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Megaupload

Mega Compromised by Hackers (Updated)
Mega, the cloud storage site originally founded by Kim Dotcom, was compromised by hackers this week. Outsiders gained access to part of the site's infrastructure and released some source code, claiming to have user details as well. Mega confirmed the hack of their seperate blog/help centre system but says that no user data was compromised
November 17, 2016
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Megaupload Case Takes Toll on Finn Batato, But He'll Keep Fighting
It's easy to forget that Kim Dotcom is not the only one being hounded by the US Government. Finn Batato was Megaupload's advertising manager, but today he's facing extradition to the US and potentially decades in jail. After spending his savings fighting his case, he's now trying to save his marriage while conducting his own defense.
February 27, 2017
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Megaupload Court Copy-Pasted U.S. Lawyers, Made Glaring Errors
A new Zealand District Court made several major errors when it decided to grant the extradition of Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload colleagues, Dotcom's lawyer said today. Noting that the judge copy-pasted extensively from lawyers working for the U.S. Government, he argues that there is absolutely no legal ground to extradite Megaupload's founder.
September 7, 2016
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Megaupload User Asks Appeals Court to Help Get His Files Back
Millions of users lost access to their personal files when Megaupload was raided, and after more than half a decade not much has changed. Former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin has been trying to get his files back for years. this week he urged the Appeals Court to intervene, before it's too late
April 26, 2017
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Megaupload Wants to Recover Failing Hard Drives, But Won't Sign Away Its Rights
After more than five years, some of the Megaupload evidence retained on hard drives has become unreadable. the MPAA and RIAA have submitted a plan to recover the data, and while Megaupload is in partial agreement, it refuses to sign away the constitutional right to access its own files. Instead, it presents an updated proposal.
March 27, 2017
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4shared: Copyright Holders Abuse Google's DMCA Takedown System
Popular file-hosting service 4shared is a true piracy haven, according to some copyright holders. Following numerous complaints the site has had more than 50 million of its URLs removed from Google's search index. However, according to 4shared many of these are the result of abusive takedown requests.
November 23, 2016
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4shared's Piracy 'Fingerprint' Tool Helps to Reduce Takedown Notices
4shared, one of the largest file-hosting services on the Internet, is building its own 'fingerprint' database of pirated music. Since the major rightholder groups are unwilling to participate, 4shared has taken the matter into its own hands. According to the site, this has helped to significantly reduce the number of takedown requests it receives.
December 5, 2016
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10 Years in Jail for Internet Pirates now Reality in the UK
Having received royal assent before the weekend, the UK's Digital Economy Bill is now law. as a result, Internet file-sharers can be jailed for up to ten years, if they knowingly make infringing content available to the public while exposing a copyright owner to even a risk of loss.
May 1, 2017
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10 Years in Prison for Online Pirates a Step Closer in the UK
The UK Government's Digital Economy Bill has moved a step closer to becoming law after its second reading in Parliament. with unanimous support, the current two-year maximum custodial sentence for online piracy is almost certain to increase to a decade. However, the reading also covered other familiar ground - pressure on Google to do something about piracy.
September 14, 2016
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20th Century Fox & Dreamworks Blackmailed Over the Boss Baby Leak
A man extorted cash from 20th Century Fox & Dreamworks after he obtained a leaked copy of their upcoming movie the Boss Baby. the studios were told to pay a bitcoin ransom to avoid the animated comedy leaking onto the Internet before its March 31 premiere. After an amount was paid by 20th Century Fox, a man was arrested and is now in custody.
March 24, 2017
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20th Century Fox Accuses Kim Dotcom of Asset Freeze Breach
20th Century Fox has accused Kim Dotcom of breaching a freeze on his assets imposed following his arrest in 2012. According to claims made by the studio in the new Zealand High Court, Dotcom took a US$154,000 loan from his lawyers on behalf of a trust for his children.
July 25, 2016
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32% of all US Adults watch Pirated Content
Nearly a third of all US adults admit to having downloaded or streamed pirated movies or TV-shows, a new survey from Irdeto has found. Even though many are aware that watching pirated content is not permitted, a large number of pirates are particularly hard to deter.
January 19, 2017
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123Movies Circumvents ISP Blocking with new .GS Domain
The popular movie streaming site 123movies has started redirecting UK and Indian traffic to a new domain name to circumvent local blocking orders. the site's operators are keen to keep their service accessible around the globe to the best of their ability. Taking a page from Pirate Bay's playbook, they're also considering the launch of a network of proxy sites.
November 3, 2016
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86-Year Old Grandma Accused of Pirating a Zombie Game
Since it's become mandatory for ISPs to forward piracy notifications in Canada, hundreds of thousands of people have received letters over alleged copyright infringements. One of these accused pirates is an elderly woman, who's threatened with $5,000 in potential damages for downloading a zombie game she's never heard of.
October 30, 2016
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2016 was the first year streaming services provided the majority of the music industry's revenue
The industry grew at its fastest pace since 1998
March 30, 2017
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2016 was the Year Torrent Giants Fell
2016 has been a memorable year for torrent users but not in a good way. Over a period of just a few months, several of the largest torrent sites vanished from the scene. from KickassTorrents, through Torrentz to What.cd, several torrent giants have left the scene.
December 29, 2016
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Misc. - A

A glitch for some Google Home users
People are complaining that the Google Home is giving an error message when they try to control connected devices.
March 7, 2017
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Adblock Plus Acquires Pirate Bay Founder's Micropayment Service Flattr
The company behind the popular Adblock Plus software has acquired Flattr, the micropayment service co-founded by Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde. with the deal the two companies hope to take their partnership to the next level, offering publishers a way to get paid without having to show annoying ads.
April 5, 2017
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Advertiser Tells Court it's not Liable for Pirate Sites
Advertising network JuicyAds has told a California federal court that it's not responsible for pirate sites that use its service to generate revenue. the case is the first where an ad-company stands accused of aiding pirate sites, which has been a major complaint from entertainment industry insiders in recent years.
September 13, 2016
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Advertisers Promise to Boycott Pirate Sites After Police Visit
The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit says that it visited several companies found to be advertising on pirate sites. the visits, made alongside FACT, IFPI, BPI and PRS, resulted in promises from the organizations to stop advertising on 1,232 pirate sites.
January 13, 2017
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Accused "Pirate" Questions Dallas Buyers Club'S Copyright Claim
Several companies behind the Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club are fighting over the movie's proceeds, as well as the profits from copyright trolling endeavors. this confusing situation has prompted an accused pirate to question the legitimacy of the claim against him, which could get interesting.
July 18, 2016
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Alleged KickassTorrents Owner Considers 'Voluntary Surrender' to the US
Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, is wanted by the US Government. The Ukrainian is currently fighting an extradition request in Poland. But, according to paperwork submitted to an Illinois District Court this week, he's considering surrendering voluntarily under the right conditions.
June 16, 2017
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Alleged KickassTorrents Founder Released on Bail
Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, has been released from prison on bail. The Ukrainian will be able to await the extradition procedure as a relatively free man. He currently lives in a rented apartment where he was reunited with his wife and young son.
May 23, 2017
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Alleged KickassTorrents Owner can be Extradited to the US, Court Rules
Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, can be extradited to the United States, a Polish court ruled in first instance. the decision is the first of two in an extradition process which remains ongoing. According to the US, Vaulin and his co-conspirators are responsible for unlawfully distributing copyrighted materials worth $1 billion.
March 1, 2017
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Alleged KickassTorrents Owner Stays in Prison, Court Rules
A Polish appeals court has ruled that Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, will remain in prison. the court refused the request for a supervised release and deems the accusations of the U.S. Government serious enough to keep him in custody.
November 2, 2016
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AllMyVideos.net to Shut Down, No Longer Profitable
Video-hosting service AllMyVideos.net has announced that it will shut down its website next weekend. the operator says that it's no longer profitable to host videos due to a lack of revenue and encourages users to back up their files before it's too late.
October 14, 2016
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Anti-Piracy Crusader's Sex Engine is a Pirate Linking Site After DNS Hijack
Four years ago, adult industry worker Robert King launched the StopFileLockers campaign, an anti-piracy initiative designed to shut down cyberlockers. Now, in 2016 and thanks to a DNS hijack, a domain bought by Robert King to act as a search engine is serving up an indexing site which uses cyberlockers to deliver pirated TV shows.
December 28, 2016
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Anti-Piracy Firm Rightcorp Continues to Lose Big Money
Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp continues to lose money. Revenue over the most recent quarter has dropped significantly compared to last year and the company is still miles away from turning a profit. Instead of generating more money from alleged pirates, Rightscorp must set aside $200,000 to settle accused file-sharers it allegedly harassed.
August 17, 2016
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Anti-Piracy Group FACT Expands Reach Beyond Hollywood
The Federation Against Copyright Theft says that it will branch out into new areas of IP enforcement. for decades the anti-piracy group has relied on Hollywood for much of its business but with that work now being carried out by the MPA and others, FACT will offer services to companies outside the audio-visual sector.
November 10, 2016
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Anti-Piracy Group Shuts Down 'Pirate' Kodi Repos and Add-Ons
The websites of several Israeli Kodi repositories and add-ons have been shut down this week, following legal action from a local anti-piracy group. The operators of the platforms reportedly agreed to pay a settlement of thousands of shekels and face a hefty fine if they relaunch their services.
May 31, 2017
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Anti-Piracy Outfit Criticizes Authorities for not Prosecuting Pirates
An anti-piracy group representing national and international rightsholders including Hollywood and the major labels has openly criticized authorities in Denmark over piracy. Despite being assured that these offenses would be dealt with as a priority, few results have been forthcoming, Rights Alliance says.
March 18, 2016
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"Anti-Piracy Outfit Impersonates Competitor, Steals its Clients"
Two employees of anti-piracy outfit MarkScan have been arrested by Indian police. the men are accused of masquerading as competing anti-piracy firm Aiplex, informing its clients via a fake website that the company was shutting down, and suggesting MarkScan as an alternative. the CEO of the company was allegedly in on the scam, which is still under investivation.
November 16, 2016
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Antigua & Barbuda Threatens to Punish U.S. with Piracy Free-For-All
A long-running dispute between Antigua and Barbuda and the United States over gambling services has reached a critical point. In a letter to the WTO, the Caribbean nation warns that unless the US either stops blocking or compensates its gambling services, it will lift protection of US intellectual property rights in 2017.
November 29, 2016
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Appeals Court Won't Help Megaupload User to Get His Files Back
The Appeals Court has denied a request from former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin to intervene on his behalf. the sports videographer has been trying to get his files back for years and hoped to force a decision from the District Court, but this has proven unsuccessful. as a result, his files will remain under lock and key.
May 8, 2017
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Apple and Facebook helped bust the world's biggest torrent site
Feds charge 30-year-old Ukrainian Artem Vaulin over his involvement in piracy website KickassTorrents.
July 21, 2016
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Ahashare 'Disappears After Domain Name Suspension
The popular torrent site Ahashare has been unreachable for more than a week now. the site's domain name is currently listed as "suspended" by the registrar, hinting at possible legal issues. the site's operators have remained silent on the issue, and it's unclear if the site will return anytime soon.
January 31, 2017
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Aussie ISPs Ordered to Block KickassTorrents 'Spinoffs'
Australia's Federal Court has issued a new blocking order targeting several KickassTorrents related sites. When the original site was taken down, music industry companies shifted the focus to several spinoffs. Twenty Internet providers now have two weeks to implement reasonable measures to block users from accessing the infringing domains.
May 1, 2017
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Aussie KickassTorrents Blocking Battle Continues, Despite Takedown
Despite KickassTorrents being taken offline during the summer, the battle to have clones and copies blocked by ISPs continued this week in the Australian Federal Court. Music industry groups and service providers argued over the implementation of blockades, with an old classic raising its head once again. Who will pay to protect the labels' copyrights?
October 25, 2016
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Australia Copyright Safe Harbour Provision Backed by Prime Minister
Moves to introduce a copyright "safe harbor" provision for platforms such as Google and Facebook have received a boost in Australia after receiving backing from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Supporters believe the changes will fix a long-standing error in copyright law, but creative industries argue that it will hurt their ability to get paid fairly for their work.
March 13, 2017
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Australia Readies new Copyright Safe Harbor Consultation
Last month Australia dropped plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions to include platforms such as Google, Facebook and YouTube. a little over a month later and the topic is back on the agenda, with the government announcing a new consultation aimed at encouraging the growth of the digital economy while protecting copyright holders.
April 27, 2017
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Australia Shelves Copyright Safe Harbor for Google, Facebook, et al
In a surprise setback for companies such as Google and Facebook that leverage user-generated content, Australia has dropped plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions. the move follows intense pressure from copyright holders, who said that a change in the law would hurt artists' ability to get fairly paid for their work.
March 23, 2017
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Australian Govt Advisory Body Digs in Over Fair Use & Geo-Unblocking
A final inquiry report published by the Australian government's Productivity Commission is steadfastly maintaining the position that citizens should have the right to use VPNs to access geo-restricted content. the advisory body is also unmoved when it comes to delivering fair use exceptions, stating that rightsholder objections are based on flawed and "self-interested" assumptions.
December 22, 2016
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Atlantic Records Subpoenas Reddit to Identify Music Leaker
Atlantic Records has asked a New York judge to help reveal the identity of an individual who leaked an unreleased track to Reddit. Following a late June launch, Heathens, a track by Twenty One Pilots, was scheduled to appear on "Suicide Squad: the Album" this week. However, a Reddit user leaked the song mid-June and now the race is on to track him or her down.
August 03, 2016
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Attackers Infect Transmission Torrent Client with OS X Malware
Researchers at ESET say that malware designed to steal the content of OS X's keychain and maintain a permanent backdoor was found in a recent build of open source torrent client Transmission. Following an investigation, the Transmission team say they were subjected to an attack on their servers. Steps have been taken to ensure greater security in the future.
August 31, 2016
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Attention Swedish Pirate Bay Users, Copyright Trolls Have Arrived
After years of being left alone by entertainment industry companies, regular file-sharers in Sweden are now in the cross-hairs of copyright trolls. Using data gathered by anti-piracy outfit Excipio, lawyers are about to send users of the Pirate Bay and similar sites demands for hard cash - or else.
September 2, 2016
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Audible Magic Accuses YouTube of Fraud Over Content ID Trademark
Audible Magic, one of the best known anti-piracy companies operating in the digital fingerprinting space, has filed a complaint against Google at the US Patent and Trademark Office. the California-based company says that YouTube's registration of the trademark 'Content ID' was made fraudulently and should be canceled.
January 11, 2017
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Aussie Celebrities Join Campaign to Oppose Fair Use
A campaign has been launched in Australia to prevent proposed changes to copyright law and the introduction of a "fair use" doctrine. Australia currently has a "fair dealing" provision but the royalties and anti-piracy group APRA AMCOS and its celebrity supporters are opposing rules that would provide more freedom.
December 5, 2016
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Bill to Ban VPNs & Unmask Operators Submitted to Russia's Parliament
Russia is making good on its threat to crack down on VPN and proxy services that provide access to blocked sites. A new law submitted to the State Duma will see the country's telecoms watchdog identify such services and compel their hosts to hand over operators' personal details. Should block bypassing continue, access to the service will be terminated by the country's ISPs.
June 9, 2017
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BitTorrent client Torrex begins beta testing its Windows 10 UWP app and here's how to get it
Popular BitTorrent client Torrex has started beta testing its long-awaited Windows 10 UWP app. Current Torrex users can sign up to get the beta version right now.
August 04, 2016
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BitTorrent Expert Report Slams Movie Piracy Evidence
In California, a copyright case between adult movie studio Malibu Media and a John Doe is heating up in court. the alleged downloader discredits the actions and technical evidence provided by the makers of the "X-Art" series, using a very detailed expert opinion from a former BitTorrent Inc. employee to back up his claims.
February 10, 2017
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BitTorrent Inc. to Refocus on what Made it Rich -- uTorrent
BitTorrent Inc is best known for its uTorrent client, but in recent years the company has publicly placed almost all of its emphasis on other projects, despite the software being its major breadwinner. Now, however, it appears the company is set for another shake-up, with yet another CEO and a fresh commitment to focus on its uTorrent and Mainline clients.
March 28, 2017
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BitTorrent Inventor Bram Cohen will Start His Own Cryptocurrency
BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen has already earned a spot in the Internet hall of fame, but he's not done yet. In recent years he's taken a strong interest in cryptocurrencies, something he will devote himself full-time to in the near future. this includes launching a new cryptocurrency which addresses some of the challenges facing Bitcoin.
April 24, 2017
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Blackcat Games Domain Seized by UK Anti-Piracy Police
Long-standing private torrent site Blackcat-Games appears to be in legal trouble. the gaming-focused site has been non-operational all day and during the past few hours its domain began redirecting to a server operated by the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.
October 19, 2016
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Blocking Pirate Sites Without a Trial is Allowed, Italian Court Rules
Italy's pirate site blocking regulation is not unconstitutional, or in violation of copyright law, the administrative court of Lazio has ruled. the verdict has been celebrated by rightsholders who have used the blocking mechanism to target hundreds of websites. Consumer rights organizations, however, are not happy with the outcome and plan an appeal.
April 3, 2017
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Blocking the Pirate Bay is Allowed Under EU Law, AG Concludes
Internet providers in Europe can be ordered to block access to the Pirate Bay, even though the site itself doesn't store any infringing material. this is the advice Advocate General Szpunar has sent to the EU Court of Justice in what may turn out to be a landmark case.
February 8, 2017
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Blizzard Beats "Cheat" Maker, Wins $8.5 Million Copyright Damages
Blizzard Entertainment has won a copyright infringement case against the developer of several popular game cheats and hacks. In a default judgment, the court ordered the German company Bossland to pay over $8.5 million in damages. In addition, the cheat maker is prohibited from marketing or selling its products in the United States.
April 3, 2017
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Blizzard Wants $8.5 Million Copyright Damages from "Cheat" Maker
Blizzard Entertainment has filed a motion for default judgment against Bossland, the maker of several popular game cheats and hacks. the game developer requests the minimum statutory copyright damages of $200 per infringement, arguing that the cheat maker sold at least 42,818 of its hacks in the U.S.
March 14, 2017
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BMG Pressed Internet Provider to Pay Piracy Compensation
Music rights group BMG is not only offering settlements to allegedly pirating Internet subscribers, but also to an ISP. Internet provider RCN has revealed a letter showing that the music outfit demanded preventive anti-piracy measures as well as compensation, while accusing the ISP of contributory copyright infringement.
September 22, 2016
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BPI Reports Quarter Billion 'Pirate' Links to Google, Ask UK Govt. for Help
UK music industry group BPI has hit a new milestone this weekend after the group reported its 250 millionth infringing link to Google. According to BPI, the volume of requests shows that search engines have to do more to address the piracy problem, and they hope that the pending Digital Economy Bill will help to achieve this.
October 22, 2016
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BREIN 'Hunts Down' Pirate Media Player Vendors
Last month the European Court of Justice ruled that set-top boxes and similar devices can infringe copyright if they are sold pre-configured for piracy. with this decision in hand, anti-piracy group BREIN has pressured dozens of vendors to halt their sales. Those who fail to comply risk tens of thousands of euros in fines, the group warns.
May 12, 2017
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BREIN Reveals Anti-Piracy Tactics and Achievements
Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has been very active over the past year. Through various enforcement actions it targeted hundreds of sites and services, with many shutting down or leaving their hosting providers. In addition, a strong focus on prolific uploaders resulted in several settlements with pirating BitTorrent, file-hosting, Usenet and Facebook users.
January 11, 2017
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BREIN Settles with Prolific Usenet Uploader for €15,000
Acting on behalf various copyright holders, anti-piracy group BREIN has signed a €15,000 settlement with a prolific Usenet uploader. the man, who uploaded over 18,000 music releases, informed fellow Usenet users that he's out of the game. BREIN, meanwhile, says it will continue its quest against uploaders of copyrighted material.
August 04, 2016
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BREIN Shuts Down 'Pirate Cinema" on Facebook
Anti-piracy group BREIN has shut down a popular Facebook page that acted as an online movie theater, live-streaming popular movies to tens of thousands of followers. the page in question was operated by a Dutch man who, faced with an ex parte court order, agreed to a €7,500 settlement.
January 30, 2017
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BREIN Takes Usenet Provider to Supreme Court Over "Piracy Liability"
The legal dispute between Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider News-Service.com will go all the way to the Supreme Court. Last year the Court of Appeal ruled that the company was not liable for pirating users, but BREIN disagrees and hopes to have the verdict overturned.
March 15, 2017
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BREIN Tracks Down Facebook Music Pirate, Settles for €7,000
Anti-piracy group BREIN has tracked down a prolific cyberlocker uploader who shared pirated music in a dedicated Facebook group. the man agreed to sign a €7,000 settlement and left the group, which shut down soon after. In addition, Facebook closed several other groups that were focused on sharing copyright infringing links.
August 18, 2016
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BREIN's new Torrent Piracy Crackdown Results in First Settlement
Last year, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN announced a broad crackdown on torrent pirates, which resulted in the first settlement this week. the person in question paid 4,800 euros for sharing 12 TV-show episodes. According to BREIN, hundreds of thousands of pirates are now at risk of receiving similar treatment.
November 17, 2016
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BT's Piracy Warning Information is Confusing and Outdated
UK ISPs will soon begin sending piracy warning notices to their subscribers on behalf of the Get it Right from a Genuine Site campaign. BT, one of the ISPs involved, has just published an advisory which aims to inform customers how the system will work. While it's generally helpful, it confusingly mixes up terminology and focuses on out-dated sharing systems.
