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Warner Bros. Inflate TV Show Piracy ‘Fines’ By 50%

Rightscorp has decided to squeeze more money from BitTorrent users it accuses of downloading Warner Bros. TV shows. In a move that's likely to be connected to the anti-piracy outfit's precarious financial position, 'fines' are being increased from $20 to $30. Show More Summary

Nintendo Seizes “Pirated” Cookies to Protect Fans

Nintendo has seized a large quantity of copyright infringing cookies featuring popular game characters, fearing that these could cause health issues for gaming fans. The cookies were produced in China where Nintendo managed to stop future distribution at a 'pirate' bakery. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom’s ‘Mega Domains’ Are Now For Sale

After the seized Megaupload and Megavideo domains ran malicious ads last month, there is more Mega domain strangeness to report. Various domain names which previously belonged to Kim Dotcom and his companies have expired and are now listed for sale, or were sold already. Show More Summary

TV Giant CANAL+ Hacked, Hits Github With DMCA Complaint

Viacom-owned TV giant CANAL+ has been hacked, TorrentFreak can reveal. In a now deleted DMCA notice sent to the Github code repository, a legal manager at CANAL+ reveals that a Github user hacked one of the company's servers and "stole all the data and codes" to a new customer relationship management software project. Show More Summary

ICANN Refuses to Play Piracy Police

In recent months copyright lobby groups have pressured the domain name system oversight body ICANN to take action against pirate sites. The organization is not happy with these calls and wants them to stop, making it crystal clear that they are not the Internet's piracy police. Show More Summary

Google Fails to Overturn Worldwide Site-Blocking Order

Google has failed in its efforts to overturn a worldwide site-blocking order handed down by a Canadian court in 2014. The British Columbia Court of Appeal found that despite not being a party to the case, Google must block a range of websites from its worldwide search results due to its business presence in the country. Show More Summary

‘Pirate’ Android TV Box Sellers Raided By Police

Sellers of Android boxes loaded with software enabling the free viewing of movies, TV shows and live sports have been raided this week by UK authorities. Trading Standards officers, police and representatives from Sky TV carried out raids in several locations, causing other sellers to quickly reconsider the tone of their marketing efforts. Show More Summary

EZTV Disappears From Google After Hostile Takeover

Despite being run by 'scammers' the EZTV website is still drawing millions of visitors per week. However, the site is getting little love from Google. The search engine has completely wiped the domain from its top search results, pointing out the hostile takeover instead. Show More Summary

Aussie ‘Pirate’ Site-Blocking Bill Given the Green Light

The Australian parliamentary committee investigating the government's 'pirate' site-blocking Bill has given the legislation the green light. In a report published this morning the committee recommends that following several amendments the Bill should be passed. Show More Summary

Pirate Party Adopts Torrent Tracker to Fight Legal Pressure

Coppersurfer, one of the largest torrent trackers on the Internet, has been targeted by copyright holders throughout Europe. Most recently, a German court ordered a local hosting provider to hand over the personal details of its operator. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom’s MegaNet Preps Jan 2016 Crowdfunding Campaign

Kim Dotcom's dream of a people-powered, censorship-resistant Internet will rely on the goodwill of supporters to get off the ground. In an announcement this morning, the entrepreneur confirmed that his MegaNet project will seek equity via a crowd-funding campaign set to launch on the January 2016 anniversary of the raid on Megaupload. Show More Summary

Elsevier Cracks Down on Pirated Scientific Articles

Academic publishing company Elsevier has filed a complaint at a New York District Court, hoping to shut down the Library Genesis project and the search engine. The sites, which are particularly popular in developing nations where access to academic works is relatively expensive, are accused of pirating millions of scientific articles. Show More Summary

EU: Copyright Legislation is Pushing People to Piracy

Speaking at Midem yesterday, Andrus Ansip of the European Commission shared his vision for the Digital Single Market. Noting that geo-blocking is bad for business, Ansip said that opening up content across borders and providing good legal options is the best way to tackle piracy. Show More Summary

SurfTheChannel Admin Facing Jail Again Over Unpaid Piracy Debt

The former operator of the SurfTheChannel streaming site who received a landmark four year sentence in 2012 is facing another lengthy stretch behind bars. Anton Vickerman was released in 2014 but must now pay back £73,000 his site is said to have generated in advertising. Show More Summary

Warner Bros. Demands Cash From “Friends” Pirates

The iconic sitcom Friends aired its last episode more than a decade ago, but that doesn't mean Warner Bros. is letting people pirate the show without consequences. Over the past several weeks the movie studio has sent automated fines to alleged pirates, demanding $20 for the downloading of episodes from various torrent sites. Show More Summary

There Aren’t More Horrible Backroom Deals, We’re Getting Better At Spotting Them

Yet another shady backroom so-deceptively-called "free trade" agreement, TISA, has come to light. Just like all the others, this one seeks to curtail the Internet and civil liberties and benefit incumbent big business. But things aren't getting worse - it's us who are getting better at spotting things. Show More Summary

BitTorrent’s DHT Turns 10 Years Old

DHT, the much misunderstood, frequently maligned, yet somewhat critical aspect of Bittorrent turned ten recently. Launched initially by the Azureus client (now Vuze), BitTorrent Inc.’s version joined its mainline client a few weeks later. Show More Summary

Criminals When You Pirate, Criminals When You Pay

Online content pirates are regularly labeled 'thieves' by entertainment industry companies. However, we're now seeing genuine customers being branded as "criminals", simply because they access Netflix from another country using a VPN. Show More Summary

Now There’s a Popcorn Time For Porn Too

Popcorn Time captured the minds of millions of movie, TV and anime pirates over the past year, but there's one group of video enthusiasts who felt left out. The porn fans. A new Popcorn Time fork named Porn Time is now aiming to fill this hole. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

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