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A German-based music group's month-long DMCA notice-sending spree has seen it trying to censor leading music stores and news outlets for no good reason. The outfit also took a bizarre dislike to the word "coffee" and issued takedowns against Walmart, Ikea, Fair Trade USA and Dunkin Donuts. Show More Summary
New Zealand authorities have placed 18.8% of the Kim Dotcom-founded cloud hosting service Mega under restraining order. The actions involve multi-millionaire William Yan, one of Mega's largest shareholders, who is alleged to be involved in money laundering. Show More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Maleficent' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Godzilla.' 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Witnesses are being summoned to appear in the trial of Gottfrid Svartholm set to take place in September. A Cambodia-based former colleague of the Pirate Bay founder has been offered $3.50 per hour to attend, but heated emails with Danish authorities indicate he will not be traveling. Show More Summary
City of London Police have denied a Freedom of Information request for access to correspondence relating to The Pirate Bay. According to the police it would take more than 18 hours to locate the requested information and would therefore cost too much money. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Cloud storage and backup service Zoolz has terminated the account of a customer who stored a few.torrent files on his computer. While the company boasts of handling customer data with "zero knowledge," the provider frequently scans customer files for infringing titles and metadata. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Russia's lower house of parliament is currently considering amendments to the country's controversial anti-piracy law. The changes, which include tougher penalties for both sites and individuals plus protection for products other than just movies, could be in place as early as December. Show More Summary
On the eve of the brand new season of Doctor Who, yesterday the BBC and Federation Against Copyright Theft teamed up to close a long-standing fansite. Following an in-person visit, Doctor Who Media shut down immediately. Its domain name will soon be taken over by the BBC. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Many people believe that by simply firing up a VPN their entire real-life identity can be instantly masked from outsiders. The truth is, however, that no amount of encryption or IP address obfuscation can save those who leave huge trails in their regular Internet activities. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Now that The Expendables 3 has flopped at the box office, the movie's makers are eager to recoup the damage they believe pre-release piracy has done. Movie studio Lionsgate says it's willing to drop its lawsuit against one of the file-sharing sites it sued, but only if the site pays up. Show More Summary
A man who recorded the movie Fast & Furious 6 in a UK cinema and uploaded it to KickassTorrents and other sites has been jailed for 33 months. The man, who TF interviewed last year following a large police raid, was blamed for 700,000 subsequent downloads and millions in losses. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
SMAIS, the Icelandic branch of the Motion Picture Association, has filed for bankruptcy. The board of the notorious anti-piracy group says that it suffered from mismanagement. In addition to tax fraud and falsified financial records, the group's CEO has admitted to embezzlement. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Kim Dotcom's battle to regain control over millions in seized assets has received another setback. Today the Court of Appeal overturned a ruling by the High Court by extending the restraining orders against the entrepreneur's property until at least April 2015. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
For the first time ever Google is now processing an average of one million removal requests per day. The new record follows an upward trend with copyright holders reporting more and more allegedly infringing search results in an effort to deter piracy. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
A public discussion forum centered on new copyright proposals will go ahead without Australia's main Hollywood-affiliated studio. In an email just made public, Village Roadshow Co-CEO Graham Burke said his company would be boycotting the event due to it being dominated by "crazies" with a pro-piracy agenda. Show More Summary
New research reveals that BitTorrent swarms can be slowed down significantly by malicious peers. Depending on the number of seeders and the clients they use, download rates can be decreased by 1000%. The attacks are possible through an exploit of the BitTorrent protocol for which the researchers present a fix. Show More Summary
The defunct News-Service.com, once one of the leading Usenet providers with many prominent resellers, has scored a court victory against Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. The appeals court overturned a previous verdict and ruled that the Usenet provider doesn't have to monitor and filter pirated content. Show More Summary
Several major torrent indexes have taken the unprecedented step of nuking all links to The Expendables 3, with sites including KickassTorrents now returning nil results for the leaked movie. Furthermore, straightforward searches for torrents using Google are proving initially unfruitful on a scale rarely seen before. Show More Summary
A U.S. federal court in Oregon has granted a broad injunction against several streaming sites that offer pirated content. Among other things, the copyright holder may order hosting companies to shut down the sites' servers, ask registrars to take away domain names, and have all search results removed from Google and other search engines. Show More Summary
Following requests from a movie-focused anti-piracy outfit and the IFPI, Austria's largest ISPs were expected to block The Pirate Bay and other 'pirate' sites last week. But after deadlines passed without action, the entertainment groups are now preparing lawsuits to force the ISPs to cooperate. Show More Summary