January 17, 2017
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BTDIGG shut down due to torrent spam, for now
Popular torrent search engine BTDigg is showing signs of life after weeks of downtime. the site, which discovers new files through BitTorrent's Distributed Hash Table (DHT), blames spam torrents for the sudden shutdown. the site's operators will consider a comeback if they can find a way to deal with the issue effectively.
July 11, 2016
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Can KickassTorrents Make a Comeback?
Yesterday the U.S. Government delivered a massive blow to KickassTorrents. with its alleged founder arrested and pretty much the entire site's operation compromised, it's not obvious that there will be a Pirate Bay style comeback anytime soon.
July 21, 2016
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Canada Rejects Flawed and One-Sided "Piracy" Claims from US Govt.
As usual, Canada is one of the prospective "watch list" candidates for the US Trade Representative's annual list of countries with 'failing' intellectiual property protections. However, the Canadian Government has had enough of the allegations, describing the process as flawed as it's mainly driven by one-sided copyright industry claims.
March 10, 2017
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Canada Remains a "Safe Haven" for Online Piracy, Rightsholders Claim
The MPAA, RIAA and other entertainment industry groups are calling out Canada, claiming that it remains a "safe haven" for copyright infringers and pirate sites. the new "notice and notice" system is ineffective, they say, and the broader legal copyright regime fails to deter piracy.
February 14, 2017
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Canadian Stock Exchange Blocked Megaupload 2.0 Plans
Late last week, Kim Dotcom was getting ready to make a major announcement about Bitcache and the new Megaupload 2.0 service. However, just before going public the news was halted due to a "roadblock." Today, Dotcom reveals that he planned to announce a merger with a publicly listed Canadian company, but the stock exchange got in the way.
January 24, 2017
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CD, DVD pirate sentenced to 5 years in prison
FBI investigated piracy ring with assistance from the RIAA and MPAA.
March 23, 2017
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China Bans Unauthorized VPN Services in Internet Crackdown
According to a notice published by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the government has launched a 14-month campaign to crack down on 'unauthorized' Internet platforms. that includes censorship-busting VPN services, which will require government pre-approval to exist.
January 23, 2017
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Chrome and Firefox Block Pirate Bay Over "Harmful Programs"
Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the The Pirate Bay's download pages. According to Google's Safe Browsing diagnostics service TPB contains "harmful programs," most likely triggered by malicious advertisements running on the site. Comodo DNS also showed a "hacking" warning but this disappeared after a few hours.
September 15, 2016
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Cisco Draws Attention to the Rise of Pirate IPTV
To the hardened file-sharer, paying for pirate content seems a ridiculous thing to do, but that's exactly what thousands of consumers are gravitating towards in 2017. Pirate IPTV services provide staggering amounts of live and VOD content for a small monthly fee and networking company Cisco suggests that the market may already be millions strong.
April 13, 2017
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Cloudflare Doesn't Want to Become the 'Piracy Police'
Cloudflare is warning that far-reaching cooperation between copyright holders and Internet services may put innovation in danger. the company doesn't want to become the "piracy police" and is refusing to monitor infringing content proactively. Instead, Cloudflare urges rightsholders to see the Internet as an opportunity rather than a threat.
April 13, 2017
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Cloudflare Faces Lawsuit for Assisting Pirate Sites
In recent months CloudFlare has been called out repeatedly for offering its services to known pirate sites, including the Pirate Bay. These allegations have now resulted in the first lawsuit after adult entertainment publisher ALS Scan filed a complaint against CloudFlare at a California federal court.
August 23, 2016
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Cloudflare Fights RIAA's Piracy Blocking Demands in Court
Cloudflare has made it clear that the company isn't going to block piracy sites without a proper court order. In addition, it now opposes an injunction requested by the RIAA, under which it would have to disconnect alleged MP3Skull accounts based on a keyword and IP-address.
August 24, 2016
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Cloudflare Ordered to Expose Gay-Torrents Operator, Or Else...
A new DMCA subpoena has ordered Cloudflare to expose the person who manages the account of private torrent community Gay-Torrents.org. the request comes from adult company Flava Works, who warned Cloudflare that it might also face a potential lawsuit of its own if it fails to take action against the website in question.
April 28, 2017
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Cloudflare Puts Pirate Sites on new IP Addresses, Avoids Cogent Blockade
The Pirate Bay and dozens of other pirate sites that were blocked by Cogent's Internet backbone are now accessible again. Cloudflare appears to have moved the sites in question to a new pair of IP-addresses, effectively bypassing Cogent's blackhole. Whether Cogent has plans to block their new home as well is unknown.
February 16, 2017
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Cloudflare Slams MPAA and RIAA's "Distorted" Piracy Claims
Cloudflare has hit back at the entertainment industry's anti-piracy groups, RIAA and MPAA, which accused the service of helping pirate sites to hide. the CDN provider informs the U.S. Government that its services adhere to the law and adds that the industry groups' characterizations are distorted and misleading.
November 4, 2016
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CNN & CBC Sued for Pirating 31 Second Youtube Video
CNN and Canada's CBC are being sued after the pair allegedly ripped a 31 second video from YouTube and used it in their broadcasts without a license. In addition to claims of copyright infringement, the media giants face allegations that they breached the anti-circumvention measures of the DMCA.
August 13, 2015
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Cogent's Broad Pirate Site Block was 'Collateral Damage' of a Court Order
The mysterious pirate site blockade by Internet backbone provider Cogent was a 'mistake.' the Pirate Bay and dozens of other pirate sites were blocked as collateral damage, following a broad court order directed at a yet unnamed target. According to Cloudflare, which owns the associated IP-addresses, courts should understand how Internet systems work to avoid such unintended consequences.
February 17, 2017
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Congress is trying to give even more power to Hollywood
A new bill undoes over 100 years of history
April 3, 2017
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Copyright is not an Inevitable or Divine Right, Court Rules
The Delhi High Court has delivered a landmark judgment which allows a local university copyshop to print course packs, using parts of commercial educational books. the judge held that copyright is not an inevitable or divine right. Copying for educational use is fair dealing, whether it's done by hand or automatically in an organized fashion.
September 19, 2016
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Copyright Troll Attorney John Steele Disbarred by Illinois Supreme Court
After admitting to several criminal acts, including the operation of a piracy honeypot, Prenda Law attorney John Steele has now been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court. As a result, the troubled attorney will no longer be allowed to practice law in the state. While the decision doesn't come as a surprise, several victims of the trolling operation will welcome it with a smile.
May 22, 2017
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Copyright Troll Backs Down When Faced with Exposure
Companies that make money from threatening alleged file-sharers are known for their bullying tactics but those who are prepared to fight back can enjoy success. a letter sent by a defense lawyer to the copyright trolls behind the movie London Has Fallen provides an excellent and highly entertaining example.
November 9, 2016
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Copyright Troll Piracy 'Witness' Went Back to the Future -- and Lost
A witness for the world's most notorious copyright trolls appears to have time-traveling abilities. Guardaley's "expert" sent a declaration to the court claiming to have witnessed BitTorrent infringement more than a week before the offenses allegedly took place. Marty McFly's colleagues subsequently dropped the case.
May 26, 2017
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Copyright Troll's Intellectual Property Goes Up for Sale to Pay Giganews
A copyright troll that terrorized service providers over alleged copyright infringement is set to forfeit the very assets that made its entire campaign possible. After losing an aggressive lawsuit against Giganews, Perfect 10's multi-million dollar bill will now be satisfied by the Usenet provider liquidating the adult publisher's intellectual property.
March 8, 2017
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Copyright Trolls Abandon Sweden in a Blaze of Bad Publicity
A legal campaign that promised to hit file-sharers with demands for cash has been abandoned in Sweden. the law firm at the heart of the plan says that it effectively misjudged the gap between public opinion and the fact that file-sharing is illegal under local law. Strangely, it also claims victory.
November 1, 2016
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'Copyright Trolls' Hit with Class Action Lawsuit for Theft by Deception
A new class-action lawsuit is targeting a group of filmmakers, lawyers, and BitTorrent monitoring experts. According to a complaint filed at an Illinois federal court, the "copyright trolls" have been engaging in misleading, threatening and intimidating tactics in order to obtain settlements from alleged movie pirates.
January 4, 2017
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Court Affirms $25m Piracy Verdict Against Cox, Rejects Spying Request
Cox Communications is liable for the copyright infringements committed by its users and must pay $25 million in damages to music licensing outfit BMG. a federal court in Virginia has denied Cox's request for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial. on the upside, Cox will not be required to spy on its users using deep packet inspection.
August 10, 2016
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Court Awards Damages Following Bogus DMCA Takedowns
Topdawg Entertainment Inc., Interscope Records and Universal Music Group must pay damages after issuing false DMCA notices which damaged an artist's reputation. Montreal hip hop artist Jonathan Emile teamed up with Kendrick Lamar on a track, but the labels wrongfully took it down from YouTube, iTunes and Soundcloud.
November 30, 2016
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Court Freezes Megaupload's MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits
A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold until April next year, while the criminal case remains pending. Meanwhile, Megaupload is working hard to ensure that critical evidence on decaying hard drives is preserved.
November 24, 2016
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Court Orders Cloudflare to Identify 'Pirate' Site Operators
In the ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit against alleged pirate sites Sci-Hub, Libgen and Bookfi, a New York federal court has ordered CDN provider Cloudflare to identify the operators of the latter two sites. According to the order, Cloudflare's help is required to identify the alleged offenders.
October 28, 2016
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Court Orders Dotcom's Megavideo to Pay $13.4M for Tv Show Piracy
An Italian court has ordered Kim Dotcom's Megavideo to pay $13.4m in damages after making TV shows available without permission. the roots of the case date back to 2010 when TV company RTI sent Megavideo takedown notices, without specifying any URLs. the court found that the URLs weren't needed.
July 19, 2016
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Court Orders French ISPs to Block (Dead) Torrent Sites
The French music industry is continuing its efforts to make torrent sites unavailable. After obtaining a blocking injunction against the Pirate Bay, it has now managed to do the same with LimeTorrents, TorrentHound, TorrentReactor, and TorrentFunk. the effect of the blockade will be relatively limited though, as two of the sites have already shut down.
December 12, 2016
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Court Orders Google to Remove Links to Takedown Notice
A German Court has ordered Google to stop linking to a takedown notice received by the company. The search engine regularly publishes links to takedown notices to increase transparency, but the court ruled that this can go too far. The case in question deals with defamation, but many copyright holders who've complained about Google's "transparency" efforts will likely welcome the order.
June 16, 2017
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Court Orders ISP to Hand Identities Behind 5,300 IP Addresses to Copyright Trolls
From almost a standing start, Sweden has a copyright troll crisis on its hands. Following a ruling by the Patent and Market Court, ISP Telia must hand over the personal details of individuals behind 5,300 IP addresses to companies known to make a business out of settlement fees. In all, around 20,000 persons could be sucked into the controversy.
March 15, 2017
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Court Orders News Site Blocked Following Article Piracy
Blocking torrent and streaming sites is a regular occurrence in many countries but the practice is now extending to other areas. Following a complaint by Russian news site Gazeta, the Moscow City Court has ordered a news portal to be blocked by ISPs after it 'pirated' a tourism article.
July 26, 2016
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Court Orders Pornhub to Expose Copyright Infringers
A federal court in California has ordered Pornhub to hand over names, email addresses, IP addresses, and other identifying information related to uploaders of pirated videos. the subpoena was requested by a producer of adult content which listed more than 1,000 infringing videos on the streaming service.
April 5, 2017
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Court Orders Pornhub to Identify Potentially Thousands of Users
Just like any other copyright holder, porn studios can -- and do -- exercise their rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to force X-rated "tube" sites (think YouTube, but with more genitals) to take down infringing videos. One company has apparently gotten tired of this game of Whac-A-Mole and gotten a court order that could lead to legal threats against thousands of people who uploaded videos to one popular tube site.
April 7, 2017
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Court Overturns 'Pirate' Site Blockade Based on EU Ruling
A site that was outlawed following mass court action against more than 150 domains has been cleared on appeal. Kisstube embeds movies, some of them infringing, hosted on other platforms such as YouTube. However, the Rome Court of Appeal found that according to an EU ruling, merely embedding pirated content is not illegal.
December 2, 2016
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Court Rejects Massive Torrent Damages Claim, Admin Avoids Jail
A former torrent site operator has largely avoided the goals of an aggressive movie industry prosecution in Sweden. Against a backdrop of demands for years in prison and millions in damages, the 25-year-old owner of private tracker SwePiracy was handed 100 hours community service and told to pay $194,000.
October 11, 2016
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Court Rules Whole Site Blocking Justifiable in Piracy Fight
Forcing ISPs to block entire websites to tackle Internet piracy is justifiable, a court in India has ruled. the decision by the Delhi High Court means that copyright holders will not have to target specific URLs when attempting to stop infringement on sites that are involved in widespread piracy.
August 02, 2016
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Court: Google and Bing don't Have to Censor "Torrent" Searches
Google and Bing are not required to automatically filter "torrent" related searches to prevent piracy, the High Court of Paris has decided. the filter, requested by the local music industry group SNEP, would be too broad, ineffective, and target legitimate content as well.
July 19, 2016
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Court: 'Falsely' Accused 'Movie Pirate' Deserves $17K Compensation
An Oregon District Court has sided with a wrongfully accused man, who was sued for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the Adam Sandler movie the Cobbler. According to the court's recommendations, the man is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation as the result of the filmmakers "overaggressive" and "unreasonable" tactics.
December 6, 2016
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Court: Fan-Funded Star Trek Film is not 'Fair Use'
The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is gearing up for a trial. this week the court ruled on motions for summary judgment from both parties. While the case could still go both ways, the court has decided that the fan-film is not entitled to a fair use defense.
January 5, 2017
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Court: Megaupload's Failing Drives can be Fixed, But not Accessed
The sixteen failing hard drives containing Megaupload data at hosting provider Cogent can be restored and preserved. the court has granted the MPAA and RIAA's version of the preservation order, meaning that no person will be able to access the data without permission. Megaupload is disappointed that it's still unable to freely access the evidence and fears that it won't get a fair trial.
March 30, 2017
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Court: Uploaded.net Failed to Prevent Piracy, Faces Damages
Popular file-hosting service Uploaded.net has lost its most recent legal battle against German music rights group GEMA. the Regional Court of Munich ruled that Uploaded is liable for content shared by its users, because it failed to implement proactive measures to combat piracy.
August 12, 2016
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Court: Usenet Provider is not Liable for Piracy
After several years, the appeals court has reached a final decision in the case between anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider NSE. the court ruled that the Usenet provider is not liable for the copyright infringements of its users. However, it also requires the service in question to offer a fast and "effective" takedown procedure.
December 6, 2016
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Cox Files Appeal to Overturn $25 Million Piracy Verdict
Internet provider Cox Communications has filed its appeal to overturn the $25 million damages verdict in its case against music publisher BMG. the ISP argues that the district court made several errors. as a result, millions of people now risk having their Internet access terminated based on one-sided evidence.
November 10, 2016
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Cox Must Pay $8 Million to Cover BMG's Legal Fees in Piracy Case
Internet provider Cox Communications must pay more than $8 million to compensate the legal fees of music group BMG. the Virginia federal court argues that the Internet provider crossed a line with its "deeply flawed DMCA defense" and sees the high fees as a proper incentive to improve its anti-piracy policies.
February 15, 2017
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Cox Wants Music Group to Pay for False Copyright Claims.
Internet provider Cox Communications is demanding over $100,000 in compensation from Round Hill Music, for the legal fees it incurred based on false copyright claims. the music group sued Cox last year over alleged infringements committed by the ISP's subscribers, without actually owning any of the copyrights in question.
October 3, 2016
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Cox's Repeat Infringer Policy was an Elaborate Sham, BMG Says
Music rights group BMG has filed its response to the $25 million damages appeal of Internet provider Cox Communications. According to BMG there is no reason to overturn the earlier verdict. Among other things, the company stresses that Cox's policy to terminate accounts of repeat infringers was an elaborate sham.
January 1, 2017
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Daddy, what's 'P2P file sharing'?
YouTube rippers elbow aside old favorites
September 13, 2016
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Danish ISPs Stand Up Against 'Mafia-Like' Copyright Trolls
Following a recent victory in Norway, Internet provider Telenor now hopes to put the brakes on copyright trolling efforts in Denmark as well. The company is backed by other ISPs and the local Telco Industry Organization, which notes that users must be protected from these "mafia-like" practices
May 30, 2017
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DailyMotion Permanently Blocked in Russia After Copyright Complaints
Video-hosting platform DailyMotion has been permanently blocked in Russia . the platform, owned by French company Vivendi, was ordered to be blocked by the Moscow City Court after repeated allegations of copyright infringement were not adequately addressed by the company.
January 27, 2017
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Database of U.S. Internet Pirates will be Decentralized
Starting in a few months, millions of online 'pirates' will be monitored as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA and all major U.S. Internet providers. Alleged infringers will be notified about their misbehavior, and repeat offenders will eventually be punished. Thus far the details on the operation have been very slim, but TorrentFreak has learned that unlike in France, the U.S. database of Internet pirates will be decentralized.
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'Deadpool' is the Most Torrented Movie of 2016
As 2016 nears its conclusion we take a look at the most pirated movies of the year on public torrent sites. Deadpool comes out on top in a list that's heavily populated by superhero and comic movies, without any major surprises.
December 30, 2016
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Deadpool was the Most Pirated Movie of 2016 - Report
Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War, and the Force Awakens also made the list.
January 1, 2017
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Defense Asks U.S. to Drop Case Against Alleged KickassTorrents Owner
The legal defense team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to drop the charges against his client and release him from prison. According to his lawyers, the alleged site owner can't be held criminally liable for pirated files KAT users may have downloaded.
August 08, 2016
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Demonoid Returns After Two Months Downtime
After nearly two months of downtime, the semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid resurfaced online this weekend. the site was pulled offline due to hosting problems and had to endure some internal struggles as well, but barring a few bugs, it's now back in action.
March 19, 2017
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Demonoid Suffers Extended Downtime Due to Hosting Issue
The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has been offline for more than two days due to an unforeseen hosting problem. the site's operators planned to move the site to a new location earlier this week but hit a roadblock. While the site could remain offline for a few more days, the team plans to bring it back up as soon as possible.
January 26, 2017
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Denuvo Accused of Using Unlicensed Software to Protect its Anti-Piracy Tool
In what could be a severe case of irony overload, anti-piracy company Denuvo is being accused of using unlicensed software to protect its infamous anti-piracy tool. A developer of VMProtect, software which itself protects against reverse engineering and cracking, says that Denuvo has been using the product without obtaining the necessary permission.
June 5, 2017
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Denuvo Crack Video & Rumors Excite Pirates
The DRM protection software currently stopping pirates from playing many of the PC's top gaming titles is again causing excitement. Partially confirmed rumors coming out of Russia suggest that following a team effort, the infamous Denuvo may have been cracked for Rise of the Tomb Raider.
June 28, 2016
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Denuvo Piracy Crisis as Resident Evil 7 Gets Cracked in Record Time
After just five days on the market, the Denuvo-protected PC version of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has already appeared on pirate sites. Denuvo usually offers months of protection, so this is not only a record defeat but a landmark moment for the world's most famous anti-piracy technology.
January 30, 2017
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Denuvo Properly Cracked, "Rise of the Tomb Raider" First Victim
Denuvo is the daddy of all gaming anti-piracy systems so when several protected titles appeared online this weekend, excitement was high. Shortly after, however, the loophole was closed. now the champagne corks are popping again, with the first clear evidence that at least one iteration of Denuvo has been properly cracked.
August 09, 2016
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Denuvo Says it's Still Winning the War Against Games Pirates
Despite a number of recent setbacks, anti-piracy company Denuvo says it is still winning the war against video game pirates. In a new interview the company's CEO and marketing director say it's all a question of maintaining perspective while understanding that no anti-piracy technology is flawless.
October 17, 2016
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Denuvo Weakens After 'Inside' Gets Cracked in Record Time
Denuvo is one of the most famous anti-piracy systems in use today. Earlier this month the protection was properly cracked for the first time on Rise of the Tomb Raider, but that was after the game had been out for 193 days. Now, similar protection on the game 'Inside' has been defeated in just six weeks.
August 24, 2016
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Denuvo: we don't Give Refunds When Games Get Cracked
The company behind Denuvo has refuted claims that refunds are given to games companies when titles are cracked within a specific time frame. the makers of Doom removed the protection because it had served its purpose, the company's co-founder said. But if it's been paid for and doesn't affect performance, why bother?
December 19, 2016
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Despite Adobe Efforts, Photoshop Still Most Popular Software on Pirate Bay
Adobe has just reported a record quarter, spearheaded by a 41% jump in overall subscription revenues. at $803 million, Creative Cloud revenues were up 39% year-on-year, a boost the company is putting down to former Creative Suite pirates jumping ship. Meanwhile, however, Photoshop is still king of the Pirate Bay.
September 22, 2016
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Dish Network Sues 'ZemTV' and 'TV Addons' For Copyright Infringement
American satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network has filed a lawsuit against Kodi add-on ZemTV and TVAddons.ag, the largest add-on library. The complaint accuses ZemTV of direct copyright infringement of various TV channels. TVAddons is liable for distributing the addon in question, according to the complaint.
June 5, 2017
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DMCA Doesn't Shield Cloudflare from Anti-Piracy Injunctions, Court Rules
When the RIAA targeted CDN provider Cloudflare with an injunction to block access to a known pirate site, the company objected. Cloudflare argued that the DMCA shielded the company from the broad blocking requirements. However, a Florida federal court has now ruled that the DMCA doesn't apply in this case, opening the door to widespread anti-piracy filtering.
