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Archived Since:March 20, 2008

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UK ISPs and Copyright Holders Praise New Piracy Warning System

Earlier this year news broke that UK ISPs are set to team up with copyright holders to notify subscribers found sharing pirated material. Today the initiative has been announced officially, receiving praise from all parties involved....Show More Summary

Dotcom’s MEGA Blocked in Italy Over Piracy Concerns

The Court of Rome has issued a nation-wide block of two dozen sites that facilitated the distribution of pirated movies. Among the blocked domains is Kim Dotcom's cloud hosting service Mega, Firedrive (formerly known as Putlocker), and even Russia's largest email provider Mail.ru. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Anti-Piracy Firm Wants to Fine Aussie and Canadian File-Sharers

Los Angeles based anti-piracy firm CEG TEK has expanded its piracy monetization services to Japan, with Australia and Canada next on the list. The company is currently conducting ISP compliance tests in both countries to see if sending out automated piracy fines can bring in substantial extra revenue. Show More Summary

9% of French Internet Subscribers Accused of Piracy

French anti-piracy authority Hadopi has revealed that in the first four years of its operations it sent initial file-sharing warnings to 9% of French Internet subscribers. Just over 10% of those subscriber accounts went on to receive a second warning, with just 0.4% getting a third. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Traffic Doubles Despite ISP Blockades

In recent years the entertainment industries have pushed hard to get The Pirate Bay blocked in various countries. Despite these efforts the notorious torrent site has managed to double its visitors. The United States remains the most popular traffic source while roughly 9% of all users access the site through a proxy. Show More Summary

Solarmovie Domain Gets Stolen by Mysterious Hacker

Solarmovie, one of the largest video streaming indexes in the Internet, lost control of its domain name yesterday. A mysterious 'hacker' managed to access the name.com registrar and transferred the domain name elsewhere. The hijack appears to come from the same person who previously stole 1channel.ch. Show More Summary

‘Pirate’ Site ISP Blockades Reversed By Court

As Spain struggles with its continuing online piracy problems, a local court has issued an order for several file-sharing sites to be unblocked by ISPs. The decision overturns a ruling in May which required the service providers to censor torrent and download sites on copyright infringement grounds. Show More Summary

Chrome Blocks uTorrent as Malicious and Harmful Software

Google's Chrome browser has started to block downloads of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent. Those who attempt to download the software are told that it's malicious and harmful, hinting that the website might have been hacked. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

RIAA Copyright Pressure Silences Historical Radio Archive

ReelRadio, a site that streams an archive of often decades-old historical radio shows, has been forced to take down much of its library after the RIAA complained that the site was operating outside the terms of its license. The letter of the law is tight, and the RIAA is insisting that the near 20-year-old site now meets all of its requirements. Show More Summary

Google Processes Millions of Useless DMCA Notices

The world's biggest copyright holders send Google millions of DMCA notices each week, many of them sent by the most notable anti-piracy companies around. But for reasons best known to themselves, hundreds of thousands being processed by Google are completely useless and a waste of time and money. Show More Summary

File-Sharing Doesn’t Hurt Box Office Revenue, Research Finds

New research by economist Koleman Strumpf shows that there is no significant effect of movie piracy on box office revenues. This conclusion is based on data from 150 blockbuster movies that were released over a period of six years, using the popular Hollywood exchange as an indication for the revenue impact. Show More Summary

Dotcom’s Baboom “Overwhelmed” By Indie Music Support

Kim Dotcom's emerging music service Baboom is inviting would-be investors to grab a piece of what should be an intriguing startup. Speaking with TorrentFreak the senior advisor handling the offer says that not only is it tracking "exceptionally well" but the company is being "overwhelmed" with support from the global indie music industry. Show More Summary

Leaked Dr Who Episode Appears on The Pirate Bay

Footage from the brand new and yet-to-air series of Dr Who has leaked onto the Internet. Clearly unfinished, the heavily watermarked video carries markers which suggests that the copy was destined for a subtitling company in Brazil. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

BitTorrent to Crowdfund TV-Show Through New Paywall

BitTorrent Inc, the company behind the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, will allow artists to charge for their content starting in September. The paywall option aims to generate a healthy revenue stream for artists and film producer Marco Weber will be one of the first to try it out. Show More Summary

Suing File-Sharers Doesn’t Work, Lawyers Warn

The American Bar Association has released a detailed white paper advising the Government on how to tackle online piracy. The lawyers recommend several SOPA-like anti-piracy measures including injunctions against companies hosting pirate sites. Show More Summary

When Guided by Google, Legal Music is Quicker Than Piracy

Google is often admonished by music companies for not making pirate music harder to find, but does it deserve that criticism? Tests carried out by TorrentFreak on the Billboard Top 10 reveal that in the majority of cases finding authorized content is quicker and easier than finding pirate downloads. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Asks Support For Its Imprisoned Founders

The Pirate Bay has updated its familiar home page logo with a banner asking people to support two of the site's founders who are currently in prison. The site lists the addresses of Gottfrid Svartholm and Peter Sunde and encourages visitors to send letters, books, and vegan candy. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

News Corp Wants to Hold ISPs Responsible For Piracy

With its significant entertainment business interests, media giant News Corp has been making its feelings known in the ongoing piracy debate. After targeting Google last month the company says it wants the government to tighten up the law in order to hold Australian ISPs responsible for the actions of their pirating subscribers. Show More Summary

MPAA Pulls “Popcorn Time” Repositories Off GitHub

GitHub has just removed the repositories of several popular Popcorn Time applications. The action was taken in response to a takedown request sent by the MPAA. Whether this will do anything to stop people from using the "Netflix for pirates" has yet to be seen. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

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