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Leaked Oscar Movie Screeners Flood Torrent Sites

An unprecedented fast flood of leaked 'screener' copies of movies has hit torrent sites ahead of the official Oscar nominations announcement later this month. The latest Hobbit installment is proving most popular with over 500K downloads in the first 24 hours. Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Sets Sail For Home Base…

With a new update to the site The Pirate Bay has added yet more mysterious hints to its uncertain future. The site suggests that it's sailing towards its home base, but to what end? An official statement from the TPB crew is expected to be released during the days to come. Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Firm ‘Caught’ Pirating News Articles

The Canadian based anti-piracy firm Canipre is known for hounding file-sharers with lawsuits and copyright infringement notices. Ironically, however, the company may want to start cleaning up its own house first as a blog affiliated with the company has been frequently "pirating" news articles. Show More Summary

VPN Services Consider Leaving Canada to Protect Customer Privacy

Last week Canada enacted an amendment to its copyright law which requires Internet services to retain access logs of customers in order to process piracy notices. This mandatory data retention puts the privacy of VPN users at risk, and as a result Canadian providers are considering pulling out of the country. Show More Summary

Google Porn Takedowns Carpet Bomb Github

An anti-piracy company has caused Google to wrongfully remove dozens of Github project URLs. Acting on behalf of a porn company, Takedown Piracy asked the search giant to remove links to several projects including those owned by Facebook, Netflix, Yahoo and openSUSE. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

PirateSnoop Browser Unblocks Torrent Sites

As the battle to block user access to the world's largest torrent sites continues, another website has stepped up to battle censorship. RARBG, one of the most-used torrent sites on the Internet, has just launched PirateSnoop, a free web browser designed to easily skirt web blockades. Show More Summary Shuts Down For Good

One of the oldest torrent sites on the Internet has permanently closed its doors. The private torrent tracker shut down due to "recent events," leaving a large community of dedicated users behind. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

First 3D Camcorder Piracy Case: Student on Trial

Billed as the first case of its kind, a man has gone on trial in the UK accused of attempting to camcord the movie 'Gravity' in full 3D. The 28-year-old film student allegedly constructed a rig using a pair of hi-def cameras but was thwarted when cinema staff spotted and confiscated his device. Show More Summary

Top Torrent Trackers All Return Online

The Pirate Bay raid and various technical issues have caused headaches for the three of the largest BitTorrent trackers over the past month, but all have now returned. In addition, the people behind OpenBitTorrent have launched a separate tracker to share the load and help to serve millions of torrent users. Show More Summary

Dotcom’s Wife Not Entitled to 50% of Seized Assets, U.S. Argues

A claim by Kim Dotcom's estranged wife Mona against 50% of assets seized following the raid on Megaupload should be rejected, the U.S. Government says. Dismissing her interests in the property as "inchoate and murky", the U.S. insists that Mona should get nothing. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Google Asked to Remove 345 Million “Pirate” Links in 2014

Copyright holders asked Google to remove more than 345,000,000 allegedly infringing links from its search engine in 2014. The staggering number is an increase of 75% compared to the year before. While Google has taken some steps to downrank pirate sites, the rate at which takedown notices are sent continues to rise. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 01/05/15

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Gone Girl' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Penguins of Madagascar.' 'The Interview' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

In Europe, Pirates Are Writing The Copyright Law

Strangely unreported by mainstream media, there is a major revision of the copyright monopoly underway in the European Union. And the person in charge, Julia Reda, is a Pirate Party representative. The tide is turning. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Dozens of Pirate Bays Isn’t Necessarily a Pirate’s Dream

The Pirate Bay had only been down for a matter of hours following a police raid when replacements and clones started appearing online. But while having dozens of copies of the site might sound like a good idea to some, this represents a dilution of the site and its image which won't help pirates long term. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2015

Making a list of the world’s most-visited torrent sites has been a long-standing tradition at TF, which we continue today. At the start of 2015 KickassTorrents is pulling in most traffic followed by Torrentz. File-sharing icon The Pirate Bay is currently down, but gets a mention thanks to a popular copy. Show More Summary

Netflix Cracks Down on VPN and Proxy “Pirates”

Netflix is starting to block subscribers who access its service using VPN services and other tools that bypass geolocation restrictions. The changes, which may also affect legitimate users, have been requested by the movie studios who want full control over what people can see in their respective countries. Show More Summary

Wiziwig: Poor Legal Options Turn People into Pirates

Wiziwig, one of the world's largest streaming sports portals, shut down this week to the dismay of millions of fans. TorrentFreak caught up with the site's operators who told us a now familiar story. If only sports companies and broadcasters got their act together and fulfilled consumer demand, sites such as Wiziwig would never exist. Show More Summary

Canadian ISPs and VPNs Now Have to Alert Pirating Customers

Starting today Canadian Internet providers are required to forward copyright infringement notices to their subscribers. This notification scheme provides a safe harbor for ISPs but is also expected to result in a surge in piracy settlement schemes. Show More Summary

UK Site Blocking Gives Boost to Pirate Linking Sites

What happens when movie and TV show companies have sites blocked at the ISP level in the UK? A leaked report commission by the studios shows that on the one hand direct traffic to pirate sites seriously reduced. But on the other, usage of unblocked linking-only sites increased by more than 230%. Show More Summary

Wiziwig and EliteTorrent ‘Shut Down’ Facing New Anti-Piracy Law

Sports streaming site Wiziwig and torrent site Elitetorrent stopped linking to copyrighted material today. Worried that they will face hefty fines under Spain's new anti-piracy law, both sites have decided to throw in the towel. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

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