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Private Copying and UK Copyright Law – Not Dead Yet

Earlier this month several music industry organizations in the UK won a judicial review which renders the Government's decision to allow copying for personal use unlawful. Following this unexpected decision are UK citizens now breaking...Show More Summary

Court Drops Innocent Cox Subscribers From Piracy Lawsuit

Internet provider Cox is not required to hand over the personal details of several subscribers, a federal court in Virginia has ruled. The customers in question simply couldn't be guilty of copyright infringement because they had no Cox subscription at the time of the alleged offense. Show More Summary

Major Streaming Sites Must Be Blocked, Court Rules

After a prolonged legal battle, last year several leading Austrian ISPs were ordered to block major streaming sites Movie4K.to and Kinox.to. All but one of the ISPs appealed but now the Supreme Court has not only ruled against them, but ordered them to pick up the cost of blocking sites in the future. Show More Summary

Police Let Seized ‘Pirate’ Domains Expire, Some Up For Sale

A range of domains seized from 'pirate' sites by the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit have been released back into the wild. After displaying a banner declaring them criminal operations and racking up millions of hits, many domains are up for grabs once more while others display ads. Show More Summary

FBI Wants Pirate Bay Logs to Expose Copyright Trolls

Over the past months two Pirate Bay co-founders have been questioned by Swedish police, acting on behalf of the FBI. The officers were looking for information on Pirate Bay backups and logs as part of an investigation into the honeypot scheme of the notorious Prenda copyright trolls. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Blamed For Movie Streaming Piracy Explosion

Norway, a country that has reportedly all but eradicated music piracy, is reportedly facing a new piracy crisis. After a study found that the illegal streaming of movies and TV shows has doubled in a year, entertainment industry groups are now threatening to take action against users of Popcorn Time. Show More Summary

Tech Giants Oppose Broad Anti-Piracy Injunctions

The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, is protesting a broad injunction that would require search engines, ISPs and hosting companies to stop linking to or offering services to several "pirate" sites. Show More Summary

YouTube Doesn’t Have To Police Piracy Proactively, Court Rules

A court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that YouTube is not required to actively monitor user uploads for pirated content. The court found that YouTube is not liable for what users upload, but did stress that Google's video platform has to do more to combat copyright infringement. Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Lawfirm Defrauded Rightsholders Out of Millions

A lawfirm well known for its anti-piracy activities defrauded its entertainment industry clients out of millions, an investigation has found. Following an independent study by auditing company Deloitte, it's been revealed that an owner of the Johan Schlüter Law Firm illegally pocketed at least $15m. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom Appeals to Reclaim ‘Mega Millions’ from U.S.

In an effort to reclaim an estimated $67 million in assets, Megaupload's legal team has appealed the forfeiture the U.S. Government won earlier this year. The filing refutes the claim that Kim Dotcom and his former colleagues are fugitives, and warns of the dangerous precedent the District Court ruling will set. Show More Summary

VPN Providers Respond To Allegations of Data Leakage

A team of researchers from universities in London and Rome have published a paper in which they claim that many of the world's top VPN providers leak IPv6 traffic. TorrentFreak has spoken to several companies highlighted in the report and today we publish their responses. Show More Summary

Google Scolds MPAA’s “Cozy” Anti-Piracy Lobby in Court

In a new filing at a Washington District Court, Google has called out the MPAA for its "cozy" relationship with the Mississippi General Attorney. In addition to helping him draft anti-piracy measures, Google highlights that the Hollywood group organized fundraisers, donated money, and sent rather jovial emails to the Attorney General's staff. Show More Summary

Organized Crime Police Raid ‘Pirate’ Android TV Box Sellers

Officers from a UK-based Regional Organized Crime Unit (ROCU), the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN) and the Federation Against Copyright Theft have carried out more raids in pursuit of 'pirate' Android TV boxes. More than a thousand devices were seized in two locations this morning and at least two people have been arrested. Show More Summary

French Magazine Fined €10,000 For Encouraging Piracy

The music industry has won a landmark ruling in France where a local magazine was fined €10,000 for showing readers how and where pirated films and music can be downloaded. The ruling is the first of its kind and serves as a warning to other publications that write about online piracy. Show More Summary

Court Orders Namecheap to Identify Pirate Site Operator

Domain name registrar Namecheap has been ordered to hand over the personal and financial details of one of its customers who's suspected of operating the new Grooveshark website. The order comes after a request from the RIAA and is also directed at Cloudflare, Dynadot and Nodisto. Show More Summary

Cloudflare Reveals Pirate Site Locations in an Instant

In recent times its become common for 'pirate' sites to use U.S.-based Cloudflare as a 'shield' from the outside world and copyright holders in particular. However, as yet another torrent site learned this past week, Cloudflare is not only ineffective in this respect, but it will also lead anti-piracy companies directly to their true location. Show More Summary

Malwarebytes Offers Pirates Free “Amnesty” Keys

The widely used anti-malware application Malwarebytes is offering pirates a free 12 month upgrade under the newly launched "amnesty" program. The goal of the free upgrade is to replace the older key generation algorithm which could easily be abused. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.

Anti-Piracy Outfits Boost Numbers With Bogus Takedown Notices

Every day Google processes more than a million takedown requests, sent in by dozens of specialized anti-piracy outfits. While most of these companies play by the rules, some insiders believe that a few intentionally submit bogus notices to boost their numbers. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.

Pirate Bay Founder Still Wants to Clear His Name

Last week Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm lost his appeal against his hacking conviction in Denmark. With an August release potentially on the horizon but an unexpected situation still to be resolved in Sweden, Gottfrid is longing to get in front of a computer and back into the world of IT. Show More Summary

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