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Filmmakers Take Dutch State to Court Over Lost Piracy Revenue

A coalition of Dutch film and TV producers is following through on their threat to file a lawsuit against the local Government. The filmmakers hold the authorities responsible for the country's high piracy rates. They claim the government...Show More Summary

72% Of UK Broadband Users Think Piracy Warnings Will Fail

A new survey of broadband users in the UK suggests a gloomy outlook for the recently launched Copyright Alerts program. Almost three-quarters of respondents felt that the warnings will fail to stop people accessing and sharing copyrighted...Show More Summary

Copyright Troll’s Intellectual Property Goes Up For Sale to Pay Giganews

A copyright troll that terrorized service providers over alleged copyright infringement is set to forfeit the very assets that made its entire campaign possible. After losing an aggressive lawsuit against Giganews, Perfect 10's multi-million...Show More Summary

“Save The Meme” Campaign Protests EU’s Proposed Piracy Filters

The EU's proposed new copyright law is not without controversy. One of the most discussed proposals is the requirement for online services to install mandatory piracy filters. Several legal scholars and experts have already warned about...Show More Summary

UK Court Dismisses Case Against Torrent Site Proxy Operator

More than two-and-a-half years ago, City of London Police arrested a man for operating several reverse proxies for torrent sites, including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. Facing counts of money laundering and fraud, the operator risked a hefty prison sentence, but it didn't go that far. Show More Summary

Google Anti-Piracy Agreement Will Target Domain Hopping, Share Search Data

More details surrounding the voluntary anti-piracy agreement between Google, Bing, and major rightsholders have emerged. In addition to efforts to mitigate pirate sites' efforts to jump domains to avoid downranking, the search engines...Show More Summary

Prenda Attorney Pleads Guilty to Operating a Piracy ‘Honeypot’

For years Prenda Law extracted millions of dollars in cash settlements from alleged BitTorrent pirates, leaving misery in its wake. Now, John Steele, one of its lead attorneys, has signed a guilty plea admitting the honeypot scheme.Show More Summary

Italy’s Pirate Site Blocklist Expands with Flashx, RARBG and Others

Following complaints from copyright holders, Italian ISPs are required to block hundreds of websites, a list that continues to expand. During the past week a handful of new sites were added including Flashx and RARBG, with streaming site 123movies being next in line. Show More Summary

UK Govt Refuses to Back Down Over Criminalization of File-Sharers

As part of the Digital Economy Bill winding its way through parliament, there will be a harmonization of penalties for offline infringements with those carried out online. With up to ten years imprisonment on the table, the Open Rights Group asked for a threshold to be put in place, to separate petty and serious offenders. Show More Summary

Streaming Pirate Content Isn’t Illegal, UK Trading Standards Says

Every day millions of people use PCs, tablets, phones and Kodi-style devices to stream pirated content, but is it illegal? According to Trading Standards, local UK authorities tasked with investigating commercial organizations, if users...Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 03/06/17

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Passengers'. 'Arrival' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Film Company Launches Fake KickassTorrents to Convert Pirates

A Costa-Rica based film distributor has launched its very own KickassTorrents look-a-like site with a mission to convert would-be pirates. None of the listed torrents provide pirate copies of the movies in question, but they are worth...Show More Summary

Pirate Streaming Site Loses Domain, Advertises New One On Adsense

Nowadays it's not uncommon for pirates sites to lose a domain name following a complaint or a legal dispute. What's rare, however, is that the site then uses Google's advertising platform Adsense to point users to its new home. ThisShow More Summary

Movie Company Lawyers Warn Pirate Sites About Looming Blockades

RARBG, one of the world's most popular torrent sites, has just received a pile of paperwork from major rightsholders including Village Roadshow, Disney, Universal and Warner. A letter sent from a Sydney lawfirm claims that the site infringes on "an enormous scale" and says that a blocking application was filed in February. Show More Summary

Which VPN Services Keep You Anonymous in 2017?

VPN services have become an important tool to counter the growing threat of Internet surveillance. Encrypting one's traffic through a VPN connection helps to keep online communications private, but is your VPN truly anonymous? We take...Show More Summary

Demonoid is Still Down, But Not Out

The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has been offline for more than a month. The team behind the site ran into hosting issues and internal problems, which is why a comeback took longer than expected. According to the site's operator, however, new hardware is arriving. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Not Warning Kid About Piracy Makes Father Liable, Court Rules

A German court has ruled that a father is liable for an audiobook his 11-year old son downloaded. The man told the kid to only use the computer for school purposes and not to simply download things. However, the court ruled that this was not a proper anti-piracy instruction. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

UK Police Claim 64% Drop in Mainstream Advertising on 200 Pirate Sites

City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit is claiming success in denying potential revenue to more than 200 'pirate' sites. As a result of Operation Creative, the division says that in the past twelve months there hasShow More Summary

Private Anti-Piracy Deals With Domain Registries are Worrisome, Professor Warns

Last year the MPAA signed its first anti-piracy deals with a domain name registries, hoping to limit widespread copyright infringement. A worrisome development, according to University of Idaho Law Professor Annemarie Bridy, who warns...Show More Summary

ExtraTorrent’s Main Domain Name Shut Down By Registrar

ExtraTorrent, one of the world's largest torrent indexes, has lost control of its main domain The domain name has been disconnected by the registrar, which has rendered the site hard to reach. However, it's still accessible through several backups. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

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