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Landmark Case Sees Pirate Bay User Hit With 5 Year Sentence

A man who uploaded a single movie to The Pirate Bay kickstarting South Africa's first online piracy case has been sentenced today. After striking a plea bargain with the state over what was unusually framed as a criminal rather than civil offense, the 29-year-old was handed an unprecedented five-year suspended jail sentence. Show More Summary

Pirate Video Streaming Sites Exploit Google’s Servers

Several large "pirate" movie streaming portals are using Google's servers to distribute copyrighted material. More than 18,000 videos are currently publicly available, and requests to Google to remove the files have reportedly gone unanswered. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network

For more than half a decade Spotify has relied on P2P technology to quickly deliver songs to its millions of subscribers. This will be over soon. The music streaming service has started to phase out P2P technology to rely fully on central servers instead. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

High Court: Kim Dotcom Can Have His Cars, Millions in Cash Returned

The High Court in New Zealand today ruled that police may not keep possession of assets seized in a 2012 raid on Kim Dotcom's mansion. This means that a potential appeal aside, Dotcom may soon be reunited with millions of dollars in cash, his luxury car collection, artwork, and other assets seized by the authorities. Show More Summary

Android Pirate Agrees To Work Undercover For the Feds

Getting busted by the FBI can hardly be a pleasurable experience but for one former Android software pirate his debt to the authorities won't be over anytime soon. As part of a plea agreement with the Department of Justice, a former member of the SnappzMarket group has just agreed to work undercover for the FBI. Show More Summary

Square Enix: DRM Boosts Profits and It’s Here to Stay

One of the world's largest games companies says that DRM is a necessary part of doing business and isn't going away anytime soon. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Square Enix says that while it understands that DRM shouldn't interfere with gaming and there is currently no perfect solution, profit dictates that the controversial practice remains. Show More Summary

Game of Thrones Sets New Torrent Swarm Record

The latest episode of Game of Thrones has broken the record for the most people sharing a file simultaneously via BitTorrent. More than 193,000 people shared a single copy yesterday evening, and roughly 1.5 million people downloaded the episode during the first day. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Cinefi Streams Movie and TV-Torrents Straight to Your Browser

Cinefy is a brand new service that allows users to stream movie and TV-torrents directly to their browser, with no external torrent clients, plugins or video players needed. The unique "patent pending" technology streams videos on-the-fly, and works on pretty much any device that has a browser. Show More Summary

Ryushare File-Host Owner Arrested – Cash, Cars, Motorcycles Seized

Another file-hosting site popular with pirates has bitten the dust. According to the Vietnamese government the operators of Ryushare were arrested for distributing "depraved culture", a reference to adult-related material. Reports from...Show More Summary

UK Prime Minister Asked for Permanent Police Anti-Piracy Unit Funding

City of London Police's Intellectual Property Unit has been making waves recently against so-called 'pirate' websites but its current funding is only a temporary arrangement. In an effort to remove uncertainty, the Prime Minister's Intellectual...Show More Summary

Why People Pirate Game of Thrones, a Global Cost Breakdown

Millions of people pirate Game of Thrones instead of paying for it. One of the prime reasons is the hefty price tag that comes with a premium subscription, which isn't really a surprise if you look at the costs in some countries. Honestly,...Show More Summary

Why Are Porn Perfomers Scared to Talk About Internet Piracy?

Most people affected by piracy are very happy to point the finger at sites like The Pirate Bay, but what if people were too scared to talk about the sites where their content is being made available illegally? What if, in some strange...Show More Summary

Raging Anti-Piracy Boss Goes on a Tirade Against BitTorrent

Robert Steele, one of the bosses at anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, has expressed outrage with BitTorrent Inc. In an often incomprehensible rant he accuses the company and its founder of profiting from piracy. To become a good citizen,...Show More Summary

39% of Film Industry Professionals are Movie & TV Show Pirates

Every month, reports condemn the general public for downloading movies and TV shows without permission, but perhaps those industries need to look a little closer to home. A new survey among film industry professionals suggests that almost 40% have downloaded movies and TV shows illegally. Show More Summary

American Express Accuses Pirate Sites of ‘Stealing’ Their Ads

Major brands frequently have their advertising banners displayed on pirate sites without their knowledge. In most cases this is a result of ad re-targeting and nested placements, but American Express has come out with a rather unusual finding. Show More Summary

Now the RIAA Sues Megaupload “For Massive Copyright Theft”

Just days after the MPAA announced that it had sued Megaupload, the defunct file-sharing site has yet more litigation to deal with. The RIAA has also thrown its hat into the ring, claiming millions in civil damages for "massive copyright theft". Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Kim Dotcom Goes Head to Head With The MPAA’s Top Lawyer

Following the announcement that the MPAA had filed a lawsuit against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom, the movie studios' General Counsel Steven Fabrizio made several appearances in the media. Most memorable was an interview with Radio New Zealand, where he was surprised to hear Kim Dotcom on the other end of the line. Show More Summary

The Netherlands Must Outlaw Downloading, EU Court Rules (Update)

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the Netherlands can no longer permit its citizens to freely download copyrighted movies and music without paying for them. In its judgment the Court rules that the current system of a "piracy levy" to compensate rightsholders is unlawful. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Records Labels Lose Big as Court Declares File-Sharing Tools Legal

An epic battle between the world's largest record companies and the creator of software known as the "Spanish Napster" has concluded with defeat for the labels. Veteran developer Pablo Soto informs TorrentFreak that the decision clears the way for even more development, starting today with a brand new, BitTorrent-powered release of his software. Show More Summary

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