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Original KickassTorrents Domain Goes Up For Sale

It's been almost a year since KickassTorrents was taken down by the U.S. Department of Justice. The criminal investigation resulted in the arrest of the alleged owner and seizure of several domain names. Interestingly, one of the domains...Show More Summary

City of Abbotsford Enters WordPress’ DMCA “Hall of Shame”

The Canadian city of Abbotsford has failed in its efforts to remove a parody of its logo from Wordpress. The City Council asked the blogging platform to remove the image which replaced a pine tree with a turd, but Wordpress honored Abbotsford...Show More Summary

Huge Pirate Site Owner To Be Held Under House Arrest

The owner of a huge file-hosting site shut down by the Ukranian government following a MPAA complaint will be held under house arrest for the next two months. Andrew Komlychenko faces up to six years in prison, with the prosecutor stating the importance of protecting foreign copyrights. Show More Summary

Microsoft Patents Technology to Block Pirated Content, Track Repeat Offenders

Technology giant Microsoft has obtained a patent to block objectionable content from being shared and to identify repeat offenders. The company mentions copyright infringement as one of the areas where it can be applied, particularly in cases where files are publicly shared. Show More Summary

Netflix Focuses Piracy Takedown Efforts on “Orange is The New Black” Leak

Netflix is trying to limit the visibility of the "Orange is The New Black" leaks by sending takedown requests targeted at various websites. The leak is significant enough for the video streaming service to direct one anti-piracy vendor...Show More Summary

ISP Lands Supreme Court Win Over Copyright Trolls

A Norwegian ISP has landed a key victory over copyright trolls who fought to discover the identities of people who allegedly shared files using BitTorrent. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court where it was decided that evidence...Show More Summary

Millions of North American Households Use Kodi With Pirate Add-ons

New data published by Canadian broadband management company Sandvine reveals that close to 9 percent of all North American households have at least one Kodi device. Roughly two thirds of these actively use pirate add-ons, which is good for millions of families in total. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Illegal IPTV & VOD Provider Settles With BREIN

BREIN says it has reached a 10,000 euro settlement with a supplier of illegal IPTV services. The Dutch anti-piracy outfit obtained an ex-parte court order against the individual, who was selling cheap subscriptions to otherwise premium...Show More Summary

New Torrent Search Engine Abuses Wikipedia to Get Traffic

Getting a torrent site off the ground is no easy feat in the current environment but doing so by misleading the public isn't a great start. A new torrent search site appears to be doing just that, by editing the Wikipedia pages of famous...Show More Summary

‘First Pirated Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disk’ Appears Online. AACS 2.0 Cracked?

A few hours ago a pirated copy of the "Smurfs 2" UHD Blu-Ray Disc appeared on the well known private torrent tracker UltraHDclub. The release suggests that the AACS 2.0 encryption technology used to protect these discs may have been circumvented for the first time. Show More Summary

Hollywood Demands Net Neutrality Exceptions to Tackle Piracy

The Motion Picture Association has advised the Indian government to forge exceptions in any eventual net neutrality regulation so that the fight against infringing content is not hindered. ISPs should be permitted to block or throttle...Show More Summary

Anime Torrent Site NYAA Goes Down After Domain Name Deactivation

Popular anime torrent site NYAA has lost control over its Swedish.SE domain name, which was deactivated a few hours ago. As a result, the site has become unreachable. The domain status suggests that the responsible registry intervened,...Show More Summary

Canada and Switzerland Remain on US ‘Pirate Watchlist’ Under President Trump

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published its yearly Special 301 Report, highlighting countries that fail to live up to U.S copyright protection standards. Effective enforcement of IP rights is a core issue for...Show More Summary

10 Years in Jail For Internet Pirates Now Reality in the UK

Having received royal assent before the weekend, the UK's Digital Economy Bill is now law. As a result, Internet file-sharers can be jailed for up to ten years, if they knowingly make infringing content available to the public whileShow More Summary

Aussie ISPs Ordered to Block KickassTorrents ‘Spinoffs’

Australia's Federal Court has issued a new blocking order targeting several KickassTorrents related sites. When the original site was taken down, music industry companies shifted the focus to several spinoffs. Twenty Internet providers...Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 05/01/17

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Fifty Shades Darker'. 'Kong: Skull Island' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

ATM-Style Kiosk Pumps Out Pirate Movies to USB Sticks

Services like RedBox have been delivering movies to the masses for more than 15 years but hiring out discs via a vending machine is always bound to cause problems. So how about a nice touchscreen shopping mall kiosk that dumps the latest...Show More Summary

Skytorrents: A Refreshing Ad-free and Privacy Focused Torrent Site

More than a decade ago most torrent sites were started as hobby projects. Gradually, however, outsiders started to recognize that these sites could be used to turn a profit, which resulted in an avalanche of smaller ad-ridden torrent farms. Show More Summary

Premier League Asks Google to Take Down Facebook’s Homepage

The Premier League has sent a rather unfortunate takedown notice to Google. The football organization wants the search engine to take down Facebook's homepage, claiming that it distributes copyright infringing content. Google has investigated...Show More Summary

What Now For ‘Pirate’ Boxes & Streaming Following the ECJ Ruling?

This week the European Court of Justice found that set-top boxes and similar devices can infringe copyright if they are sold pre-configured for piracy. The Court also clarified that when users stream content from an illegal source, they too fall foul of the law. Show More Summary

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