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Movie Piracy Veteran Recalls 20 Years in The Scene

A piracy veteran of 20 years has been telling TorrentFreak about his life in a world-famous 'Scene' release group. Formerly a key member of notorious movie piracy group 'MaTinE', SaInT began honing his craft in the 90s and over the next two decades worked with groups including Centropy. Show More Summary

Game Makers Issue Torrent Site & Cloud Pirate Warning

The Entertainment Software Association, whose members include EA, Nintendo, Playstation and Ubisoft, has reported several pirate sites and services to the U.S. Government. Torrent site KickassTorrents is outed as one of the main facilitators of piracy. Show More Summary

Leaked TPP Chapter Proposes Drastic Copyright Changes

A leaked chapter of the final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement proposes several changes to the copyright laws of participating countries. The intellectual property chapter covers a broad range of issues including extended copyright terms, ISP liability and criminalization of non-commercial piracy. Show More Summary

Blizzard Nukes Popular HTML5 Version of StarCraft Game

Blizzard has taken down a browser-based version of the classic game StarCraft, citing multiple copyright infringements. The game and dozens of forks were hosted on GitHub for less than a month. The developer said he created the HTML5 game because he loves Blizzard and StarCraft, but the feeling clearly isn't mutual. Show More Summary

Slamdance Festival Co-Founder Has Creative Views on Piracy

Dan Mirvish is an American filmmaker and co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival. While frustrated over piracy of his latest movie, Mirvish holds some interesting opinions on how the phenomenon can be tackled, including capitalizing on pirate activities to sell merchandise and finding other ways to make filmmaking pay. Show More Summary

Chrome and Firefox Block KickassTorrents Over “Harmful Programs”

Chrome and Firefox are actively blocking direct access to the popular torrent site KickassTorrents. According to Google's Safe Browsing diagnostics service the site contains "harmful programs," most likely triggered by malicious advertisements running on Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

KickassTorrents Warns Users of “Malicious” Copycats

KickassTorrents, the largest torrent site on the Internet, is warning its users to be vigilant in order to avoid scammy and malicious copycats. The KAT teams says that many impostors are stealing the site's design and misleading the public for nefarious purposes. Show More Summary

Megaupload Defendants Don’t Need Expert Witnesses, U.S. Argues

Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-defendants don't need to hire expert witnesses in the United States, the U.S. government argued today. Refuting claims that around $500,000 is needed to mount a proper extradition defense, the Crown prosecutor argued that incriminating admissions could not be trumped by technical know-how. Show More Summary

Large Movie Distributor Grabs Popcorn Time Trademark

Dutch Filmworks, a large movie distributor based in the Netherlands, has successfully registered the logo and word trademarks for Popcorn Time. The company used Popcorn Time's official logo for the application. Dutch Filmworks' doesn't plan to actively enforce the trademarks, but says they may play a role in future anti-piracy efforts. Show More Summary

Rightscorp Granted Australian Patent to Chase Pirates

Rightscorp has been awarded a patent by the Australian Patent Office which should protect it from competitors looking to muscle in on its business model Down Under. The patent protects a system which helps Rightscorp identify repeat infringers, individuals it is now targeting in the United States with settlement demands and lawsuits. Show More Summary

New York Judge Puts Brakes on Copyright Troll Subpoenas

A judge in New York has placed dozens of Malibu Media subpoenas on hold after serious questions were raised about the nature of the copyright infringement cases. A motion to quash filed by a defendant claims that the methods used to identify infringers are suspect and Malibu Media is engaged in abusive and extortion-like practices. Show More Summary

RIAA and MPAA Report Notorious Piracy Sites to U.S. Government

The RIAA and MPAA have submitted their lists of most "notorious" pirate sites to the U.S. Government. The groups target torrent sites including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents, as well as various linking and streaming portals. Uncooperative domain registrars and other third-party service providers are called out as well. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Domains Clash Set For Court of Appeal

Following legal action against the organization responsible for Sweden’s top level.SE domain, in May a Swedish court ordered two Pirate Bay domains to be seized by the state. However, in a blow to the prosecutor the court stopped short of a finding the domain registry liable. Show More Summary

Google Must Expose eBook Pirate, Court Rules

Google has to hand over the personal details of a user who published pirated eBooks online, a Dutch court has ruled. The information was requested by anti-piracy group BREIN, working on behalf of a local book publishers' organization. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

RIAA Labels Want $22 Million Piracy Damages From MP3Skull

A group of prominent RIAA labels have asked a Florida federal court to issue a default judgment against piracy site MP3Skull. The music companies ask for $22 million in statutory damages and a permanent injunction that prevents domain registrars and registries from working with the site, while taking over its current domain names. Show More Summary

Megaupload Accuses U.S. of Unfair Tactics, Seeks Stay

After the United States were given several days to state their case against Kim Dotcom and his former business associates, this morning lawyers for the Megaupload four stated why their clients should not be extradited to the United States. Show More Summary

The Confessions of a Camming Movie Pirate

After being sentenced to close to three years in prison for recording the movie Fast & Furious 6 and uploading it to the Internet, Philip Danks was released last month. Today we reveal the inside story of what made this UK-based 'cammer' tick, from procuring recording equipment to plans for a getaway should it all go wrong. Show More Summary

Thousands of “Spies” Are Watching Trackerless Torrents

BitTorrent is a very efficient way to share large files, but not a very private one. It's commonly known that anti-piracy outfits monitor users through public trackers. However, new research reveals that BitTorrent's DHT is also full of "spies" who actively harvest IP-addresses. Show More Summary

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