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$1bn Getty Images Public Domain Photograph Dispute is Over

Earlier this year, photographer Carol Highsmith received a $120 settlement demand from Getty Images after she used one of her own public domain images on her website. Highsmith responded with a $1bn lawsuit but after a few short months...Show More Summary

Court Orders Rojadirecta to Stop Offering Pirated Football Streams

For years popular sports streaming site Rojadirecta has been operating from Spain without trouble, but last year the tide started to change. This week the site faced a new setback when a Spanish court ordered the streaming site to stop offering links to football matches. Show More Summary

Jailed Copyright Troll Partner Claims to Be Fundraiser For PIPCU

Earlier this year, UK copyright troll partner Robert Croucher was sent to prison after assaulting an Uber driver. Following an appeal, he's now a free man and blaming a member of the House of Lords for his poor treatment. Curiously,Show More Summary

4shared: Copyright Holders Abuse Google’s DMCA Takedown System

Popular file-hosting service 4shared is a true piracy haven, according to some copyright holders. Following numerous complaints the site has had more than 50 million of its URLs removed from Google's search index. However, accordingShow More Summary

Viacom 18 Obtains Court Order to Block 1,250 ‘Pirate’ Sites

In India, a court has gone to extreme lengths to protect a new movie distributed by Viacom 18. A so-called John Doe order filed against at least 40 ISPs instructs them to block a minimum of 1,250 websites that might make the newly released Force 2 available to the public. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Opera Browser Asked to Blacklist Pirate Sites in “Turbo Mode”

The Opera web browser feature 'Turbo Mode' is designed to speed up browsing. As a side effect, it also bypasses website blocks, something popular with pirates. However, it appears that the company has been in talks to integrate a blacklist...Show More Summary

Police Arrest Man Trying to Sell Brotherhood on the Dark Web

Detectives from the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit say they have arrested a man attempting to sell the movie Brotherhood on the dark web. The 35-year-old is suspected of offering the movie, which is the follow-up to the...Show More Summary

Fan-Funded Star Trek Film Claims Fair Use as Defense

The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is heating up again. With a trial scheduled for early next year, both parties have submitted motions for summary judgment. The defendants...Show More Summary

Surprise! Aussie Internet Pirates Are The Best Customers

A report commissioned by the Australian government has found a drop in piracy rates for 2016. The fall is being attributed to improved availability of legal streaming alternatives, but in a juicy twist, the report also reveals that the...Show More Summary

Dreamhack Organizer Arrested in Torrent Site Crackdown

Earlier this month Swedish police took down, one of the largest private torrent trackers in the country. With help from PayPal the authorities were able to identity and arrest the prime target, who also happens to be an organizer...Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Defense: U.S. Indictment Remains Fatally Flawed

The legal defense team of alleged KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin has reiterated that the allegations put forward by the U.S. Government are fatally flawed. According to the defense, the Government's indictment still includes several...Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 11/21/16

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Pete's Dragon' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Jason Bourne'. 'Snowden' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Pirate Sites Blocked For Showing Gambling Advertising

Pirate sites have a tendency to carry advertising for gambling services but in some regions, notably Russia, online gambling is illegal. So, when torrent and streaming sites carry ads for these services, copyright holders are now reporting...Show More Summary

UK Piracy Blocklist Silently Expands With Hundreds of Domains

UK Internet providers have added close to 500 URLs to the national pirate site blocklist. The expansion follows a request from copyright holders who frequently add new proxies for sites that have previously been barred. Despite thisShow More Summary

Rightscorp Only Has Enough Cash to Last Until December

Rightscorp's dream of turning piracy into profit continues to be a nightmare. In its latest quarterly filing the anti-piracy outfit reports revenue down 35% over the same period last year, alongside a loss of $385,433. Year to date,Show More Summary

Pirate App Store Operator Convicted for Criminal Copyright Infringement

Four years ago the FBI took down several pirate Android app 'stores' and later arrested several people connected to the sites. This week one of the SnappzMarket operators, Joshua Taylor, was found guilty. During a bench trial, Judge Timothy C. Show More Summary

Tech Companies Urge Trump To Protect DMCA Safe Harbors

Donald Trump isn't in the White House yet is but already under pressure from people hoping to benefit from his influence. Among them Google, Facebook, and Twitter, which have written to the president-elect hoping that he'll uphold the...Show More Summary

Music Group Confirms What.CD Raid, Claims Millions in Losses

The French music industry group SACEM has confirmed that several servers, which allegedly belong to What.CD, were confiscated in a raid yesterday. The group applauds the police action, which they say has put an end to millions of dollars in losses caused by the popular music tracker. Show More Summary

Major Cyberlocker EX.UA to Shut Down Amid Police Crackdown

The largest file-hosting site in Ukraine says it will shut down amid a government crackdown on Internet piracy. EX.UA has been a thorn in the side of local and international copyright holders for years and has appeared on the USTR's list of notorious pirate markets. Show More Summary Shuts Down Following Reported Raids in France

The hugely popular private music torrent tracker What.CD has shut down. After a reported raid on several of its servers in France, The tracker says it has destroyed all site and user data. itself hasn't confirmed any police action...Show More Summary

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