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MovieSwap Cancels DVD Cloud Streaming Service

A service which planned to receive millions of DVDs from its members, rip them, and serve them remotely from the cloud to any device, has been canceled. MovieSwap achieved more than double its goal on Kickstarter yet a failure to reach...Show More Summary

Chrome and Firefox Block KickassTorrents as “Phishing” Site

Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the popular torrent site KickassTorrents. According to the browsers, is a "deceptive site" or "web forgery," that may steal user information. The site's operators are looking...Show More Summary

U.S. ISPs Refuse to Disconnect Persistent Pirates

The U.S. broadband association USTelecom, a trade association representing many ISPs, is taking a stand against abusive takedown notices and a recent push to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers. They argue that ISPs are not required...Show More Summary

MPA: We’ve Reached a Turning Point on Piracy

The president of the MPAA's European operation says he believes a turning point has been reached on piracy, with service providers and search engines beginning to understand they all have a role to play. However, it's also clear that...Show More Summary

Netflix Disappears From MPAA’s ‘Legal’ Movie Search Engine

Less than two years ago the MPAA launched its search engine WhereToWatch, offering viewers a database of alternatives to piracy. However, those who try the search engine today will notice that results for Netflix, the largest entertainment platform in the United States, are no longer listed. Show More Summary

Bitsoup Torrent Site Farce is Worse Than DRM

All Internet services need some kind of funding to survive and torrent sites are no exception. However, there is one site in the private tracker scene that's taking the "donation" model to such extremes that it would be completely at home in a Monty Python sketch. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Ups Privacy With 2-Factor Authentication

KickassTorrents has become the first public torrent site to offer two-factor authentication to its users. The new feature helps users to increase their privacy and makes it harder for malicious parties to hijack their accounts. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Copyright Group Likens Massive DMCA Abuse Protests to “Zombie Apocalypse”

Last week a campaign launched by Fight for the Future and popular YouTube channel ChannelAwesome to protest DMCA abuse generated nearly 100,000 responses, overwhelming the U.S. Copyright Office. This effort appears to have frustrated...Show More Summary

BPI Buys Up ‘Pirate’ Domains To Foil Pro-Piracy Activists

Internet pirates are a swarthy bunch that have been known to hijack anti-piracy projects to further their own aims. The BPI is aware of these kinds of efforts and has registered a whole heap of 'pirate' domains to avoid a similar fate...Show More Summary

Pirates Frustrated After TV Release Groups Swap .MP4 for .MKV

After years under a previous regime, several prominent Internet piracy groups have adopted a new set of TV-release standards. The rules will go into effect this weekend, but several groups have already made the switch, frustrating many...Show More Summary

38% of Young EU Internet Pirates See Nothing Wrong in Piracy

Young people are often the group most closely associated with consumption of illegal content yet the results of a new survey just published by the EU Intellectual Property Office paints them in a fairly reasonable light. While 38% of...Show More Summary

Steal This Show S01E08: Maybe Free Is Not The Future

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode we talk with BitTorrent Inc. founders Ashwin Navin and Dave Harrison. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

UK Govt Issues Advice on Dealing With Copyright Trolls

The UK government has just published advice for people receiving cash demands from so-called copyright trolls. The Intellectual Property Office says that bill payers who are not necessarily infringers are receiving these letters andShow More Summary

WebTorrent Desktop Streams Torrents Beautifully

WebTorrent is best described as a BitTorrent client for the web. It allows people to share files directly from their browser, without having to configure or install any additional software. Now WebTorrent Desktop has arrived, offering...Show More Summary

Linking to Pirated Content Is Not Copyright Infringement, Says EU Court Adviser

Linking to pirated content that is already available to the public can not be seen as copyright infringement under the European Copyright Directive. This is the advice Advocate General Melchior Wathelet has sent to the EU Court of Justice,...Show More Summary

Steam Censors Pirate Bay Links in Chat Client

Steam users who want to share a link to The Pirate Bay from the built-in chat client will be disappointed, as mentions of the popular torrent site are being censored. Links to various torrent and file-sharing sites are actively stripped...Show More Summary

Geo-Blocking Madness Highlighted by Hidden Camera Stunt

Millions of consumers of digital content are regularly informed that since they live in a certain region the content they're trying to access is off-limits. Known as 'geo-blocking', the practice is being blamed for encouraging piracy through to anti-competitive business practices in the EU. Show More Summary

Panama Papers Endanger Anonymity of ‘Pirate’ Sites

Described as one of the largest leaks in history, the Panama Papers reveal where some of the wealthiest people in the world hide their fortunes. However, offshore companies are also widely used for anonymity, as the listing of two Megaupload defendants reveals. Show More Summary

Panama Papers: Pirates Prepare to Takeover Iceland

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is facing calls for early general elections after it was revealed he is among many politicians linked to companies named in the Panama Papers. Dramatically the Pirate Party is leading...Show More Summary

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