One of the alleged Pirate Bay crew members arrested a week ago has been released from custody. The man remains a suspect in a new Pirate Bay investigation, and prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad believes that this could eventually lead to new hearings. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Following in the footsteps of the main site, Pirate Bay's Facebook page with nearly half a million likes was shut down a few hours ago. It's unclear whether the Pirate Bay crew deleted the page or if Facebook took action against the troubled site. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The Icefilms streaming movie and TV show portal has a strong following but for the past 24 hours the site has been offline. With a Pirate Bay raid ringing in everyone's ears, has Icefilms fallen to the same fate? According to a source familiar with the situation the site should get back on its feet soon. Show More Summary
In its response to a lawsuit filed by rightsholders last month a Swedish ISP has refused to block The Pirate Bay and streaming portal Swefilmer. Several major music and movie companies initiated legal action against Bredbandsbolaget in November, but the ISP says there is no legal basis for a web blockade. Show More Summary
The Pirate Bay raid is still sending shock-waves through the BitTorrent 'community' but despite the prolonged downtime people haven't stopped sharing. Statistics provided by one of the largest trackers used by TPB show that the number of continuous file-sharers remains pretty much unaffected. Show More Summary
A long-running case in Sweden has concluded with a determination on how pirates should be sentenced for each movie downloaded illegally. The case, which involved the downloading of 60 movies, went all the way to the Supreme Court. The jail sentence demanded by the prosecution was rejected but stiff fines were handed down. Show More Summary
The Pirate Bay crew has broken its silence for the first time since the site was knocked down hard by a raid in Sweden last week. The people behind the site are still considering their options and have no concrete comeback plans yet....Show More Summary
Following last week's raid on The Pirate Bay many sites appeared claiming to have brought the site back to life. While that was to be expected, the site that has gained the most traction is now deliberately lying to the press and faking user uploads to give the impression that leading uploaders support them. Show More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Equalizer' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Maze Runner.' 'Horrible Bosses 2' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The Pirate Bay was shut down this week. Whether or not it resurfaces, that event has already triggered a wave of innovation that will spawn exciting new sharing technologies over the coming years, just like when Napster was shut down fifteen years ago Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Over the years anti-piracy PSAs haven't enjoyed a great reception, with many ending up as objects of ridicule. Nevertheless, next year it appears Hollywood will have another shot. Who knows whether the PSAs will be successful but leaked scripts seen by TorrentFreak are both hilarious and controversial. Show More Summary
For the first time since UK ISPs were ordered to bar pirate websites, a domain has been taken off the blocklist. Following a change in its business model last week, FilesTube is no longer viewed as a "pirate" site. With an okay from music industry group BPI, FilesTube will soon be accessible again to UK visitors. Show More Summary
Sony Pictures' TV network AXN developed a guerrilla marketing campaign to convert users of The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and other torrent sites to paying customers. The company planned to flood torrent sites with promos for the premiere Hannibal disguised as pirated copies of the popular TV-show. Show More Summary
The anti-piracy outfit behind the raid of The Pirate Bay says that dozens of "illegal services" are still operating in the same data center. Lawyer Henrik Ponten of Rights Alliance informs TorrentFreak that a major torrent site, a large streaming portal, and a release group topsite are among 40 sites housed nearby. Show More Summary
Leaked documents reveal in detail how Hollywood plans to take on piracy in the years to come. One of the top priorities for the MPAA are cyberlockers and illegal streaming sites, with lawsuits planned in the UK, Germany and Canada. Torrent...Show More Summary
More than three days have passed since The Pirate Bay went down after a raid on a Swedish datacenter. While there is still no sign that TPB is preparing a comeback, several copies of the popular torrent site are drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
After delivering a major blow to torrent sites during October, Google must've thought the MPAA would be pleased. Instead, however, the MPAA issued a 'snarky' press release. According to a leaked email, the press release so infuriated Google's top brass that the company ended cooperation with the MPAA. Show More Summary
The MPAA is in discussions with the major movie studios over ways to introduce site blocking to the United States. TorrentFreak has learned that the studios will try to achieve website blockades using principles available under existing law. Show More Summary
While there is still no sign of The Pirate Bay, another major torrent site is starting to recover following the police raid earlier this week. The popular TV-torrent distribution group EZTV is starting to upload new shows again as some of its servers come back online. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Yesterday The Pirate Bay was raided for the second time in its history and millions of people are still anxiously waiting to see whether the "most resilient" site can make a comeback. At the same time, other torrent sites are noticing a big spike in traffic. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.