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Lawfirm Chasing Aussie ‘Pirates’ Discredited IP Address Evidence

If the movie's owners have their way, alleged downloaders of Dallas Buyers Club in Australia could soon face allegations of piracy and demands for hard cash. However, it's worth reminding potential targets that not even Dallas Buyers Club's chosen lawfirm believe that the evidence relied on in the case is up to much. Show More Summary

Embedding Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

The Court of Justice of the European Union handed down a landmark verdict this week. The Court ruled that embedding copyrighted videos is not copyright infringement, even if the source video was uploaded without permission. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Pirate Bay Blockade Set For Icelandic Expansion

The fledgling ISP block against The Pirate Bay in freedom-friendly Iceland is already looking like the thin end of the wedge. After securing an injunction against ISP Vodafone, music rightsholders will now press for injunctions against several of Iceland's other top service providers who have refused to voluntary block the site. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Sends 100,000 New Users to “Free” VPN

This week The Pirate Bay replaced its frontpage logo to promote a new VPN service, driving 100,000 new customers to the startup. FrootVPN currently offers its services for free, but admits that this may not last forever. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Retired Scene Groups Return to Honor Fallen Member

Several Warez Scene groups have come out of retirement to honor a fallen friend. ZENiTH, SLT, Lz0 and MiDNiGHT all made a unique release over the weekend to pay homage to Goolum, an active and highly valued member of the Scene. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Microsoft: We’ve Always Had Freemium, It’s Called Piracy

New comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella suggest that luring people in with zero-cost products is of great interest to the company. However, while services such as OneDrive are free with premium options by design, Nadella says Microsoft has long had a freemium business model, but one that was forced upon it by pirates. Show More Summary

Porn Piracy Cash Threats to Hit Virgin Media Customers

TorrentFreak has learned that several porn companies have teamed up to target alleged file-sharers in the UK. ISP Virgin Media has been ordered by the High Court to hand over the personal details of around 800 subscribers. Lawfirm Wagner & Co, which handled previous cases for copyright troll GoldenEye, is handling the case. Show More Summary

Google’s New Search Downranking Hits Torrent Sites Hard

Google's previously announced anti-piracy measures have now kicked in and as a result popular "pirate" sites are noticing a massive drop in search traffic. Search results now show less popular torrent sites but not all site owners see this as a problem. Show More Summary

Record Labels Obtain Order to Block 21 Torrent Sites

Several record labels in the UK have today obtained a High Court order to have local ISPs block yet more torrent sites. Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin, BT and EE are now instructed to block a total of 21 sites including LimeTorrents, Seedpeer and Torlock. Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Police PIPCU Secure Govt. Funding Until 2017

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has received substantial new funding which secures its future until at least 2017. The £3 million cash boost, announced this morning by Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe, will come from public funds. Show More Summary

Photographer Who Sued Imgur Now Has a Pirate Bay Problem

Last month Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli sued Imgur claiming the popular image hosting site had failed to remove a few dozen of his photos. Before the case gets well underway the photographer is facing a much bigger problem, as 20,754 of his photos are now being shared on The Pirate Bay. Show More Summary

U.S. Government Shuts Down Music Sharing Sites

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appear to be continuing with Operation in Our Sites. In recent days two large music sharing sites, RockDizFile.com and RockDizMusic.com, were taken offline. Show More Summary

Australians Face ‘Fines’ For Downloading Pirate Movies

The studio behind the Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club has initiated legal action to extract cash payments from Australian pirates who obtained the movie using BitTorrent. Perhaps surprisingly one of the ISPs targeted is iiNet,...Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Group Plans to Block In Excess of 100 Sites

An anti-piracy outfit 'blockaded' by the Pirate Party last week in Austria has revealed its expanded plans for website blocking. The Hollywood-affiliated group says it will strive for blocks of sites numbering "in the low three digits" while applying to the court for more effective blocking technical solutions. Show More Summary

TVMC Battles Popcorn Time Via Google Play

While Popcorn Time continues to have its ups and downs, a new release aiming to muscle in on the famous app's patch has hit the Google Play marketplace. The team behind TVMC is billing the XBMC/Kodi based app as a safer alternative to Popcorn Time, but its availability via Google Play could be a short-lived affair. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Under “Legal Investigation,” Switches Domain

The Popcorn Time fork formally known as Time4Popcorn has permanently moved to a new domain name. The EURid registry told the developers that the original is under legal investigation, a matter that will take weeks to resolve. As a result of the domain troubles other forks have picked up in popularity. Show More Summary

“Megaupload’s Imaginary Copyright Crimes Should be Dismissed”

The U.S. Government is trying to get their hands on the assets of Kim Dotcom and his fellow defendants through a civil lawsuit, claiming that they are the proceeds of crime. Megaupload's legal team is striking back against these allegations and informs the court that the Government's case is built on nonexistent crimes. Show More Summary

Police Drop Charges Against Industrial-Scale ‘Pirate’

A raid and subsequent arrest hailed by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit as one of their most significant yet has taken an unexpected twist. After being accused of masterminding an "industrial scale" sports streaming operation, a UK man has had all of the charges against him dropped. Show More Summary

Twin Peaks Piracy Surges In Anticipation of Comeback

This week news broke that legendary TV-series Twin Peaks is set to make a comeback after 25 years. The news has TV-fans all over the world excited and also resulted in a piracy craze. In less than a week 75,000 people downloaded the show's first two seasons from various torrent sites. Show More Summary

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