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Rapid Pirate Site Blocking Mechanism Introduced By Portugal

In concert with rightsholders and Internet service providers, Portugal has just introduced a mechanism which enables the streamlined blocking of 'pirate' sites. Set to go into effect during mid-August, the system will target sites with more than 500 allegedly infringing links and those whose indexes contain more than 66% infringing content. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom & Mega Trade Barbs Over Hostile Takeover Claims

In a Q&A session with users of Slashdot this week, Kim Dotcom advised surprised readers not use Mega amid claims of a hostile takeover. Intrigued, TorrentFreak caught up with both Dotcom and his former colleagues at the cloud storage site. Show More Summary

U.S. Reports Progress in Antigua Legal “Pirate Site” Dispute

In 2013, the World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized Antigua's request to suspend U.S. copyrights after a trade dispute over gambling boiled over. In response, Antigua threatened to open a free download portal offering U.S. movies, TV shows and music to the world. Show More Summary

RIAA and Friends Accuse CNET of Hosting ‘Pirate’ Software

Several prominent music groups including the RIAA, A2IM and ASCAP have accused CNET of hosting infringing apps on Download.com. In a letter sent to the CEO of parent company CBS, the groups urge the company to reconsider whether it's wise to offer "ripping" software. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.

Google Publishes Chrome Fix For Serious VPN Security Hole

Google has published an extension for its Chrome browser that fixes a serious security hole that can reveal a user's real IP address even though they're using a VPN. The vulnerability was made headlines in early 2015 and caused a wave of panic but Chrome users can now mitigate the problem with few clicks. Show More Summary

Twitter Sued for Failing to Remove Copyrighted Photo

Award-winning photographer Kristin Pierson has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the social network failed to remove one of her photos. In a complaint filed at a federal court in California, Pierson demands a restraining order and compensation for the damage she suffered. Show More Summary

Sweden’s Largest Streaming Site Will Close After Raid

Sweden's most visited pirate streaming site will close this week, forever. The administrator of the site, whose identity is now public, has revealed that police carried out a raid against him earlier this month and detained him for almost four days. Show More Summary

RIAA Wants Domain Registrar to Expose ‘Pirate Site’ Owner

The RIAA has obtained subpoenas from a federal court in Columbia ordering domain name registrar Dynadot to hand over the IP and email addresses and all other identifying information related to the operator of the unauthorized music service Soundpiff. Show More Summary

Sony Settles Piracy Lawsuit With Russia’s Facebook

Sony Music has settled its lawsuit against Russian social networking site VKontakte, which it accused of facilitating mass-piracy. No further details of the agreement were revealed, but according to sources the social network will soon start to monetize its own music service. Show More Summary

Spanish Government Claims Success in Internet Piracy Fight

The Spanish government says it's making headway in its battle against online piracy. In a report issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the government claims that illegal downloads are down, with 247 sites responding positively to copyright complaints and 31 shutting down completely. Show More Summary

BREIN Hits 128 Sites Plus BitTorrent Uploaders & Moderator

Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has published details of its operations in the first half of 2015. In addition to pressuring local web hosts to take down 128 file-sharing sites, BREIN says it has obtained a dozen injunctions against those...Show More Summary

MPAA Emails Expose Dirty Media Attack Against Google

New emails have revealed how the MPAA and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood orchestrated a PR smear campaign against Google in order to push through their anti-piracy measures. Among other things, they planned to get mainstream media outlets including the Today Show and The Wall Street Journal to carry their message. Show More Summary

WordPress Rejects 43% Of All ‘Piracy’ Takedown Notices

WordPress has published new data on the number of piracy takedown notices the company receives. During the first half of the year copyright holders sent close to 5,000 requests to the blogging platform. Of these takedown notices a surprisingly high percentage was rejected due to inaccuracies or plain abuse. Show More Summary

Geo-Blocking Caused Massive TV Piracy 20 Years Ago

This week several Hollywood studios and pay TV giant Sky found themselves on the wrong end of an EU antitrust investigation for blocking cross-border access to TV shows and movies. Yet twenty years ago Sky was doing the same thing, a stubbornness that sparked a huge wave of piracy right across Europe. Show More Summary

MPAA Sues MovieTube Sites Over Mass Piracy

The MPAA has revived its legal campaign against piracy sites with a new lawsuit against movie streaming platform MovieTube. The people behind MovieTube allegedly operate a group of infringing sites and the studios are demanding millions of dollars in damages. Show More Summary

Massive Piracy Case Ends in Disappointment for Hollywood

A five year-old case billed by prosecutors as the largest of its kind to go trial in Sweden has ended in disappointment for Hollywood. Accused of administering an infamous 'Scene' topsite known as 'Devil', the defendant faced copyright infringement charges on more than 2,200 movies. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Led Hollywood The Way, Co-Founder Says

During his stay in prison, Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij was deprived of the Internet and forced to view broadcast TV. A grueling experience, but not as bad as it used to be, something the Pirate Bay can take credit for in part....Show More Summary

Project Free TV Streaming Site Shuts Down

In a crowded marketplace Project Free TV grew to become one of the most visited streaming indexes around, gaining popularity with fans worldwide through its TV scheduling and discovery features. But after many years' loyal service Project Free TV now displays just one word on its homepage: Goodbye. Show More Summary

EU Starts Geo-Blocking Antitrust Case Against U.S Movie Studios

The European Union has today launched an antitrust investigation against several large U.S. movie studios and Sky UK. The European Commission wants to abolish geographical restrictions and has sent a statement of objections over the geo-blocking practices of six major US film studios including Disney, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Show More Summary

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