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Should Web Browsers Block Copyright Infringing URLs?

Two weeks ago the RIAA wrote a letter to BitTorrent Inc, asking the company to block "infringing" downloads in its popular client uTorrent. While it's technically feasible the request treads on a slippery slope. Will the RIAA ask web...Show More Summary

Piracy Stunt Studio ‘Overwhelmed” By Positive Feedback

A game studio that admitted to uploading a rigged copy of its own game to torrent sites informs TF that the positive feedback has been 'overwhelming'. NoodleCake's special version of Shooting Stars! features an unbeatable boss as a marketing stunt, a move that's a million miles better than the anti-piracy schemes of yesteryear. Show More Summary

BitTorrent Can Be Exploited for DoS Attacks, Research Warns

New research shows that BitTorrent clients and BitTorrent Sync can can be exploited for Denial of Service attacks. With the help of the popular file-sharing protocol an attacker can reflect and amplify traffic through fellow file-sharers, boosting the original bandwidth 120 times. Show More Summary

Legal Scholars Warn Against 10 Year Prison for Online Pirates

Legal experts and activists are protesting a UK Government proposal to increase the maximum jail term for online piracy from two to ten years. The proposed extension is disproportionate, ineffective and puts casual file-sharers at risk of long jail sentences, they argue. Show More Summary

Hosting Company Wants to Wipe 1,103 Megaupload Servers

Millions of users lost access to their personal files when Megaupload was raided and soon this data loss may be permanent. Carpathia Hosting's new parent company has asked the court's permission to wipe the servers clean, arguing that it should not bear the high financial costs. Show More Summary

Dallas Buyers Club Ruling Devastates Copyright Trolling Down Under

The U.S. studio behind the movie Dallas Buyers Club (DBC) has been handed a devastating blow in Australia. The company wanted to 'fine' downloaders many thousands of dollars each but the Federal Court has seen through the scheme and has refused to hand over alleged pirates' identities unless DBC pays a AUS$600,000 bond. Show More Summary

CNN & CBC Sued For Pirating 31 Second YouTube Video

CNN and Canada's CBC are being sued after the pair allegedly ripped a 31 second video from YouTube and used it in their broadcasts without a license. In addition to claims of copyright infringement, the media giants face allegations that they breached the anti-circumvention measures of the DMCA. Show More Summary

Adult Movie Outfit is Most Litigious Copyright Plaintiff in U.S.

A report crunching more than six years of copyright lawsuits filed in the U.S. has revealed that porn troll Malibu Media is the country's most litigious plaintiff. The company, which demands thousands of dollars from individual file-sharers, filed 4,332 lawsuits since January 2009, fifteen times more than its nearest rival. Show More Summary

Indian Porn Block Spiked Interest in VPN Services

Early last week the Indian Government ordered local ISPs to block access to a list of 857 websites that supposedly link to adult material. The broad blocking order was short-lived but proved to be a fine example of how Internet users turn to circumvention tools to get their daily fix. Show More Summary

Original Popcorn Time Team Backs Popular Fork

The original Popcorn Time team shut down its operation well over a year ago, but some members have now come out in support of the fork. As of today the original Popcorn Time domain name no longer links to the "goodbye" message, but to its popular successor. Show More Summary

Top UK Advertisers Place 73% Fewer Ads on Pirate Sites

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit says it is making excellent progress in reducing the revenues of so-called 'pirate' sites. The UK's top ad spending companies have reportedly decreased their 'pirate' advertising by 73%, with automotive, food and drink, and real estate businesses pulling out almost completely. Show More Summary

Rightscorp Deal Turns DMCA Notices Into Piracy Lawsuits

Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp has signed an agreement to provide lawfirm Flynn Wirkus Young with the IP-addresses of persistent pirates. The data will be used to target U.S. Internet users who ignore DMCA notices and settlement offers sent by copyright holders. Show More Summary

Warner Bros. Obtains Injunction Against 16 Torrent Sites

Warner Bros. has obtained a blocking injunction against 16 Russia-based torrent sites, including, one of the country's largest. The injunction, which aims to limit the unauthorized distribution of the movie Entourage, is the first of its kind to be granted directly to a U.S. Show More Summary

Vimeo Intervenes to Fix ‘Pixels’ DMCA Disaster

Last week an anti-piracy company aiming to protect the movie 'Pixels' wrongfully took down several unrelated videos from Vimeo, including one that actually inspired the Columbia movie. Vimeo now informs TorrentFreak that the company has intervened and after speaking with the anti-piracy outfit involved, all affected videos have been reinstated. Show More Summary

Google, Facebook and Twitter Protest Hollywood’s ‘SOPA Resurrection’

A broad coalition of global tech firms including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Yahoo are protesting a broad injunction that would require search engines, ISPs and hosting companies to stop linking to or offering services to MovieTube. Show More Summary

Tolkien Lawyers Target “Hobbit House” With Copyright Threats

Hollywood studio Warner Bros. and the Tolkien Estate are cracking down on a British couple building a "Hobbit house" campsite. The pair are being forced to change the project's name and remove all Hobbit references from their Kickstarter campaign. Show More Summary

Minority Report, Lucifer and Blindspot Pilots Leak Online

Pilot episodes of several upcoming TV shows have leaked online way ahead of their intended premieres. Fox's DC Comics-based crime-horror Lucifer leaks months ahead of a planned 2016 debut while sci-fi crime drama Minority Report and NBC's Blindspot appear six weeks in advance of their September debut. Show More Summary

Pornhub Uploaders Targeted By Copyright Troll

Several users of popular porn streaming site Pornhub have received settlement demands for thousands of dollars after uploading videos to the site without obtaining permission. How the users are being tracked down by the copyright troll involved remains somewhat of a mystery, but several theories persist. Show More Summary

MPAA Recruits Software Programmer to Combat Piracy

In its ongoing war against online piracy, the MPAA is currently hoping to recruit a software developer. The Hollywood group is looking for savvy candidates who can help develop data gathering tools for enforcement purposes and to monitor, investigate and report on copyright infringement. Show More Summary

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