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MPAA & RIAA Demand DNS Action Against ‘Pirate’ Domains

Following their SOPA defeat three years ago, the MPAA, RIAA and ESA are again arguing that registrars need to take action against domains being used for infringing purposes. The groups told the House Judiciary Committee’s Internet subcommittee that dealing with anonymous domain registrations is also an urgent matter. Show More Summary

YouTuber Sues Google, Viacom Over Content ID Takedowns

An angry YouTuber says he has had enough of the way YouTube handles the DMCA and allegations of copyright infringement. In a lawsuit filed against Google, Viacom and Lionsgate, Benjamin Ligeri complains of restrictive practices which favor copyright holders using YouTube's Content ID system, even when claims are invalid. Show More Summary

“Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Is a Sham, Filmmakers Say

The Internet Security Task Force, an anti-piracy initiative launched by several independent movies studios, is calling for an end to the "six strikes" Copyright Alert System. According to the group the voluntary agreement does nothing to stop piracy. Show More Summary

Copyright Holders Want Cox to Expose “Most Egregious” Pirates

BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music want Cox to reveal the identities of hundreds of subscribers whose accounts were frequently used to pirate music. The request is part of an ongoing lawsuit where the ISP is accused of failing to disconnect repeat copyright infringers. Show More Summary

“Well Organized” TV Show Piracy Group Shut Down

Customs authorities in Hong Kong say they have shut down a "well organized" TV show piracy operation. Two men aged 25 and 46 were placed under arrest and a third key member is said to be at large. At this stage the group remains unnamed as their United States-based site is still online and proving difficult to shut down. Show More Summary

Netload Resurfaces At New Home After Court Order

Without prior warning the popular file-hosting service disappeared about a week ago. The sudden shutdown came after a German court issued an injunction against the site's operators. While this appeared to be a victory for the copyright holders, Netload has now made a comeback under a new domain name. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Traffic Doesn’t Rival Traditional Torrents Just Yet

Thanks to its slick and easy-to-use interface, Popcorn Time has gained an impressive user base since it launched early last year. However, fresh data now shows that the application still has some ground to cover if it wants to rival uTorrent, which remains the king of BitTorrent traffic. Show More Summary

Rightscorp Fails in Bid to Unmask Pirates Using DMCA

Anti-piracy monetization firm Rightscorp has failed in its bid to unmask alleged Internet pirates. The company attempted to use the DMCA to force ISP Birch Communications to expose its customers' identities but the company stood strong. Show More Summary

Google, Microsoft, Mastercard & ISPs Sign Anti-Piracy Agreement

A broad coalition including Google, Mastercard, Microsoft, ISPs and anti-piracy organization Rights Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the issue of online infringement. The agreement, which is the result of efforts...Show More Summary

You Can’t Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing

The purpose of public libraries is exactly the same as the effect of file-sharing. You cannot defend one while opposing the other. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Killing Spotify’s Free Version Will Boost Piracy

Spotify is generally hailed as a piracy killer, with music file-sharing traffic dropping in virtually every country where the service launches. However, much of this effect may be lost if recent calls to end Spotify's free tier are honored. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Mega Consults Legal Team Over New Piracy Report

A new Hollywood commission report investigating the revenue sources of more than 600 supposedly infringing sites has controversially included file-hosting site Mega. The listing marks the second time in a matter of months that the cloud-storage service has been accused of online piracy via an industry-connected report. Show More Summary

BBC Wants Google to Remove Top Gear’s IMDb Page

BBC Worldwide has sent tens of thousands of takedown requests to Google this week, but not all reported links are as bad as they claim. In fact, the company is targeting the IMDb pages of several of its own shows, including Top Gear and The Game, as well as one of Dailymotion's homepages. Show More Summary

Trial of Torrent Site Admin and Hosting Provider Concludes

An intriguing case dating back more than 3.5 years ended this week when two men went on criminal trial in Sweden. One was the former sysop of a 26,000 member private BitTorrent tracker. The other provided the site with web hosting and allegedly refused to take the site down when copyright holders asked. Show More Summary

Rightscorp Still Can’t Turn Piracy Into Straight Profit

Piracy monetization company Rightscorp has published its results for Q1 2015 and they show that turning piracy into profit still isn't as straightforward as the company might've hoped. Despite protecting more copyrights, bringing more ISPs on board and settling more cases, the company still ended up with an operating loss of $929,768. Show More Summary

India Orders Piracy Blackout of Vimeo, Pirate Bay and More

The makers of the Indian movie "Piku" have obtained a blocking order against several popular websites including Vimeo, The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents. The order issued by the Indian High Court prohibits the sites and various ISPs from linking to pirated versions of the movie, but may not be as effective as it sounds. Show More Summary

Music Industry Reports 200 Millionth Pirate Link to Google

The RIAA and BPI have reached a new milestone in their ongoing efforts to have pirated content removed from the Internet. This week the music industry groups reported the 200 millionth URL to Google. Looking ahead, the BPI is urging Google to introduce more piracy prevention measures, or else Governments will have to intervene. Show More Summary

MPA Report Advises Outreach Campaign Against ‘Pirate’ Ads

A new survey commissioned by the Motion Picture Association into the revenue sources of 'pirate' sites has found that a third of adverts displayed are 'scam' ads designed to trick users or inject malware. According to the report, "awareness and outreach campaigns" could be helpful in warning people away from sites displaying these ads. Show More Summary

‘Resurrected’ Grooveshark is Actually an MP3Juices Clone

Reports of a resurrected Grooveshark to replace the service that was taken down last week are, to put it diplomatically, the result of 'creative marketing'. hit the scene a couple of days ago claiming to be a clone of the shuttered service but it's little more than a re-badged MP3 search engine. Show More Summary

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