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China Seriously Doubts Objectivity of US ‘Pirate Site’ List

Every year the US Government pinpoints some of the largest piracy websites and other copyright-infringing venues. The USTR calls on foreign countries to take appropriate action in response, but not all are convinced of the objectivity of the "notorious markets" list. Show More Summary

Police Shut Down Pirate Streaming TV Provider, Three Men Arrested

Police have raided a pirate streaming TV service in Poland and arrested three men aged 30, 42 and 57. Authorities say that the provider initially offered accounts for free, then shifted customers onto subscription packages which generated the operators around 840,000 euros. Show More Summary

Linking Is Not Copyright Infringement, Boing Boing Tells Court

The popular blog Boing Boing has asked a federal court in California to drop the copyright infringement lawsuit filed against it by Playboy. With help from the EFF, Boing Boing argues that its article linking to an archive of hundreds of centerfold playmates is clearly fair use. Show More Summary

Hollywood Asks New UK Culture Secretary To Fight Online Piracy

Stan McCoy, president of the Motion Picture Association’s EMEA division, has penned an open letter to the UK's new culture secretary Matt Hancock. McCoy implies that more can be done to tackle online piracy, including dealing with pirate sites and illicit streaming devices. Show More Summary

MPAA Wins $19.8 Million From Pirate Site Pubfilm

A New York federal court has issued a default judgment against pirate streaming site Pubfilm in favor of the MPAA. The movie studios were granted nearly $20 million in statutory damages and an order to have the site's domain names permanently seized. Show More Summary

Judge Tells Movie Company That it Can’t Sue Alleged BitTorrent Pirate

A federal judge in Oregon has told a movie company targeting a local Internet user that it won't be able to sue him for alleged movie piracy via BitTorrent. Judge Michael H. Simon informed the company behind the 2015 drama film Fathers...Show More Summary

UK Government Teaches 7-Year-Olds That Piracy is Stealing

The UK Government has expanded its copyright curriculum for small children, targeting them from the age of just five years old. By using cartoon videos with fictitious characters such as Kitty Perry, Ed Shealing, and Justin Beaver, it...Show More Summary

Pirate IPTV Mastermind Owns Raided Bulgarian ISP, Sources Say

Last week police forces across Europe raided and shut down one of the largest 'pirate' IPTV operations in the world. With information continuing to drip out, the true scale is now becoming clear. In Bulgaria alone, where the illicit service had its alleged base,140 servers were seized. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom Loses Megaupload Domain Names, Gets “Destroyed” Gaming Chair Back

The U.S. Government has won another civil forfeiture case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom. As a result, the U.S. now owns several online bank accounts, cars, servers, as well as Megaupload's domain names. Around the same time, the US returned two containers of seized property, as previously ordered by a Hong Kong court. Show More Summary

The Man from Earth Sequel ‘Pirated’ on The Pirate Bay – By Its Creators

With the file-sharing wars in full swing, 2007 saw the movie The Man From Earth being pirated all over the Internet, but its creators didn't fight the movement. Instead, they embraced pirates and thanked them for their attention. More than a decade on its sequel, The Man From Earth: Holocene, is again being shared on The Pirate Bay. Show More Summary

BitTorrent Client Transmission Suffers Remote Takeover Vulnerability

Transmission, one of the most used non-commercial BitTorrent clients, has a vulnerability that allows outsiders to gain control over people's computers. The flaw affects users who have remote control enabled with the default password. Show More Summary

Hollywood Wins ISP Blockade Against Popular Pirate Sites in Ireland

The Motion Picture Association has scored a victory in Ireland where several Internet providers have been ordered to block access to eight popular pirate sites. The websites, including,,, and, serve millions of visitors per day. Show More Summary

Tickbox Clearly Promotes and Facilitates Piracy, Hollywood Tells Court

The owner of TickBox TV, a Kodi-powered streaming device, is being sued for copyright infringement by a group of major Hollywood studios plus Amazon and Netflix. The box seller previously argued that it's operating legally but in a scathing...Show More Summary

US Govt Brands Torrent, Streaming & Cyberlocker Sites As Notorious Markets

Keeping its annual tradition, the office of the United States Trade Representative has targeted some of the world's most famous 'pirate' sites in its latest report on copyright infringing venues. In addition to torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, RARBG, and RuTracker, hosting sites 4Shared and Openload come in for criticism. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 01/15/18

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Shape of Water' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'. 'Blade Runner 2049' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and more. We also have VPN discounts, offers and coupons

“Where to Invade Next” Popular Among North Korean Pirates

Tensions between North Korea and the United States have regularly made the news over the past months. While both countries are vastly different, their download habits show some overlap, we can reveal today. Still, North Korea's heightened...Show More Summary

Pirate Streaming on Facebook is a Seriously Risky Business

This week it was revealed that a UK man is on the hook for at least £5,000 in settlement fees after his Sky and Facebook accounts were used to live-stream a boxing match. Forget about the supposed risks of using pirate Kodi addons, this is the kind of piracy that the UK public need to steer clear of. Show More Summary

Are Torrent Sites Using DMCA Notices to Quash Their Competition?

It's well known that copyright holders can use DMCA notices to remove infringing content from search engines such as Google. However, it appears that torrent sites are also being targeted by fraudulent requests, possibly submitted their own competitors. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and more. Show More Summary

ISP: We’re Cooperating With Police Following Pirate IPTV Raid

This week police across Europe coordinated to shut down what is claimed to be one of the world's largest pirate IPTV networks. Following raids in Cyprus, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, and Greece, TorrentFreak identified the ISP from where the illicit operation allegedly broadcast to the world. Show More Summary

Court Expands Dutch Pirate Bay Blockade to More ISPs, For Now

A Dutch court has ordered more local ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. The order will be valid until the Supreme Court hands down its final decision. That will be the climax of a long legal battle that started at the turn of the last decade. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and more. We also have VPN discounts, offers and coupons

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