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When Authors Demand Payment For Every Copy, They Advocate Communism

Yes, really. There's a whole lot of confusion in the dangerous and wrong cliché that "authors must be paid" for every copy that's made. We live in a market economy for good reasons. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

KickassTorrents Launches its Own Release Group

KickassTorrents, the world's most popular torrent site, has launched its own release group. KATRG has added more than twenty-one movie releases in the past several days, including Oscar screeners Room, Brooklyn and The Peanuts Movie....Show More Summary

1337x Staff Abandon “Insecure” Torrent Site, Start Over

One of the most active torrent communities is witnessing an exodus of moderators and admins. Nearly all active staff of 1337x have abandoned the site claiming that the owner failed to fix several security holes. The (former) staffers have now launched their own site and have begun redirecting 1337x traffic to their new home. Show More Summary

Who Stands to Win & Lose After Cox’s Piracy Defeat?

On Thursday, United States ISP Cox Communications was found liable after it failed to disconnect subscribers it knew had committed several copyright infringements. Although an appeal could be on the way, who will benefit from the ruling...Show More Summary

Steal This Show S01E03: Solving Piracy?

Today we bring you the third episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode we talk with entertainment industry insiders about geoblocking, ISPs’ liability for piratingShow More Summary

Pirate Bay Founder Builds The Ultimate Piracy Machine

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde served his prison sentence last year but still owes the entertainment industries millions in damages. Some might think that he's learned his lesson, but with a newly built copying machine he's generating millions of extra 'damages,' which might be worth a mention in the Guinness Book of Records. Show More Summary

U.S. Govt. Targets Torrent Sites and Other Piracy Havens

The US Government has pinpointed 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 KickassTorrents, as well as Canadian domain registrar Rebel and Swiss hosting service Private Layer. Show More Summary

UK Movie Pirates Sentenced to a Total of 17 Years

Five men who released thousands of movies onto the Internet have been handed sentences totaling more than 17 years. The men, all from the UK and members of release groups including 26K, RemixHD, DTRG and RESISTANCE, were accused of "putting at risk" more than £52m in Hollywood revenues. Show More Summary

Cox Is Liable for Pirating Subscribers, Ordered to pay $25 million

Internet provider Cox Communications is responsible for the copyright infringements of its subscribers, a Virginia federal jury has ruled. The ISP is guilty of willful contributory copyright infringement and must pay music publisher BMG $25 million in damages. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

BitTorrent Spy Tool Aims to Reduce Company File-Sharing

A new report has revealed how companies across a range of industries are participating in BitTorrent file-sharing networks. Educational establishments come out on top with close to 60% participation alongside more than a quarter in the government and political space. Show More Summary Operator Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

A former operator of, Germany's largest pirate streaming site, has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for his involvement in the site. Despite the conviction the streaming site remains operational, as the two main operators are still on the run. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Fork Goes Dark After MPAA Hounds Developers

The MPAA has not yet given up its fight against Popcorn Time. The movie industry group is reportedly going after a group of developers who launched a "Community Edition" of the popular application. While the new fork has yet to throw in the towel, they've taken down their website and GitHub repository for the time being. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents “DIY” Karaoke ‘Gang’ Busted By UK Police

Three men from the UK have been raided by City of London Police after uploading thousands of karaoke tracks online. Although described by police as a criminal "gang", the men in their 50s and 60s claim they only created their own karaoke tracks when alternatives weren't commercially available. Show More Summary

Judge Throws Out Aussie Dallas Buyers Club Piracy Case

A further attempt to obtain the personal details of thousands of alleged pirates in Australia is on the verge of collapse. The company behind the movie Dallas Buyers Club has been told by a judge in the Federal Court that unless further action is taken, the whole case will be thrown out next February. Show More Summary

Pirating Subscribers Could Cost Cox Over $200 Million

Internet provider Cox Communications is facing more than $200 million in potential damages, if a jury holds it responsible for the copyright infringements of its subscribers. According to music publisher BMG there is no doubt that Cox is responsible. Show More Summary

Seven Pirate Bay Domains Have Been Suspended

Following issues last week, more domains linked to The Pirate Bay have also been suspended. The problems, which are related to ICANN's verification system, affect at least seven domains including The website of anti-censorship tool Pirate Browser is also affected. Show More Summary

RIAA Defeats Grooveshark “Clone” in Court, Wins $17 Million

The RIAA has scored another win in a prominent piracy lawsuit. The music group has prevailed in its case against the 'reincarnation' of the defunct Grooveshark music service, with a New York federal court granting more than $13 million in piracy damages plus another $4 million for willful counterfeiting. Show More Summary

Grumpy Cat Sues Coffee Maker For Copyright Infringement

Grumpy Cat is not happy. Her owners have filed a lawsuit at a California federal court, accusing a coffee maker of exploiting the cat's copyrights and trademarks without permission. In addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, Grumpy Cat's owners also want control of the coffee maker's domain name. Show More Summary

UK ISPs Unleash 85+ New Blocks on ‘Pirate’ Domains

Internet service providers in the UK have begun blocking around 85 new 'pirate' domains following demands from rightsholders. All six major ISPs will implement the ban which targets, among other things, various clones, proxies and mirrors associated with The Pirate Bay plus major torrent and MP3 download sites. Show More Summary

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