March 28, 2017
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DMCA Helps YouTube Avoid Up to $1bn in Royalties Per Year, Study Claims
The safe harbor provisions of the DMCA allow Internet platforms to avoid liability for the infringements of their users. However, it also helps them avoid paying for content, critics say. a new study from the US which aims to put a value on the revenues lost claims that the sums are huge, potentially up to $1 billion per year on YouTube alone.
March 30, 2017
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DMCA notices nuke 8,268 projects on github
Popular code repository GitHub has just published its transparency report for 2015. While receiving a relatively modest 12 subpoenas for user data last year, the site also handed seven gag orders. It also received large numbers of DMCA notices which took down more than 8,200 projects.
June 29, 2016
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Dreamhack Organizer Arrested in Torrent Site Crackdown
Earlier this month Swedish police took down Rarat.org, one of the largest private torrent trackers in the country. with help from PayPal the authorities were able to identity and arrest the prime target, who also happens to be an organizer of the upcoming winter edition of Dreamhack.
November 21, 2016
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Dotcom Wants Extradition Hearing Live-Streamed, U.S. Does Not
Kim Dotcom is hoping to have his fight with the U.S. government pushed further into the public consciousness by having his extradition appeal streamed live on the Internet. U.S. authorities are already objecting to Dotcom's application but they could be up against stiff opposition since new Zealand is proud of its courtroom transparency.
August 25, 2016
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Dozens of Pirate Sites Targeted in new Aussie Crackdown
As Australians get used to the idea of the Pirate Bay being blocked by ISPs, more obstacles are on their way. Movie company Village Roadshow has initiated new legal action, targeting dozens of domains belonging to some of the most popular torrent, streaming, and direct download sites.
February 24, 2017
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eBook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds
A new study has found that people who illegally download eBooks are older and wealthier than most people's perception of the average pirate. Commissioned by anti-piracy company Digimarc, the study suggests that people aged between 30 and 44 years old with a household income of between $60k and $99k are most likely to grab a book without paying for it.
March 16, 2017
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Ed Sheeran Tells Musician Fan He'll "Sort Out" Facebook Copyright Ban
When musician Charlotte Campbell posted a 15-second video of herself singing an Ed Sheeran track, she never expected Warner would step in and have her banned from Facebook for copyright infringement. She was even more surprised when Ed Sheeran called by, promising to sort out the mess.
March 10, 2017
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EFF Criticizes PIPCU's new Domain Name Policing Effort
The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has partnered with the International Anti Counterfeiting Coalition's 'RogueBlock' program to take down websites offering infringing goods and content. PIPCU will augment RogueBlock's ability to remove payment systems from cyberlockers and similar sites but the EFF has criticized the lack of accountability and transparency.
April 6, 2017
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Elsevier Wants $15 Million Piracy Damages From Sci-Hub and Libgen
'Pirate' sites Sci-Hub and LibGen face millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. Elsevier has requested a default judgment of $15 million against the defendants for their "truly egregious conduct" and "staggering" infringement.
May 18, 2017
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EU Commission Proposes Mandatory Piracy Filters for Online Services
Today, the European Commission published its long-awaited proposal to modernize the EU's copyright law. Among other things, it will require online services to install mandatory piracy filters. While the Commission intends to strengthen the position of copyright holders, opponents warn that it will do more harm than good.
September 14, 2016
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EU Court Hands Copyright Defeat to Streaming Site TVCatchup
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in favor of major UK broadcasters in their case against TVCatchup. the Court said that the platform, which claimed to operate legally when it streamed TV content broadcasted by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, could not rely on legislation that was designed to assist in the development of cable infrastructure decades ago.
March 2, 2017
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EU Court: Not-For-Profit Hyperlinking Usually not Copyright Infringement
A ruling from the European Court of Justice has clarified when the posting of hyperlinks to infringing works is to be considered a 'communication to the public'. Those who post links to content they do not know is infringing in a non-commercial environment can relax, but for those doing so during the course of business the rules are much tighter.
September 8, 2016
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EU Piracy Filter Proposals Being Sabotaged Says MEP Julia Reda
Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda has warned that efforts are underway to sabotage the Parliamentary process relating to the EU's plans for mandatory piracy filtering. The Pirate Party member says there's now just over a week to protest against an 'alternative compromise' text that makes current plans look "tame".
June 1, 2017
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EU Representative: Ukraine Must Tighten Noose on Internet Pirates
According to the head of the trade section of the European Commission's delegation to Ukraine, the country risks damaging relations with the EU over Internet piracy. Nicholas Burge says that legal action against the operators of pirate sites must be supported by ISPs bearing responsibility for hosting them.
February 3, 2017
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EU Votes Today On Content Portability to Reduce Piracy (Updated)
Members of the European Parliament will vote today on draft rules that would allow citizens to enjoy legally purchased music and movie streaming subscriptions when they travel to another EU country. It's hoped that improved access to content will help to dampen frustrations and reduce Internet piracy.
May 18, 2017
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Europe Has the Highest Online Piracy Rates, by Far
An in-depth analysis of billions of worldwide visits to torrent, streaming and download sites has revealed that Europe is a hotbed for piracy. the piracy rate is the highest in Latvia, where nearly half of the population visits pirate sites, and the entire global top ten is made up of European countries.
August 1, 2016
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Europe's 'Net Neutrality' Doesn't Ban BitTorrent Throttling
Today, the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communication (BEREC) published its implementation guidelines for Europe's net neutrality rules. While public protests resulted in several positive changes from a net neutrality perspective, BitTorrent throttling is still allowed.
August 30, 2016
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Europe's 'Net Neutrality' Rules Fail to Ban Bittorrent Throttling
After years of negotiating Europe has agreed on a set of Net Neutrality rules. While the legislation is a step forward for some countries, experts and activists warn that it may leave the door open for BitTorrent and VPN throttling. with the "EU Slowdown" campaign that launches today, they encourage the public to have their voice heard to improve the current rules.
June 28, 2016
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Expanding Pirate Site Blocks Spark Censorship Fears
A Norwegian court has ordered ISPs to block subscriber access to eight pirate streaming sites, including WatchSeries, TUBE+, and CouchTuner. the new blockades are welcomed by Hollywood's major studios, but the local Pirate Party fears a slippery blocking-slope leading to overbroad censorship.
July 14, 2016
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ExtraTorrent Loses Three Mirror Domain Names
ExtraTorrent, one of the world's largest torrent indexes, has lost control over several of its key mirror domain names. the site's operator says that he's been locked out of his domain registrar's control panel following an outside complaint. the site now recommends extra.to and extratorrent.site as the new official mirrors.
November 9, 2016
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ExtraTorrent Takes on 'Leeching' Proxy Sites
ExtraTorrent has taken steps to block unofficial proxy sites from "stealing" traffic and thus, their revenue. this will also help to keep users safe from rogue sites that may cause other kinds of harm. of course, ExtraTorrent users are still welcome to use any of the official proxies to bypass ISP blockades.
December 19, 2016
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ExtraTorrent's Distribution Groups ettv and EtHD Keep Going
With ExtraTorrent's closure this week another BitTorrent giant has fallen. While many torrent sites have come and gone over the years, ExtraTorrent's departure also means that several prominent torrent uploaders are without a home. That said, after a few days it appears that several of these groups will carry on, keeping the ET spirit alive.
May 19, 2017
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ExtraTorrent's Main Domain Name Shut Down by Registrar
ExtraTorrent, one of the world's largest torrent indexes, has lost control of its main domain Extratorrent.cc. the domain name has been disconnected by the registrar, which has rendered the site hard to reach. However, it's still accessible through several backups.
March 2, 2017
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Facebook and Foxtel Team Up to Crack Down on Live Streaming Piracy
Following an unprecedented live streaming "piracy fest," Facebook and Foxtel are working on a new tool that should make it easier to shut down unauthorized streams in the future. Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh compares piracy to "stealing a loaf of bread" and says the company will do everything in its power to stop live streaming from gaining traction.
February 13, 2017
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Facebook Bans Sale of Piracy-Enabling Products & Devices
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.
May 25, 2017
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Facebook Deletes Music Piracy Groups Following Complaints
Anti-piracy group BREIN is reporting successes in cracking down on Facebook piracy. According to the Netherlands-based outfit, Facebook has complied with a request to delete nine groups where thousands of music albums were being shared without permission.
November 2, 2016
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Facebook Removes ExtraTorrent Page, Deletes User Profiles, Flags Links
Facebook has removed the official page of ExtraTorrent after complaints from copyright holders. In addition to the page removal, Facebook also deleted the profiles of the admins, while adding a mandatory security check for users who want to post ExtraTorrent urls on their timeline.
August 09, 2016
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FACT Lawyer Reveals Challenges of Kodi Box Seller Prosecutions
A lawyer who has worked on piracy cases for the Federation Against Copyright Theft has revealed the challenges posed by Kodi and IPTV box prosecutions. Ari Alabhai says that copyright can be complicated for a jury to understand, so prosecutions under the Fraud Act may be preferred. Even that has its complications, however.
January 6, 2017
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Fair Use Threatens Innovation, Copyright Holders Warn
Various music and movie industry groups have warned that fair use exceptions are a threat. the groups were responding to proposals put forward in Australia by the Government's Productivity Commission. they claim that content creators will be severely disadvantaged if fair use is introduced Down Under.
July 8, 2016
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Fan-Funded Star Trek Film Claims Fair Use as Defense
The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is heating up again. with a trial scheduled for early next year, both parties have submitted motions for summary judgment. the defendants argue, among other things, that their fan-film clearly falls under fair use.
November 22, 2016
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FBI Cannot Examine Megaupload Servers, Canada Appeal Court Rules
When Megaupload was raided in 2012, more than 1,100 servers were seized in the United States. In addition, 32 were targeted in Canada, and the battle to determine who can access them has continued ever since. the Ontario Court of Appeal has now decided that won't be the FBI.
April 3, 2017
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FBI-Controlled Megaupload Domain now Features Soft Porn
As part of its criminal case against Megaupload, the U.S. Government seized several domain names belonging to Kim Dotcom's file-hosting service. Nearly five years later the authorities still control the domains but they haven't done a very good job of securing them. Megaupload.org now links to a soft porn portal.
August 26, 2016
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Feds Seize Kickasstorrents Domains, Arrest Alleged Owner
The U.S. Government has arrested the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the world's largest torrent site. the 30-year-old Ukrainian was arrested in Poland today and is charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. In addition, a federal court in Chicago has ordered the seizure of several KAT domain names.
July 20, 2016
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Film Industry's Latest Search Engine Draws Traffic with "Pirate" Keywords'
A new search engine launched by the Dutch film industry is targeting 'pirates' specifically. Every movie or TV-show page lists legal viewing options but also includes pirate keywords and descriptions, presumably to draw search traffic. "Don't Wrestle with Nasty Torrents. Ignore the Rogue One: a Star Wars Story torrent," the site advises.
February 1, 2017
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Filmmakers Take Dutch State to Court Over Lost Piracy Revenue
A coalition of Dutch film and TV producers is following through on their threat to file a lawsuit against the local Government. the filmmakers hold the authorities responsible for the country's high piracy rates. they claim the government tolerated and even encouraged unauthorized downloading for years and want to see compensation as a result.
March 9, 2017
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Finnish Government Investigates as Tens of Thousands Face Piracy 'Fines'
The Finnish government will launch an investigation after it was revealed that tens of thousands of citizens are facing demands for cash settlements for alleged piracy offenses. with both police and parliament now involved, the Ministry of Education and Culture says that copyright legislation is not designed for the public to be "milked".
January 26, 2017
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First Aussie Pirate Bay Block Gets Defeated in Seconds
Telstra has become the very first Australian ISP to block the Pirate Bay, a move designed to crack down on piracy in the country. However, the blocking method chosen by the ISP is the most basic option permitted under the Federal Court's order. as a result, it's been defeated in seconds.
December 20, 2016
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First DVD Screener Leak of 2017 is Denzel Washington's Fences
The leaked DVD screener drought has been broken with the release of the Denzel Washington movie Fences. the copy carries a Paramount Pictures "For your Consideration" watermark. with more leaks said to be on the way, the group behind the leak informs TorrentFreak that they prefer not to brag about their achievement.
January 3, 2017
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'First Pirated Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disk' Appears Online. AACS 2.0 Cracked?
A few hours ago a pirated copy of the "Smurfs 2" UHD Blu-Ray Disc appeared on the well known private torrent trackers UltraHDclub and IPT. the release suggests that the AACS 2.0 encryption technology used to protect these discs may have been circumvented for the first time. However, without further details, it's probably wise not to jump to conclusions too quickly.
May 3, 2017
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Five Million Brits Go Crazy for Illegal Streaming
Almost five million Brits are regularly streaming TV content from illegal Internet services. That's one of the findings from a new YouGov study which shows that Kodi-powered devices and Android apps are particularly popular with users. of concern to authorized services is that hundreds of thousands of pirates say they're canceling their official subscriptions.
April 25, 2017
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Former Disney Digital Boss Says He "Loves Piracy"
Entertainment industry workers usually speak about illegal downloading in the harshest of terms but for one former Disney executive, it has its upsides. Speaking at the huge all that Matters conference, Samir Bangara admitted that he "loves" piracy as it's a great indicator of content popularity.
September 19, 2016
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Four Men Jailed for Running Pirate Movie Sites
Four people, including a board member of the Pirate Party, have been jailed for running a network of pirate sites. the men, aged between 21 and 31, ran streaming portal Dreamfilm and were involved in others including Piratehub and Tankefetast. they will serve between six and ten months in prison, sentences similar to those handed down to the operators of the Pirate Bay.
May 10, 2017
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Foxtel Targets Pirate Streaming Sites in new ISP Blocking Case
Pay TV company Foxtel has launched a new case to have several key 'pirate' streaming platforms blocked by ISPs in Australia. Yes Movies, Los Movies, watch Series and Project Free TV are targeted in the action, which will see local ISPs forced to block the popular movie and TV show portals.
May 8, 2017
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Free TV-Show Streaming Hurts Online Sales, Research Finds
New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that online piracy is not the only worry for TV distributors. Based on Downton Abbey streaming and sales data provided by PBS, the researchers find that free legal streams can significantly reduce download sales. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that free streaming options should be banned.
December 1, 2016
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French Police Shut Down Pirate Streaming Site, Arrest Operator
French police have shut down the popular pirate streaming site Films-regarder.co and arrested its operator. According to the local movie industry group ALPA, which referred the case to the authorities, the site may have caused more than 30 million euros in damages.
January 23, 2017
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FUNimation Targets 'Pirate' Streaming Site KissAnime
Anime distributor FUNimation has obtained a DMCA subpoena from a federal court in Texas, hoping to unmask part of a massive pirate streaming operation. The target is associated with the popular anime streaming site KissAnime and uses cloud provider DigitalOcean and Google's server to distribute copyright infringing content.
June 1, 2017
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Game Maker Thanks Reddit Pirates for Attention, offers Discounts
PM Studios, the developers behind the popular PlayStation Vita game SUPERBEAT XONiC, made quite a few new friends over the weekend. After finding out that links to cracked versions of their game were widely shared on Reddit they 'thanked' the pirates for their interest, offering a discount on top.
September 23, 2016
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'Game of Thrones' Most Torrented TV-Show of 2016
for the fifth year in a row Game of Thrones has taken the crown for the most pirated TV-show on the Internet. the Walking Dead remains in second place, with newcomer Westworld right behind.
December 25, 2016
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Game Pirates Celebrate Fall of Denuvo's Brand new Protection
A new version of the Denuvo anti-piracy technology that was supposed to prevent games being cracked quickly has been defeated in a month. as usual, pirates are celebrating, but this time it's a bit more personal. When raising funding for their game 2Dark the makers promised no DRM, so the cracking of their title is being viewed as particularly sweet.
April 14, 2017
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Germany Approves Draft Law to Protect WiFi Operators from Piracy Liability
Germany has approved a draft law that will enable businesses to run open WiFi hotspots without being held liable for the copyright infringements of their customers. Copyright holders will still have the ability to request that certain sites are blocked to prevent repeat infringement.
April 7, 2017
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Getty Images Bites back in $1 Billion Copyright Dispute
Last week Carol Highsmith filed a copyright complaint against Getty Images after an agent threatened the photographer for using her own photograph without their permission. now Getty is fighting back, warning that it will defend itself vigorously if the dispute can't be settled.
August 1, 2016
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Getty Images Slams Google for Seeking Copyright Safe Harbor
The proposed introduction of a 'safe harbor' provision to Australian copyright law is producing yet more conflict today, with Getty Images accusing Google of promoting piracy. the image library says providers like Google "do nothing" to detect or prevent copyright infringement and that safe harbors actually encourage them to turn a blind eye.
March 19, 2017
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Giant Cyberlocker Morphs into new Anonymous Sharing Site
A giant cyberlocker that announced its closure amid a government piracy crackdown and other threats, will be born again. EX.UA says that its service will resume under a new domain and business model, with anonymous sharing of files of any size and format, with cloud streaming and other features to follow.
January 4, 2017
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Global Entertainment Giants Form Massive Anti-Piracy Coalition
Some of the world's largest entertainment groups have formed a huge coalition with a mission to reduce online piracy. The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment is comprised of 30 companies including the studios of the MPAA, Amazon, Netflix, CBS, HBO, BBC, Sky, Bell Canada, CBS, Hulu, Lionsgate, Foxtel, Village Roadshow, and many more.
June 13, 2017
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Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches
UK.gov tells search engines to demote dodgy websites or face legislation
February 25, 2017
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Google and Microsoft agree to demote piracy search results in the UK
Deal struck after lengthy spat between search engines and entertainment industry.
February 25, 2017
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Google and Microsoft agree to demote search results for pirated movies, music and streaming sport
Users of Google and Bing will find it more difficult to track down illegal content via the search engines after Google and Microsoft signed up to a voluntary code of practice. the deal means that pirate search results will be demoted in results in the UK, making it less likely that searchers will click on them.
February 25, 2017
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Google Anti-Piracy Agreement will Target Domain Hopping, Share Search Data
More details surrounding the voluntary anti-piracy agreement between Google, Bing, and major rightsholders have emerged. In addition to efforts to mitigate pirate sites' efforts to jump domains to avoid downranking, the search engines will "exchange detailed information" with rightsholders "on a confidential basis" in order to better understand how users are searching for content.
March 7, 2017
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Google Asked to Remove a Billion "Pirate" Search Results in a Year
Copyright holders asked Google to remove more than 1,000,000,000 allegedly infringing links from its search engine over the past twelve months. a new record, in line with the continued rise of takedown requests and the increase in pressure on Google to do more to tackle piracy.
November 28, 2016
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Google Assistant learns how to read texts as its prime-time rollout continues
Google's voice-activated Assistant can finally interact with our messages.
March 7, 2017
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Google ends Lawsuit Against Mississippi AG Over Piracy Practices
Google has dropped its lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. the search giant had been attempting to defend itself against an investigation into its anti-piracy practices but according to court papers filed Wednesday, some kind of collaboration is now on the agenda.
July 14, 2016
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Google faces another antitrust complaint in Europe
The Open Internet Project has thrown its weight behind charges that Google is abusing its dominance of the smartphone operating system market
March 7, 2017
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Google Highlights DMCA Abuse in new Copyright Transparency Report
Google has released a new and improved version of its Copyright Transparency Report. the revamped report makes it easier to get insights into over a billion reported URLs. Among other things, Google now specifies how many URLs it does not remove and why, highlighting various cases of DMCA abuse.
September 12, 2016
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Google Removed Over 900 Million 'Pirate' Links in 2016
Google removed over 900 million pirate site URLs from its search results in 2016. the staggering number is an increase of nearly 100% compared to the year before. While Google has taken some steps to make pirate sites less visible, it continues to disagree with rightsholders on how to move forward.
December 30, 2016
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Google Removes MEGA Frontpage from Search Results
Google has removed the homepage of the popular cloud storage service Mega from its search index. the surprise move, which is the result of an inaccurate DMCA takedown notice from a movie company, directly impacts the site's incoming search traffic.
January 12, 2017
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Google responds to music biz critics, points to $2B it has paid out
Rightsholders want more money from YouTube, along with changes to the DMCA.
July 13, 2016
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Google says 99.95% of January 2017 DMCA takedown notices were bogus
To protect intellectual property online, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was introduced on October 28, 1998. this law implemented two WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) treaties from 1996, amending Title 17 of the United States Code to "extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of online services for copyright infringement by their users." this limitation of liability crossed the pond into the European Union in 2000 via the Electronic Commerce Directive.
February 24, 2017
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Google: 99.95% of Recent 'Trusted' DMCA Notices Were Bogus
In comments submitted to a U.S. Copyright Office consultation, Google has given the DMCA a vote of support, despite widespread abuse. Noting that the law allows for innovation and agreements with content creators, Google says that 99.95% of URLs it was asked to take down last month didn't even exist in its search indexes.
February 22, 2017
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Google: Punishing Pirate Sites In Search Results Works
Google released an updated overview of its anti-piracy efforts today. the company notes that many pirate sites have lost the vast majority of their search traffic due to its downranking efforts. However, Google stresses that it won't remove entire domain names from its search results, as this could lead to overbroad censorship.
July 13, 2016
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Google's Neural Machine Translation engine learns three new languages, with more on the way
It now understands Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese, with more languages on the way.
March 7, 2017
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Google, Microsoft pledge to strike piracy sites from front page searches
Bing and Google will make 'pirate' links harder to find in a new UK agreement.
