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Archived Since:March 20, 2008

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Gottfrid Svartholm Trial Starts & Ends Week in Controversy

The hacking trial of Gottfrid Svartholm has ended its first week, but not without controversy. Today TF catches up with Kristina Svartholm on the past few days' developments and we also reveal criticism of Danish police after information provided by a man "with a grudge" against Gottfrid was used in court. Show More Summary

MPAA and RIAA Teach Copyright in Elementary Schools, Now With Fair Use

In an effort to educate American kids on copyright, the MPAA and RIAA are backing a new copyright curriculum titled "Be a Creator." Starting at kindergarten, children are educated on the value of copyright, and after a public outcry last year, the final materials now include fair use principles too. Show More Summary

Police Throw the Book at Alleged Pirate Site Admin

The alleged operator of a sports streaming site who was arrested on behalf of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been charged with numerous offenses including copyright infringement, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. Show More Summary

Touche: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

There's an interesting mouse ear battle unfolding between Disney and DJ Deadmau5. Earlier this week the media empire objected to a trademark application the musician filed because of the resemblance with its own logo. In a retaliatory move, Deadmau5 now accuses Disney of pirating his music on their website. Show More Summary

Google, Facebook & Microsoft Reject Anti-Piracy Proposals

Global tech firms including Google, Facebook & Microsoft have rejected calls for a graduated response to online piracy in Australia. Slamming bogus piracy stats and describing copyright as a "moral hazard" that can stifle innovation, the group says that offering easy access to content at a fair price is the only solution. Show More Summary

U.S. Government Wants Kim Dotcom’s Cash and Cars

The U.S. Government is going after Kim Dotcom's bank accounts, cars, art and other property. In a complaint filed at a Virginia federal court the Department of Justice argues that the property of the Megaupload and its founder should be forfeited as it was obtained through criminal means. Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Outfit Denies DDoS’ing Anime Sites

The effects of a DDoS attack that crippled NYAA, one of the largest anime torrent sites, continue today with fingers being pointed at everyone from the Japanese government to an anti-piracy group working with anime distributors. Subtitling site HorribleSubs, which was also affected, has its own ideas. Show More Summary

Record Labels Take Down Kim Dotcom’s Official Album… From Mega

In what could be one of the most ironic anti-piracy mistakes this year, music industry group IFPI has asked Mega to take down Kim Dotcom's very own music album Good Times. Mega was asked to remove its founder's music twice, casting doubt over the accuracy of the record labels' takedown efforts. Show More Summary

Breaking Bad Piracy Surges After Emmy Win, Research Finds

New data shows that the Emmy's award ceremony resulted in a piracy surge for many of the nominated shows. For Emmy winner Breaking Bad the number of file-sharers increased more than 400% overnight due to the increased exposure, and most other nominated shows saw a spike in pirate interest too. Show More Summary

In The Fappening’s Wake, 4chan Intros DMCA Policy

After doing without an element needed for safe harbor protection, 4chan has just introduced an official DMCA policy. The decision comes in the wake of the celebrity photo leak known as The Fappening and 4chan users' connections to it. Show More Summary

UK Govt. Warns Google, Microsoft & Yahoo Over Piracy

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid says that the government has warned Google, Microsoft and Yahoo over the issue of online piracy. In an address to the BPI’s AGM in London yesterday, Javid said that if the search engines don't stop referring people to pirate sites, the government will take a legislative approach. Show More Summary

Tribler Makes BitTorrent Anonymous With Built-in Tor Network

Researchers at Delft University of Technology have released the first public test of their anonymous BitTorrent client. With the new Tribler release users can share files more securely, without exposing their IP-address to the rest of the world. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

UK Police Make Third ‘Pirate’ Streaming Arrest

The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit arrested a man yesterday believed to have operated streaming sites that provided illegal access to subscription-only sports TV services. The arrest marks the third carried out by PIPCU in the streaming sector. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Popcorn Time Installed on 1.4 Million Devices in The U.S.

One of the most-used Popcorn Time forks has revealed the global popularity of the "Netflix for pirates." The application has the largest user base in the United States, with 1.4 million installs and 100,000 active users. The Netherlands and Brazil follow in second and third place respectively. Show More Summary

Hustler Hustles Tor Exit-Node Operator Over Piracy

Dozens of adult companies are using "copyright trolling" tactics to supplement their income, and Larry Flynt's Hustler is one of them. The company recently demanded a 600 euros settlement from a Finnish Tor exit-node operator, who also happens to be the Vice-President of a local Pirate Party branch. Show More Summary

ISP Alliance Accepts Piracy Crackdown, With Limits

Australian ISPs say that the government should employ a UK-style "follow the money" approach to deal with pirate sites. Site blocking and warnings might also be entertained, as long as throttling and disconnecting users is taken off the table. Show More Summary

The Next-Generation Copyright Monopoly Wars Will Be Much Worse

We've been manufacturing without a license in our homes for 30 years now. It's about to go physical. Maybe that will wake legislators up to the bigger picture. If not, we're in for something much worse. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Patent Allows Watermarking of Already Encrypted Movies

The company behind the movie watermarking system known as Cinavia has been awarded a new anti-piracy patent. Among other things, the Verance invention seeks to track digital media as it's being distributed by adding identifying watermarks to encrypted content, without having to decrypt it first. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Goes Secure, Encrypts Traffic For All Visitors

KickassTorrents is the first large torrent site to bump up its security and force SSL encryption for all visitors. This makes it impossible for outsiders, Internet providers included, to monitor page visits or snoop on data being sent. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

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