilarious. Plus, the idea of framing this as another entry in the Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med line-up makes it even funnier. Since Tina Fey got her start in the Chicago improv scene, you know this comes from a place of experience and love.

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Mean Girls – Tina Fey has her Broadway musical adaptation of Mean Girls on stage right now, and while she doesn’t star in it like she did in her movie of the same name, apparently she tried to take a role on stage. But of course, it doesn’t turn out very well because of Fey’s lack of talent in the musical department. For those keeping track of cameos, Lin-Manuel Miranda pops up in this one for good measure.

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‘AXL’ Trailer: Another Boy and His Dog Movie, But This Time the Dog’s a Robot

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The “boy and his dog” genre has proven to be a staple of cinema across the world, and I guess there are only so many of those kinds of movies you can make before you arrive at one inevitable conclusion: what if the dog was a robot? Strap in and check out the new AXL trailer below.

AXL Trailer

This movie is so blatantly chasing the vibe of the Amblin movies of the 1980s, and I think I might be more receptive to that if our pop culture wasn’t already inundated with tons of projects that are also desperate to recapture that sensibility. But we’ve had so many generations of filmmakers grow up on those movies and try to make their own versions, it feels like it’s never been out of the zeitgeist for a meaningful enough amount of time where a “return to form” like this would actually resonate.

AXL comes from the mind of writer/director Oliver Daly, who made a proof-of-concept short film called Miles back in 2015 that essentially covers the same ground. Check that out below:

I’d also be a bit more open to this idea if it didn’t have another bland white dude in the lead role. No offense to Colony star Alex Neustaedter, who could very well be a great guy, but he looks like the end result of an experiment to see how many times someone could make a copy of a copy of a Taylor Kitsch photo. If you’re going to lean into this aesthetic, maybe do something different with the story and at least switch up the protagonist? Make Power Rangers actress Becky G the lead instead of the love interest, maybe. Just a thought.

Here’s the poster:

AXL poster

And you can read the synopsis below:

In the vein of classic ‘80s family movies SHORT CIRCUIT and FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, A.X.L. is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. gets captured, Miles teams up with his smart, resourceful crush, Sara (Becky G), to protect his new best friend on a timeless, epic adventure for the whole family.

AXL hits theaters on August 24, 2018.

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