February 21, 2017
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Grumpy Cat Wants $600k from 'Pirating' Coffee Maker
Grumpy Cat is not pleased, yet. Her owners have asked a California federal court to issue a $600,000 judgment against a coffee maker which allegedly exploited their copyrights. In addition, they want damages for trademark and contract breach, and a ban on the company in question from selling any associated Grumpy Cat merchandise.
August 29, 2016
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Hackers Demand Ransom Over Stolen Copy of 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'
Hackers are demanding money from Disney to stop the leaking of a pirate copy of an upcoming film. While Disney CEO Bob Iger didn't mention the movie by name when he announced the news, reports have identified the upcoming 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' as the target.
May 16, 2017
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Hackers Leak Netflix's Orange is the new Black Season 5
A hacking group calling itself TheDarkOverlord is threatening to leak a trove of unreleased TV shows and movies. the group has already backed up its warning by uploading the season five premiere of Netflix's Orange is the new Black. the group says it obtained the content from a post-production studio and after the company failed to pay a ransom, spilled it onto torrent sites.
April 28, 2017
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Hardware Provider is Liable For Live Streaming Piracy, Court Rules
Sky Deutschland has won a copyright infringement case against the operator of live streaming site Stream4u.tv, as well as the provider of the hardware that was used to decrypt a Sky signal. The District Court of Hamburg, Germany, ruled that they must pay €18,000 in damages.
May 29, 2017
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Hold ISPs Responsible for Piracy After Brexit, Music Biz Says
The powerful UK Music coalition, which includes the BPI and PRS, has published its 2017 manifesto. It takes a keen interest in IP issues, particularly post-Brexit. UK Music says that the UK's departure from the EU will provide a good opportunity to clarify issues with hyperlinking and also to hold ISPs accountable for piracy.
May 12, 2017
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Hollywood Lawsuit Expands Pirate Bay & ExtraTorrent Web Blockade
The MPA recently filed a complaint in Norway seeking to expand a blockade of the Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent and several other sites that was put in place during 2015. the Hollywood group aimed to add seven new ISPs and several additional sites to the country's blocklist. It has now achieved its goals but critics say that holding ISPs responsible for copyright infringement is unfair.
January 13, 2017
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Hollywood Obtains Order to Block Pirate Streaming Sites in Ireland
The Motion Picture Association has scored a victory in Ireland where several Internet providers have been ordered to block access to pirate streaming sites. the Hollywood studios claim that online piracy causes millions in losses and are likely to seek out several new targets now that movie4k.to, primewire.ag and onwatchseries.to have been dealt with.
April 4, 2017
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Hollywood Sees Illegal Streaming Devices as 'Piracy 3.0'
After hunting down torrent sites for more than a decade, Hollywood now has a more complex piracy threat to deal with. According to the Motion Picture Association, illegal streaming devices can be seen as "Piracy 3.0," offering a Netflix-like experience to consumers, but without rightsholders getting paid.
June 2, 2017
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Hollywood, Studios & Publishers Demand Tough Anti-Piracy Measures
Representatives from the movie, music, TV show, games and publishing industries have penned an open letter criticizing the Swedish government for not doing enough to tackle piracy. the legal system must be given powerful new tools to crack down on the "criminal groups" behind pirate sites, they argue.
November 7, 2016
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How Apple and Facebook helped to take down KickassTorrents
The U.S. has shut down the site and the alleged owner has been arrested.
July 21, 2016
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Huge Coalition Protests EU Mandatory Piracy Filter Proposals
The EFF, Creative Commons, Wikimedia, Mozilla and sixty other groups are protesting proposals by the EU to force service providers to police copyrighted content. Article 13 would require sites to introduce piracy filters and content recognition systems but the groups describe the plans as backward looking, damaging, and ill thought through.
May 30, 2017
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I Know what you Downloaded on BitTorrent....
Most people know that BitTorrent is far from anonymous, but seeing all your recent downloads listed on a public website is still quite a shock. 'I Know what you Download' says it does exactly that, and also helps people to uncover the torrenting habits of friends with a nifty spy tool.
December 23, 2016
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IFPI Sneers at YouTube's $1 Billion Music Industry Revenue Payout
Google has just announced that during the past 12 months, YouTube paid out $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone. However, the IFPI remains unimpressed, accusing the platform of taking advantage of artists and producers. YouTube exploits loopholes in the DMCA, the industry group argues, while calling for legislative change to address the "value gap."
December 6, 2016
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Illegal IPTV & VOD Provider Settles with BREIN
BREIN says it has reached a 10,000 euro settlement with a supplier of illegal IPTV services. the Dutch anti-piracy outfit obtained an ex-parte court order against the individual, who was selling cheap subscriptions to otherwise premium channels, accessible via a set-top box or regular PC.
May 4, 2017
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Indian Piracy Blocks Scare Torrent Users with 3-Year Prison Sentence
Blocking torrent portals and other pirate sites is nothing new in India, but a recently updated blocking message is causing panic among torrenters. According to a new blocking notification, torrent users face a prison sentence up to three years and a hefty fine if they continue downloading copyright infringing content.
August 22, 2016
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Internet Backbone Cogent Blocks Cloudflare's new 'Pirate Site' IP-addresses
The Pirate Bay and several other pirate sites are unavailable again in many parts of the world, due to a new blockade from Internet backbone provider Cogent. the site's IP-addresses, which are owned by CDN provider Cloudflare, have been blackholed, in what appears to be another case of over-blocking.
March 22, 2017
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Internet Backbone Provider Cogent Blocks Pirate Bay and other "Pirate" Sites
Several Pirate Bay users from ISPs all over the world have been unable to access their favorite torrent site for more than a week. Their requests are being stopped in the Internet backbone network of Cogent Communications, which has blackholed the CloudFlare IP-address of the Pirate Bay and many other torrent and streaming sites.
February 9, 2017
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Is Putlocker Dead? Streaming Site Directs Users to 'Scammy' Videos
Putlocker, one of the most-used video streaming services among pirates, has been unusable for more than a week now. the streaming site no longer lists any new videos and the existing ones now link to 'scammy' videos that advertise a suspicious pay service. is this the end of the road for the site?
April 6, 2017
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ISP Blocks Pirate Bay But Vows to Fight Future Blocking Demands
Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget has begun blocking the Pirate Bay but it will not give up the fight. the provider says that in order to ensure that private players "do not have the last word regarding content that should be accessible on the Internet," it will be forced to fight any new blocking demands. Meanwhile, several of the blocked domains appear to be linking to legal sites.
March 1, 2017
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ISP Can't Have Blanket Immunity from Pirating Subscribers, Court Rules
A New York federal court has dismissed the 'piracy liability' case U.S. Internet provider Windstream filed against music group BMG and its anti-piracy partner Rightscorp. the court rules that, without concrete examples of alleged copyright infringements, it can't just give blanket approval to the ISPs business model.
April 20, 2017
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ISP Deletes IP-address Logs to Fend Off Piracy "Extortion Letters"
Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof continues to fight against copyright holders that target alleged file-sharers. the company explains that it has setup its logging policies in such as way that it can refuse requests for IP-address information from so-called copyright trolls, suggesting that other ISPs should follow suit.
September 8, 2016
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ISP Doesn't Have to Expose Alleged BitTorrent Pirates, Finnish Court Rules
The Finnish market court has dealt a severe blow to local copyright trolls. In a unanimous ruling, seven judges ruled that the privacy of the alleged BitTorrent pirates outweighs the evidence provided by the filmmakers. While it was clear that copyright infringement was taking place, the rightsholders failed to show that it was significant enough to hand over the requested personal details.
June 15, 2017
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ISP RCN and BMG Agree to Settle Internet Piracy Lawsuit
Last year, US-based Internet provider RCN sued music publisher BMG, asking the court to declare that it's not liable for copyright infringements committed by its customers. After dozens of filings the case, which involved anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, has suddenly come to an end, with the parties agreeing to settle their differences - in private.
March 31, 2017
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ISP Trolls Copyright Troll with a Taste of Its Own Medicine
Swedish Internet service provider Bahnhof is giving copyright trolls a taste of their own medicine. the company has sent a settlement request to the group that's spearheading the copyright trolling efforts in Sweden, asking them to pay up for alleged trademark infringement, or else.
September 22, 2016
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ISP: We're not the Internet Piracy Police
Copyright holders in Sweden are pushing for tougher measures against online piracy, claiming that Internet providers generate hundreds of millions in profit from infringement. Local ISP Bahnhof rejects the claims as "pure nonsense" and says that they are not going to adopt the role of piracy police.
August 02, 2016
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ISPs don't Have Blanket Immunity from Piracy, BMG Says
Music rights group BMG has asked a New York federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Internet provider RCN. the ISP requested a declaratory judgment on their potential liability for pirating subscribers. However, according to the music group, ISPs don't have "blanket immunity" against secondary infringement claims.
January 27, 2017
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It took a couple decades, but the music business looks like it's okay again
Sales were up more than 8 percent in the first half of 2016.
September 20, 2016
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It's "National Get a VPN Day" in Australia
Australia's mandatory data retention scheme comes into effect today, with telecoms providers expected to retain and store their customers' Internet usage metadata. In response, privacy group Digital Rights watch has declared this event National Get a VPN Day, vowing to equip citizens with the tools they need to avoid surveillance.
April 12, 2017
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Italy Blocks 290 'Pirate' Movie & TV Show Domains in 4 Months
Authorities in Italy are continuing a huge crackdown on sites involved in the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content. this week the domains of another 41 platforms offering first-run movies, TV shows, and live sports were targeted, bringing the total for the last four months to 290 sites.
February 22, 2017
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Italy's Pirate Site Blocklist Expands with Flashx, RARBG and Others
Following complaints from copyright holders, Italian ISPs are required to block hundreds of websites, a list that continues to expand. During the past week a handful of new sites were added including Flashx and RARBG, with streaming site 123movies being next in line. the question remains, however, how effective these measures are.
March 6, 2017
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J.J. Abrams Can't Stop Copyright Lawsuit Against Star Trek Fan-Film
Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios have no plans to end their lawsuit against the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off 'Prelude to Axanar'. Director J. J. Abrams previously announced that the case would be dropped soon. However, paperwork filed in court this week reveals that the movie studios dismiss this claim as an irrelevant third party statement.
September 30, 2016
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James Cameron: Theater Experience Key to Containing Piracy
James Cameron says that the key to containing movie piracy is preserving the theater experience as something special but his wife, Gale Anne Hurd, is a little more militant. the producer of the Terminator and Aliens says torrent site sharing is not as it seems, with operators making "billions".
July 27, 2016
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Judge Splits $750 Piracy Penalty Between BitTorrent Peers
A District Court judge in Seattle has taken a novel approach in a series of default judgments targeting alleged BitTorrent pirates. Since the defendants are accused of sharing files in the same swarm, they should also share the penalty among each other, the judge argues. According to the order, these cases are not intended to provide a windfall to filmmakers.
February 17, 2017
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Judge Threatens to Bar 'Copyright Troll' Cases Over Lacking IP-location Evidence
A Californian judge is threatening to throw up a roadblock for Malibu Media, the adult media publisher that has sued thousands of alleged BitTorrent pirates. the judge might bar dozens of cases in his district until the accuracy of the company's geolocation technology is fully vetted.
May 12, 2017
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'Just' 5% of Uk Internet Users Are Hardcore Pirates
A report published by the Intellectual Property Office has revealed that around a quarter of all UK media consumers pirated at least one item during a three-month period earlier this year. Infringement of movies and TV shows are both up in 2016, but music has shown a marked decrease.
July 5, 2016
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Kanye West's the Life of Pablo is the first album to go platinum entirely from streams
The Life of Pablo makes streaming history
April 4, 2017
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KAT Shutdown Aftermath: iTorrents Aims to Replace Torcache
The shutdown of KickassTorrents had a pronounced impact on the torrent ecosystem. not only did one of the largest torrent indexers disappear, the popular torrent storage cache Torcache also vanished overnight. as a result, several sites were left without a good torrent repository, a gap iTorrents.org hopes to fill.
August 02, 2016
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KickassTorrents Brought back to Life by Original Staffers
A large group of original KickassTorrent staffers has launched a reincarnation of the infamous torrent site, hoping to restore it to its former glory. the new site uses a fresh and secure database, but the look and feel of the platform remains the same.
December 16, 2016
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KickassTorrents Community Resurrects, Without Torrents
KickassTorrents may be down, but the KAT 'family' is still very much alive. a group of site admins and moderators have started a new community, bringing back many users of the site under the same roof. the new home doesn't offer any torrents, however, and it's still doubtful if the site will ever be restored to its full glory.
July 25, 2016
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KickassTorrents Crew Ask for Donations to Rebuild the Site
While the original KickassTorrents site remains offline, a group of site admins and moderators have plans to restore the site to its former glory. they have gathered many users under a new roof and are now gathering donations to keep expanding.
August 11, 2016
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KickassTorrents Defense: Torrents Are not Copyrighted Content, US Has No Case
The legal defense team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin has asked the Illinois District Court to dismiss the entire case. the fundamental flaw of the case, according to the defense, is that torrent files themselves are not copyrighted content. In addition, any secondary copyright infringement claims would fail as these are non-existent under criminal law.
October 18, 2016
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KickassTorrents Defense: U.S. Indictment Remains Fatally Flawed
The legal defense team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin has reiterated that the allegations put forward by the U.S. Government are fatally flawed. According to the defense, the Government's indictment still includes several misleading claims, which have no foundation in criminal law.
November 21, 2016
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KickassTorrents 'Front Company' Disappears from Web
According to the United States Government, KickassTorrents was operated through Cryptoneat, an alleged "front company" located in Ukraine. Now, however, Cryptoneat's web's presence is no more. In addition to the disappearance of its website, the company's main domain has just expired.
August 22, 2016
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KickassTorrents' Alleged Owner Retains Kim Dotcom's Lawyer
The alleged owner of KickassTorrents has retained lawyer Ira Rothken, who also handles the defense of Kim Dotcom and his indicted Megaupload colleagues. Rothken believes that Vaulin has a strong case against the U.S. Government and hopes to have the Ukrainian released from his Warsaw jail soon, so he can mount a spirited defense.
July 28, 2016
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Kim Dotcom & John McAfee "At War" Over Megaupload 2.0 Revelations
Kim Dotcom has made a surprise announcement relating to his under-development Megaupload 2.0 project. the entrepreneur informs TorrentFreak that John McAfee's MGT Capital Investments offered to invest $30m plus stock into the business but it soon became clear that the aim was to drive up the stock price at MGT. Now, it appears, McAfee and Dotcom are at war.
August 18, 2016
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Kim Dotcom Asks Police to Urgently Interview FBI Director Jim Comey
Kim Dotcom has filed a formal complaint with police in new Zealand after FBI director James Comey arrived in the region for a conference. Dotcom's complaint says that Comey should be urgently interviewed over the unlawful removal of hard drive clones obtained following the raid on Megaupload in 2012.
April 25, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Extradition to Go Ahead, But not on Copyright Grounds
The new Zealand High Court today ruled that Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, but it won't be on copyright grounds. After months of deliberation, Justice Murray Gilbert agreed with the US Government's position that this is a fraud case at its core, an offense that is extraditable. Dotcom says he will fight on.
February 25, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Hints at Second Coming of Megaupload
Kim Dotcom has confirmed to TorrentFreak that he has a brand new cloud storage site under development. After an extended planning period, the entrepreneur says the platform will be his best creation yet. It could launch next January with a name that "will make people happy."
July 6, 2016
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Kim Dotcom Says Family Trust Could Sue Mega Investor
Kim Dotcom says the trustees of a trust set up for the benefit of his children could sue one of the most controversial figures in new Zealand. Dotcom says that businessman Bill Liu, who has just pleaded guilty to money laundering charges, unlawfully diluted the trust's majority share in file-hosting site Mega.
May 11, 2017
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Kim Dotcom Takes Fight Over Seized Millions to US Supreme Court
Kim Dotcom has petitioned the US Supreme Court in the hope of regaining control over millions of dollars in assets that were seized by the US Government. Dotcom's legal team is challenging the finding that as a fugitive, Megaupload's founder has no standing to reclaim his seized property.
April 10, 2017
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Kim Dotcom's Extradition Appeal Concludes, will He Get a "Fair Go"?
After more than four weeks the extradition appeal hearings of Kim Dotcom and his former Megaupload colleagues have concluded. In his closing arguments, Dotcom's lawyer urged the court to carefully weigh the facts and give his client a "fair go," which he says the District Court failed to do. However, even if the High Court sides with the defense, the case is still far from over.
September 28, 2016
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Kim Dotcom's Extradition Appeal Gets Underway
Last year a District Court judge in new Zealand found that there was an "overwhelming" case for Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, to be extradited to the United States to face trial for their alleged roles in the Mega Conspiracy. Today the trio were in the High Court to mount their appeal.
August 29, 2016
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Kim Dotcom's Extradition Hearing will be Live Streamed on YouTube
Kim Dotcom's request for his extradition hearing to be live streamed on the Internet has been granted by a new Zealand High Court judge. Beginning tomorrow, proceedings will be broadcast live on YouTube, despite protests from the United States that the stream could prejudice Dotcom's criminal trial in the U.S. should he be extradited.
August 30, 2016
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Kim Dotcom's Historical Speeding Conviction Still a Deportation Danger
Could a historical speeding conviction see Kim Dotcom kicked out of new Zealand if the case to extradite him to the United States fails? That's the situation faced by the Megaupload founder, as an investigation into how he became a resident in the country after not declaring a traffic offense turns two-and-a-half years old.
March 19, 2017
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Kim Dotcom's lawyer will also represent alleged KickassTorrents founder
Ira Rothken has kept Megaupload founder free for years. can he do it again?
July 28, 2016
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'Klingon Language' Copyright Battle Ends, for Now
The case between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is going to trial later this month, but the future of the Klingon language is no longer at stake. this week the court excluded Klingon from the copyright battle, together with several other "items" including Vulcans' appearance, warp drives, and the Federation logo.
January 13, 2017
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Kodi Addon Repository Sees Massive Surge in Users
TVAddons, the leading repository for unofficial Kodi addons, continues to broaden its user-base. Last month nearly 40 million unique users connected to the site's servers, transferring a dazzling petabyte of data. If it's up to the site's operators, the recent growth will be just the beginning of an ongoing trend.
April 17, 2017
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'Kodi Box' Consultation Launched by Intellectual Property Office
Following complaints from rightsholders and broadcasters, the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is considering how the law can be tightened to tackle the so-called Kodi epidemic. Interested parties are invited to participate in a consultation to assess how copyright, fraud, and other legislation can target both device sellers and end users.
February 28, 2017
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Kodi Counters Scaremongerers and Clarifies Its Stance on DRM
Facing a constant stream of rumors and inaccurate news reports, the Kodi team has felt the need to clarify its stance on DRM. the Kodi software will never prohibit users from accessing content, legal or not, they stress. Compatibility with low-level DRM is an option, but only so that external parties can offer their content securely.
April 27, 2017
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Kodi Turmoil Continues as TVAddons Mysteriously Disappears
TVAddons, the leading library for unofficial Kodi add-ons, has mysteriously disappeared. The site's domain names have become unresponsive after the DNS entries were removed. It's unclear why these drastic actions were taken, but since TVAddons was sued last week, some fear the worst.
June 13, 2017
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KSI Buys His Own Movie 62 Times to Atone for Piracy Sins
Last week, massively popular YouTuber KSI went crazy at fans who pirated his movie Laid in America. However, those with long memories remembered that KSI himself has a history of pirating software. In a new video, KSI admits he's a hypocrite and sets about atoning for his sins - by buying dozens of copies of his own movie and giving them away.
October 20, 2016
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Landmark Movie Streaming Trial Gets Underway in Sweden
A landmark trial of two men accused of running a popular streaming site begins today. the operators of Swefilmer, whose case had been put on hold pending a copyright ruling from the European Court, face charges of copyright infringement and money laundering. the case is a first of its kind in Sweden.
January 16, 2017
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Landmark Piracy Trial Suspended Pending EU Ruling
Following a year-long wait, a landmark piracy trial in Sweden has been suspended after just two hours. the case, which sees the prosecution of two men behind the country's largest streaming site, is now on hold pending a decision from the European Court of Justice.
June 30, 2016
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Landmark Usenet Piracy Verdict Stands, Despite RIAA and MPAA Protests
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to rehear the case Usenet provider Giganews won against Perfect 10. the decision not only comes as a disappointment to the bankrupt magazine publisher but also to the MPAA and RIAA, who warned the court that the decision is a disaster for copyright holders.
May 10, 2017
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Large IPTV Piracy Ring Shut Down by Spanish Police and Europol
Police in Spain have shut down a large IPTV piracy operation with help from Europol and Bulgarian authorities. the group was operating through two legitimate ISPs in Spain and Bulgaria, which were allegedly set up to facilitate the illegal offering. Eight people have been arrested in connection with the piracy ring.
April 7, 2017
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Lawmakers Won't Force Google to Police Piracy but Doubt Voluntary Code
A Digital Economy Bill amendment that would've given the UK government the power to impose an anti-piracy code on Google has been withdrawn. Instead, the voluntary agreement announced this week will be given a chance to do its job, but in parliament, law lords were split over whether it will achieve its aims.
February 24, 2017
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Leading Kodi Addon Repository TV Addons Reveals Plans for 2017
One of the world's leading repositories for third-party Kodi addons has revealed some of its plans for 2017. TV Addons says it will streamline the entire Kodi addon experience, making the process easier for all. Greater emphasis will be placed on 'legitimate' addons too, alongside calls for people to stop selling ready-configured hardware devices that attract negative attention.
