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Demonoid Blocks Adblock Users – Fair or Fail?

Demonoid, once one of the Internet's most popular torrent sites, is now barring users who try to visit the site with advert blocking software Adblock installed. The move raises some interesting questions, not least the value of revenue to torrent sites and the intricacies of whether or not content really should be 'free'. Show More Summary

Police Arrest Potential Mayweather / Pacquiao Pirate

A Filipino IT professor has been arrested by local authorities on suspicion of running a pirate streaming site. According to ABS-CBN the professor planned to illegally stream the Mayweather / Pacquiao fight. In addition to a criminal investigation the man faces millions of dollars in damages in U.S. Show More Summary

Grooveshark Faces $736 Million in Copyright Damages

As Grooveshark parent company Escape Media prepares to face off against the world's largest record labels in New York later today, the company is bracing for the worst. In a pre-hearing ruling a judge described Grooveshark's copyright violations on 4,907 tracks as "willful", potentially putting the company on the hook for $736 million in damages. Show More Summary

Farmers Unable to Repair Tractors Because Copyright: Never a Side Effect, But Core Intention of Law

Stories are starting to appear about farmers unable to repair tractors and car aficionados unable to tinker with cars because of copyright legislation. That's not a side effect. It was the whole idea of the law. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Experts Urge Canada to Stop Threatening Piracy Notices

Following the introduction of Canada's notice and notice system earlier this year, hundreds of thousands of ISP subscribers have received piracy warnings, often accompanied by hefty settlement demands. In response, a diverse range of...Show More Summary

Leaked Piracy Report Details Fascinating Camcording Investigations

A top-secret presentation made by the Federation Against Copyright Theft to Sony Pictures shines light on the complex investigations carried out by the anti-piracy group. The document reveals suspects being filmed in cinemas, tracked using Facebook friends, and their connections to release groups mapped in intriguing diagrams. Show More Summary

BitTorrent Inc. Lays Off Close to a Third of its Workforce

BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the popular uTorrent file-sharing client, has laid off close to a third of its U.S. workforce. Speaking with TorrentFreak a source close to the company says that up to 45 workers had their contracts terminated Thursday, "gutting" the company's advertising team and pushing more work to its offices in Minsk, Belarus. Show More Summary

EZTV Domain Name Falls Into New Hands

The website of the popular TV-torrent distribution group EZTV is showing some unusual again. The site's eztv.ch domain name has fallen into new hands. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Scammers Take Over New EZTV Domain Name

Popular TV-torrent distribution group EZTV is in trouble again. The site's new eztv.ch domain name has fallen into the hands of 'scammers' who are trying to cash in through various ads. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

New Russian Anti-Piracy Law Could Block Sites “Forever”

People who run 'pirate' sites out of Russia have been given a final warning by the government. Amendments to local copyright law that come into force May 1 not only protect more content than ever before, but also contain provisions to permanently block sites that continually make unauthorized content available. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

The blockade of the Pirate Bay by UK ISPs is causing trouble for CloudFlare customers. Several websites have been inadvertently blocked by Sky because a Pirate Bay proxy is hosted behind the same IP-addresses. In a response, CloudFlare threatened to disconnect the proxy site from its network. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Domain Seized Within 24 Hours, Next Stop .CR

Less than 24 hours after the site moved over, the Isle of Man Registry has revoked the new domain name of KickassTorrents. Continuing the domain shuffle the popular torrent site will now move to the Costa Rica based domain name, Kat.cr. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde Kills NSA-Proof Messenger App

After promising so much the highly anticipated encrypted chat project Hemlis has come to an end. The software was left with too many obstacles to overcome, not least the absence of former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde who was arrested and taken away to serve his jail sentence for copyright infringement last summer. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Moves to Isle of Man Domain Name

KickassTorrents, the largest torrent site on the Internet, has switched to a new domain name. Starting today the site will serve its torrents from KickassTorrents.im, an Isle of Man TLD. The site's operators haven't provided a specific reason for the change, but if the domain remains online it may improve the site's accessibility. Show More Summary

Cinema Staff Catch Movie Cammers, Pick Up Cash Rewards

Staff from four of the UK's most popular cinema chains have been given cash rewards for hindering the work of suspected movie pirates. Eleven individuals stepped in to interrupt nearly a dozen so-called 'camming' incidents on movies including Fifty Shades of Grey and The Theory of Everything. Show More Summary

Hollywood Anti-Piracy Initiative Requires a VPN Outside the U.S.

MPAA chief Chris Dodd has urged theater owners and customers alike to support WhereToWatch, a "one-stop shop" designed to quickly guide audiences to legal content. Following its launch everyone could access the resource but perhaps fittingly, users outside the U.S. Show More Summary

Game of Thrones Piracy Surges to New High

The fifth season of Game of Thrones began with a bang. The first episode of the season broke ratings records but at the same time piracy surged to new highs. During the first week 32 million people pirated GoT episodes through torrent sites, with most downloaders coming from the US, France and Brazil. Show More Summary

Court: Google Can See Emails About MPAA’s Secret ‘SOPA Revival’

Google is entitled to see internal communication between the MPAA and Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, a federal court has ruled. Hood previously called for SOPA-like Internet filters in the U.S. and is accused of doing Hollywood's dirty work. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Fate of Pirate Bay Domains Hang in the Balance

Should The Pirate Bay be allowed to carry on business as usual while using domain names under Swedish control? That's the argument the Stockholm District Court will consider next week following a demand from the prosecutor that the two.SE domains be disabled or placed under government control. Show More Summary

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