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Anti-Piracy Group Stops Prolific KickassTorrent’s Uploader

A KickassTorrents user who uploaded more than 750 pirated files has been ordered to cease his activities by a Dutch court, or face thousands of euros in fines. The case was launched by the local anti-piracy group BREIN, which actively monitors and targets prolific uploaders. Show More Summary

Megaupload Programmer Already Freed From U.S. Prison

Earlier this year Andrus Nomm, one of the Megaupload employees indicted by the United States, was sentenced to a year in prison. Having done a deal with U.S. authorities and testified against Kim Dotcom, just nine months later the Estonian is a now a free man. Show More Summary

No Pirate Bay Blockade in Sweden, Court Rules

After deliberating for almost a month the Stockholm District Court has decided that copyright holders can not force a Swedish ISP to block the The Pirate Bay. The Court found that Bredbandsbolaget's operations do not amount to participation in the copyright infringement offenses carried out by some of its 'pirate' subscribers. Show More Summary

Huge Security Flaw Can Expose VPN Users’ Real IP-Adresses

A newly discovered vulnerability can expose the real IP-addresses of VPN users with relative ease. The issue, which affects all VPN protocols and operating systems, was uncovered by Perfect Privacy who alerted several affected competitors to the threat before making it public. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Opens Door for Pirate Site Blockades in Germany

The German Supreme Court has today opened the door for ISP blockades of copyright infringing sites. In a landmark decision the court ruled that ISPs can be required to block websites if copyright holders fail to identify their operators or hosting providers. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Judge Worries That Piracy Lawsuits Will Flood Courts

The chief judge of an IP court in Finland has expressed concern that 'copyright-troll' piracy lawsuits will cause chaos if a law firm follows through with threats to sue hundreds of Internet users. Using the courts is the ultimate weapon to make alleged pirates settle but experts believe that copyright owners could have an uphill battle. Show More Summary

Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine

A software pirate is facing the most unusual punishment ever seen in a copyright infringement action. The man lost a case brought by an anti-piracy group but couldn't pay damages, so instead agreed to star in PSA showcasing his life as a pirate. Show More Summary

MPAA Wins $10.5 Million Piracy Damages From MovieTube

A group of major Hollywood studios have won a default judgment against the operators of MovieTube and several associated websites. The movie studios have been awarded a total of $10.5 million in statutory damages and control over a few dozen MovieTube domains, which were taken offline earlier this year. Show More Summary

Insurer Refuses to Cover Cox in Massive Piracy Lawsuit

Trouble continues for one of the largest Internet providers in the United States, with a Lloyds underwriter now suing Cox Communications over an insurance dispute. The insurer is refusing to cover legal fees and potential piracy damages in Cox's case against BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music. Show More Summary

Cox Has No DMCA Safe Harbor Protection, Judge Rules

Internet provider Cox Communications may be held liable for the copyright infringements of its subscribers, a Virginia District Court has ruled. According to the court, Cox failed to properly implement a repeat infringer policy and is not entitled to DMCA safe-harbor protection. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom Slams U.S. “Bullies” as Extradition Hearing Ends

Kim Dotcom says he retains hope as his all-important extradition hearing wrapped up in New Zealand today. The fate of the Megaupload founder, who just slammed the U.S. as "bullies", now lies in the hands of the judge who gave him bail almost four years ago. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Hulu Accidentally Leaks Upcoming Fargo Episode

The upcoming episode of Fargo has leaked online after video streaming service Hulu made it public by accident. The error was swiftly fixed this weekend, but not before the new episode had spread across dozens of torrent sites. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

BREIN Stops and Settles With Popcorn Time Developers

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has tracked down two Popcorn Time developers who shared news of their work via Reddit. In response the devs have agreed to stop working on the popular streaming application and now risk a €2,000 per day fine if they violate their settlement agreement. Show More Summary

Dotcom’s Extradition Hearing ‘Ambushed’ With New Evidence

After being scheduled for no more than a month, Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing has dragged on for almost 10 weeks. Expected to wrap up during the next two days, there's yet more uncertainty after the prosecution attempted to introduce new evidence at the 11th hour. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Google Asked to Remove 1,500 “Pirate Links” Per Minute

Google is facing a never-ending flood of takedown requests from copyright holders, breaking record after record. The company currently processes a record breaking 1,500 links to "pirate" pages from its search results every minute, which is a 100% increase compared to last year. Show More Summary

Perfect 10 Owes Giganews $5.6m But Won’t Pay Up

Adult publisher and copyright troll Perfect 10 bit off more than it could chew when it took on Usenet provider Giganews. After mounting an aggressive copyright lawsuit, Giganews fought back, won its case, and the court landed Perfect 10 with a $5.6m bill. Show More Summary

Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen Resurface After Being Shut Down

A few days ago several large online repositories of free books and academic articles were pulled offline. Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen had their domain names taken away after Elsevier beat them in court. However, the site's operators are...Show More Summary

TorrentFreak Presents: Steal This Show

For more than a decade TorrentFreak has covered the latest copyright and file-sharing news in written text. Today we're trying something new with the first episode of the Steal This Show podcast, which will discuss recent news events and feature in-depth interviews with leading innovators. Show More Summary

Google Counsel Sees Problems With ‘Take Down, Stay Down’

When content is taken down in response to a DMCA notice, should service providers be required to stop the same content from reappearing? Major copyright holders believe they should but the issue is complex. Speaking at a copyright conference...Show More Summary

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