December 27, 2016
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London Has Fallen Copyright Trolls Test Norway After US Retreat
The copyright trolls behind the action movie London Has Fallen are testing out the Norwegian market after things got tricky in the US. In November, LHF Productions backed away from suing a US citizen after they were threatened with exposure, but now they're demanding money in Europe.
January 20, 2017
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Lucasfilm Sues 'Lightsaber Academy' and 'Jedi Club' Over Trademark Infringement
Lucasfilm, one of the main companies behind the Star Wars franchise, is suing a California man whose companies offer lightsaber classes, a Jedi school, and various related events. According to the movie outfit, the companies continue to infringe its various trademarks, despite explicit objections.
October 17, 2016
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Mac DeMarco Tells Fans to Grab Leaked Album from the Pirate Bay, Or Kazaa...
When singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco found out that his new album "This Old Dog" had leaked three weeks before its official release, he did something unusual. Instead of complaining, he actively encouraged fans to download a free copy from the Pirate Bay, Soulseek, or even long defunct pirate classics such as Napster, Limewire, and Kazaa.
April 18, 2017
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MacOS Sierra Breaks Popular Keygens, Pirate Finds Fix
Apple is currently rolling out macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. However, for those with pirate tendencies, the revision brings an unwelcome surprise. some popular 'keygens', which help many pirate releases run, have been broken by the update. But of course, persistent pirates aren't far behind with a fix.
September 23, 2016
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Major Cyberlocker EX.UA to Shut Down Amid Police Crackdown
The largest file-hosting site in Ukraine says it will shut down amid a government crackdown on Internet piracy. EX.UA has been a thorn in the side of local and international copyright holders for years and has appeared on the USTR's list of notorious pirate markets. the site is now warning of uncontrolled torrent piracy in its wake.
November 18, 2016
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Major 'Pirate' Movie Streaming Site Fmovies Sued in US Court
The popular movie streaming service Fmovies.to has only been around for a few months but already it's listed among the most popular websites on the entire Internet. this hasn't gone unnoticed by copyright holders including the Philippine media conglomerate ABS-CBN, which is suing the site in a U.S. federal court.
October 26, 2016
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Malicious Subtitles Threaten Kodi, VLC and Popcorn Time Users, Researchers Warn
Millions of people risk having their devices and systems compromised by malicious subtitles, Check Point researchers revealed today. The threat comes from a previously undocumented vulnerability which affects users of popular streaming software, including Kodi, Popcorn-Time, and VLC. Developers of the applications have already applied fixes or will do so soon.
May 23, 2017
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Malicious Torrent Network Tool Revealed by Security Company
A security company has published details of a tool designed to be spread to unsuspecting users via a network of malicious torrents. InfoArmor reports that 'RAUM' is being used by a financially incentivized underground affiliate network, and has even published screenshots of the management dashboard utilized by the attackers.
September 21, 2016
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Man Faces Prison For Sharing Pirated Deadpool Movie on Facebook
A 21-year-old man from California has been arrested for allegedly sharing a pirated copy of the movie Deadpool on his Facebook page, shortly after it premiered last year. The man was indicted following an FBI investigation and faces a prison sentence of up to three years.
June 14, 2017
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Man Uses His Own Name for Pirate Streaming Sites, Gets Arrested
The operator of streaming sites detailed in a UK High Court order obtained by the MPA has been arrested. Rainier Tamayo was reportedly arrested while uploading movies to his site but tracking him down probably wasn't that hard. the computer graduate included his own name in his site's URLs.
October 18, 2016
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Man Who Leaked the Revenant Online Fined $1.1m
A man who leaked the Revenant online in advance of its theatrical release has been fined $1.1m. Former studio employee William Kyle Morarity stole copies of the movies while working on a studio lot and uploaded them to private tracker Pass the Popcorn. He also faces eight months' home detention and 24 months' probation.
September 30, 2016
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Martin Shkreli Begs for Private Torrent Site Invitation
Dubbed the most hated man in America, pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli is always neck-deep in controversy. Currently on bail after being indicted on federal charges of securities fraud, Shkreli has taken to Twitter to beg for an invite to private torrent site, What.CD.
October 30, 2016
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Megavideo Lawyer Slams Tv Piracy Court Ruling
A ruling handed down by a court in Italy which found Kim Dotcom's Megavideo liable for TV piracy has been slammed by the entrepreneur's lawyer. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Ira Rothken says that the notion that a service provider needs to take down content without knowing its URL is fraught with difficulty and could violate freedom of expression.
July 20, 2016
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Megaupload 2.0 News Delayed by 'Expected' Roadblock
A few hours ago Kim Dotcom was gearing up to make an important announcement about a new version of the defunct Megaupload service. However, with minutes left to go, the Megaupload 2.0 plans hit an "expected" roadblock, which means that the wait continues.
January 20, 2017
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Megaupload 2.0 to Launch with Original Megaupload User Database
Following the news earlier this week that Kim Dotcom intends to relaunch Megaupload, the entrepreneur has just delivered a new surprise. Rather than a cold start, Megaupload 2.0 will hit the ground running by deploying the original Megaupload user database.
July 8, 2016
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Megaupload 2.0 will Link File Transfers to Bitcoin Transactions
Kim Dotcom is teasing fresh information about his Megaupload 2.0 project set to launch in January 2017. Noting that every file transfer will be linked to a bitcoin transaction, Dotcom says the new platform will take decentralization, anonymity & encryption "to the next level".
August 05, 2016
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Megaupload 2.0 will Outsource File-Hosting and Prevent Takedown Abuse
The third incarnation of the popular Megaupload service just completed its first investment round, crowdfunding over a million dollars. with Kim Dotcom as the chief evangelist, the service hopes to revolutionize the file-sharing space next year. Interestingly, Megaupload 2.0 plans to outsource most of the storage to third-party providers and will manually review all takedown requests
October 25, 2016
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Megaupload User Fears Complete Data Loss, Asks Court for Help
Millions of users lost access to their personal files when Megaupload was raided, and after nearly half a decade they are still stashed away in a Virginia warehouse. Former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin has been trying to get his files back for years. this week he urged the court to take action, fearing that his data may soon be lost forever.
October 20, 2016
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Mexican Police Target Popular KickassTorrents 'Clone,' Seize Domain
The Mexican police have shut down Kickass.mx, the domain of a popular KickassTorrents 'clone.' While the police action comes as a surprise to the torrent site operator, he has no intention to throw in the towel and will continue to serve torrents from Kickass.cd.
September 23, 2016
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Microsoft and Google will demote piracy search results in the UK
In a press release today, the British Phonographic Industry (the UK's recorded music trade association) and the Motion Picture Association announced that an agreement has been inked with Microsoft and Google to demote piracy search results on their respective search engines, in the United Kingdom.
February 25, 2017
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Microsoft Bing Debuts new DMCA Notice Dashboard
Microsoft's Bing has just debuted a new system which allows any copyright holder to submit and monitor the status of their DMCA complaints to the search engine. at the center of the tool is a brand new dashboard, available to anyone with a Microsoft account.
October 3, 2016
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Microsoft Patents Technology to Block Pirated Content, Track Repeat Offenders
Technology giant Microsoft has obtained a patent to block objectionable content from being shared and to identify repeat offenders. the company mentions copyright infringement as one of the areas where it can be applied, particularly in cases where files are publicly shared. what to do with these repeat offenders remains open for debate.
May 5, 2017
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Millions of North American Households Use Kodi with Pirate Add-ons
New data published by Canadian broadband management company Sandvine reveals that close to 9 percent of all North American households have at least one Kodi device. Roughly two thirds of these actively use pirate add-ons, which is good for millions of families in total.
May 4, 2017
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More Pirated Ultra HD Blu-Ray Discs Leak Online, But Mystery Remains
There's quite a buzz among movie pirates who have an eye for high-quality video. After the first Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc leaked last month, two more releases have now followed. While some have rumored that AACS 2 encryption may have been cracked, a bypass is just as likely. And with the leakers themselves staying quiet, the mystery remains.
June 12, 2017
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Most Millennials Regularly Stream Pirated Content, Survey Finds
More than half of all North American millennials regularly use pirate streaming services to watch TV-shows or movies, a new survey shows. While legal streaming is preferred, pirate sources are more popular than traditional TV, DVDs or Blu-Rays. Interestingly, only a tiny fraction of the respondents feel guilty about using these unauthorized platforms.
April 12, 2017
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Movie Cammer & Prolific Uploader Receives Community Sentence
A man from the UK who admitted recording movies in a cinema then uploading them to the Internet has been handed a community sentence. Shaun Forry was charged with fraud and copyright infringement offenses, but despite recording two movies and illegally distributing more than 670 others, he avoided a custodial sentence.
February 7, 2017
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Movie Company Issues Warning Over Fake "Piracy" Fines
Automated piracy fines and settlement letters have become a serious threat in several countries. this week several Dutch Internet users received a letter in the mail, asking them to pay a small "settlement" to avoid worse. However, the Dutch movie company on the letterhead has nothing to do with the campaign, which turns out to be an elaborate scam.
February 24, 2017
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Movie Director Steals Clam Chowder to Avenge Illegal Downloads
An Emmy-award winning director who discovered that one of his movies had been downloaded from torrent sites and handed out among store employees has gotten his revenge. Casey Tebo went to the store in question and started stealing ingredients to make a clam chowder. Unlike most pirates, however, he got caught.
January 19, 2017
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Movie Industry Wants Irish ISPs to Block Pirate Movie Streaming Portals
The Motion Picture Association is trying to have three popular streaming portals blocked by Irish Internet providers. In a new court case, the movie studios describe movie4k.to, primewire.ag and onwatchseries.to as massive copyright infringement hubs, with each offering thousands of infringing movies.
February 7, 2017
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Movie Piracy Blackmail Plot Fails, Six Arrested
In 2017 there's a trend of people threatening to leak movies online unless a ransom is paid. With Disney refusing to pay in a similar situation this week, there are clear signs that perpetrators can and do get caught. That was the case with a plot against Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, a record-breaking movie taking India by storm.
May 17, 2017
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Movie Pirate Sites Disappear from Google's Search Results
Several prominent movie pirate sites have completely disappeared from Google's search results. the list includes domain names belonging to streaming portals 123movies and Fmovies, which both have millions of visitors. at the same time, the popular converter platform YouTube-MP3 has also been stripped from Google's listings.
December 9, 2016
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MPAA and RIAA Present Plan to Recover Megaupload's Failing Hard Drives
The MPAA and RIAA have asked a Virginia federal court for a preservation order to recover and secure stored Megaupload data. Last year, Megaupload's former hosting company Cogent had warned that several drives, which are preserved as evidence, have become unreadable. the rightsholder groups say they want to act swiftly, before it's too late.
March 15, 2017
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"MPAA and RIAA's Anti-Piracy Plans Harm the Internet"
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition is urging the U.S. Government not to blindly follow the RIAA and MPAA's input regarding online piracy threats. the group, which represents tech firms including Google, Amazon and Verisign, warns that the future of the Internet is at stake.
October 27, 2016
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MPAA Anti-Piracy Cutbacks Lead to "Bullying" Lawsuit
The ASA, formerly known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, is being sued by its former managing director for discrimination and bullying. a decision by the MPAA to reduce funding to the group led to Mark Day, a former MPA legal counsel, being dismissed while he was on sick leave.
August 04, 2016
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MPAA Chief Praises Site-Blocking But Italians Love Piracy -- and the Quality
Outgoing MPAA chief Chris Dodd praised European site-blocking efforts Monday but slammed unauthorized content sites that "steal sensitive data and make profit any way they can." Speaking in Italy, Dodd called for the education of youngsters against piracy but that could be tough. Italians carry out 669 million acts of piracy every year and they're happy with the quality of pirate copies.
June 6, 2017
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MPAA Reports Pirate Sites and Hosting Providers to U.S. Government
The MPAA has reported several piracy-promoting websites and services to the U.S. Government. the list features major torrent sites the Pirate Bay and Extratorrent, file-hosting services such as Openload and Rapidgator, and for the first time it also includes several of their hosting companies.
October 10, 2016
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MPAA Takes Credit for the Shutdown of KickassTorrents
Earlier this year KickassTorrents was taken down following a criminal investigation into the site's alleged operators. While the U.S. Department of Justice handles the case, based on an FBI investigation, they were not the only ones involved. According to comments made by MPAA boss Chris Dodd, Hollywood played a crucial role as well.
December 14, 2016
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MPAA Tracks 'The Fate of the Furious' Pirates, Two Men Arrested
In a relatively rare event, two men have been arrested and charged after being caught 'camming' the movie Fate of the Furious. Troy Cornish and Floyd Buchanan were followed by an MPAA investigator who alerted police after he saw the men recording in a theater in Maryland, United States. the men are described as known movie piracy suspects.
April 18, 2017
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MPAA: Dealing with Kodi is the $64,000 Question
While torrent sites have been a thorn in the side of the MPAA for more than a decade, there's a new kid on the block. Speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, MPAA chief Chris Dodd cited the growing use of the Kodi platform for piracy, describing the problem as the "$64,000 question."
February 16, 2017
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MPAA's Anti-Piracy Injunction Targets Wrong IP-Address Due to a Typo....
Going after alleged pirate sites through third-party service providers such as domain registrars and hosting companies is a sensitive issue. with the SOPA pushback fresh in mind, the MPAA is now carefully testing this approach in court. Considering the delicate matter at hand it's rather painful that a recent injunction targeted an innocent IP-address, due to a typo.
March 17, 2017
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MPAA's domain name 'policing' results in first suspensions
Several "pirate site" domain names have been suspended following complaints from the MPAA. the websites in question all use domain names that are managed by the Donuts registry, which assigned the Hollywood group as its "trusted notifier." MPAA and the domain registry are happy with results so far and hope that other key players will join their efforts.
June 30, 2016
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Mr. Robot 'Plugs' uTorrent and Pirate release Groups
The latest episode of award-winning TV show Mr. Robot includes a nod to online pirates. the main character Elliot is shown pirating a movie using uTorrent, while his movie folder lists movies from various pirate groups including YIFY. the group in question appreciates the "bad ass" mention, while another group casts doubt on the hacker's choice of BitTorrent client.
July 29, 2016
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Music Group Confirms What.CD Raid, Claims Millions in Losses
The French music industry group SACEM has confirmed that several servers, which allegedly belong to What.CD, were confiscated in a raid yesterday. the group applauds the police action, which they say has put an end to millions of dollars in losses caused by the popular music tracker. What.CD, meanwhile, assures its former members that all user data is safe.
November 18, 2016
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Music Group Protests ISPs Move for a Declaratory Ruling on Piracy Liability
Music rights group BMG says that Internet providers RCN and Windstream should not be allowed to obtain a declaratory judgment on their potential liability for pirating subscribers. According to BMG, the providers are improperly trying immunize themselves, hiding behind the DMCA's safe harbor.
September 1, 2016
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Music Industry Wants Piracy Filters, No Takedown Whack-a-Mole
A group of prominent music groups including the RIAA has asked the Copyright Office to help solve the "broken" and "ineffective" DMCA law. the current takedown provision results in a never-ending game of whack-a-mole, they say, arguing that automated piracy filters are the way forward.
February 22, 2017
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Music, Movie & Gaming Industries Seek Piracy Blockades in Belgium
An entertainment organization comprising companies from the music, movie, and videogame industries is targeting several pirate sites for blocking in Belgium. the Belgian Entertainment Association informs TorrentFreak that it wants local ISPs to block nine of the most popular streaming sites under principles established by the Court of Justice of the European Union.
February 6, 2017
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Mysterious Group Lands Denuvo Anti-Piracy Body Blow
From nowhere, the previously unknown group 'SteamPunks' has delivered a crack for the popular game Dishonored 2 but with a potentially significant twist. Instead of taking the conventional route of hacked code, the group's solution is a key generator for Denuvo licenses. This presents the possibility that Denuvo might have been seriously compromised.
June 7, 2017
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Nagra Targets Pirate Kodi Streaming Addons and IPTV
While reasonably effective satellite and cable TV anti-piracy systems do exist, these are being entirely circumvented by pirate content delivered over the Internet. No surprise then that conditional access companies such as NAGRA are spreading their wings, targeting illegal IPTV and third-party Kodi addons.
April 11, 2017
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Nature Picks 'Pirate' in this Year's Top People in Science
Over the past year science's pirate portal Sci-Hub has become the center of an academic debate about copyright's 'stranglehold' on science. the site was sued by one of the largest academic publishers but also received praise from researchers. this controversy makes its founder, Alexandra Elbakyan, one of the top ten people that mattered in science this year, according to Nature.
December 20, 2016
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Netflix Downloader Pulled Offline Following Trademark Complaint
DVDVideoSoft has ceased the development of 'Free Downloader for Netflix' following a third-party complaint. the software company is no longer offering the tool for download following a trademark complaint and it's doubtful that it will ever come back.
January 10, 2017
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Netflix Gets Serious About Its Anti-Piracy Efforts
Since Netflix's priorities are shifting more to the production of original content, piracy is also turning into a more serious problem. the company wasn't very concerned about copyright infringement in the past, but today it has its own "Global Copyright Protection Group" and an anti-piracy focus that's on par with many major Hollywood studios.
March 24, 2017
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Netflix Joins DMCA Takedown Bandwagon to Frustrate Pirates
Netflix has jumped on the DMCA takedown bandwagon. In recent weeks the company has reported tens of thousands of pirate links to Google alone, hoping to make pirated copies of their programming harder to find. Netflix's position on piracy deviates from a few years ago, when CEO Reed Hastings highlighted its positive sides.
March 18, 2016
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New Anti-Piracy Unit Takes Over UK Anti-Camming Operations
Those thinking about camming movies in a UK cinema have a fresh adversary to contend with. a new anti-piracy unit called the Film Content Protection Agency has just been launched with a mission to prevent people recording first-run movies. Unfortunately, the unit is already citing misleading legal information on its website.
October 12, 2016
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New BBC iPlayer Rules Easily Defeated, Especially via VPN
A change in the law means that from today, all UK viewers of BBC iPlayer need to pay a £145.50 license fee, regardless of which services they use. the UK's TV licensing body says it will crack down on those using iPlayer without a license but in reality that will be an extremely difficult task. for those using a VPN, being detected will be all but impossible.
September 1, 2016
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New "Out of Control" Denuvo Piracy Protection Cracked
The new Denuvo system 'protecting' the game 'RiME' has been defeated in less than a week. This is notable, not least since the developers promised to remove Denuvo if it was cracked. Furthermore, a report from the cracker suggests that an apparently desperate Denuvo pulled out all the stops to protect RiME, but still failed.
June 2, 2017
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New Tool Downloads Any Netflix Video Instantly
There's a new tool on the market that offers something many people have been desperately looking for. with 'Free Netflix Downloader' people can download videos from Netflix instantly, on Windows at least. the first of its kind tool appears to work surprisingly well, despite the lack of high definition video quality.
December 28, 2016
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New Torrent Search Engine Abuses Wikipedia to Get Traffic
Getting a torrent site off the ground is no easy feat in the current environment but doing so by misleading the public isn't a great start. a new torrent search site appears to be doing just that, by editing the Wikipedia pages of famous torrent sites in order to drive traffic to its domain.
May 3, 2017
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New UK 'Kodi' Piracy Blocking Injunction is a Pretty Scary Beast
The new piracy blocking injunction obtained by the UK's Premier League is groundbreaking on several levels, court papers have revealed. not only did the football outfit work closely with Sky, BT and Virgin (who all have a vested interest) but the ISPs also monitored traffic from 'pirate' servers requested by their customers. Live blocking of streams will be possible too, with no immediate court oversight.
March 14, 2017
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Nintendo Cracks Down on Pokemon Go 'Piracy'
Millions of people around the world are totally caught up in the Pokemon Go craze. Interestingly, many of these are playing "pirated" copies of the game. Nintendo is now trying to address this issue by sending takedown requests, hoping to make at least make some pirate sources harder to find. It will be hard to catch 'em all.
July 14, 2016
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Nintendo Pressure Shuts Down Fan-Made Pokemon Uranium Game
In an effort to protect its copyrights, Nintendo has managed to shut down yet another fan-made game that took years to develop. After generating over a million downloads in just a few days, the makers of the popular RPG Pokemon Uranium decided to cave in to legal pressure from the game giant.
August 15, 2016
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Nintendo Takes Down Fan-Made Metroid 2 Remake
Thirty years ago, Nintendo released its action-adventure game Metroid on the Famicom platform. this Saturday, to coincide with the anniversary, a group of game makers pooled their resources and released their AM2R (Another Metroid 2 Remake) game, for free. In response, Nintendo sent in the lawyers.
August 08, 2016
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NO. the Grand Tour is not the Most Pirated TV-Show in History.
There's a new piracy king in town. According to various major news outlets, Amazon's the Grand Tour has taken over the reign of most pirated TV show in history from Game of Thrones. the news comes as a total surprise, and for a good reason. it's complete nonsense.
December 13, 2016
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No, ExtraTorrent Has Not Been Resurrected
Just days after ExtraTorrent closed its doors, various sites popped up claiming to be the popular torrent site resurrected. Some even go as far as stating they're operated by former staffers, which was quickly picked up by the press. In reality, however, the widely covered copycat appears to be a Pirate Bay mirror with an ExtraTorrent skin.
May 24, 2017
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Not Warning Kid About Piracy makes Father Liable, Court Rules
A German court has ruled that a father is liable for an audiobook his 11-year old son downloaded. the man told the kid to only use the computer for school purposes and not to simply download things. However, the court ruled that this was not a proper anti-piracy instruction.
