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Disney Patents a Piracy Free Search Engine

Disney has just obtained a patent for a search engine that ranks sites based on various "authenticity" factors. One of the goals of the technology is to filter pirated material from search results while boosting the profile of copyright and trademark holders' websites. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Manhunt Underway For “Possibly Armed” Kinox, BitShare and FreakShare Operators

In a surprise move, police in Germany have launched a public manhunt for two men behind several large file-sharing sites. Alongside the unusual step of naming and publishing mugshots of the men, police are warning the public that they are violent and possibly armed. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Pirate Site Operator Slapped With $10 Million in Damages

A U.S. federal court in Oregon has signed a judgment ordering the operator of several tiny streaming sites to pay $10 million in damages to ABS-CBN. The entertainment and media conglomerate is touting the outcome as a landmark victory, but is that really the case? Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Gottfrid Svartholm Found Guilty in Hacking Trial

Gottfrid Svartholm has today been found guilty of hacking crimes by a Danish court. The Swedish Pirate Bay founder and his 21-year-old accomplice were found to have illegally accessed systems operated by IT company CSC. It was the biggest hacking case ever conducted in Denmark. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Google Glass Now Banned in US Movie Theaters Over Piracy Fears

The MPAA and the National Association of Theatre Owners have officially banned Google Glass and other wearables from movie theaters today. Those who want to enjoy a movie have to take their glasses off, as these can be used to illegally record movies. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Joker is Cool But Not the New Popcorn Time

A new web-based torrent service has been making headlines with some heralding the arrival of a new Popcorn Time-style tool. But while Joker.org is very slick and provides better privacy, the service is more vulnerable in two key areas - centralization and rising costs. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Dotcom Tries To Reclaim Millions Seized in Hong Kong

It was a place where Kim Dotcom loved doing business but it took just 13 minutes for a Hong Kong court to authorize the seizure of $42 million of his assets in 2012. Now the tycoon wants his cash back, with his legal team arguing that justice officials misled the courts. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

RIAA: The Pirate Bay Assaults Fundamental Human Rights

The RIAA has just submitted its latest list of "rogue" websites to the U.S. Government. The report includes many of the usual suspects and also calls out websites who claim that they're protecting the Internet from censorship, specifically naming The Pirate Bay. Show More Summary

Torrent Site Uses Google To Resurrect Taken Down Content

One of the oldest BitTorrent-related domains has been resurrected offering a brand new torrent site feature. Not only does FileSoup claim to be able to improve on the search results of the sites it proxies, it also claims to have implemented Necromancer, a system which scours Google's DMCA notice archive to put removed content back in search results. Show More Summary

MPAA Reports The Pirate Bay to The U.S. Government

The MPAA has informed the U.S. Government about two dozen piracy-promoting websites it would like to be gone. The list includes major torrent sites The Pirate Bay and Kickass.to, file-hosting services such as Uploaded and Rapidgator, as well as Russia’s social network VK. Show More Summary

Big Pirate Sites ‘Raided’, Admins on the Run

Authorities have carried out raids across Germany in pursuit of the operators of movie streaming portal Kinox.to. The individuals are also said to be behind other sites including Movie4K, FreakShare and BitShare. Throw alleged extortion, arson and the fact the sites are still online into the mix, and the plot only thickens. Show More Summary

FACT Wipes ‘Pirate’ Sport Streaming Software From Github

The Federation Against Copyright Theft has taken action a popular piece of software by having it removed from Github. The open source SportsDevil tool enabled the free steaming of live sports events from around the world. FACT informs TF that despite it not providing any of its own content, SportsDevil was "likely" committing an offense. Show More Summary

Kelly Brook Wants Fappening Nudes Removed From Google

Like many other "hacked" celebrities, UK actress, model and television presenter Kelly Brook is not happy that her leaked nudes are being distributed freely on the Internet. To deal with the fallout she asked Google to remove her photos, claiming that the compromising selfies infringe on her copyrights. Show More Summary

Lawfirm Chasing Aussie ‘Pirates’ Discredited IP Address Evidence

If the movie's owners have their way, alleged downloaders of Dallas Buyers Club in Australia could soon face allegations of piracy and demands for hard cash. However, it's worth reminding potential targets that not even Dallas Buyers Club's chosen lawfirm believe that the evidence relied on in the case is up to much. Show More Summary

Embedding Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

The Court of Justice of the European Union handed down a landmark verdict this week. The Court ruled that embedding copyrighted videos is not copyright infringement, even if the source video was uploaded without permission. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Pirate Bay Blockade Set For Icelandic Expansion

The fledgling ISP block against The Pirate Bay in freedom-friendly Iceland is already looking like the thin end of the wedge. After securing an injunction against ISP Vodafone, music rightsholders will now press for injunctions against several of Iceland's other top service providers who have refused to voluntary block the site. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Sends 100,000 New Users to “Free” VPN

This week The Pirate Bay replaced its frontpage logo to promote a new VPN service, driving 100,000 new customers to the startup. FrootVPN currently offers its services for free, but admits that this may not last forever. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Retired Scene Groups Return to Honor Fallen Member

Several Warez Scene groups have come out of retirement to honor a fallen friend. ZENiTH, SLT, Lz0 and MiDNiGHT all made a unique release over the weekend to pay homage to Goolum, an active and highly valued member of the Scene. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Microsoft: We’ve Always Had Freemium, It’s Called Piracy

New comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella suggest that luring people in with zero-cost products is of great interest to the company. However, while services such as OneDrive are free with premium options by design, Nadella says Microsoft has long had a freemium business model, but one that was forced upon it by pirates. Show More Summary

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