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If Pirate Bay is an FBI Trap it Isn’t a Very Good One

Oh noes! Apparently The Pirate Bay has fallen into enemy hands and is now an FBI-run honeypot gathering data on the pirate masses. Fortunately and despite some big publications picking up on the 'story' this week, people can rest easy. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Deploys “Robots” to Scan For Fake Torrents

In an attempt to battle a constant stream of fake torrents The Pirate Bay has borrowed an army of screening bots. To compensate for the lack of moderators, Pirate Bay is using the "FakeSkan" service of fellow torrent index Bitsnoop to warn users about malicious files. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Pirate Site’s Deal With Police Backfires Massively

One of Sweden's top movie streaming sites has made a deal with the country's police. In exchange for remaining free men the administrators of Dreamfilm say they negotiated with authorities to close down the site. Meanwhile, an almost identical site has reappeared under a new domain name, run by former admins. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Explores I2P Anonymity as VPN Overloads

One of the most-used Popcorn Time forks plans to implement support for the anonymous I2P network to protect its users from snooping anti-piracy organizations. In addition the application wants to shield its operation from takedown attempts by pushing software updates though a P2P technology. Show More Summary

MPAA to Undergo Major Changes Following Studio Disquiet

Sony almost withdrew from the MPAA after the movie trade group failed to support the studio as it faced an unprecedented cyber-attack last year. As disquiet continues over the way the MPAA operates while burning through huge amounts of cash, big changes now lie ahead for the Hollywood group. Show More Summary

Google Chrome Dragged Into Internet Censorship Fight

Google's lawsuit against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood is a crucial case for the future of SOPA-like Internet filters in the U.S. This week Digital Citizens Alliance, Stop Child Predators and others voiced their support for the Attorney General, suggesting that Google Chrome should be censored as well. Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Left Moldova Before Government Piracy Meeting

The ISP linked with The Pirate Bay says the company no longer hosts the site. According to Trabia the site's operator announced plans to leave Moldova in January, ahead of a government piracy meeting. Now Cloudflare's services hide the true location of The Pirate Bay, right in the MPAA's backyard. Show More Summary

Hotfile Agrees to Settle Piracy Lawsuit With Major Book Publishers

Hotfile and several major book publishers have agreed to an out-of-court settlement of their piracy dispute. Last year the publishers filed a complaint with a Florida District Court, demanding up to $7.5 million from the defunct file-hosting service. Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Outfit Sends Porn ‘Fines’ to University

An anti-piracy outfit working on behalf of porn studios has surprised 'pirate' students with demands for cash. The University of California passed on the $300 threats from CEG TEK alongside suggestions to pay up, but advice given by a campus computer science professor could put even more people at risk. Show More Summary

ISP Doesn’t Have to Expose Pirating Subscribers, Judge Rules

A federal court in Georgia has quashed a broad DMCA subpoena which required local Internet provider CBeyond to reveal the identities of alleged BitTorrent pirates. The magistrate judge ruled that ISPs don't have to hand over personal information as they are not storing any infringing material themselves. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Responds to Cloudflare and Moderation Concerns

The Pirate Bay has responded to concerns about its use of U.S.-based CDN service CloudFlare. According to the people behind the site, this is only a temporary measure to reduce the load on its servers. In addition, TPB now asks users to report fake torrents, noting that the staff's moderating capabilities are disabled for security reasons. Show More Summary

Android Dev ‘Punishes’ Pirates at the Behest of Reddit

A few hours ago Android developer Jack Underwood revealed that his software was being pirated by 85% of users. Now, on the advice of Reddit, the UK-based dev has tweaked the app to provide pirates with some special surprises. Speaking with TF, underwood says traditional anti-piracy measures are a waste of time. Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Already Has a Pollution Problem

The Pirate Bay has been back for a few days but all is not well. Aside from the site having serious stability problems and decreased functionality, it's already being flooded with fake uploads of the latest movies. While it's still early days, reputations are fragile in the fickle world of file-sharing. Show More Summary

In Memory Of The Liberties Lost In The War on Piracy

In order to prevent us from discussing and sharing interesting things, the copyright industry has successfully eliminated civil liberties online. But it was all down to a wrong and stupid business assumption in the first place. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

YTS Rolls Out New Design and Features

The popular movie release group YTS, also known as YIFY, has released a major overhaul of its site. In order to keep up with millions of pageviews per day the site's backend has been completely redone. In addition, the site has a new look, a new API, and several new features. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 02/02/15

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Taken 3' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘American Sniper.' 'Interstellar' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Hollywood’s Release Delays Breed Pirates

This week the MPA's Stan McCoy said it's a myth that legal content is not available, hinting at an excuse often used by movie pirates. But is that really the case? A quick survey shows that Hollywood still has a long way to go before availability becomes a non-issue. Show More Summary

Downloading Fatwa Issued By Turkish Religious Leaders

Turkey’s top religious body has handed down a fatwa in response to a question raised on the issue of illegal downloading. Obtaining content without permission from creators is forbidden, the Diyanet said. Meanwhile, a Catholic Church debate on the same topic raised an interesting dilemma. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Users Fight Back Against DMCA Takedown Purge

Many uploaders at KickassTorrents have voiced their frustration after tens of thousands of files disappeared from the site in a few days. Copyright holders are increasingly 'destroying' the hard work of these pirates, who plan to 'fight...Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Is Back Online!

The Pirate Bay has risen from its digital ashes once again. TPB is back online today, more than seven weeks after its servers were raided. The notorious torrent site is operating from the domain and it appears that the data loss is minimal. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

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