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Torrent Sites See Traffic Boost After ExtraTorrent Shutdown

ExtraTorrent's unexpected shutdown last week came as a shock to its users, who suddenly had to find a new home. Most users flocked to other popular sites, including The Pirate Bay, which suffered from "gateway errors" in response. Meanwhile,...Show More Summary

So You Want To Be An Internet Piracy Investigator?

The Federation Against Copyright Theft, one of the UK's most prominent anti-piracy groups, is looking to expand its team by recruiting a new Internet Investigator. The job listing provides an interesting insight into what qualities the group is looking for but doesn't mention a salary. Show More Summary

Steal This Show S03E02: ‘Juicing The Imagination’

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode, we talk to Rand Miller, creator of the Myst and Riven adventure games. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Google Has a Hard Time Keeping Streaming Pirates at Bay

In recent months, copyright holders have sent over a quarter million takedown requests targeting pirated videos on Google's servers. The notices point to a wide variety of infringing movies and TV-shows, all served from Googlevideo.com URLs. Show More Summary

Even Fake Leaks Can Help in Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Wars

Disney chief Bob Iger recently announced that hackers had obtained one of the company's movies and were holding it to ransom. This Wednesday, TorrentFreak concluded it was a hoax, and on Thursday, Disney admitted that was indeed the case. Show More Summary

Sean Parker’s ‘Screening Room’ Patents Anti-Piracy Technologies

If Napster co-founder Sean Parker has his way, people will soon be able to watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters in their living room as soon as they premiere at the box office. New details laid out in a series of patent applications...Show More Summary

Copyright Troll Piracy ‘Witness’ Went Back to the Future – and Lost

A witness for the world's most notorious copyright trolls appears to have time-traveling abilities. Guardaley's "expert" sent a declaration to the court claiming to have witnessed BitTorrent infringement more than a week before the offenses allegedly took place. Show More Summary

Pirate Site Pubfilm Taunts Hollywood With Domain Name Whac-A-Mole

Pirate streaming site Pubfilm is not impressed by the lawsuit filed by major Hollywood studios earlier this year. The site has already lost several domain names following a court order. However, Pubfilm continues to taunt the studios...Show More Summary

Facebook Bans Sale of Piracy-Enabling Products & Devices

Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to include a ban on "products or items" that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media. The new rule has almost certainly been put in place to stop the further spread of "fully...Show More Summary

Was The Disney Movie ‘Hacking Ransom’ a Giant Hoax?

Last week, Disney boss Bog Iger revealed that one of his company's movies had been stolen and was being held hostage for a bitcoin ransom. With press speculation that it might be the latest 'Pirates' movie, TF has spent more than a week trying to find out more. Show More Summary

No, ExtraTorrent Has Not Been Resurrected

Just days after ExtraTorrent closed its doors, various sites popped up claiming to be the popular torrent site resurrected. Some even go as far as stating they're operated by former staffers, which was quickly picked up by the press....Show More Summary

Alleged KickassTorrents Founder Released on Bail

Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, has been released from prison on bail. The Ukrainian will be able to await the extradition procedure as a relatively free man. He currently lives in a rented apartment where he was reunited with his wife and young son. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Malicious Subtitles Threaten Kodi, VLC and Popcorn Time Users, Researchers Warn

Millions of people risk having their devices and systems compromised by malicious subtitles, Check Point researchers revealed today. The threat comes from a previously undocumented vulnerability which affects users of popular streaming software, including Kodi, Popcorn-Time, and VLC. Show More Summary

Reddit’s Piracy Sub-Reddit Reopens After Mutiny Shutdown

A popular section of Reddit devoted to piracy discussion was shut down last night following a dispute that boiled over into mutiny. After being helped by Reddit's admins, the people now in charge of /r/piracy say that a former moderator...Show More Summary

Now Anyone Can Embed a Pirate Movie in a Website

Vodlocker.to is offering an interesting service that not only provides streaming movies and TV shows in the browser but also allows them to be published anywhere on the web. After entering the movie's IMDb number, users get an embed code which can be entered into any web page, where the movie will play in a YouTube-like window. Show More Summary

Copyright Troll Attorney John Steele Disbarred by Illinois Supreme Court

After admitting to several criminal acts, including the operation of a piracy honeypot, Prenda Law attorney John Steele has now been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court. As a result, the troubled attorney will no longer be allowed to practice law in the state. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 05/22/17

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Logan' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Fate of the Furious'. 'The Boss Baby' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

RIAA Says Artists Don’t Need “Moral Rights,” Artists Disagree

Major entertainment industry associations often create the impression that they are fighting for the rights of smaller artists, not just their corporate overlords. However, responding to a US Government consultation, both sides are now...Show More Summary

Girl Busted For Pirating ‘Chicken Run’ Provides Food For Thought

News from the BBC that a UK teenager has been banned from accessing her university's wifi after getting caught for a pirate download seemed straightforward enough. However, on closer inspection, the story about an illegal Chicken Run...Show More Summary

Fake ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Leaks Troll Pirates and Reporters

This week several news sites reported that leaked copies of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' had surfaced on The Pirate Bay. The findings came shortly after Disney said hackers had attempted to extort the company, with threats to leak an upcoming film. Show More Summary

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