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Pirate Bay Won’t Make A Full Comeback, Staff Revolt

According to insiders The Pirate Bay will slim down its operations for the planned comeback. The new version of the site is expected to operate without former admins and moderators, who have responded furiously to the decision. Many key staffers have left the ship to launch their own TPB. Show More Summary

Spanish Government Orders Pirate Bay Blockade

After Spanish users increasingly reported being barred from the site, yesterday ISP Vodafone denied it had taken any action against The Pirate Bay. Today, however, the company admits that it is blocking the site after being ordered to do so by the Spanish government. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Unprecedented Music Piracy Collapse Fails to Boost Revenues

A survey carried out by music industry group IFPI has revealed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 are now using illegal file-sharing platforms to obtain music, down from 70% in 2009. But while that achievement is unprecedented, overall music industry revenues have remained static. Show More Summary

Old Pirate Bay Will Share $100,000 With Devs, Mods and Uploaders

In less than a month OldPirateBay.org has grown out to become one of the most popular torrent sites on the Internet. The site has become the default Pirate Bay replacement for many, and the operators hope to keep it that way with a $100,000 cash injection for developers, moderators and uploaders. Show More Summary

Italy Launches Largest Ever Pirate Site Blockade

A complaint filed by 21st Century Fox's Sky TV has ended in Italy's most aggressive site-blocking action yet. Coordinated by the Public Prosecutor of Rome, the operation has resulted in more than 120 international 'pirate' streamingShow More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 01/26/15

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Interstellar' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘American Sniper.' 'Taken 3' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Phoenix Hints At Imminent Pirate Bay Comeback

History appears to be repeating itself as The Pirate Bay homepage is displaying a Phoenix once again, suggesting that the site will soon rise from its ashes. If the signs are true, TPB may be up and running next weekend. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

“Pirate Cinema” Visualizes Torrent Traffic in Online Art Display

At any given point during the day dozens of millions of people are using BitTorrent to share pirated content, mostly movies and TV-shows. Pirate Cinema visualizes these transactions in an online art display, showing chunks of video of the most popular files as they arrive from all over the world. Show More Summary

Pirate Party MEP Fails to Deliver True Copyright Reform

The political discourse on copyright back in 2006 was uninspired and one-dimensional. Activism was not enough to change things, and the Pirate Party was formed as an alternative to the future visions propagated by content dinosaurs.Show More Summary

Zombie Pirate Bay Tracker Fuels Chinese DDoS Attacks

The Pirate Bay discontinued its tracker more than half a decade ago, but in recent weeks it returned from the dead to DDoS web-servers all over the world. In what appears to be a misconfiguration of the "Chinese Firewall," tracker.thepiratebay.org is pointed to the IP-addresses of servers that have nothing to do with torrents. Show More Summary

Men Tried for Extortion After Porn Download Threats

Six men went on trial this week accused of blackmail and extortion after thousands were sent threats demanding cash payments for alleged adult video downloads. Former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde hopes for a conviction, but wonders if Hollywood content would've been handled differently. Show More Summary

Apple Patents Technology to Legalize P2P Sharing

Apple has obtained a patent for a technology that allows people to legally share music and videos with friends. Instead of downloading files from iTunes or another store, customers can get them from friends or family and obtain a license separately. Show More Summary

Police Seized 50 Servers in Pirate Bay Raid

Since the raid in December not much information has been released by authorities in Sweden, but the size of the operation to shut down The Pirate Bay is now becoming evident. According to a source present at the time, police seized at least 50 servers and left no hardware unturned. Show More Summary

Cox: We’re Not Responsible For Pirating Customers

Cox Communications, one of the largest Internet providers in the United States, says that it's not liable for pirating customers. The ISP is being sued by two music publishers for failing to disconnect copyright infringers. According to Cox, however, these claims don't hold. Show More Summary

Bomber Tries Copyright Troll Argument to Unmask Critic

A man jailed for 50 years in the United States for multiple bombings, drug smuggling and felony perjury, is attempting to leverage copyright troll cases to his advantage. Brett Kimberlin says that since a court has already revealed the identities of BitTorrent users, it should also unmask his critics. Show More Summary

Netflix Sees Popcorn Time As a Serious Competitor

Video streaming giant Netflix sees piracy as its biggest competitor. The rise of Popcorn Time, often branded as the Netflix for Pirates, is particularly problematic for the company as it's packed with the latest blockbusters and easier to use than traditional torrent sites. Show More Summary

Torrent Site Blockades Are Disproportional, Greek Court Rules

A Greek anti-piracy group has lost its bid to have various torrent sites blocked by local Internet providers. The Athens Court ruled that barring access to torrent sites such as KickassTorrents and The Pirate Bay is disproportionate and unconstitutional, while hindering the ISPs' entrepreneurial freedoms. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Shows Most Significant Signs of Return Yet

After being offline for more than six weeks the crew of The Pirate Bay has provided a new teaser suggesting the site's return. With just 10 days of a countdown left, ThePirateBay.se now shows the site's familiar and iconic homepage with active links to PirateBrowser and PromoBay. Show More Summary

How Hollywood Plans to Seize Pirate Site Domain Names

Hoping to put a dent in ever-growing piracy rates, the MPAA will try to convince domain names registries to stop doing business with pirate sites. In addition, Hollywood's anti-piracy group plans civil action to force registries to seize domain names of illicit torrent and streaming sites. Show More Summary

Failed MPAA / Xunlei Anti-Piracy Deal is Shocking

After signing an anti-piracy deal with Xunlei last year the MPAA is already suing the Chinese file-sharing giant. What went wrong is unclear but documents obtained by TorrentFreak reveal the toughest and most shocking set of anti-piracy demands to be found anywhere on the planet. Show More Summary

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