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Megaupload Accuses U.S. of Unfair Tactics, Seeks Stay

After the United States were given several days to state their case against Kim Dotcom and his former business associates, this morning lawyers for the Megaupload four stated why their clients should not be extradited to the United States. Show More Summary

The Confessions of a Camming Movie Pirate

After being sentenced to close to three years in prison for recording the movie Fast & Furious 6 and uploading it to the Internet, Philip Danks was released last month. Today we reveal the inside story of what made this UK-based 'cammer' tick, from procuring recording equipment to plans for a getaway should it all go wrong. Show More Summary

Thousands of “Spies” Are Watching Trackerless Torrents

BitTorrent is a very efficient way to share large files, but not a very private one. It's commonly known that anti-piracy outfits monitor users through public trackers. However, new research reveals that BitTorrent's DHT is also full of "spies" who actively harvest IP-addresses. Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Activities Get VPNs Banned at Torrent Sites

This week users of popular torrent sites found that they could no longer access them using their VPN. Speaking with TorrentFreak the operator of one of the affected sites revealed that the IP ranges of a popular VPN provider had been banned after they were used for massive anti-piracy activities. Show More Summary

Torrent Sites Remove Millions of Links to Pirate Content

Pirate Bay aside, pretty much all large torrent sites remove links to pirated content when they're asked to. Bitsnoop, for example, has deleted more than two million torrents, and at KickassTorrents the counter recently exceeded 850,000. Show More Summary

Comcast User Hit With 112 DMCA Notices in 48 Hours

According to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania this week, a Comcast user was sent a staggering 112 DMCA notices in just 48 hours after downloading and sharing a single torrent. The unlucky user was targeted for sharing the discography of Dog Fashion Disco, a long defunct metal band previously known as Hug the Retard. Show More Summary

Copyright Trolls Announce UK Anti-Piracy Invasion

Tens of thousands of Internet subscribers are at risk of receiving piracy settlement demands after copyright trolls announced they are preparing to launch one of the largest ever anti-piracy campaigns in the UK. The new wave of enforcement...Show More Summary

Verizon Fights Copyright Troll Demands in Court

Verizon is protesting a broad subpoena the company received from Malibu Media, one of the most active copyright trolls in the United States. The ISP is fighting a deposition of its employees and is refusing to hand over private correspondence and information about modems and other equipment, citing the copyright holder's "extortionate" practices. Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Suffers Downtime

The Pirate Bay is down at the moment, causing concern among many BitTorrent users. While some fear the worst, the site probably won't be offline for very long. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Microsoft ‘Shamed’ as Piracy Sponsors

Car manufacturers including Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and Volvo plus technology giant Microsoft are just a handful of the 100 major companies set to be outed as sponsors of piracy sites by the Russian government. The move is part of the growing "follow the money" campaign aimed at strangling the finances of 'pirate' sites. Show More Summary

Paramount Pictures Fails to Silence uTorrent Discussions

In an attempt to make it harder for people to find pirated copies of its movies, Paramount Pictures has tried to remove several uTorrent forum posts from Google's search results. However, it turns out that none of the threads that were called out as unlawful actually link to copyright infringing material. Show More Summary

MPAA and RIAA’s Megaupload Lawsuits Delayed Until 2016

Megaupload has asked a federal court in Virginia to postpone its legal battles with the MPAA and RIAA while the criminal proceedings remain pending. The movie studios and recording labels haven't objected to the request which means that it will take at least six more months before the civil cases begin. Show More Summary

Rightscorp Retains Dallas Buyers Club Copyright Troll Lawyer

Anti-piracy monetization firm Rightscorp says it has retained a lawyer known for his work with infamous copyright troll Dallas Buyers Club. Carl Crowell, who recently claimed that it's impossible to be anonymous using BitTorrent, will...Show More Summary

RUTracker Says Copyright Holders Can Moderate its Torrents

Giant Russian torrent site RUTracker says it is prepared to take extraordinary measures to ward off action that could see the site permanently blocked by local ISPs. RUTracker, the 17th largest site in the whole of Russia, says thatShow More Summary

Russian Facebook Ordered to Crack Down on Piracy

The Russian equivalent of Facebook has been ordered by a court to crack down on music piracy. Following legal action initiated by Warner and Universal, VKontakte must prevent piracy using filtering technology. The social network, which has 70 million daily users, enjoyed a partial victory when the court dismissed claims for $547,000 in damages. Show More Summary

Dutch Filmmakers Claim Piracy Damages From Government

Filmmakers claim that the Dutch Government has tolerated and even encouraged unauthorized downloading for years. In response, a local filmmakers' association is demanding compensation for the losses that they've suffered over the past ten years, which could amount to hundreds of millions of euros. Show More Summary

Aurous Dev Fires Back at “Fearmongering, Babbling” Rightscorp

Aurous, the music equivalent of Popcorn Time, is just two weeks away from alpha release but anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp is already touting a 'solution' to deal with the software. Biting back, Aurous' developer Andrew Sampson says that...Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Founder Finally Free After Three Years

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm is a free man again after serving three years in prison for hacking and copyright offenses. His release marks the end of a turbulent and tough period characterized by successive trials, appeals and convictions in both Sweden and Denmark. Show More Summary

Megaupload Paid Prolific Pirates Thousands in Rewards, U.S. Says

In a rewards program that lasted five years, Megaupload paid out more than $3m to users who uploaded content the site. One of those was paid more than $50,000, despite having more than 1,200 takedown notices filed against his account, the U.S. Show More Summary

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