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Archived Since:March 20, 2008

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Hotfile Agrees to Settle Piracy Lawsuit With Major Book Publishers

Hotfile and several major book publishers have agreed to an out-of-court settlement of their piracy dispute. Last year the publishers filed a complaint with a Florida District Court, demanding up to $7.5 million from the defunct file-hosting service. Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Outfit Sends Porn ‘Fines’ to University

An anti-piracy outfit working on behalf of porn studios has surprised 'pirate' students with demands for cash. The University of California passed on the $300 threats from CEG TEK alongside suggestions to pay up, but advice given by a campus computer science professor could put even more people at risk. Show More Summary

ISP Doesn’t Have to Expose Pirating Subscribers, Judge Rules

A federal court in Georgia has quashed a broad DMCA subpoena which required local Internet provider CBeyond to reveal the identities of alleged BitTorrent pirates. The magistrate judge ruled that ISPs don't have to hand over personal information as they are not storing any infringing material themselves. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Responds to Cloudflare and Moderation Concerns

The Pirate Bay has responded to concerns about its use of U.S.-based CDN service CloudFlare. According to the people behind the site, this is only a temporary measure to reduce the load on its servers. In addition, TPB now asks users to report fake torrents, noting that the staff's moderating capabilities are disabled for security reasons. Show More Summary

Android Dev ‘Punishes’ Pirates at the Behest of Reddit

A few hours ago Android developer Jack Underwood revealed that his software was being pirated by 85% of users. Now, on the advice of Reddit, the UK-based dev has tweaked the app to provide pirates with some special surprises. Speaking with TF, underwood says traditional anti-piracy measures are a waste of time. Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Already Has a Pollution Problem

The Pirate Bay has been back for a few days but all is not well. Aside from the site having serious stability problems and decreased functionality, it's already being flooded with fake uploads of the latest movies. While it's still early days, reputations are fragile in the fickle world of file-sharing. Show More Summary

In Memory Of The Liberties Lost In The War on Piracy

In order to prevent us from discussing and sharing interesting things, the copyright industry has successfully eliminated civil liberties online. But it was all down to a wrong and stupid business assumption in the first place. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

YTS Rolls Out New Design and Features

The popular movie release group YTS, also known as YIFY, has released a major overhaul of its site. In order to keep up with millions of pageviews per day the site's backend has been completely redone. In addition, the site has a new look, a new API, and several new features. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 02/02/15

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Taken 3' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘American Sniper.' 'Interstellar' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Hollywood’s Release Delays Breed Pirates

This week the MPA's Stan McCoy said it's a myth that legal content is not available, hinting at an excuse often used by movie pirates. But is that really the case? A quick survey shows that Hollywood still has a long way to go before availability becomes a non-issue. Show More Summary

Downloading Fatwa Issued By Turkish Religious Leaders

Turkey’s top religious body has handed down a fatwa in response to a question raised on the issue of illegal downloading. Obtaining content without permission from creators is forbidden, the Diyanet said. Meanwhile, a Catholic Church debate on the same topic raised an interesting dilemma. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Users Fight Back Against DMCA Takedown Purge

Many uploaders at KickassTorrents have voiced their frustration after tens of thousands of files disappeared from the site in a few days. Copyright holders are increasingly 'destroying' the hard work of these pirates, who plan to 'fight...Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Is Back Online!

The Pirate Bay has risen from its digital ashes once again. TPB is back online today, more than seven weeks after its servers were raided. The notorious torrent site is operating from the familiar.se domain and it appears that the data loss is minimal. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Movie Release Group Members Plead Guilty

Five men in the UK have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud for their participation in the unlawful release of movies onto the Internet. The case, which was heard in Crown Court this week, features big numbers including the distribution of up to 9,000 movies with five million viewers. Show More Summary

Huge Security Flaw Leaks VPN Users’ Real IP-Addresses

VPN users are facing a massive security flaw as websites can easily see their home IP-addresses through WebRTC. The vulnerability is limited to supporting browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, and appears to affect Windows users only....Show More Summary

Reddit Rejects 62% of All Copyright Complaints

Reddit has published its first transparency report, providing an insight into backroom events at the news and social networking giant. On the copyright front the site details the takedown requests that it receives and notes that almost two-thirds are rejected as unlawful or overbroad. Show More Summary

MPAA Trademark Forces “Rated R” Beer To Drop Its Name

Threatened by Hollywood's MPAA, the Minneapolis beer brewery 612 Brew has decided not sell its popular "Rated R" beer anymore. The Hollywood group demanded a name change as it owns the "Rated R" trademark, so the brewery chose to brand its beer "Unrated" instead. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Music Group Threatens Popcorn Time’s Blog Platform

In what could be one of the most unusual anti-piracy moves yet, an open source blogging platform has been threatened by the music industry after movie-focused Popcorn Time simply used the company's software. Ghost founder John O'Nolan is surprised and decidedly unimpressed. Show More Summary

How Cunning VOD Pirates Plundered Taken 3

Last Thursday file-sharers flocked to an HD copy of the movie Taken 3 after it was uploaded to torrent sites. Several days earlier TF was informed it was coming and even shown where it would be obtained from. Let's take a dusty trip to the Middle East to find out more. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Canadian Government Spies on Millions of File-Sharers

New revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that Canada's main electronic surveillance agency spied on millions of file-sharing downloads from some of the world's most popular sites. More than 100 sites including Dotcom's Megaupload were routinely monitored in a search for extremists. Show More Summary

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