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Blog Post Archive Operator Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison

A former operator of, Germany's largest pirate streaming site, has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for his involvement in the site. Despite the conviction the streaming site remains operational, as the two main operators are still on the run. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Fork Goes Dark After MPAA Hounds Developers

The MPAA has not yet given up its fight against Popcorn Time. The movie industry group is reportedly going after a group of developers who launched a "Community Edition" of the popular application. While the new fork has yet to throw in the towel, they've taken down their website and GitHub repository for the time being. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents “DIY” Karaoke ‘Gang’ Busted By UK Police

Three men from the UK have been raided by City of London Police after uploading thousands of karaoke tracks online. Although described by police as a criminal "gang", the men in their 50s and 60s claim they only created their own karaoke tracks when alternatives weren't commercially available. Show More Summary

Judge Throws Out Aussie Dallas Buyers Club Piracy Case

A further attempt to obtain the personal details of thousands of alleged pirates in Australia is on the verge of collapse. The company behind the movie Dallas Buyers Club has been told by a judge in the Federal Court that unless further action is taken, the whole case will be thrown out next February. Show More Summary

Pirating Subscribers Could Cost Cox Over $200 Million

Internet provider Cox Communications is facing more than $200 million in potential damages, if a jury holds it responsible for the copyright infringements of its subscribers. According to music publisher BMG there is no doubt that Cox is responsible. Show More Summary

Seven Pirate Bay Domains Have Been Suspended

Following issues last week, more domains linked to The Pirate Bay have also been suspended. The problems, which are related to ICANN's verification system, affect at least seven domains including The website of anti-censorship tool Pirate Browser is also affected. Show More Summary

RIAA Defeats Grooveshark “Clone” in Court, Wins $17 Million

The RIAA has scored another win in a prominent piracy lawsuit. The music group has prevailed in its case against the 'reincarnation' of the defunct Grooveshark music service, with a New York federal court granting more than $13 million in piracy damages plus another $4 million for willful counterfeiting. Show More Summary

Grumpy Cat Sues Coffee Maker For Copyright Infringement

Grumpy Cat is not happy. Her owners have filed a lawsuit at a California federal court, accusing a coffee maker of exploiting the cat's copyrights and trademarks without permission. In addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, Grumpy Cat's owners also want control of the coffee maker's domain name. Show More Summary

UK ISPs Unleash 85+ New Blocks on ‘Pirate’ Domains

Internet service providers in the UK have begun blocking around 85 new 'pirate' domains following demands from rightsholders. All six major ISPs will implement the ban which targets, among other things, various clones, proxies and mirrors associated with The Pirate Bay plus major torrent and MP3 download sites. Show More Summary

WebTorrent Brings BitTorrent to the Web, Impresses Netflix

BitTorrent currently transfers petabytes of data across the Internet every month, but with the shift to online streaming it's losing prominence. Stanford University graduate Feross Aboukhadijeh is bridging this gap with WebTorrent and has already piqued the interest of Netflix, other tech companies, and many enthusiastic developers. Show More Summary

UK Movie Pirates Facing Shocking Prison Sentences

Five men are facing the prospect of many years behind bars when they stand off against Hollywood in court tomorrow. TorrentFreak has learned that an aggressive private prosecution by the Federation Against Copyright Theft will allege that the men's actions placed more than £52,000,000 in studio revenues "at risk". Show More Summary

Aurous Developer Brings ‘Strike’ Torrent Site Back Online

This week the RIAA killed the Aurous music player for good, settling their lawsuit for millions of dollars. While Aurous is now done, Florida-based developer Andrew Sampson has just revived another controversial project, the decentralized torrent search engine Strike. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Pirate Gets a Million YouTube Views, Everybody Benefits

A pirate ordered to get 200,000 YouTube views or risk getting sued by companies including Microsoft has smashed his target. Against the odds Jakub F's anti-piracy video now has more than a million views. Could it be that everyone involved...Show More Summary

LionsGate Wants Pirate Sites to Pay for Expendables Leak

Movie studio LionsGate has asked a federal court to issue a default judgment against the alleged operators of several file-sharing sites for their role in distributing the Expendables 3 leak. The studio demands the maximum statutory damages from several defendants, including the operator of LimeTorrents. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay’s .org Domain Back Online After Registrar Switch

The Pirate Bay's domain is back online after the TPB team moved it to a new registrar. Earlier this week EuroDNS suspended the domain name because the registrant failed to verify the contact details. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Search Engines Need Regulating to Reduce Piracy, Russia Says

Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor says it will create a working group to look into the regulation of search engine results. The move is part of a package of initiatives designed to make pirated content harder to find. Also on the table are discussions on how to make anti-piracy techniques less prone to circumvention. Show More Summary

Canadian Govt Eyes VPN Pirates, Netflix Thieves and ISP Blocking

New Government documents have shed some light on the future agenda points for online copyright enforcement. In a briefing for minister Mélanie Joly, officials from the Department of Canadian Heritage mention VPN pirates and website blocking as emerging issues and pressures. Show More Summary

Police Raid Popular Movie & TV Show Streaming Portal

Police have raided the homes of several people on suspicion of having connections to Sweflix, one of Sweden's most popular streaming portals. The action was the culmination of a long investigation following complaints from entertainment industry companies including Disney. Show More Summary

Lucasfilm Uses DMCA to Kill Star Wars Toy Picture

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has gone into an early and bizarre anti-piracy overdrive. Earlier this week a fansite posted an image of a 'Rey' action figure legally bought in Walmart but it was taken down by Facebook and Twitter following a DMCA notice. Show More Summary

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