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Archived Since:March 20, 2008

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Fail: MPAA Makes Legal Content Unfindable In Google

Last week the MPAA launched a brand new website that makes it easier for people to find legal movies and TV-shows online. While Hollywood's answer to piracy is certainly useful, it's also lacking an essential feature. Due to poor coding skills, the site is impossible for search engines such as Google and Bing to index. Show More Summary

Swedes Prepare Record File-Sharing Prosecution

Swedish authorities say a case they are preparing against a so-called piracy 'scene' member will be their biggest prosecution to date. The man is accused of infringing copyright on more than 2,200 mainly Hollywood movies, with each carrying potential damages of up to $2.69m per movie. Show More Summary

U.S. Copyright Alert System Security Could Be Improved, Review Finds

This week the Center for Copyright Information released a new external review of its evidence gathering procedures. Overall the six-strikes Copyright Alert System gets a positive evaluation. However, more can be done to prevent false positives and protect the collected evidence from internal threats such as rogue employees. Show More Summary

BitTorrent Users are Avid, Eclectic Content Buyers, Survey Finds

A new study carried out by BitTorrent Inc. has found that the company's users aren't the freeloaders they're often made out to be. The study found that BitTorrent users are 170% more likely to have paid for digital music in the past six months and are 8x more likely to have a music streaming account when compared to the average Internet user. Show More Summary

Torrents Good For a Third of all Internet Traffic in Asia-Pacific

New data published by the Canadian broadband management company Sandvine reveals that BitTorrent can be credited for one-third of all Internet traffic in the Asia-Pacific region during peak hours. That's an increase of more than 50% compared to the previous year. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

BitTorrent Preps Sync Pro to Take on the Cloud

BitTorrent Inc. has signaled the release of a new version of its popular Sync software. Aimed at rival services offered by companies such as Dropbox but with enhanced privacy, 'free' and 'pro' versions of Sync 2.0 will have no limits on performance or folder-size and allow users to maintain control over their own data. Show More Summary

U.S. Brands Kim Dotcom a Fugitive, ‘Spies’ on Others

The U.S. Government is trying to get its hands on the assets of Kim Dotcom and his fellow defendants through a civil lawsuit, with the DoJ branding them fugitives and asking the court to dismiss their claims. The new filing further reveals that law enforcement continued to tap conversations of some defendants months after the raids. Show More Summary

Court: $30,000 for Sharing a Pirated Movie is Excessive Punishment

A federal court in Washington has rejected a $30,000 damages award against several Internet subscribers accused of downloading a pirated movie via BitTorrent. Judge Thomas Rice doubted that filmmakers were hurt much by the pirates and...Show More Summary

Artists and Labels Now Sue Chrysler Over CD-Ripping Cars

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies has launched a new lawsuit targeting Chrysler for allowing car owners to rip CDs without paying royalties. The lawsuit follows a similar class action suit against Ford and General Motors, which is still ongoing. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

If Illegal Sites Get Blocked Accidentally, Hard Luck Says Court

In a case before the High Court, UK ISPs have raised concerns that 'innocent' sites might be taken offline due to them sharing IP addresses with other sites detailed in blocking orders. While sites will get a chance to complain, sites operating illegally will get no sympathy from the High Court. Show More Summary

MPAA Pays University $1,000,000 For Piracy Research

The MPAA has donated over a million dollars Carnegie Mellon University in support of its piracy research program. The movie industry group sees academic research as a valuable tool to steer future copyright policies and uses the program's results to further its cause. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Why Hollywood Director Lexi Alexander Sides With “Pirates”

Lexi Alexander is one of a few Hollywood directors to have come out in support of file-sharers. While her opinions may not help her career, she believes that certain four letter acronyms are a bigger threat to the movie industry than the young brights minds previously jailed for file-sharing. Show More Summary

BitTorrent Inc. Now Allows All Artists to Get Paid

After the huge success enjoyed by Thom York and his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes release, BitTorrent Inc. has opened up its paygate to content creators everywhere. Upon application, sellers of music, video and even software can now get paid via the San Francisco company's 'Bundle' project. Show More Summary

Movie Chief Describes University Piracy Fines as “Terrific”

An Australian university's policy of fining students up to $1,000 when they get caught pirating on campus has been described as "terrific" by a movie boss. Village Roadshow chief Graham Burke made the comments despite the university paying none of the fines back to rightsholders. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Giganews Not Liable for Pirating Usenet Customers, Court Rules

A federal court in California has ruled that Usenet service provider Giganews is not guilty of copyright infringement, nor can it be held responsible for customers who do pirate content. The case in question was brought by adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 which previously lodged similar complaints against Amazon, Google and RapidShare. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Moves to Kickass.so Domain Name

KickassTorrents, one of the largest torrent sites, relocated to a new domain name today. As part of their "annual domain rotation" the site traded in its Kickass.to address for the Somalian Kickass.so. The site's operators aren't commenting on the move but it could be instrumental in circumventing various anti-piracy measures, at least temporarily. Show More Summary

ISP Provides Free VPN to Protect Customer Privacy

A leading Swedish Internet service provider is taking a novel approach to protect customer privacy. Faced with a legal requirement to log subscriber activities, from next week ISP Bahnhof will give all of its customers a free, no-logging VPN service. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Dotcom Faces Jail Following Application to Revoke Bail

Kim Dotcom's predicament worsened today when a prosecutor revealed that a bail revocation application is underway which could put back behind bars as early as next week. In the meantime Dotcom is being restricted on land, sea and air. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Hollywood Demands Tougher Penalties for Aussie Pirates

The MPAA is urging the U.S. Government to defeat online piracy and has identified several countries where change is required. Australia is a priority according to Hollywood, so to change this situation better enforcement, improved legislation and stiffer penalties are required. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

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