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BREIN Threatens Pirates With High ‘Fines’, Warns VPN Users

Hollywood-funded anti-piracy group BREIN has announced that it will begin pursuing legal action against individual BitTorrent users who share copyright infringing content. These pirates can look forward to settlement demands of several...Show More Summary

Pirate Party to Dominate Iceland Parliament, Survey Finds

The Pirate Party would dominate Iceland's parliament if elections were held today. That's the conclusion of a new survey which found that the Pirates appear to be maintaining an impressive lead over their rivals, with around 38% of voters...Show More Summary

Interesting Parallels Between The Cannabis and File-Sharing Debates

In 1968, at the height of the hippie movement, everybody was convinced cannabis would be legalized next week. It would take another 40 years. Why? Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Private Tracker Member Data Leaked Via BBCode Exploit

A vulnerability in a popular private tracker has enabled a security expert to extract private data about site members and staff. The flaw, which was discovered by a concerned member, was a relatively easy exploit but one that could have had serious consequences. Show More Summary

Piracy Keyword Filters for Usenet Don’t Work, Expert Says

This week Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group BREIN reiterated its demands for a keyword-powered piracy filter to disable access to copyright infringing material on Usenet. However, according to one of the copyright enforcement experts...Show More Summary

Netflix Can’t Stream House of Cards Globally, Blames Licensing Deals

Netflix's release of the fourth season of House of Cards has turned into a bitter disappointment for fans in dozens of countries. Due to "legacy" licensing agreements, Netflix is not allowed to show its own original programming in countries...Show More Summary

VPN Provider’s No-Logging Claims Tested in FBI Case

While many VPN providers say they do not log their users' activities in order to protect anonymity, it's not often their claims get tested in the wild. However, a criminal complaint filed by the FBI this week notes that a subpoena sent...Show More Summary

Australian Movie Giant Considering Legal Action Against Pirates

After his appointment earlier this week as chairman of education-based anti-piracy outfit Creative Content Australia, Graham Burke has hinted at more ominous plans. The Village Roadshow boss has revealed that not only is his companyShow More Summary

MPAA Wants to Keep Its Anti-Piracy Secrets From Google

Hoping to find out more about the collaboration between the MPAA and Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, Google recently requested a deposition of MPAA lead counsel Steve Fabrizio. This week the Hollywood group told the court...Show More Summary

MovieSwap Aims to Be a Huge Crowd-Powered Streaming Service

A new service gathering steam on Kickstarter is set to immediately attract Hollywood's lawyers should it get off the ground. MusicSwap says it will receive millions of DVDs from its members, rip them, and serve them remotely from the cloud to any device, anywhere. Show More Summary

Three Large File-Hosting Sites Announce Shutdown

Three large file-hosting services have announced that they will shut down at the end of the month, citing reasons beyond their control. Lolabits, Abelhas and Partageurs are among the most popular file-sharing sites in Spain, Brazil/Portugal...Show More Summary

Napster Founder Plans to Offer New Movies at Home For $50 Per Shot

Napster co-founder Sean Parker is said to be working on a brand new way to get the latest blockbusters into homes on the day they're released. The project, known as Screening Room, involves the installation of a set-top box embedded with special anti-piracy technology. Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay is Down For 24 Hours, Due to Technical Problems

The Pirate Bay has been offline for 24 hours, causing concern among many BitTorrent users. The TPB-team is aware of the problems and says the problems are caused by technical issues, so the site is likely to rebounce soon. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Australian Anti-Piracy Campaign Won’t Target Hardcore Pirates

The body responsible for deterring Australians from engaging in Internet piracy has rebranded with a some new blood at the top. The IP Awareness Foundation is now known as Creative Content Australia and has recruited Village Roadshow co-chief Graham Burke as Chairman. Show More Summary

Web Sheriff Sent “Forged” Taio Cruz Birth Certificate to MusicBrainz

Anti-piracy outfit Web Sheriff has found itself mired in controversy after asking a music metadata site to change information relating to the artist Taio Cruz. After asking for proof that Cruz's birth name is not Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere as listed, MusicBrainz received a birth certificate from Web Sheriff. Show More Summary

Usenet Provider and BREIN Continue Battle Over Piracy Keyword Filter

The legal dispute between Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider News-Service.com will continue after a Dutch court delayed its decision over a requested piracy filter. The court wants both parties to answer detailed...Show More Summary

Stripping 4K Content Protection is Fair Use, Court Hears

LegendSky, a hardware manufacturer that creates devices enabling consumers to bypass 4K copy protection, has informed a New York federal court that they're not breaking any laws. The company is being sued by Warner Bros. and Intel daughter...Show More Summary

Norwegian Police Seize Popcorn-Time “Information” Site

Norwegian economic crime police have seized the domain name of a local Popcorn-Time website. The site in question didn't offer any copyright infringing material, but featured news articles and links to external sites where the popular application could be downloaded. Show More Summary

Warner Theme Park Pirated Artists’ Music For Six Years, Court Rules

The Supreme Court in Spain has ruled that during a six year period a Warner Bros. themed park failed to compensate artists and rightsholders. The Court found that between 2002 and 2008 Warner Park (Parque Warner) used unlicensed music...Show More Summary

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