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Blog Profile / TorrentFreak

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Rob Zombie: Music Piracy Has Re-Energized Me

While piracy has been blamed for many terrible things over the years, Rob Zombie sees things differently. Not only does the musician, director and producer not care about the phenomenon, he's happy to give his music away for free, claiming that piracy has not only re-energized him, but also made him more creative. Show More Summary

Copyright Holders Want Pirate Bay Blocked in Sweden

Several major movie studios and record labels have filed a lawsuit against the Swedish ISP B2, demanding that the company blocks access to The Pirate Bay. The lawsuit, which also calls for a blockade of the streaming site Swefilmer, is the first of its kind in The Pirate Bay's home country. Show More Summary

Online Music Pirates Hit With Lengthy Jail Sentences

Two men have been jailed for a total 53 months for their part in music sharing site Dancing Jesus. The BPI say they are pleased with the decision but a specialist solicitor working for the defense has criticized "self-serving" damages assessments put forward by the industry. Show More Summary

Vuze Debuts Chromecast-Compatible Android Torrent Client

Azureus Software has just launched a brand new version of its Vuze Torrent Downloader. The latest version of the lightweight Android torrent client delivers Chromecast functionality, enabling content to be shifted effortlessly from small to big screens. Show More Summary

ISP Wants to Understand Technology Used to Track Pirates

Legal representatives for ISP iiNet say they want an anti-piracy tracking system put under the microscope. Hundreds of the Aussie service providers customers are at risk of being sent "speculative invoices" demanding cash for alleged infringements but iiNet definitely isn't going to give plaintiff Dallas Buyers Club an easy ride. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Founder Peter Sunde Released From Prison

Former Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde is a free man again. After more than five months he was released from prison this morning. Peter is expected to take some time off to spend with family and loved ones before he continues working on making the Internet a better place. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Comcast Sent 1,000,000 Copyright Alerts to ‘Pirating’ Subscribers

The six-strikes Copyright Alert System has been active for a while but recently Comcast reached a new milestone when the ISP sent out its one millionth copyright warning. The alerts are mostly educational in nature but repeat offenders face a browser hijack. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Unknown Sites Dominate Google ‘Pirate’ Search Results

Google's downranking of the most complained-about pirate sites last month certainly shook things up, but there have been unintended consequences too. A search for this week's most popular movie reveals relatively unknown sites dominating results and pulling record traffic. Show More Summary

AVG Monitors Torrenting Habits to Advise Heavy Downloaders

Anti-virus software can be a great help to keep viruses and malware at bay, but AVG takes its responsibilities a bit further. Avid BitTorrent users who download files at near-maximum speeds get a friendly reminder from AVG explaining that they may want to pause their downloads to improve web browsing. Show More Summary

Night Time Eiffel Tower Photos Are a Copyright Violation

Every day thousands of tourists in Paris snap a picture of the Eiffel Tower's famous light show. However, using those pictures in public may lead to unintended consequences, as pictures of France's most famous building taken at night are protected by copyright. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Google Pressured to Push Proper Porn Over Piracy

Google's attempts at pacifying the movie and music industries over piracy has piqued the interest of other content creators. Irate members of the adult industry are now calling for similar actions to promote porn, but despite taking their grievances to the BBC, Google doesn't even want to comment on the issue. Show More Summary

Movie Chief: Obama is Scared to Push Google, ISPs on Piracy

Avi Lerner, CEO of the company behind The Expendables 3, says that the online leak of the movie cost his business $250 million. “Within five years, we’re not going to have a business," the Nu Image CEO said, adding that President Obama doesn't want to pass "simple" anti-piracy laws because he's scared of Google and the ISPs. Show More Summary

BitTorrent Wins $2.2 Million Damages From “Scammer”

BitTorrent Inc, the parent company of the popular file-sharing applications uTorrent and BitTorrent, has won $2.3 million in damages from its German namesake Bittorrent Marketing GMBH. A federal court in California branded the German company a cybersquatter and ruled that it misled BitTorrent users for financial gain. Show More Summary

Court Orders Cloudflare to Expose Pirate Site Operators

Cloudflare has received a subpoena asking it to reveal the people behind two alleged pirate sites. The request comes from a Japanese magazine publisher who warned Cloudflare that it may lose its safe harbor protection for failing to comply with previous takedown requests. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Domain Registrars Face Piracy Liability After Court Ruling

In a case brought by Universal Music over the album Blurred Lines, a Court of Appeal decision in Germany has determined that domain registrars can be held liable for the infringements of their customers. Universal's lawfirm informs TorrentFreak that the decision gives rightsholders new tools in their fight against online piracy. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Now “Impossible” to Shut Down

The Popcorn Time fork formally known as Time4Popcorn has released a new version of its client which they say is "impossible" to take down. The change is a direct response to the EURid domain suspension last month. In addition, the fork promises to enable seeding support so its users have the option not to leech from the BitTorrent network. Show More Summary

VKontakte Asks U.S. To Remove “Pirate Site” Stamp

VKontakte has sent a letter to the office of the United States Trade Representative asking it to remove the "pirate" stamp it received in recent years. Responding to reports from the RIAA and MPAA, Russia's equivalent of Facebook explains that it has taken far-reaching measures to combat copyright infringement. Show More Summary

Swedish Police in Bangkok to Detain Pirate Bay Founder

Following his arrest in Thailand on Monday, local authorities are already preparing Fredrik Neij's deportation from the country. The Pirate Bay founder is currently en route to the Thai capital Bangkok where he will be met by Swedish police who will escort him back to Scandinavia. Show More Summary

German Police Raid 121 Homes in Massive Pirate Site Crackdown

Four hundred police officers raided 121 homes today in a crackdown on the popular linking site The homes are believed to be connected to active uploaders of the site but no arrests have been made. The website itself switched to a new provider but remains online. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

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