One of the most-used Popcorn Time forks has revealed the global popularity of the "Netflix for pirates." The application has the largest user base in the United States, with 1.4 million installs and 100,000 active users. The Netherlands and Brazil follow in second and third place respectively. Show More Summary
Dozens of adult companies are using "copyright trolling" tactics to supplement their income, and Larry Flynt's Hustler is one of them. The company recently demanded a 600 euros settlement from a Finnish Tor exit-node operator, who also happens to be the Vice-President of a local Pirate Party branch. Show More Summary
Australian ISPs say that the government should employ a UK-style "follow the money" approach to deal with pirate sites. Site blocking and warnings might also be entertained, as long as throttling and disconnecting users is taken off the table. Show More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Maleficent' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Godzilla.' 'The Fault Is In Our Stars' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
We've been manufacturing without a license in our homes for 30 years now. It's about to go physical. Maybe that will wake legislators up to the bigger picture. If not, we're in for something much worse. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The company behind the movie watermarking system known as Cinavia has been awarded a new anti-piracy patent. Among other things, the Verance invention seeks to track digital media as it's being distributed by adding identifying watermarks to encrypted content, without having to decrypt it first. Show More Summary
KickassTorrents is the first large torrent site to bump up its security and force SSL encryption for all visitors. This makes it impossible for outsiders, Internet providers included, to monitor page visits or snoop on data being sent. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The six-strikes Copyright Alert System has been active for one and a half years now and warnings are being sent out at an increasing rate. The program will double in size this year, according to its executive director, in the hope that it will eventually change people's norms toward piracy. Show More Summary
City of London Police have increased the pressure on domain name registrars who do business with file-sharing sites. With a "notice of criminality" the police hopes to pressure the companies into taking action, or else. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
VAP, the anti-piracy association of the Austrian film and video industry, has sued four local ISPs after they failed to act on a request to block streaming portals Movie4k.to and Kinox.to. The IFPI says it is preparing legal action against the ISPs for their failure to block The Pirate Bay. Show More Summary
Warner Bros. has filed a lawsuit against a small bar from Amityville, New York, for playing one of their songs without permission. The track in question is not a recent pop song, but the 80-year old love song "I Only Have Eyes for You"...Show More Summary
Kim Dotcom has lost his appeal to keep his worldwide assets hidden from Hollywood in advance of a Court of Appeal hearing in October. The Court ordered the Megaupload founder to hand the information to Hollywood lawyers, although they must obtain permission to further share the information. Show More Summary
Hollywood has helped to get The Pirate Bay blocked in many countries, but not on its home turf. There are now various signs that this may change in the near future. Among other things, the MPAA has conducted internal research to show that site blocking is rather effective. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
A leaked draft prepared for government submission has revealed Hollywood's Australian anti-piracy strategy. Among other things, the paper says that providers should be held liable for infringing customers even when they only "reasonably suspect" that infringement is taking place. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sees piracy as one of its top priorities. In a highly tainted news report the Assistant Sheriff claims a direct link between piracy, organized crime and terrorism. But are the alleged pirates who inspired the report really hardcore criminals? Let's find out. Show More Summary
According to a former worker in a major TV network's R&D department, his company took an amazing approach when developing its own streaming service. While waiting for project authorization, everyone in the company practiced being pirates. Show More Summary
BitTorrent Inc. has just released version 1.4 of its Sync application. The new release has a completely redesigned interface and allows users to share files and folders via https links instead of encryption keys. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
With Hollywood hovering in the background looking for cash, last month the High Court ordered Kim Dotcom to reveal in detail where he's getting all his money from. The Mega founder isn't ready to give in though, and is putting up a fight ahead of an appeal hearing in October. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The makers of The Expendables 3 are continuing their crackdown on everything piracy related. Movie studio Lionsgate has now started to warn downloaders of the film, with alerts also going out to seedbox users. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
A lawyer who described piracy settlement demands as "extortion" changed his mind in 2011 and began suing BitTorrent users. In an attempt to erase the past he's just sent DMCA notices to the domain registrars of two anti-troll websites. Show More Summary