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Pre-Release Movie ‘Hacker’ Indicted By The Feds

The U.S Department of Justice has accused a 28-year-old Dutchman of stealing pre-release digital copies of the Hollywood blockbusters “How Do You Know,” "Rango" and “Megamind.” The indictment comes on the heels of the Sony hack, which prompted Hollywood to demand tougher cybersecurity laws. Show More Summary

‘Destitute’ Kim Dotcom Begs High Court For Millions

Kim Dotcom was in court today pleading for access to his seized assets. A reportedly "destitute" Dotcom asked for the release of US$152,000 a month for living expenses and as much as US$3m for legal fees. The Megaupload founder said if funds aren't forthcoming, living in a mansion may no longer be an option. Show More Summary

Google Removes “Launchpad” Apps After Trademark Complaint

Google Play has removed a few dozen "Launchpad" apps from its store as they allegedly infringe the similarly named trademark. The broad takedown request was submitted by Focusrite, a UK audio equipment manufacturer who trademarked the term. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Aussie Telecoms Minister Receives Downloading Warning Notice

Proposals for dealing with Australia's online piracy issue have not been well received by a leading local consumer group. Describing the scheme as a grave risk to consumers and a gateway to unlimited fines, Choice has sent Communications Minister his first ever piracy warning. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time “Fan Pages” Nuked By Anti-Piracy Outfit

Six websites setup as "fan pages" to the popular Popcorn Time software have been shut down by anti-piracy group BREIN. All reportedly reached a financial settlement with the Dutch group and currently display a notice advising against the use of the so-called "Netflix for Pirates". Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Goes Down And Redirects to Mobile Bay (Update)

The Pirate Bay is having trouble keeping the ship afloat and is suffering downtime and displaying odd error messages. Over the past weeks the notorious torrent site has struggled to find a good hosting location and this morning it started to redirect to themobilebay.org domain name. Show More Summary

Avicii and Other DJs Produce Hits Using Pirated Software

Most of the top DJs are multi-millionaires, but that doesn't mean that they don't use pirated software to create their music. Video footage reveals that paying €139 for a legal copy of the popular synthesizer plugin Sylenth1 proved to be too much for Avicii and other popular DJs such as Martin Garrix. Show More Summary

Torrent Site Admin Can Pay Piracy Fine…in 227 Years

After being chased down by a coalition of mainstream entertainment companies, a French court has just handed a former torrent site operator a six month suspended sentence. 'Boris P' must also pay two million euros in damages, an amount he predicts could be cleared in approximately 227 years. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 02/23/15

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Birdman.' 'Big Hero 6' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

The World’s Most Idiotic Copyright Complaint

A music group's anti-piracy system has just sent Google the most staggeringly ridiculous DMCA notices the planet has EVER seen. If you aren't sitting down, please do so now. Remove tight clothing, open a window and get a glass of water. This one is absolutely epic. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

iFlix: Instantly Watch & Listen to Torrents on Android

A new app for Android makes viewing torrents easier than ever before. After simply clicking on a magnet link, iFlix takes over, playing video and music in a clean interface. There's no need to wait for a torrent to complete and skipping can be achieved in just a few moments. Show More Summary

Tumblr Censors “Torrent” Related Tags and Searches

Popular blogging platform Tumblr is hiding "torrent" related posts from public view. The term "torrent" has been added to the site's adult filter, to prevent people from stumbling upon "offensive" content. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

TV Company Awarded Millions in Online Piracy Cases

In its ongoing crusade against sites said to infringe its copyrights, TV outfit ABS-CBN has just netted a couple of big wins. A pair of cases filed in a Florida district court have gone in the TV company's favor resulting in damages awards of $7m and the forfeiture of several domains. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Mods Are Back on Board For Massive Cleanup

The Pirate Bay has welcomed several moderators back on board. After initial security issues were resolved site staff have now regained access to the backend. The moderators got to work right away and have already removed hundreds of fake torrents in an effort to restore the site to its former glory. Show More Summary

Piracy Settlement Firm Sued Over Intimidating Robocalls and Text Messages

Rightscorp, a piracy monetization company that works with Warner Bros. and other prominent copyright holders, has been sued for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Two victims filed a complaint at a Georgia federal court accusing the company of placing intimidating robocalls and text messages. Show More Summary

Aussie ISPs Advocate “Three Strikes” Solution to Piracy

Under pressure from the Australian government, local ISPs have now published proposals on how to deal with the issue of online piracy. Drafted together with entertainment companies, the draft sees subscribers warned three times before further action is taken. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Oscar Nominations Massively Boosted Pirate Downloads

While Oscar buzz is great for movie sales, not everyone prefers to pay for their content. According to stats just released by piracy tracking firm Irdeto, illegal downloads of nominated movies increased by 385% following the Academy announcements of January 15. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

AT&T Patents “Fast Lane” For File-Sharing Traffic

Internet provider AT&T has obtained a patent to speed up BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic, while reducing the impact of these transfers on its network. Whether the invention will ever be implemented is doubtful though, as net...Show More Summary

YouTube Blocks Game Of Thrones Trailer on Copyright Grounds

There's no doubt that Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV-show in history, with copyright holders doing all they can to remove infringing copies from the web. However, these efforts can also go too far, something just witnessed by Australian pay TV company Foxtel. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Media Companies Track Pirated Downloads For Marketing Purposes

A new report released by Tru Optik shows that there are hundreds of millions of active BitTorrent users who together shared 18 billion files last year. The data is being used to show media companies the scale of the "unmonetized" demand for their products while offering a tool to target pirates with the right offerings. Show More Summary

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