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30,000 ‘Pirates’ Receive Fake ‘Fines’ With Trojans Attached

In recent days an estimated 30,000 Internet users have received emails containing copyright warnings and demands for cash settlements. The emails, which detail alleged infringements on content from EMI, Sony, DreamWorks and Paramount, are not only fake but also have a sting in the tail - a nasty trojan just waiting to be installed. Show More Summary

Singapore Passes Pirate Bay-Blocking Anti-Piracy Law

This morning Singapore became the latest in a line of countries to crack down on copyright infringement via web blocking. Fresh amendments to existing law will allow content owners to obtain injunctions from the High Court to block sites said to be engaged in widespread copyright infringement. Show More Summary

Uptobox Bans Americans After Visa and MasterCard Pressure

The popular file-hosting service Uptobox has blocked access for U.S. users following pressure from Visa and MasterCard. The credit card companies are asking payment processors to stop servicing the cyberlockers over piracy concerns. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Kim Dotcom Extradition Hearing Delayed Until 2015

Kim Dotcom has been told that his extradition hearing will be delayed once again. The Megaupload founder will now have to wait until at least February 2015 to discover his fate, not during the next few weeks as planned. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Google Services Among 472 Sites Blocked For World Cup ‘Piracy’

A TV network operated by Sony has obtained a sweeping High Court injunction compelling Indian ISPs to block hundreds of 'pirate' sites. However, in addition to sites like The Pirate Bay, for the second time in a month Sony affiliates have sucked in innocent victims including several Google services and Kim Dotcom's Show More Summary

CashU Payment Method Starts Banning VPN Services

In line with recent trends, the online payment method CashU has put a blanket ban on VPN services. The company states that it is prohibited from supporting anonymity services due to the potential for abuse. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Tough New Piracy Law Sees No Takers in More Than a Year

For years Norway was pressured to do something drastic against pirates and 12 months ago this week the country introduced tough new legislation. But one year on and not a single file-sharer has been inquired about nor has a single site blocking request been filed. Show More Summary

140 U.S. Internet Providers Disconnect Persistent File-Sharers

Rightscorp, a prominent piracy monitoring firm that works with Warner Bros. and other copyright holders, claims that 140 U.S. ISPs are actively disconnecting repeat copyright infringers. While these numbers sound rather impressive, there's a lot more to the story. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Cyberlocker Blocked After Police Discover “Criminal Network”

A long investigation carried out by Italy's Fiscal police has concluded with a court-ordered web blockage of a popular file-hosting site. The operators of DDLStorage are said to have generated 1.3 million euros in just 15 months, the product of an affiliation with a pirate website. Show More Summary

Twitter Removes Users “Pirated” World Cup Avatars

Twitter has removed the profile pictures of several of its users after the company received a takedown notice from World Cup organizer FIFA. The football organization forbids the use of any of its official logos and emblems on social media, including pictures of the World Cup trophy. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Hollywood Fails to Add Torrent Sites to Child Abuse Filter

It's been revealed that major Hollywood movie studios including Disney, Paramount, Fox, Sony and Universal attempted to have torrent sites added to New Zealand's already controversial Internet child protection filter. Alongside ISPs' objections to the proposal, the Kiwi government rejected the request. Show More Summary

Universal Music Can Delete Any SoundCloud Track Without Oversight

In a bid to tackle alleged infringement, popular music sharing platform SoundCloud is offering unlimited removal powers to certain copyright holders. Responding to a complaint from a UK DJ the company admitted that Universal Music can delete any and all SoundCloud tracks without oversight. Show More Summary

UK PM’s IP Advisor Won’t Stand For Re-Election

The UK Prime Minister's Intellectual Property Advisor is to step down at the next general election. Mike Weatherley has been front and center in promoting entertainment industry action against online piracy but will not stand for re-election in 2015. Show More Summary

Losing Weight, Pirate Bay Founder Requests Security Downgrade

After being arrested just over a month ago, Peter Sunde has sent a plea to the authorities over his detention. The Pirate Bay co-founder says that his prison conditions don't match the nature of his crime and that his health is deteriorating as a result. Show More Summary

UK “Porn Filter” Triggers Widespread Internet Censorship

A new tool released by the Open Rights Group today reveals that 20% of the 100,000 most-visited websites on the Internet are blocked by the parental filters of UK ISPs. With the newly launched website the group makes it easier to expose false positives and show that the blocking efforts ban many legitimate sites, TorrentFreak included. Show More Summary

Dotcom Encryption Keys Can’t Be Given to FBI, Court Rules

In 2012, New Zealand police seized computer drives belonging to Kim Dotcom, copies of which were unlawfully given to the FBI. Dotcom wants access to the seized content but the drives are encrypted. A judge has now ruled that even if the Megaupload founder supplies the passwords, they cannot subsequently be forwarded to the FBI. Show More Summary

Millions Watch World Cup Through Pirated Live Streams

Millions of people have tuned in to pirated World Cup streams thus far, with some games getting nearly half a million unauthorized viewers. TorrentFreak spoke with the French-Israeli content protection firm Viaccess-Orca, who sent roughly 2,000 takedown notices to content platforms that host or link to illegally streamed World Cup matches. Show More Summary

Hackers Turn Music Industry Site into The Pirate Bay

During the past 24 hours a brand new Pirate Bay blockade was put in place in Argentina following a complaint from the IFPI-affiliated music industry group CAPIF. Now, just hours later, the tables have been turned after hackers transformed CAPIF's website into a fully functioning and blockade-circumventing Pirate Bay proxy. Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Now Blocked in Argentina

Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to block The Pirate Bay on copyright grounds. A court order obtained by the country's leading recording labels compels eleven ISPs to block 255 Pirate Bay IP addresses and 12 domains. Show More Summary

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