March 3, 2017
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Now Anyone Can Embed a Pirate Movie in a Website
Vodlocker.to is offering an interesting service that not only provides streaming movies and TV shows in the browser but also allows them to be published anywhere on the web. After entering the movie's IMDb number, users get an embed code which can be entered into any web page, where the movie will play in a YouTube-like window. There's even support for Chromecast.
May 22, 2017
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Online Piracy can Boost Comic Book Sales, Research Finds
A new academic study shows that piracy can have a positive effect on comic book sales under some conditions. the empirical research, which zooms in on Japanese Manga comics, suggests that sales of ongoing comics dip when pirated versions are more readily available, while those for completed series go up.
February 25, 2017
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Online Piracy Moves Away from the Desktop
Traffic to pirate sites via regular desktop browsers is fading, new data suggests. a new report released by piracy research firm MUSO shows that traffic through mobile browsers is relatively stable. Whether piracy is down overall remains debatable, though, as streaming media players, which mostly fall outside the scope of the research, are still booming.
April 14, 2017
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Online Platforms Should Collaborate to Ban Piracy and Terrorism, Report Suggests
A new report from the Digital Citizens Alliance, which bundles Internet piracy, hacking, malware, and fake news into one convenient bundle, suggests that platforms like Facebook and YouTube should collaborate to weed out "bad actors." In the same way that casinos share information about cheats, Internet platforms should do the same, the report argues.
June 8, 2017
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Openload Domain Suspended by Namecheap
Openload, one of the largest file-hosting sites on the Internet, has had its domain suspended. According to the site's operator, domain registrar Namecheap took action last evening after receiving "too many DMCA complaints". Openload says all complaints are actioned within 24 hours.
July 26, 2016
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Opera Browser Asked to Blacklist Pirate Sites in "Turbo Mode"
The Opera web browser feature 'Turbo Mode' is designed to speed up browsing. as a side effect, it also bypasses website blocks, something popular with pirates. However, it appears that the company has been in talks to integrate a blacklist which could stop access to blocked domains.
November 22, 2016
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Operating Systems Should Actively Block Pirated Downloads
Apple, Google and Microsoft, are in an ideal position to deter piracy, according to a new report published by Black Market watch and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. the controversial report opts for voluntary or mandatory blocking of pirated content on the operating system level.
August 03, 2016
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Parents Must Identify Pirate Kids Or Pay Their Fines, Court Rules
If parents are aware that their children have committed copyright infringement they must identify them to the court if required to do so, or pay their fines. that was the ruling of Germany's Federal Court of Justice this week in a case concerning the unlawful distribution of 'Loud' by Rihanna, carried out by a minor in 2011.
March 31, 2017
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Patch and Switch - what are your session options at Ignite?
Patch and Switch are on the Road to Ignite! In this episode we thought we'd share some of our insights into the various session types and what to choose in your schedule.
September 20, 2016
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Phishing Scam Targets Game of Thrones Pirates
A new phishing scam targeting online pirates is much broader than initially thought, with Internet providers all over the world being bombarded with fake copyright infringement notices and settlement demands. the scammers are pretending to represent various rightsholders, including HBO.
July 7, 2016
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Photographer Files $1bn Copyright Claim Against Getty Images
When Getty Images sent photographer Carol Highsmith a $120 settlement demand for using one of 'their' images without permission, things were about to get messy. the image in question was actually Highsmith's own work, displayed on her own website. Highsmith has now responded with a $1bn lawsuit.
July 28, 2016
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PIPCU's Operation Creative Gets new Leader & new Backers
The UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has just announced the appointment of a new dedicated officer to head up anti-piracy drive Operation Creative. the initiative, which disrupts websites providing unauthorised access to copyrighted content, also welcomes its seventh backer in the form of the Music Publishers Association.
August 23, 2016
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'Piracy Filters Are Expensive and Far from Perfect'
The US Copyright Office is considering whether the DMCA copyright law is still fit to deal with online piracy and has asked various stakeholders for input. Copyright holders have suggested that automated piracy filters are a way forward. However, a research paper submitted by the non-profit organization Engine argues that this will do more harm than good.
March 29, 2017
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Piracy? RIAA Labels Asked Us to Promote Their Music, Spinrilla Says
Popular hip-hop mixtape site and app Spinrilla has responded to the piracy lawsuit filed by several RIAA labels last month. the company reveals that it uses a piracy filter the labels themselves suggested, and adds that many of the allegedly infringing works were promoted upon the labels' requests.
March 16, 2017
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Pirate Android App 'Store' Member Jailed for 46 Months
A unique FBI operation carried out four years ago targeted several pirate Android app marketplaces, seizing their domains and arresting their operators. this month saw the first conviction, with SnappzMarket's 'PR manager' Scott Walton receiving a 46-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.
August 31, 2016
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Pirate Bay & KickassTorrents Music Uploader Jailed for a Year
A man who uploaded the UK's Top 40 singles to the Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents each week has been jailed for a year. the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) claims that Wayne Evans, a 39-year-old known online as OldSkoolScouse, cost them more than £1m in a single year.
December 16, 2016
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Pirate Bay Blockade Signals Copyright Industry's Death Throes, ISP Boss Says
After a court ruled yesterday that the Pirate Bay must be blocked in Sweden, reaction has been polarized. While copyright holders celebrated, the boss of ISP Bahnhof criticized the move, deriding the court action as signaling the death throes of the copyright industry. Interestingly, the company also teased a potential workaround.
February 14, 2017
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Pirate Bay Blocking Case Heads back to Court in Sweden
In 2015, a coalition of copyright holders lost a court case which demanded an ISP blockade of the Pirate Bay in Sweden. a year later and Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music and Nordisk Film are back, hoping for a victory in a brand new court that could open the floodgates for widespread website blocking.
December 6, 2016
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Pirate Bay Blocking Case Heard by European Court of Justice
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has just heard a long-running case involving the Pirate Bay, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, and a pair of local ISPs. Should the infamous torrent site be blocked at the ISP level, even though it may not be a direct infringer itself?
October 28, 2016
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Pirate Bay Risks "Repeat Offender" Ban from Google
The Pirate Bay and other pirate sites risk a "repeat offender" ban from Google, but not over copyright infringements. Google has updated its safe browsing service, used by modern browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, which will now block websites for a minimum of thirty days after being repeatedly marked as harmful.
November 11, 2016
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Pirate Bay Uploader Admits Copyright Infringement & Fraud
A man who uploaded the UK's Top 40 singles to the Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents each week has pleaded guilty to copyright infringement and fraud offenses. Wayne Evans, known online as OldSkoolScouse, was arrested last year by PIPCU after offering a capella tracks to other budding DJs and remixers.
October 10, 2016
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'Pirate' Kodi Box Seller Enters "Not Guilty" Plea in Landmark Case
The man at the center of a landmark case involving the supply of "fully-loaded" Kodi boxes pleaded not guilty this morning. Middlesbrough shopkeeper Brian Thompson admits selling modified set-top boxes but denies that they were primarily designed to "facilitate the circumvention of effective technological measures."
January 27, 2017
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'Pirate' Kodi Box Sellers Fail to Overturn Sales Ban in Canada
Sellers of so-called "fully" loaded set-top boxes have failed in their bid to have a Canada sales ban lifted. An injunction was granted by the Federal Court last June after content producers and cable companies took action against sellers of Kodi and Showbox-enabled devices. the Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal has now upheld the ban.
March 21, 2017
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'Pirate' Movie Streaming Sites Declared Legal by Italian Court
A Court of Appeal in Rome has overturned a 600,000 euro ruling against four unlicensed sites that offered streaming movies to the public. the Court found that merely providing links does not qualify as distributing files protected by copyright, even though the sites generated revenue via advertising.
March 27, 2017
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Pirate Site Blockades Violate Free Speech, Mexico's Supreme Court Rules
Broad pirate sites blockades are disproportional, Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice has ruled. the Government can't order ISPs to block websites that link to copyright-infringing material because that would also restrict access to legitimate content and violate the public's freedom of expression. the ruling is a win for local ISP Alestra, which successfully protested the Government's blocking efforts.
April 25, 2017
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Pirate Site 'Coke and Popcorn' Shuts Down, Points Users to Netflix
The pirate streaming site "Coke and Popcorn" has shutdown. the site, which linked to a wide variety of TV-shows and movies, doesn't specify a reason but says that the decision is permanent. the operator warns users not to fall for any copycat sites and points them to "safe" and "better" options such as Netflix instead.
May 9, 2017
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Pirate Site Operators Are Like Heroin Dealers, Movie Boss Says
Australian movie chief Graham Burke has warned an international movie convention that people who run pirate sites are the "same type" of individuals who sell heroin. Noting that a multi-pronged approached is required to tackle illegal downloading, he said it's now time to start fining persistent Aussie pirates.
October 10, 2016
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Pirate Site Operators Caught by Money Trail, Landmark Trial Hears
The landmark trial of two men accused of running a popular streaming site has got underway in Sweden. the 26 and 22-year-old stand accused of running the country's most popular streaming portal while generating $1.5 million in advertising and donations.
April 11, 2017
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Pirate Site Pubfilm Taunts Hollywood With Domain Name Whac-A-Mole
Pirate streaming site Pubfilm is not impressed by the lawsuit filed by major Hollywood studios earlier this year. The site has already lost several domain names following a court order. However, Pubfilm continues to taunt the studios by offering its service from new locations, as if nothing ever happened.
May 25, 2017
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Pirate Streaming Site 123Movies Rebrands as GoMovies
After several days of downtime, pirate movie streaming site 123movies has renamed itself to GoMovies for a fresh start. with the brand change and a new domain name, the popular site hopes to clearly set itself apart from the many fake sites that surfaced online recently.
March 29, 2017
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Pirates pirate Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and demand ransom from Disney
Hackers claim to have stolen the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film and are demanding that Disney pay a ransom or else have it released online, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.
May 15, 2017
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Pirates Plunder 4K Hateful Eight, But Did they Crack DCP?
While there's still no sign of a consumer disc release it appears that a 4K version of Tarantino's Hateful Eight has just been leaked online. the big question now is did pirates achieve this with capture technology or are we witnessing a proper Digital Cinema Package crack as they're currently claiming.
September 6, 2016
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Police Arrest Five in Major Streaming Site Crackdown
Police in Brazil have carried out the second phase of Operation Blackbeard, a campaign designed to dismantle groups dedicated to online copyright infringement. Search warrants led to five arrests and the seizure of bank accounts connected to three streaming sites with three-quarters of a billion visits per year.
October 14, 2016
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Police Arrest Man Trying to Sell Brotherhood on the Dark Web
Detectives from the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit say they have arrested a man attempting to sell the movie Brotherhood on the dark web. the 35-year-old is suspected of offering the movie , which is the follow-up to the successful Kidulthood and Adulthood, in advance of its retail release.
November 22, 2016
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Police Bust 'Pirate' Kodi Box Sellers on Behalf of Sky, Virgin, BT, Premier League
Police have arrested five people on suspicion of selling 'pirate' set-top boxes configured to receive pay TV. the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit teamed up with FACT, Sky, Virgin, BT, and the Premier League to arrest the sellers, who allegedly supplied Kodi with unlicensed addons.
February 8, 2017
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Police Confirm Arrests of BlackCats-Games Operators
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has confirmed the arrests of two individuals connected to private torrent site BlackCats-Games. the men, aged 47 and 44, are both from the UK. they were arrested on suspicion of copyright infringement and money laundering offences.
October 20, 2016
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Police Confiscate Hundreds of Computers Over Movie Piracy Allegations
Copyright trolling is usually handled in the civil courts but over in Poland, things are getting out of control. Police have reportedly visited hundreds of homes and seized hundreds of computers, each alleged to have shared a movie without permission. There are fears that up to 40,000 people could eventually be affected.
October 22, 2016
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Police Investigate Former BPI Anti-Piracy Chief & PIPCU Board Member
The BPI's former head of anti-piracy is under police investigation, TorrentFreak has learned. Former policeman David Wood was an important stakeholder figure at the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit but was dismissed from the BPI for gross misconduct in 2015. the music group recently forced Wood into bankruptcy.
March 17, 2017
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Police Raid Pirate Android Box Sellers, Six Arrested
The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has arrested six individuals suspected of being involved in the supply of 'pirate' set-top boxes configured to obtain free TV from the Internet. the operation, targeting the north of England, was carried out in conjunction with the Federation Against Copyright Theft.
March 18, 2016
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Police Raid Pirate Site & Seize 60 Servers Following MPAA Complaint
A complaint from the MPAA has led the cyber-crime division of Ukraine's National Police to raid FS.to, one of the country's most popular pirate sites. Thus far 60 servers have been seized and 19 people have been arrested, but police fear the site could reappear since some individuals are on the run and a mirror site may be standing by in Russia.
November 16, 2016
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Police Say "Criminal Gangs' Are Selling Pirate Media Players
A seminar hosted at the Scottish Police College has heard how 'criminal gangs' have entered the IPTV and so-called 'Kodi box' market. Those in attendance, including Trading Standards, HM Revenue & Customs and the UK Intellectual Property Office, were informed that this kind of piracy has increased by 143% in the past year alone and is now considered an emerging threat by police.
April 19, 2017
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Police Seize Domains of Fifty 'Pirate' Newspaper and Magazine Sites
Italian authorities have seized 50 domains involved in the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content. the seizure, ordered by the Court of Rome, targeted sites that were offering free digital versions of dozens of national newspapers and magazines including Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair.
February 1, 2017
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Police Shut Down France's Largest Pirate Site (Updated)
The cybercrime unit of the French military police has shut down the country's largest pirate site, Zone-Telechargement. In addition, the popular download site DL-Protect has also gone offline. with millions of regular visitors, both download portals have been a prime target of local copyright holders for years.
November 29, 2016
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Popular KAT "Mirror" is in Reality a Dressed Up Pirate Bay Mirror
The most popular KickassTorrents mirror is not a mirror at all. at least, not one that lists torrents from the defunct KAT site. Instead, it's merely serving content from the Pirate Bay, misleading visitors with a KickassTorrents skin.
August 05, 2016
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Popular Kodi Add-Ons Quit Following Prominent Piracy Lawsuit
Over the past few days, several prominent third-party Kodi add-ons have thrown in the towel, at least temporarily. While most developers remain vague about the exact nature of their decisions, it appears that legal worries are the main trigger for many.
June 7, 2017
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Popular Kodi Addon 'Exodus" Turned Users into a DDoS 'Botnet'
Exodus is one of the most-used Kodi addons out there, allowing users to obtain easy access to pirated movies and TV-shows. However, over the past week the same users were unwittingly part of a DDoS attack. After the issue raised eyebrows in the community, the Exodus developer rolled back the malicious code and retired.
February 3, 2017
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Popular Release Group ShAaNiG Permanently Shuts Down
In the wake of successes by other commodity 'brand' groups such as aXXo and YIFY, popular release group ShAaNiG carved out an enthusiastic following among public BitTorrent and file-host users. But after thousands of releases the ride is now over, with the group's website and operations closed down for good.
June 12, 2017
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Pornhub Piracy Stopped Me Producing Porn, Jenna Haze Says
With YouTube's safe harbor protections under pressure from record labels, a related issue is facing the adult industry. In response to Conan O'Brien wishing Pornhub a happy 10th anniversary, former adult star Jenna Haze has called out to fans not to support the site, accusing it of stealing her content and forcing her out of the porn production business.
May 31, 2017
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Portugal Passes Bill to Restrict Use of DRM, Grant Circumvention Right
Portugal's parliament has approved a bill that will restrict how Digital Rights Management is applied to some creative works, including those in the public domain or funded by public entities. Even when DRM is present, citizens will be able to circumvent the protection for education and private copying purposes.
April 10, 2017
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Prenda Attorney Pleads Guilty to Operating a Piracy 'Honeypot'
For years Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars in cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, leaving misery in its wake. Now, John Steele, one of its lead attorneys, has signed a guilty plea admitting the honeypot scheme. the Pirate Bay provided important evidence in the case, as Steele used the site to upload pirated files himself to lure potential victims.
March 7, 2017
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Prenda Copyright Trolls Arrested and Charged with Fraud and Extortion
For years Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars in cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, leaving misery in its wake. While the firm no longer exists, two of its principals have now been arrested. the duo hafe been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, money laundering, and perjury. Interestingly, the Pirate Bay plays a key role in the case.
December 16, 2016
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Private Anti-Piracy Deals with Domain Registries are Dangerous, Professor Warns
Last year the MPAA signed its first anti-piracy deals with a domain name registries, hoping to limit widespread copyright infringement. a dangerous development, according to University of Idaho Law Professor Annemarie Bridy, who warns that DNS filtering could gradually become a common tool to supress disfavored speech.
March 2, 2017
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Private Torrent Tracker Freshon.tv Shuts Down
After more than ten years, the private TV torrent tracker Freshon.tv has decided to shut its doors. The site's operators note that they have lost interest in the project and prefer to move on. Meanwhile, other private trackers have lined up to take in refugees.
May 19, 2017
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Public Domain Project Calls on EU to Abandon Piracy Filter Proposals
A project tackling issues concerning the public domain in the digital environment has called on the European Commission to abandon its proposals for mandatory service provider filtering of user-uploaded content. Communia, which has Creative Commons as a founder member, says such filters will violate users' fundamental rights.
January 10, 2017
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'Putlocker' Loses Domain Name Following Court Order
Putlockers.ch, one of the most-used video streaming services among pirates, has lost its domain name. the site's registrar EuroDNS was ordered to suspend the domain name following a decision from a Luxembourg court, in favor of an entertainment industry group.
February 28, 2017
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Recording Industry Sues Site that Lets you Rip YouTube Clips Into MP3s
There are a number of sites and services that will let you easily convert a streaming YouTube video into a more usable file. YouTube itself has gone after some of these sites, but now the recording industry is challenging the legality of a popular site that allows users to rip audio-only MP3 files from YouTube clips.
September 28, 2016
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Real-time video streaming service PhenixP2P raises $3.5M
PhenixP2P, one of the five finalists in our 2016 Disrupt London Battlefield competition, today announced that it has raised a $3.5 million Series a round led by KB Partners. with this, the company has now raised $5.5 million for its real-time video streaming solution that promises to offer far lower latency and a better user experience than similar services.
April 4, 2017
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Reddit Refuses to Disclose Alleged Music Leaker's IP Address
Reddit is refusing to hand over the personal details of one of its users to Atlantic Records. the user is accused of obtaining a copy of a single by band Twenty One Pilots ahead of its commercial release and posting a link on the site. But Reddit says the record label is on a "fishing expedition" and it won't comply.
August 16, 2016
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Reddit's Piracy Sub-Reddit Reopens After Mutiny Shutdown
A popular section of Reddit devoted to piracy discussion was shut down last night following a dispute that boiled over into mutiny. After being helped by Reddit's admins, the people now in charge of /r/piracy say that a former moderator went rogue, promoting his own 'fake' websites, while holding threads hostage and censoring critique.
May 23, 2017
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Repeat Infringers can be Mere Downloaders, Court Rules
A 10-year-old copyright case has prompted an interesting opinion from a US appeals court. In determining the nature of a "repeat infringer" (which service providers must terminate to retain safe harbor), the court found these could be people who simply download infringing content for personal use.
October 26, 2016
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Research: Movie Piracy Hurts Sales, But not Always
New research published by economists from the European Commission shows that online movie piracy significantly hurts sales. However, the effects differ greatly between countries. and in some cases piracy may actually increase revenue due to a sampling effect.
September 29, 2016
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Research: Piracy 'Warnings' Fail to Boost Box Office Revenues
A new academic study shows that graduated response policies against file-sharers fail to boost box office revenues. the empirical research, which looked at the effects in various countries including the United States, suggests that these anti-piracy measures are not as effective as the movie studios had hoped.
January 3, 2017
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Researchers Issue Security Warning Over Android VPN Apps
A research team has issued a warning over the lack of security in many VPN apps available from Google Play. a worrying 38% of the apps tested contained some kind of malware while 67% featured at least one third-party tracking library. More than eight out of ten leaked IPv6 traffic.
January 25, 2017
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RIAA and MPAA back $25 Million Piracy Verdict Against Cox
Several entertainment industry associations including the MPAA and RIAA have submitted their opinions in the landmark piracy case between Cox Communications and BMG. Contrary to telecom industry and digital rights groups, they argue that the District Court made the right decision by holding the ISP responsible for pirating subscribers.
January 9, 2017
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RIAA Labels Sue Hip-Hop Mixtape Download Site Spinrilla
A group of major record labels including Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, and Universal Music Group has filed a lawsuit against Spinrilla, a popular hip-hop mixtape site and app. Helped by the RIAA, the labels accuse the site's owners of copyright infringement, demanding damages that could reach millions of dollars.
February 6, 2017
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RIAA takes on stream-ripping in copyright lawsuit targeting YouTube-mp3
"The scale of Defendants' infringing activity is enormous," lawsuit says.
September 26, 2016
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RightsAlliance Forces Ten-Year-Old Site to Delete all Torrents
A private tracker that has been plagued with all kinds of legal trouble over a decade has finally succumbed to copyright holder pressure. the Internationals weathered the storm of its owner being arrested four years ago but has just been forced to delete all of its torrents.
January 1, 2017
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Rightscorp Threatens Every ISP in the United States
Following a court win by its client BMG over Cox Communications this week, Rightscorp has issued an unprecedented warning to every ISP in the United States today. Boasting a five-year trove of infringement data against Internet users, Rightscorp warned ISPs that they can either cooperate or face the consequences.
August 12, 2016
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Rojadirecta Ordered to Shut Down by Spanish Court
A court has ordered famous sports streaming site Rojadirecta to shut down. the ruling, which was handed down following a complaint from broadcaster Movistar+, requires Rojadirecta parent company Puerto 80 to pay damages. Broadcasters estimate the site cost them 500 million euros a year.
