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UK ISPs Fail to Overturn Site Blocking Order

In 2014, the High Court ordered Sky, TalkTalk, BT, Virgin Media and EE to block websites dealing in counterfeit luxury products. The ISPs appealed the case on a number of grounds, including that the court had no power to order the injunctions. That appeal has now failed. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

FACT Rewards Cinema Workers For Stopping Piracy

Anti-piracy group FACT has presented awards to cinema staff whose actions prevented the unauthorized recording of first-run movies. A total of 17 individuals from around the UK were commended during a special ceremony at Twentieth Century Fox in London yesterday. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

UK Bill Introduces 10 Year Prison Sentence for Online Pirates

The UK Government's Digital Economy Bill, which is set to revamp current copyright legislation, has been introduced in Parliament. One of the most controversial changes is the increased maximum sentences for online copyright infringement. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom Hints at Second Coming of Megaupload

Kim Dotcom has confirmed to TorrentFreak that he has a brand new cloud storage site under development. After an extended planning period, the entrepreneur says the platform will be his best creation yet. It could launch next January with a name that "will make people happy." Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

‘Just’ 5% of UK Internet Users are Hardcore Pirates

A report published by the Intellectual Property Office has revealed that around a quarter of all UK media consumers pirated at least one item during a three-month period earlier this year. Infringement of movies and TV shows are both...Show More Summary

Pirating TV-Shows and a Movie Costs Finnish Man Over €32,000

The so-called 'copyright-trolling' piracy lawsuits in Finland have claimed their first victim in court. Despite operating an open Wi-Fi network, a man has been ordered to pay more than 32,000 euros in damages and costs for sharing ten...Show More Summary

Blizzard Sues Overwatch “Cheat” Maker For Copyright Infringement

Blizzard Entertainment is suing Bossland, the maker of the popular Overwatch cheat tool "Watchover Tyrant" and several other game cheats. Among other things, the developer accuses the German company of various forms of copyright infringement and unfair competition. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Pirate Blocking Injunctions Could Be Abused, Researchers Say

Researchers at Western Sydney University and King's College London have published a paper comparing various 'pirate' blocking mechanisms around the world. While all have shortcomings, the regime in the UK is highlighted as being open to potential future abuse. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Really? Buy a Pirate TV Box, Get a Free Cruise?

The outfit behind an illicit streaming device is taking 'pirate' advertising to new levels. Claiming endorsements from Christina Millian and YouTube star Jordyn Jones, 'Z Stream Box' has commissioned a full infomercial in which the company...Show More Summary

Scene Group Asks For Bitcoin Donations, Gets $0

The Scene is generally known as a network of 'pirate' release groups mostly interested in sharing content among each other. In these circles money is rarely discussed, but one relatively new group has broken this taboo with a call for Bitcoin donations. Show More Summary

ICANN: We Won’t Pass Judgment on Pirate Sites

Following more pressure from rightsholders, domain name oversight body ICANN has again made it clear that it will not act as judge and jury in copyright disputes. In a letter to the president of the Intellectual Property Constituency,...Show More Summary

BitTorrent Protocol Turns 15 Years Old Today

Fifteen years ago a developer named Bram Cohen posted a short message online, announcing his new file-sharing tool BitTorrent. Three years later his protocol was responsible for a quarter of all Internet traffic, and now it helps people...Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Removed More Than 1 Million Torrents

KickassTorrents, one most popular sites on the entire web, offers access to millions of torrents. Users add several thousands of new files to the site every day, but not all of those survive. In fact, over the past few years the site...Show More Summary

Ricky Gervais: Don’t Pirate My Film, I Stand to Make Millions

Ricky Gervais released a new anti-piracy PSA for his upcoming movie "David Brent: Life on the Road" today. As part of a copyright education campaign he asks people not to pirate his film, noting that while people might save a few bucks by pirating it, he stands to make millions. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Google Senior Counsel Defends Company’s Anti-Piracy Measures

Google senior copyright counsel Fred von Lohmann has been defending his company's anti-piracy stance after he was challenged by another lawyer on Twitter. It started as a discussion over infringing domains but quickly turned into a debate over downranking sites. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

MPAA’s Domain Name ‘Policing’ Results in First Suspensions

Several "pirate site" domain names have been suspended following complaints from the MPAA. The websites in question all use domain names that are managed by the Donuts registry, which assigned the Hollywood group as its "trusted notifier."...Show More Summary

Landmark Piracy Trial Suspended Pending EU Ruling

Following a year-long wait, a landmark piracy trial in Sweden has been suspended after just two hours. The case, which sees the prosecution of two men behind the country's largest streaming site, is now on hold pending a decision from the European Court of Justice. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

We’re Not Liable for Pirating Subscribers, Windstream Tells Court

U.S. Internet provider Windstream is asking a New York federal court to shield the company from broad piracy accusations. The ISP filed a complaint against BMG and Rightscorp after it was accused of direct and contributory copyright infringement. Show More Summary

DMCA Notices Nuke 8,268 Projects on Github

Popular code repository Github has just published its transparency report for 2015. While receiving a relatively modest 12 subpoenas for user data last year, the site also handed seven gag orders. It also received large numbers of DMCA...Show More Summary

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