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Archived Since:March 20, 2008

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Piracy ? Theft? Movie Industry Workers Speak Out

The mantra often heard from Hollywood's leaders is that pirates are thieves. However, not all people in the industry feel that way. Today we present the views of four regular filmmakers on this controversial topic, what the impact is on the industry, and what can be done in response. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Concern Over Russian “Piracy Buster” Internet Tax

Russian officials have expressed caution over proposals to introduce an Internet tax to compensate copyright holders for online piracy. The proposals, which were put forward by the Russian Union of Rightsholders, are said to be worth around $860m a year to creators. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

LionsGate Targets Reddit Over Christmas Movie Piracy

Movie studio LionsGate got into the festive spirit this week by trying to wipe an entire Reddit sub from Google's indexes. The action was aimed at protecting the movie A Madea Christmas, but Google refused to comply with the overbroad takedown attempt. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

ExtraTorrent Reveals Most Pirated Files of All Time

ExtraTorrent, one of the most visited torrent sites on the Internet, has revealed which files have been downloaded the most over recent years. Drake's album "Nothing Was The Same" tops the list with more than 10 million downloads. Iron Man 3 and The Expendables 3 are the most pirated movies in fourth and fifth place. Show More Summary

Google Removes Pirate Bay Apps From Play Store

Google removed several popular Pirate Bay apps from the Play Store today. An email sent to developers claims that the apps violate intellectual property provisions of Google's content policy. TF spoke to one developer who appealed the decision, arguing that his app does nothing more than Google's own Chrome browser. Show More Summary

World’s Largest BitTorrent Tracker Goes Down

OpenBitTorrent, the largest BitTorrent tracker on the Internet, has been offline for more than a week. The tracker's domain name, which is registered to Pirate Bay's Fredrik Neij, has a missing DNS record which makes it impossible to reach. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Court Orders French ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay

The Paris Court has ordered French ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. The legal action, brought by anti-piracy group SCPP, resulted in an injunction ordering local service providers to "implement all necessary measures" to render not only the site inaccessible, but also its proxies. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom’s Hong Kong Millions Unfrozen.. Momentarily

More than US$42 million of assets belonging to Kim Dotcom were unfrozen today by a Hong Kong court, but celebrations were short-lived. The HK$330 million, seized when Megaupload was shutdown in 2012, were immediately placed under a new restraining order. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Police Shut Down Spain’s Top ‘Pirate’ Streaming Sites

Following a complaint filed by 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Paramount and Sony, police in Spain have shut down two of the country's leading 'pirate' video streaming sites. Officers arrested two men who are said to have made more than a million euros in revenue. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Pinterest Sued Over Pirated Photos, Imgur Off The Hook

Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli is continuing with his piracy crackdown. He's now demanding millions of dollars in damages from Pinterest for failing to remove a series of pirated photos. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a similar case against Imgur, which was dropped this week for unknown reasons. Show More Summary

Pirate Site Blockades Can Be Challenged, BT Says

This week UK Internet provider BT has started offering more transparency regarding its obligation to block certain "pirate" websites. Subscribers who attempt to access a blocked site such as The Pirate Bay are now informed that the orders can be appealed. Show More Summary

ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Sony Movie Leaks, MP Says

As the fallout from the Sony hack continues, who is to blame for the leak of movies including Fury, which has been downloaded a million times? According to the UK Prime Minister's former IP advisor, as "facilitators" web-hosts and ISPs must step up and take some blame. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Demonoid Frustrates Censors With Domain Name Switch

The semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has traded its demonoid.ph domain name for the Palau-based demonoid.pw. The site's operators have yet to officially announce the change, which helps to improve the site's availability online. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Kim Dotcom Announces United States Political Party

Kim Dotcom will launch a political party in the United States next year. Run by American citizens, Internet Party US will feature "celebrity founders" from the music, movie and Internet sectors. Dotcom will be its PR man and is already warning that "Hillary" faces her "worst nightmare" in 2016. Show More Summary

FilesTube Transforms ‘Piracy Haven’ into Licenced Movie Aggregator

The popular media search engine FilesTube transformed itself into a licensed video aggregator today. The site, which has been branded as one of the top pirate sites by the entertainment industry, hopes that the move will clean up its image and bring in new revenue opportunities. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

US Efforts to Jail Dotcom Fail as Kim Walks Free

Efforts by the United States government to have Kim Dotcom put back behind bars have failed. Arguments that the Megaupload founder poses a flight risk ahead of his extradition battle next summer were rejected by the Auckland District Court and the entrepreneur walked away a free man. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Pirates Expose Their Download Habits Through Trakt

Trakt is a great service that allows people to track their TV-show and movie viewing habits through Popcorn Time, XBMC and other popular platforms. There's one problem though. Trakt is heavily used by pirates who may not realize that they're broadcasting their downloading habits to the rest of the world, copyright holders included. Show More Summary

Torrent Site Admin Sentenced to Five Months Prison

Following an initial investigation and complaint filed by Rights Alliance in 2012, this week the admin of a Sweden-based torrent site learned of his fate. Dismissing claims that the site had been sold four years earlier, a court sentenced the 40-year-old to a five month jail sentence. Show More Summary

Sony Movies Leak Online After Hack Attack

On Monday the computer systems of Sony Pictures were hijacked by a group calling themselves the Guardians of Peace. With sensitive corporate information reportedly in the hands of the attackers, several DVD screener copies of new Sony movies have appeared online. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

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