February 9, 2017
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Romanian Govt. Seizes Leading Pirate Site Domain
Romania, the country with Europe's fastest average Internet connection speeds, has stepped up its piracy crackdown. the Ministry of Justice says it has seized the domain of one of the country's most popular movie and TV show streaming sites as part of a criminal investigation.
July 11, 2016
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Russia Plans Social Media Piracy Crackdown
Authorities in Russia are planning new legislation that could see a crackdown on users uploading pirated content to social networks. Also under consideration are measures to ban advertising from infringing sites and block subscription-based platforms from processing user payments.
August 10, 2016
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Russia Plans to Ban VPNs & Proxies that Unblock Blocked Sites
The Russian government is preparing to scale-up its war on blocked sites by hitting services that provide workarounds. a new bill developed by the government requires VPNs and other anonymizing services to stop providing access to blocked domains. If they do not, they themselves will also be blocked. Search engines also face sanctions for linking to banned sites.
April 20, 2017
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Russian MP Says She Loves Torrents, Hates Web Blockades
When it comes to Internet file-sharing, most mainstream politicians rarely have anything good to say, but for Senator Lyudmila Bokova of the Russian parliament, things are clearly quite different. "I like to use torrents," she says, "because they provide the ability to download information quickly and cheaply."
April 17, 2017
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"Save the Meme" Campaign Protests EU's Proposed Piracy Filters
The EU's proposed new copyright law is not without controversy. One of the most discussed proposals is the requirement for online services to install mandatory piracy filters. Several legal scholars and experts have already warned about the plan, and the public now has an option to join in through the "Save the Meme" campaign.
March 8, 2017
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Scammers Take Over Popular KickassTorrents 'Mirror'
The popular KickassTorrents 'mirror' KAT.am is back online. After a brief suspension, the registry re-released the domain name for registration, allowing scammers to pick it up. While the site still appears to be a mirror, it asks people to sign up for an account with a credit card if they want to download something.
August 10, 2016
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Scary Torrent Site Blocking Message Has to Change, Judge Rules
The High Court of Bombay has clarified that simply viewing a pirated file won't land people in jail. this question was raised after a blocking message shown by many Indian ISPs made this claim. the court ordered ISPs to show an updated message. In addition, providers should consider an ombudsman to prevent overblocking and other problems that may arise.
September 6, 2016
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Sean Parker's 'Screening Room' Patents Anti-Piracy Technologies
If Napster co-founder Sean Parker has his way, people will soon be able to watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters in their living room as soon as they premiere at the box office. New details laid out in a series of patent applications reveal that the platform will likely be equipped with advanced anti-piracy technologies, including a "P2P polluter."
May 26, 2017
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Search Engines & Copyright Holders Ready Voluntary Anti-Piracy Code
Google and other search companies are close to striking a voluntary agreement with entertainment companies to tackle the appearance of infringing content links in search results. Following roundtable discussions chaired by the UK's Intellectual Property Office, all parties have agreed that the code should take effect by June 1, 2017.
February 8, 2017
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Search Engines and Rightsholders Sign Landmark Anti-Piracy Deal
After well over half a decade of backroom meetings facilitated by the UK Government, search engines and major rightsholder groups have signed an anti-piracy agreement. Both sides agreed on a deal in which search engines will delist and demote pirated content, faster and more effectively than before. the voluntary agreement, targeted at UK consumers, is the first of its kind in the world but appears to offer little new.
February 25, 2017
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'Secret' MPAA Lawsuit Targeted Domains of Pubfilm's "Piracy Ring'
The MPAA is responsible for taking down several domain names of the popular streaming site Pubfilm, unsealed court records reveal. the anti-piracy group sued operators of the "piracy ring" in a New York federal court and obtained an injunction ordering GoDaddy, VeriSign, and Enom to disable six Pubfilm associated domains.
March 13, 2017
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Selling Piracy-Configured Media Players is Illegal, EU Court Rules
Selling devices pre-configured to obtain copyright-infringing content is illegal, the European Court of Justice effectively ruled today. the decision, which evolved from a case involving anti-piracy group BREIN and a shop that sold piracy-configured media players, will have far-reaching consequences across the EU, particularly for those selling piracy-enabled Kodi setups.
April 26, 2017
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Share files securely and anonymously with OnionShare
OnionShare is an open-source cross-platform application for sharing files securely and anonymously.
February 28, 2017
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'Six strikes' anti-piracy initiative ends after failing to scare off 'hardcore' pirates
The MPAA and RIAA are giving up on their much-hyped "six strikes" initiative to scare people out of pirating TV shows, movies, and music. Their reason for ending it: the initiative didn't really work.
January 30, 2017
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Sky Wins 'Pirate' Domain Name Dispute, Forgets to Take It Down
British broadcasting giant Sky has won a WIPO domain name dispute against a pirate site that was streaming their content without permission. WIPO's arbitration commission handed over the skysportslive.tv domain to Sky a few weeks ago. However, even under Sky's ownership it still links to pirated streams.
July 12, 2016
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Solarmovie Disappears Following KAT Shutdown
Following the news that KickassTorrents (KAT) has been shut down and its alleged owner arrested, another big site has disappeared from the Internet. Popular streaming portal Solarmovie went offline overnight without explanation and it seems possible that connections to KAT are to blame.
July 21, 2016
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Sony Files Lawsuits to Block Video Game Piracy Sites
Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed seven lawsuits in the Moscow City Court targeting sites that offer its gaming titles without permission. The aim is to have the sites blocked permanently by Russian ISPs, so that users can longer access the sites by regular means.
May 19, 2017
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Spain announces new Campaign to Fight Internet Piracy
Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has announced a new initiative for tackling piracy, especially online. Minister ╬▒igo Mendez de Vigo said a special prosecutor's office will be developed alongside enhanced technological and human resources. An educational campaign targeting children is also on the agenda.
December 1, 2016
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Spanish Police Arrest Their First Ever eBook Pirate
Spain's Ministry of the Interior has announced the first ever arrest of an eBook pirate. the suspect is said to have uploaded more than 11,000 literary works online, many on the same day as their official release. More than 400 subsequent sites are said to have utilized his releases.
October 19, 2016
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Spanish Police Shut Down ISP's IPTV Piracy Business
Following a complaint from the UK Premier League, Spanish police raided an ISP in Malaga which offered unlicensed IPTV subscriptions. the Internet provider serves many local customers and is reportedly owned by two UK citizens, who remotely tried to destroy evidence while the raid was ongoing.
February 10, 2017
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Spotify's beta Used 'Pirate' MP3 Files, some from Pirate Bay
Spotify is often credited as the music service most in tune with the 'pirate' mentality, having converted millions of former file-sharers in recent years. Interestingly, according to writer and researcher Rasmus Fleischer, a decade ago the site actually populated its beta with pirate MP3s, including some that were only available on the Pirate Bay.
May 9, 2017
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'Star Trek' Fan Film Settles Copyright Battle with Movie Studios
The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is over. a few days before the start of the trial both parties agreed to a settlement which allows the film to be published in a highly edited fashion.
January 23, 2017
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Stop Piracy? Legal Alternatives Beat Legal Threats, Research Shows
Threatening file-sharers with high fines or even prison sentences is not the best way to stop piracy. new research published by UK researchers shows that perceived risk has no effect on people's file-sharing habits. Instead, the entertainment industries should focus on improving the legal options, so these can compete with file-sharing.
September 21, 2016
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Stream Ripping Problem Worse Than Pirate Sites, IFPI Says
Research commissioned by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has found that half of 16 to 24-year-olds use stream ripping tools to copy music from sites like YouTube. the industry group says that the problem has grown so much that in volume terms it has overtaken downloading from 'pirate' sites.
September 13, 2016
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Streaming Pirate Content isn't Illegal, UK Trading Standards Says
Every day millions of people use PCs, tablets, phones and Kodi-style devices to stream pirated content, but is it illegal? According to Trading Standards, local UK authorities tasked with investigating commercial organizations, if users only stream and don't download, they're likely exempt from copyright law.
March 6, 2017
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Streaming Site Operator Jailed for Three Years After Landmark Trial
Following a landmark trial, the key player at streaming site Swefilmer has been jailed for an unprecedented three years, longer than any defendant in the earlier Pirate Bay case. An administrator of the site received a relatively lenient sentence of probation and community service.
May 16, 2017
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Streaming Sites Dominate Movie and TV-Show Piracy
For many years torrent sites were the go-to destination for most movie and TV-show pirates. However, new data shows that this is no longer the case. the vast majority of unauthorized videos are now consumed through pirate streaming sites, good for more than 57 billion visits during last year alone.
July 27, 2016
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Stripping 4K Content Protection is Fair Use, Court Hears
LegendSky, a hardware manufacturer that creates devices enabling consumers to bypass 4K copy protection, has informed a New York federal court that they're not breaking any laws. the company is being sued by Warner Bros. and Intel daughter company Digital Content Protection, who want to shut down their sales.
March 8, 2016
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Studios Mull new Movies at Home, 30 Days After release for $30
If a plan by six major studios comes to fruition, consumers could be enjoying new movies in the home as early as 30 days after theatrical release for as little as $30. While that could slash the current delay by more than a third, negotiations are said to be at an early stage, with studios in disagreement over time-scales and compensation payments to theater chains.
March 22, 2017
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Study: 70% of Young Swedish Men Are Video Pirates
A new study from Sweden has found that just over half of all young people admit to obtaining movies and TV shows from the Internet without paying, a figure that rockets to 70% among young men. with the Pirate Bay about to be blocked by one ISP with more to follow, can piracy rates be controlled?
February 17, 2017
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Surprise! Aussie Internet Pirates Are the best Customers
A report commissioned by the Australian government has found a drop in piracy rates for 2016. the fall is being attributed to improved availability of legal streaming alternatives, but in a juicy twist, the report also reveals that the much reviled Aussie pirate is often the industry's best customer.
November 21, 2016
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Swedish Govt. Mulls Tougher Punishments to Tackle Pirate Sites
Authorities in Sweden are mulling new measures to deal with evolving 'pirate' sites. as part of a legislative review, the government wants to assess potential legal tools, including categorizing large-scale infringement as organized crime, tougher sentences, domain seizures, and site-blocking.
January 31, 2017
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Swefilmer Piracy Trial Ends, Operators Face Years in Jail
The trial of the operators of defunct streaming site Swefilmer ended this week with the prosecutor likening the operation to organized crime and seeking lengthy custodial sentences for the men involved. on top, they face potential damages of more than $1m.
April 28, 2017
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Symantec Patent Protects Torrent Users Against Malware
Symantec Corporation has secured a patent that uses reputation scores to evaluate whether torrent files can be trusted or not. Through this system, the company can warn torrent users if they are about to download a fake torrent, or one that likely links to malware or other scammy content.
June 6, 2017
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Takedown Notices Can't Stop Unfinished 'Mummy Trailer' from Spreading
Yesterday, IMAX accidentally leaked an unfinished trailer of the Mummy film, which will air in movie theaters next summer. the video, without proper music or sound effects, turns out be quite amusing. However, Universal Pictures isn't happy with all the attention and is trying to fight its distribution with various takedown notices.
December 21, 2016
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Tax Authority Grilled VLC Player Over Link from a Torrent Site
With more than two billion downloads, VLC is one of the most popular media players around. the open source tool can play virtually every video file available and comes recommended by many, including some pirate sites. the latter has drawn the attention of France's Tax Investigation Branch, which suggested that VideoLAN might be doing 'shady' deals. Luckily, they soon admitted their mistake.
January 30, 2017
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Team DIMENSION Returns to The Piracy Scene
The popular TV Scene group DIMENSION reappeared this week, after a hiatus of nearly two months. The group is a household name among many pirates, who are welcoming the new releases. Although there's no official explanation for the stretch of absence, the group is now back in full swing.
June 8, 2017
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Teenage noughties protocol BitTorrent reinvents itself again
First the news, now enterprise tech
September 15, 2016
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Thailand Arrests Brits Over Pirated Football Streams
Following a complaint from the UK Premier League, authorities in Thailand have arrested two Brits and a local citizen. The trio are accused of offering unlicensed IPTV subscriptions through the website 365sport.tv. The authorities seized a variety of hardware and handed over the two British men to their local embassy.
May 17, 2017
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The Colossal Screwups that Got the Alleged Kickass Torrents Owner Busted
Here's a tip: If you happen to find yourself at the helm of a gigantic illegal torrenting operation, don't use an Apple email, and for the love of all that is holy do not use Facebook.
July 21, 2016
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The RIAA is now Copyright Troll Rightscorp's Biggest Customer
Music industry group RIAA, which represents the leading recording labels in the US, is now a major customer of anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp. In fact, the RIAA's commitment to the copyright troll outfit is so significant that its business accounted for 44% of Rightscorp's revenue in 2016.
April 24, 2017
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TheDarkOverlord Leaks Eight Episodes of an Unreleased ABC Show
Hacking entity TheDarkOverlord (TD0) has followed through with its threat to leak more unaired TV content. Speaking with TF this morning, TDO said it had approached ABC "with a most handsome business proposal" not to leak eight episodes of Steve Harvey's Funderdome but was "rudely denied an audience." The content is now spreading via The Pirate Bay.
June 5, 2017
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Third of EU Citizens OK with Piracy When There Are No Legal Options
A new study from the European Union Intellectual Property Office has found that 31% of EU citizens believe that Internet piracy is acceptable when legal options aren't immediately available. Also, in a clear signal to content providers, a massive 83% say they would prefer to consume content from affordable legal sources.
March 27, 2017
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TIDAL Downloads Made Possible by Teenage Coder
Subscribers of TIDAL usually need the platform to listen to their favorite tracks on repeat, but a teenager from Germany has other ideas. Coder and recent high-school student Lordmau5 has just debuted TiDown, a piece of software that allows Tidal tracks to be permanently downloaded to a desktop machine.
August 30, 2016
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To Torrent or To Stream? That is The Big Piracy Question
When movies and TV shows are so readily accessible via streaming platforms, why would anyone go to the trouble of using a torrent site anymore? It's an interesting question that raises issues not only for the future of consumer piracy but also for the health of the underlying content ecosystem.
May 29, 2017
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"Top ISPs" Are Discussing Fines & Browsing Hijacking For Pirates
Some of the "top ISPs" are in "very thorough" discussions with anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp over proposals to hijack the browsers of alleged pirates until a fine is paid. Rightscorp is presenting this as an opportunity for ISPs to avoid being sued as well as a way to generate profit for the company.
June 14, 2017
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Top Spotify Lawyer: Attracting Pirates is in Our DNA
Spotify is not only one of the world's most popular music platforms, it's also one that's proven particularly popular with both current and former pirates. In a new interview, General Counsel of Spotify Horacio Gutierrez explains that tackling the piracy problem was one of the company's key goals, describing the effort as being embedded in the company's DNA.
December 25, 2016
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'Tor and Bitcoin Hinder Anti-Piracy Efforts'
A new report published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office identifies a wide range of 'business models' that are used by pirate sites. the organization, which announced a new collaboration with Europol this week, signals Bitcoin and the Tor network as two key threats to ongoing anti-piracy efforts.
July 15, 2016
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Torrent Icon ExtraTorrent Turns Ten Years old Today
ExtraTorrent, one of the largest torrent sites on the Internet, celebrates its tenth anniversary today. the site has come a long way since it first launched a decade ago. with its own distribution groups and a very active community, the site has evolved into a torrent icon.
November 15, 2016
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Torrent Site Founder, Moderator and Users Receive Prison Sentences
The 28-year-old former operator of a French-based torrent site has been ordered to serve a year in jail and pay a five million euro fine. a moderator received a four-month suspended sentence. Somewhat unusually, four regular users of the site were tracked down by their IP addresses. they too received custodial sentences.
September 15, 2016
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TorrentHound Shuts Down, another Big Torrent Site Bites the Dust
TorrentHound has decided to shut down its popular torrent site, voluntarily. "Finito," the site's founder informed us in a brief message. Following the demise of KickassTorrents and Torrentz, the surprise shutdown means that three of the ten most visited torrent sites at the beginning of the year are now offline.
September 15, 2016
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U.S. Copyright Office Undecided About Future of DMCA Takedowns
The U.S. Government's Copyright Office has launched a new consultation seeking guidance on the future of the DMCA's takedown process and safe harbor. Through a set of concrete questions, they hope to find a balance between the interests of copyright holders, Internet services and the public at large.
November 14, 2016
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U.S. Government Indicts Three Alleged KickassTorrents Operators
The U.S. Government has followed up its criminal complaint against KickassTorrents with the indictment of three alleged operators of the site. In addition to their involvement with the popular torrent site, they are also linked to other 'pirate' sites including Leechmonster.com, Solarmovie, iWatchfilm.com, Hippomovies.com and Torcache.
August 25, 2016
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U.S. Government sued for software piracy, maker claims $600M
The U.S. military is being accused of installing 'pirated' copies of 3D virtual reality software onto hundreds of thousands of computers without permission. Bitmanagement, the makers of the software, accuse the Navy of willful copyright infringement and are suing the Government for more than half a billion dollars in unpaid licenses.
July 20, 2016
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U.S. Navy Returns Fire in $600m Piracy Lawsuit
In July, the U.S. military was accused of unlawfully installing 'pirated' copies of 3D virtual reality software onto hundreds of thousands of computers. Facing billions in potential damages, the Navy has now returned fire, accepting it installed the software 558,000 times without paying but denying it did so without permission.
November 15, 2016
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UK Bill Introduces 10 Year Prison Sentence for Online Pirates
The UK Government's Digital Economy Bill, which is set to revamp current copyright legislation, has been introduced in Parliament. One of the most controversial changes is the increased maximum sentences for online copyright infringement. Despite public protest, the bill increased the maximum prison term five-fold, from two to ten years.
July 6, 2016
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UK Considers Fines to Force Search Engines to Tackle Piracy
Proposed amendments to the UK's Digital Economy Bill have revealed a desire by some MPs to force search engines to tackle piracy. a new clause would require search engines to come to a voluntary arrangement with rightsholders, or face being forced into one by the government.
October 27, 2016
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UK Could Force Google to Tackle Piracy, by Law if Necessary
Copyright holders and Google are reportedly close to a deal to limit the appearance of infringing content in search results. However, in case that doesn't happen, an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, should it be approved, will see the government impose an anti-piracy code on search engines.
February 15, 2017
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UK Court Dismisses Case Against Torrent Site Proxy Operator
More than two-and-a-half years ago, City of London Police arrested a man for operating several reverse proxies for torrent sites, including the Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. Facing counts of money laundering and fraud, the operator risked a hefty prison sentence, but it didn't go that far. Nottingham Crown Court has dismissed the case, and police opted not to appeal the verdict.
March 7, 2017
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UK forbids gambling services from advertising on pirate sites
The regulatory body responsible for keeping gambling clean in the UK has announced a new licensing condition for operators. Following a consultation with stakeholders, licensees will be required to prevent their advertisements appearing on sites that provide unauthorized access to copyrighted content.
July 13, 2016
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UK Govt. will Address Music 'Value Gap" as Part of Brexit
The UK government says it will address the so-called music 'value gap' as part of Brexit negotiations. the confirmation came in response to a probing Digital Economy Bill amendment which would see sites like YouTube lose their safe harbor protections if they "optimize the presentation" of uploaded works.
November 3, 2016
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UK Government Spied on BitTorrent Users -- in Planes
BitTorrent users all around the globe are well aware that they're probably being monitored as they share files from home or workplace. However, it now appears that the spies employed at the UK's GCHQ have also monitored torrents being transferred by airline passengers more than 10,000ft up in the sky.
December 9, 2016
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UK Govt Refuses to back Down Over Criminalization of File-Sharers
As part of the Digital Economy Bill winding its way through parliament, there will be a harmonization of penalties for offline infringements with those carried out online. with up to ten years imprisonment on the table, the Open Rights Group asked for a threshold to be put in place, to separate petty and serious offenders. Sadly the government doesn't appear to be interested.
March 6, 2017
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UK IP Crime Report 2016 Reveals IPTV/Kodi Piracy as Growing Threat
The UK's IP Crime Report 2015/16 has just been published, revealing infringement trends gathered from both governmental and private anti-piracy groups. this year in the online piracy sector IPTV/Kodi, torrent sites and stream ripping are seen as the main threats. Meanwhile, the report reveals that pirating Internet subscribers will be receiving warning letters before the end of the year.
September 29, 2016
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UK ISPs fail to overturn site blocking order
In 2014, the High Court ordered Sky, TalkTalk, BT, Virgin Media and EE to block websites dealing in counterfeit luxury products. the ISPs appealed the case on a number of grounds, including that the court had no power to order the injunctions. that appeal has now failed.
July 7, 2016
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UK ISPs to Start Sending 'Piracy Alerts' Soon
Early 2017 will see the long-awaited start of a broad UK anti-piracy effort. with help from copyright holders, ISPs will send email notifications to subscribers whose connections are allegedly used to pirate content. These "alerts" will educate copyright infringers about legal alternatives in the hope of decreasing piracy rates over time.
November 30, 2016
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UK Jails Pirate IPTV Box Supplier for Four Years
A man who supplied piracy-configured Internet-enabled set-top boxes to pubs and consumers in the UK received a four-year prison sentence. the prosecution, brought by the Premier League and supported by the Federation Against Copyright Theft, also resulted in a second man receiving a two-year suspended sentence.
December 12, 2016
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UK Movie Pirates Lose Appeal, Prison Time Stands
Two UK men, who released thousands of movies onto popular torrent sites, lost their appeal this week. the Appeal Court upheld their sentences of more than four years each, arguing that the punishments are "stiff" but not "manifestly excessive".
