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Warner Bros. Sues New York Bar For Playing 80-Year Old Song

Warner Bros. has filed a lawsuit against a small bar from Amityville, New York, for playing one of their songs without permission. The track in question is not a recent pop song, but the 80-year old love song "I Only Have Eyes for You"...Show More Summary

Dotcom Loses Bid to Keep Assets Secret from Hollywood

Kim Dotcom has lost his appeal to keep his worldwide assets hidden from Hollywood in advance of a Court of Appeal hearing in October. The Court ordered the Megaupload founder to hand the information to Hollywood lawyers, although they must obtain permission to further share the information. Show More Summary

MPAA Research: Blocking The Pirate Bay Works, So…..

Hollywood has helped to get The Pirate Bay blocked in many countries, but not on its home turf. There are now various signs that this may change in the near future. Among other things, the MPAA has conducted internal research to show that site blocking is rather effective. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Leaked Draft Reveals Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Plans

A leaked draft prepared for government submission has revealed Hollywood's Australian anti-piracy strategy. Among other things, the paper says that providers should be held liable for infringing customers even when they only "reasonably suspect" that infringement is taking place. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

LA Police: Online Piracy Funds Drug Dealers and Terrorists

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sees piracy as one of its top priorities. In a highly tainted news report the Assistant Sheriff claims a direct link between piracy, organized crime and terrorism. But are the alleged pirates who inspired the report really hardcore criminals? Let's find out. Show More Summary

TV Network Used Piracy to Develop Streaming Services

According to a former worker in a major TV network's R&D department, his company took an amazing approach when developing its own streaming service. While waiting for project authorization, everyone in the company practiced being pirates. Show More Summary

BitTorrent’s Secure Dropbox Alternative Simplifies Sharing

BitTorrent Inc. has just released version 1.4 of its Sync application. The new release has a completely redesigned interface and allows users to share files and folders via https links instead of encryption keys. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Kim Dotcom Battles to Keep Cash Sources Private

With Hollywood hovering in the background looking for cash, last month the High Court ordered Kim Dotcom to reveal in detail where he's getting all his money from. The Mega founder isn't ready to give in though, and is putting up a fight ahead of an appeal hearing in October. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Lionsgate Targets Downloaders of Expendables 3 Leak

The makers of The Expendables 3 are continuing their crackdown on everything piracy related. Movie studio Lionsgate has now started to warn downloaders of the film, with alerts also going out to seedbox users. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Anti-Piracy Lawyer Wants Domain Registrars to Silence Critics

A lawyer who described piracy settlement demands as "extortion" changed his mind in 2011 and began suing BitTorrent users. In an attempt to erase the past he's just sent DMCA notices to the domain registrars of two anti-troll websites. Show More Summary

Music Group DMCA Notices Reveal Coffee Hatred

A German-based music group's month-long DMCA notice-sending spree has seen it trying to censor leading music stores and news outlets for no good reason. The outfit also took a bizarre dislike to the word "coffee" and issued takedowns against Walmart, Ikea, Fair Trade USA and Dunkin Donuts. Show More Summary

Police Freeze Mega Shares in Money Laundering Investigation

New Zealand authorities have placed 18.8% of the Kim Dotcom-founded cloud hosting service Mega under restraining order. The actions involve multi-millionaire William Yan, one of Mega's largest shareholders, who is alleged to be involved in money laundering. Show More Summary

Witness Offered $3.50/Hr to Testify Against Pirate Bay Founder

Witnesses are being summoned to appear in the trial of Gottfrid Svartholm set to take place in September. A Cambodia-based former colleague of the Pirate Bay founder has been offered $3.50 per hour to attend, but heated emails with Danish authorities indicate he will not be traveling. Show More Summary

Police: Finding Pirate Bay Documents is Too Expensive

City of London Police have denied a Freedom of Information request for access to correspondence relating to The Pirate Bay. According to the police it would take more than 18 hours to locate the requested information and would therefore cost too much money. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Backup Service Kicks Customer Over “Infringing” Torrent Files

Cloud storage and backup service Zoolz has terminated the account of a customer who stored a few.torrent files on his computer. While the company boasts of handling customer data with "zero knowledge," the provider frequently scans customer files for infringing titles and metadata. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Russian Govt. Plans Tougher Anti-Piracy Legislation

Russia's lower house of parliament is currently considering amendments to the country's controversial anti-piracy law. The changes, which include tougher penalties for both sites and individuals plus protection for products other than just movies, could be in place as early as December. Show More Summary

BBC & FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

On the eve of the brand new season of Doctor Who, yesterday the BBC and Federation Against Copyright Theft teamed up to close a long-standing fansite. Following an in-person visit, Doctor Who Media shut down immediately. Its domain name will soon be taken over by the BBC. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

No VPN on Earth Can Protect Careless Pirates

Many people believe that by simply firing up a VPN their entire real-life identity can be instantly masked from outsiders. The truth is, however, that no amount of encryption or IP address obfuscation can save those who leave huge trails in their regular Internet activities. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Lionsgate Wants to Settle Expendables 3 Lawsuit With Torrent Site

Now that The Expendables 3 has flopped at the box office, the movie's makers are eager to recoup the damage they believe pre-release piracy has done. Movie studio Lionsgate says it's willing to drop its lawsuit against one of the file-sharing sites it sued, but only if the site pays up. Show More Summary

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