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Court Orders Pirate Bay Domains to be Forfeited to the State

The Swedish Court of Appeal has today ruled that The Pirate Bay will have its Swedish domains confiscated. and will both be forfeited to the state but Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij informs TorrentFreak...Show More Summary

Mega Ordered to Hand Over Users’ Details to U.S. Court

Mega, the cloud storage site founded by Kim Dotcom, has been ordered to hand the IP addresses and personal details of some of its users to a U.S. court. The ruling follows the uploading of sensitive documents to Mega following a hack on a foreign government computer system. Show More Summary

45,000 People Ask Netflix to Stop VPN Crackdown

A letter signed by nearly 45,000 people calls upon Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to reverse the company's broad VPN ban. To enforce geographical restrictions Netflix started blocking VPN users more aggressively this year, but according to...Show More Summary

Germany to Rescind Piracy Liability for Open Wifi Operators

People operating open WiFi networks in Germany have long risked being held liable for the actions of those using them. However, to the relief of thousands of citizens that position will change later this year after the country's coalition...Show More Summary

Court: Resistance To Star Trek Copyright Claims Is Futile

The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" will continue, a California federal court has ruled. The makers of the spin-off asked the court to dismiss the case arguing that several elements, including the Klingon language, are not protected by copyright. Show More Summary

DVDFab Has Ignored Court’s Shut Down Order, AACS Says

DVDFab has failed to cease its operations in the U.S. and should be sanctioned, AACS says. The decryption licensing outfit founded by Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft, Intel and others, informs a New York federal court that DVDFab's parent...Show More Summary

UK Government Expands Crackdown on Online Piracy

The UK government has published its strategy for tackling IP infringement over the next four years. The document reveals some interesting times ahead, including a review of the effectiveness of notice and takedown regimes and the possibility...Show More Summary

HBO Censors Game of Thrones Spoilers With Dubious Copyright Claims

HBO is not only taking action against people who download pirated copies of Game of Thrones, the company is also targeting those who predict what's going to happen in future episodes. YouTube user Frikidoctor has had several videos taken...Show More Summary

Neuroscientists Discover Why Internet Pirates Don’t Feel Guilty

Entertainment industry groups often equate illegal downloading to theft, an act that many people would feel guilty about carrying out. However, millions of downloaders simply do not feel any guilt when they transfer infringing content...Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Crew Removes Thousands of Torrents, Just Not ‘Those’

The Pirate Bay is known for its refusal to accept takedown requests from copyright holders. However, that doesn't mean that the site keeps all files that are uploaded, quite the contrary. Week in and week out a dedicated team of moderators removes thousands of torrents to keep the site from turning into a The Spam Bay. Show More Summary

I Just Watched an Infringing Video and It Felt Pretty Bad

There are possibly millions of infringing videos on YouTube and for the most part users see it as a bonus. This week, however, I stumbled across a suspect video on the site and the resulting cascade of emotions made me wonder: Don'tShow More Summary

HBO Warns Game of Thrones Pirates, Removes Torrents

HBO is going all out to limit Game of Thrones piracy. The company is sending out thousands copyright infringement warnings to alleged pirates, encouraging them to get an HBO subscription. In addition, the company is requesting torrent...Show More Summary

ISP Boss Criticizes Calls to Criminalize File-Sharers

The boss of a prominent ISP in Sweden has criticized moves by the government which could criminalize hundreds of thousands of Internet users. Bahnhof CEO Jon Karlung says the country is stuck in the past when it calls for harsher punishments...Show More Summary

Chrome, Firefox and Safari Block Pirate Bay as “Phishing” Site

Chrome, Firefox and Safari are actively blocking direct access to The Pirate Bay. According to the browsers, is a "deceptive site" or "web forgery," that may steal user information. The TPB crew has been alerted to the issue, and hope it will be resolved soon. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

4K Content Protection “Stripper” Beats Warner Bros in Court

LegendSky, a hardware manufacturer that creates devices enabling consumers to bypass 4K copy protection, has survived a crucial lawsuit. LegendSky was sued by Warner Bros. and Intel daughter company Digital Content Protection (DCP),Show More Summary

Australian ISPs Refuse to Pay For Pirate Site Blocking

Australian ISPs hit with demands to block several 'pirate' sites including The Pirate Bay and Torrentz say they don't want to bear the costs. One ISP says it could block for around AUS$50 per domain, but another put the bill as high as $AUS800. Show More Summary

Flood of Abusive Piracy Notices Crashed Verizon’s Mail Server

Verizon is taking a stand against the millions of invalid DMCA notices it receives for allegedly pirating subscribers. At one point the ISP received two million piracy warnings in one day from anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, which effectively...Show More Summary

Pirate Bay & KickassTorrents Uploader Stung For €7,500

Another uploader to torrent sites including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents has agreed to pay a cash settlement to Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN. After other members of his group were identified the man apparently stopped uploading...Show More Summary

Elsevier Complaint Shuts Down Sci-Hub Domain Name

Sci-Hub is facing millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. As a result of the legal battle the site just lost one of its latest domain names. However, the site has no intentions...Show More Summary

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