October 20, 2016
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UK 'Pirates' Get 20-Day Grace Period After Each Warning
UK Internet providers will soon begin sending piracy warnings to subscribers whose accounts are used to share copyright-infringing material. the associated "Get It Right" campaign has now published a detailed website, answering the most asked questions, while adding some new information as well.
January 25, 2017
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UK Police Arrest Man for Selling 'Pirate' Kodi Devices
A man who sold devices containing piracy-enabled custom builds of Kodi has been arrested in the UK. the 32-year-old company director from Norfolk was detained by police last week. Since then, both the man and his wife have allegedly been subjected to death threats on Facebook.
December 21, 2016
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UK Police Claim 64% Drop in Mainstream Advertising on 200 Pirate Sites
City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit is claiming success in denying potential revenue to more than 200 'pirate' sites. as a result of Operation Creative, the division says that in the past twelve months there has been a 64% decrease in advertising placed by the UK's top ad spending companies.
March 3, 2017
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UK Police Claim Success in Keeping Gambling Ads off Pirate Sites
City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit is claiming success following recent efforts to keep gambling related advertising off 'pirate' sites. New research has revealed an 87% drop in adverts for licensed gambling operators being displayed on Infringing Website List domains during the past 12 months.
June 14, 2017
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UK Police "Don't Anticipate" Working with Copyright Troll Partner
Last week following his release from prison, UK-based copyright troll partner Robert Croucher said that he'd become involved in a private funding initiative for the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Speaking with TorrentFreak, PIPCU have confirmed that while they have met with Croucher, they don't anticipate doing business with him.
November 28, 2016
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UK Piracy Alerts: the First Look Inside the Warning System
Last month it was revealed that UK ISPs were ready to begin sending out piracy warnings to their customers. Today we can reveal what an actual warning looks like and how the GetItRight website dovetails with ISP systems in order to handle and document users' infringement notices.
February 10, 2017
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UK Piracy Blocklist Expands with 123movies and other Streaming Sites
The UK website blocking efforts continue with the High Court adding over a dozen new "pirate" sites to the country's unofficial ban list. the new order, requested by the Motion Picture Association, requires ISPs to block access to several streaming portals including the popular 123movies.to.
October 28, 2016
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UK 'Piracy Warnings' Are Coming this Month; Here's how it Works
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.
January 11, 2017
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UK's Piracy Blocklist now Exceeds 3,800 URLs
By now, most UK Internet users have gotten used to pirate sites being blocked by their ISPs. Internet providers have been ordered to block a wide variety of torrent, direct download and streaming portals that offer copyright-infringing content. the full list uf URLs, which includes several reverse proxies, has now swelled to more than 3,800 according to one of the ISPs involved.
March 21, 2017
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Unauthorized Subtitles for Movies & TV Shows Are Illegal, Court Rules
A group of fansubbers who turned the tables on BREIN by taking the anti-piracy group to court have lost their legal battle. the Free Subtitles Foundation sought a legal ruling determining that fansubbers act within the law, but this week the Amsterdam District Court sided with BREIN on all counts.
April 21, 2017
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Uploaded.net Terminates Accounts of Persistent Pirates
Popular file-hosting service Uploaded.net terminated the accounts of many users this week, citing frequent copyright infringements. the account holders in question, many of which used the site to generate revenue, are no longer able to share their files and are actively looking for alternatives.
April 12, 2017
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US Ambassador Asks Vietnam to Target 123movies, Putlocker and Kisscartoon
While copyright industry groups frequently call on governments to take action against pirate sites, it's not often that we see such requests on the highest diplomatic level. That's exactly what happened this week, when the US Ambassador to Vietnam called on the local Government to criminally prosecute the movie streaming sites 123movies, Putlocker and Kisscartoon.
March 23, 2017
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US and KickassTorrents Go Head to Head in Court
The US Department of Justice and the legal team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin went head to head in court this week. Defense lawyer Ira Rothken asked the court to drop the case as there's no proof of actual criminal copyright infringement. the US prosecutor disagreed, describing the site as a piracy haven that made millions of dollars per year.
February 2, 2017
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US Court Orders Pirate Streaming Site FMovies to Pay $210,000
The popular movie streaming service FMovies hasn't been around for very long, but it's already lost a federal lawsuit in the United States. The court issued a default judgment for copyright infringement against the site's operators, who chose not to defend themselves, ordering them to pay $210,000 in damages. In addition, the site may soon lose its domain name.
June 9, 2017
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US Court Orders Registries to Seize Control of 'Pirate' Domains
A district court in Florida has ordered registries to take control of 19 domains used to operate 'pirate' sites. the preliminary injunction was issued following an application by TV outfit ABS-CBN against platforms it accuses of copyright and trademark infringement. Domain privacy services were also ordered to unmask the operators of the sites.
May 8, 2017
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US Government Targets Pirate Bay and other 'Piracy Havens'
The US Government has listed some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright-infringing venues. the USTR calls on foreign countries to take action against popular piracy sites such as the Pirate Bay, which has important "symbolic value," according to the authorities. In addition, stream-ripping is mentioned as an emerging threat.
December 22, 2016
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US Seizes Dotcom's Millions, Entrepreneur Fights Back
On Friday, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected efforts by Kim Dotcom to regain control over millions of dollars in assets seized by the US Government. by remaining outside the US, the court found that the Megaupload founder is a fugitive from justice. But Dotcom isn't ready to give in and will take his case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
August 15, 2016
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Usenet Pirate Hit with €7,500 'Fine' for Sharing 1,500 TV Shows
A prolific Usenet uploader will pay a cash settlement to Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN. the man, who shared over 1,500 TV shows, agreed to pay a €7,500 fine and has stopped his activities effective immediately.
November 11, 2016
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Usenet Provider Giganews Wins Landmark Copyright Battle
Giganews is celebrating a hard-fought legal battle against adult publisher and serial copyright litigant Perfect 10. the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed the Usenet giant a comprehensive victory in the long-running case, one that will prove so financially damaging to Perfect 10 that the company will go into liquidation.
January 24, 2017
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Usenet Provider is Obliged to Identify Pirates, Court Rules
Usenet provider Eweka has lost another court battle with Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. The service provider must identify a former customer who's accused of uploading copyright-infringing material. According to the court, the provider is obliged to do the same in future cases, without a court order.
June 9, 2017
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uTorrent will Move to the Web Browser
BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen has unveiled plans to move the popular client uTorrent to the web browser. the next revision of the application will run in users' default browser, complete with a revamped interface and a significantly improved streaming experience.
April 21, 2017
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uTorrent's new Altruistic Mode Ensures you Give More Than you Take
BitTorrent Inc. has introduced a brand new feature for its uTorrent and BitTorrent clients. 'Altruistic Mode' is aimed at people who always want to share more than they download. While this is normal behavior for many users, Altruistic Mode has a strange quirk. Once enabled, downloads using the feature may never complete. But of course, altruism isn't about receiving.
September 28, 2016
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Viacom 18 Obtains Court Order to Block 1,250 'Pirate' Sites
In India, a court has gone to extreme lengths to protect a new movie distributed by Viacom 18. a so-called John Doe order filed against at least 40 ISPs instructs them to block a minimum of 1,250 websites that might make the newly released Force 2 available to the public.
November 23, 2016
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Videomega Uploaders Outraged as Popular File-Hosting Site Disappears
Videomega is a huge file-hosting service and one of the world's largest sites, period. However, during the past few days, the site disappeared and its alleged operator dropped off the radar. this has outraged uploaders to the site who are usually paid commission based on the number of views they obtain. some say they are thousands of dollars out of pocket.
September 12, 2016
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Vkontakte & Universal Music Close to Anti-Piracy Deal
Social networking giant vKontakte is reportedly close to doing a licensing deal with Universal Music. 'Russia's Facebook' has been embroiled in legal action with the label after failing to tackle rampant piracy on its platform, but according to insiders the companies are now close to settling their differences.
July 15, 2016
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Vkontakte & Universal Sign Anti-Piracy & Licensing Deal
As predicted last week, the company which owns vKontakte and Russia's two other major social networking sites has signed a music licensing deal with Universal Music to end piracy on the platforms. as a result, all outstanding copyright legal action between the companies has been settled.
July 18, 2016
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vKontakte Responds to US Notorious Pirate Market Allegations
Despite its work with rightsholders, this week the United States Trade Representative described Russian social networking giant vKontakte as one of the world's most notorious pirate markets. Speaking with TorrentFreak, VK says it will continue its work to proactively license all the content available on its platform.
December 23, 2016
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VPN provider PIA exits russia after server seizures
Private Internet Access is informing users that some of its servers in Russia may have been seized by the authorities. the company believes that it may have been targeted due to its strict no-logging policy, something which puts it at odds with Russian data-retention rules.
July 12, 2016
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Warner Bros. Claims Agency Ran its Own Pirate Movie Site
Warner Bros. says a talent agency effectively ran its own pirate site when it ripped DVD screeners and streamed them to associates via Google servers. In a lawsuit filed Monday, Innovative Artists stands accused of copyright infringement and breaching the DMCA after screeners under its control leaked to torrent sites.
October 25, 2016
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Warner Bros. flags own site for piracy, orders Google to censor pages
Studio also wanted Amazon, Sky, and IMDb links nixed for allegedly breaking copyright law.
September 6, 2016
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Warner Theme Park Pirated Artists' Music for Six Years, Court Rules
The Supreme Court in Spain has ruled that during a six year period a Warner Bros. themed park failed to compensate artists and rightsholders. the Court found that between 2002 and 2008 Warner Park (Parque Warner) used unlicensed music in a "intense and continuous" manner and must now pay compensation of $354,000.
March 8, 2016
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Was The Disney Movie 'Hacking Ransom' a Giant Hoax?
Last week, Disney boss Bog Iger revealed that one of his company's movies had been stolen and was being held hostage for a bitcoin ransom. With press speculation that it might be the latest 'Pirates' movie, TF has spent more than a week trying to find out more. The whole thing seems highly questionable.
May 24, 2017
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We're not Liable for Pirating Subscribers, Windstream Tells Court
U.S. Internet provider Windstream is asking a New York federal court to shield the company from broad piracy accusations. the ISP filed a complaint against BMG and Rightscorp after it was accused of direct and contributory copyright infringement. the lawsuit follows on the heels of a similar complaint by fellow Internet provider RCN, which also seeks legal clarity.
June 29, 2016
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What.cd is Dead, But the Torrent Hydra Lives on
With the demise of What.cd, the world's most comprehensive library of digital music disappeared overnight. However, music aficionados aren't easily defeated. Within a matter of days several new trackers appeared online. some of these alternatives already have close to 200,000 torrents in their collection, and that's just the start.
December 2, 2016
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What.cd Shuts Down Following Reported Raids in France
The hugely popular private music torrent tracker What.CD has shut down. After a reported raid on several of its servers in France, the tracker says it has destroyed all site and user data. What.cd itself hasn't confirmed any police action but cites "recent events" as the reason for its drastic actions.
November 17, 2016
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Who Are the Alleged Top Men Behind KickassTorrents?
Since its shutdown in July, much has been written about the demise of KickassTorrents. But who were the men at the very top of the operation? So far, the U.S. Government has revealed three names - Artem Vaulin, Alexander Radostin, and Ievgen Kutsenko. Today we can put faces to two of those names.
August 26, 2016
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Widespread Protest Against Dangerous "Repeat Infringer" Piracy Verdict
A broad range of industry associations, academic institutions, libraries and digital rights groups have submitted their opinions on the landmark piracy case between Cox Communications and BMG. they all warn the court that the district court's decision to hold the ISP available for pirating subscribers can have disastrous implications.
November 15, 2016
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Wrongfully Accused 'Movie Pirate' Gets $17,000 in Compensation
The makers of the Adam Sandler movie the Cobbler learned that suing alleged torrent pirates doesn't always pay. An Oregon District Court Judge ruled that a wrongfully accused pirate is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation, a direct result of the filmmakers' overaggressive tactics.
January 6, 2017
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Wrongly Blocked Websites to be Added to ISP Whitelist
The controversial website filtering systems operated by the UK's major Internet service providers have wrongfully blocked many sites, this one included, since their introduction in recent months. In response to the problem the government now says it will introduce a website white-list system so innocent domains aren't automatically blocked in future.
February 1, 2014
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WWE Takes Suspected BitTorrent Pirates to Court
WWE Studios Finance has filed a series of lawsuits against alleged downloaders of the movie "Eliminators," which features WWE superstar Wade Barrett. Through so-called "copyright troll" lawsuits, the daughter company of World Wrestling Entertainment hopes to uncover the identities of dozens of BitTorrent pirates to recoup their losses.
April 11, 2017
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YIFY / YTS Shuts Down Forever -- the End of a Piracy Icon
Popular torrent release group YIFY and its official YTS website have shut down permanently, trusted sources have confirmed to TorrentFreak. the unexpected shutdown marks the end of an era that started at the turn of the decade. More information about the precise circumstances will become public in the near future.
October 30, 2015
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YouTube Keeps People from Pirate Sites, Study Shows
In recent months music industry insiders have heavily criticised YouTube, with some claiming that it hurts legal sales. a new research report commissioned by the video streaming platform suggests otherwise. the study shows that YouTube keeps people away from pirate sites, while there is no evidence of significant cannibalization.
May 11, 2017
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YouTube Signs Landmark Deal to End Music Video Blocking in Germany
After years of legal battles, YouTube and German music rights group GEMA have reached a landmark licensing agreement. as a result, Germans now have access to tens of thousands of music videos that were previously "not available" in their country.
November 1, 2016
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YouTube-MP3 Ripping Site Sued by IFPI, RIAA and BPI
A huge coalition of recording labels has sued the world's leading YouTube ripping site. the IFPI, RIAA, and BPI in the UK say they are taking legal action against YouTube-MP3 to protect the rights of artists and labels. the site has a reported 60 million monthly visitors and is said to be "raking in millions" in advertising revenues.
September 23, 2016
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Zelle p2p payments push to compete with Venmo now has 19 US FI backers
The US finance industry is slowly getting its ducks in order to try to compete with the likes of PayPal-owned social payments platform Venmo. Today bank network operator Early Warning announced it has 19 US financial institutions signed up to a forthcoming payments network called Zelle, due to launch in early 2017.
October 22, 2016
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Popcorn Time

Norwegian Police Seize Popcorn-Time "Information" Site
Norwegian economic crime police have seized the domain name of a local Popcorn-Time website. the site in question didn't offer any copyright infringing material, but featured news articles and links to external sites where the popular application could be downloaded. No arrests were made.
March 8, 2016
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Popcorn Time Launches new Torrent Tracker to Fight Copyright Monopolies
The people behind one of the most popular Popcorn Time forks have announced a new contribution to the BitTorrent ecosystem. with beating "content monopolies" a stated aim, the team has launched Popcorn Tracker, a new stand-alone BitTorrent tracker to serve the masses.
December 30, 2016
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The Pirate Bay

Pirate Bay Facilitates Piracy and Can Be Blocked, Top EU Court Rules
Internet providers in Europe can be ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay, even though the site itself doesn't store any infringing material. This is the conclusion of the EU Court of Justice in what has proven to be a landmark case. According to the Court, The Pirate Bay and similar sites commit an "act of communication" by helping their users to share infringing content.
June 14, 2017
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Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service
Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has a new privacy-oriented startup. Today he launches the domain registration service Njalla, which offers site owners full anonymity, shielding them from the prying eyes of outsiders. "Think of us as your friendly drunk (but responsibly so) straw person that takes the blame for your expressions."
April 19, 2017
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Pirate Bay Offered to Help Catch Criminals But Copyright Got in the Way
The Pirate Bay is often portrayed by copyright holders as a site that has no respect for the law, but that overstates the truth. According to one of its original founders, when the torrent site offered to help the authorities catch some really serious criminals several years ago, the police were completely disinterested.
January 9, 2017
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Pirate Bay Prosecution In Trouble, Time Runs Out for Investigators
At the end of 2014 Swedish police confiscated dozens of servers which many believed to belong to the Pirate Bay. the authorities later confirmed that an investigation involving copyright crimes was ongoing, but not much progress has been reported since. According to the prosecutor, the case isn't getting any stronger, as the statute of limitations for several key crimes is expiring.
February 27, 2017
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Pirate Bay Ruling is Bad News For Google & YouTube, Experts Says
The European Court of Justice handed down a ruling against The Pirate Bay yesterday, one which could have implications far beyond the torrent site. Platforms such as Google and YouTube, which play an active role in the way content is presented, could be seriously affected, experts warn.
June 15, 2017
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Pirate Bay Starts Counting Down To.... February 1
The Pirate Bay has started the new year with an interesting update to the site. the counter that previously kept track of the time that had passed since the raid, is now counting down to February first. An official announcement is expected to follow in the near future.
January 1, 2015
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Pirate Party's Pirate Site was Legal Under EU Law, Court Rules
Six years ago the Czech branch of the Pirate Party declared open war on a local anti-piracy outfit, opening several 'pirate' sites to draw fire from copyright holders. But, after being prosecuted in a criminal court last year, the matter has now been dropped after it was deemed the Pirates acted in accordance with a recent landmark EU ruling.
February 2, 2017
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The Pirate Bay and other Pirate Sites will be Blocked in Australia
Following a case brought by several prominent rightsholders, the Australian Federal Court has ordered dozens of local Internet service providers to block the Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, SolarMovie, plus many proxy and mirror services. the event marks the start of mass-blocking Down Under.
December 14, 2016
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The Pirate Bay is now blocked as a malicious website in Google Chrome and Firefox
It seems that more and more efforts are being made towards combating torrent and warez websites. After KickassTorrents got taken down from the web back in July, it seems that another pirating website is the new target.
September 16, 2016
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The Pirate Bay Must be Blocked in Sweden, Court of Appeal Rules
A Court of Appeal has ordered the Pirate Bay and streaming portal Swefilmer to be blocked by an ISP in Sweden. the landmark ruling, in favor of Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, and the Swedish film industry, will see local ISP Bredbandsbolaget forced to block the sites for the next three years.
February 13, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Fate of the Furious' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Wonder Woman'. 'Life' completes the top three.
June 12, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'John Wick: Chapter 2' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Boss Baby'. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' completes the top three.
June 5, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'John Wick: Chapter 2' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Logan'. 'The Boss Baby' completes the top three.
May 29, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Ghost in the Shell'. 'Fist Fight' completes the top three.
May 15, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ghost in the Shell' tops the chart this week, followed by 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'. 'Logan' completes the top three.
May 8, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Fifty Shades Darker'. 'Kong: Skull Island' completes the top three.
May 1, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Fate of the Furious'. 'Kong: Skull Island' completes the top three.
April 24, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Kong: Skull Island'. 'Split' completes the top three.
April 17, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Kong: Skull Island tops the chart this week, followed by 'Split'. 'Rogue One' completes the top three.
April 10, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rogue One tops the chart this week, followed by 'Monster Trucks'. 'Logan' completes the top three.
April 3, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rogue One tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Great Wall". 'Logan' completes the top three.
March 27, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rogue One tops the chart this week, followed by 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage". 'Assassin's Creed' completes the top three.
March 19, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Assassin's Creed'. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' completes the top three.
March 13, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Passengers'. 'Arrival' completes the top three.
March 6, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week on BitTorrent
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Passengers'. 'Doctor Strange' completes the top three.
February 27, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Doctor Strange' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Moana'. 'Arrival' completes the top three.
February 25, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Arrival' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Hacksaw Ridge'. 'Doctor Strange' completes the top three.
February 13, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Arrival' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Passengers'. 'Doctor Strange' completes the top three.
February 6, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Doctor Strange' tops the chart this week, followed by 'La La Land'. 'Arrival' completes the top three.
January 30, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Arrival'. 'La La Land' completes the top three.
January 23, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Girl on the Train' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Accountant'. 'Patriots Day' completes the top three.
January 16, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Accountant'. 'Keeping Up with the Joneses' completes the top three.
January 9, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Deepwater Horizon'. 'The Accountant' completes the top three.
January 1, 2017
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Magnificent Seven' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The Accountant'. 'Rogue One: a Star Wars Story' completes the top three.
December 19, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Magnificent Seven' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Spectral'. 'Inferno' completes the top three.
December 12, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ben Hur' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Inferno'. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' completes the top three.
December 5, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ben Hur' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Pete's Dragon'. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' completes the top three.
November 28, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Pete's Dragon' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Jason Bourne'. 'Snowden' completes the top three.
November 21, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'War Dogs' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Jason Bourne'. 'Doctor Strange' completes the top three.
November 14, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Jason Bourne' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'. 'Finding Dory' completes the top three.
November 7, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Finding Dory' tops the chart this week, followed by 'The BFG'. 'Suicide Squad' completes the top three.
October 30, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Suicide Squad' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Bad Moms'. 'Don't Breathe' completes the top three.
October 22, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Suicide Squad' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Don't Breathe'. 'Lights Out' completes the top three.
October 17, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Suicide Squad' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Star Trek: Beyond'. 'Mechanic: Resurrection' completes the top three.
October 10, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ghostbusters' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Captain America: Civil War'. 'I.T.' completes the top three.
September 23, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Captain America: Civil War' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' completes the top three.
September 12, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Central Intelligence'. 'Batman: the Killing Joke' completes the top three.
July 25, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Central Intelligence' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Warcraft'. 'The Purge: Election Year' completes the top three.
July 18, 2016
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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of the Week
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Warcraft' tops the chart this week, followed by 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. 'Me Before You' completes the top three.
July 11, 2016
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