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ISP Pulls VPN Service After Geo-Unblocking Legal Threats

Following copyright threats from large media companies a Kiwi ISP has taken down its VPN service. Lightbox, MediaWorks, SKY, and TVNZ had threatened legal action against services that bypass geo-restrictions on sites such as Netflix and Hulu. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Releases iOS App Tomorrow, No Jailbreak Needed

One of the most-used Popcorn Time forks will release an iOS app for non-jailbroken devices tomorrow. The new release opens up a whole new audience of hundreds of millions of devices. In addition, the Popcorn Time team suggests that other developers will soon be able to use the custom installer to break Apple's closed ecosystem too. Show More Summary

Spanish Court Orders First Pirate Music Site Block

Spain's National Court has ordered ISPs to block Goear.com, a comprehensive unlicensed music streaming site popular with locals. The order, the first of its type against a dedicated music site, follows the instruction to block The Pirate Bay last month on copyright grounds. Show More Summary

iiNet loses Dallas Buyers Club Piracy Case

File-sharers have been dealt a blow in Australia today after a Federal court ruled in favor of the company behind the movie Dallas Buyers Club in its highly anticipated case with local ISP iiNet. However, letters to the 4726 consumers involved must first pass judicial scrutiny. Show More Summary

Top Torrent Tracker Knocked Offline Over “Infringing Hashes”

Coppersurfer, one of the largest BitTorrent trackers on the Internet, has been taken offline after it refused to block 'infringing' hashes. Hosting provider LeaseWeb pulled the plug on the site after a tip-off from Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, who also demanded that the site operator should step out of anonymity. Show More Summary

ISP Teksavvy Appeals in Hurt Locker Piracy Case

Last month Voltage Pictures, the company behind the movie Hurt Locker, was told to pay Internet provider Teksavvy $21,557 to cover costs in exposing 2,000 alleged pirates. The ruling was a huge blow to Teksavvy which has now appealed, demanding $346,480 in costs. Show More Summary

Research: Piracy Increases Literacy and Access to Knowledge

New research published by the African Governance and Development Institute shows that piracy increases literacy and the spread of knowledge. The researchers warn against the adoption of strict anti-piracy policies, but note that not all copyright protection is bad. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

‘Halo Online’ Modders Won’t Stop For Microsoft

With a DMCA notice sent to Github this week, Microsoft aimed to stop widespread access to its Russia-only version of Halo Online. But speaking with TF, the team leading the modding charge says that it will continue in its quest to provide a free version of the game without geo-restrictions. Show More Summary

Peter Sunde: The ‘Pirate Movement’ is Dead

Ever since someone had the idea of starting a “pirate party," there've been discussions about the necessity for such a party. In the trail of that discussion, there’s always been the one about whether the “pirate movement” is alive or not. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Google Asked to Wipe Record Breaking 100 Million Pirate Links in 2015

We're just three months into 2015 but Google has already processed copyright takedown requests for 100 million allegedly infringing links. This is a significant increase compared to last year, and one that hasn't been without controversy. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Strike Becomes Totally Dynamic With No Torrents to Takedown

In response to being overwhelmed by DMCA takedown notices, new torrent site Strike now stores no data whatsoever - no torrents, no magnets, no categories and no indexing. The site has become totally dynamic and only fetches data requested by the user. Show More Summary

EZTV Impostors Hope To Cash In on EZTV.it Domain

The popular TV-torrent site EZTV is warning its users not to visit the old EZTV.it domain, which is operated by impostors. The company that grabbed the old domain at an auction offered EZTV a deal. However, the torrent release group refuses to be involved in any profit oriented partnership so has launched a counter-attack. Show More Summary

Grooveshark Publishes Proactive Anti-Piracy Policy

After a judge handed down a summary judgment in its case against EMI this week, embattled music streaming service Grooveshark has published a new anti-piracy policy. Among other things, the company will keep a database of repeat infringers and cooperate even further with rightsholders. Show More Summary

Megaupload Freezes MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits For Six Months

A federal court in Virginia has granted Megaupload's request to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold for another six months. The request was made after the New Zealand extradition hearings of Kim Dotcom and his colleagues were postponed several times. Show More Summary

AMC Goes After “The Walking Dead” Spoiler Pirates

AMC has obtained a subpoena ordering Vimeo to hand over the personal details of "The Spoiling Dead Fans" account, which posted a leaked clip of The Walking Dead a few weeks ago. Through the legal action AMC likely wants to prevent similar leaks in the future. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Microsoft Hits Halo Online Modders With Copyright Complaint

Halo Online is an upcoming free-to-play version of Halo that will launch exclusively for players in Russia. However, following the leak of the game files a modding team developed its own ideas about who can access the game and when. Fighting back, Microsoft has just hit their Github project with a copyright complaint. Show More Summary

Movie Licensing Group Demands $350K From Schools

Fears that teachers and pupils might breach Spain's new copyright law if strict guidelines aren't adhered to have led to some schools being presented with an enormous bill. The worldwide Motion Picture Licensing Corporation is now offering a blanket license to one region in return for a payment of $350,000 a year. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Clone Offloads Banking Trojan Via WordPress Blogs

A new report from Malwarebytes reveals that various badly maintained WordPress blogs are being injected with an iframe that points to thepiratebay.in.ua. The Pirate Bay clone, which uses the popular Open Bay script, was found to offload an exploit kit to unsuspecting visitors. Show More Summary

‘Pirate Bay Alternatives’ Articles Anger Movie Companies

After a Spanish court ordered local ISPs to implement a nationwide ban against The Pirate Bay last Friday, several local media outlets published articles listing alternatives to the infamous site. As a result they're now under fire from entertainment industry companies including Paramount Pictures, with some even suggesting an advertising boycott. Show More Summary

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