Prominent movie torrent release group ETRG had its Twitter account suspended today for an alleged copyright infringement. The incident is rather unique as ETRG hasn't tweeted any links to pirated material. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
After theaters all around the U.S. backed away from screening The Interview, this week Sony pulled the controversial movie. But now BitTorrent Inc. has stepped into the fray with an online distribution offer. "For us this about the two things we care about most: an open Internet and a sustainable future for creativity," the company said. Show More Summary
Hollywood still has concerns over the popular Popcorn Time application. One of the main "Netflix for Pirates" forks has just moved through three different hosting companies in two weeks, after an anti-piracy group raised alerts. In addition,...Show More Summary
The Isohunt.to team have decided to give an early Christmas present to Pirate Bay fans. They've launched "The Open Bay," an initiative that allows anyone to put a 'copy' of The Pirate Bay online, minimal technical knowledge required. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The MPAA has long criticized Google on the issue of piracy but revelations from recently leaked emails indicate that Hollywood has embarked on an organized political campaign against the search giant. The fight has now bubbled over, with the MPAA and Google slamming each other in public. Show More Summary
Fenopy, one of the older torrent sites that's been around for nearly nine years, has shut down voluntarily. The closure marks the end of what once was described as the first "web 2.0" torrent site. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Sony may have withdrawn The Interview but not everyone is scared of releasing the movie. Author Paulo Coelho, whose book The Alchemist has sold in excess of 165 million copies, has just offered to buy the rights to the movie from Sony. Show More Summary
While the BitTorrent ecosystem is filled with uncertainty and doubt, researchers at Delft University of Technology have released the first version of their anonymous and decentralized BitTorrent network. "Tribler makes BitTorrent anonymous and impossible to shut down," lead researcher Prof. Show More Summary
Following in the footsteps of the main site, Pirate Bay's Facebook page with nearly half a million likes was shut down a few hours ago. It's unclear whether the Pirate Bay crew deleted the page or if Facebook took action against the troubled site. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The Icefilms streaming movie and TV show portal has a strong following but for the past 24 hours the site has been offline. With a Pirate Bay raid ringing in everyone's ears, has Icefilms fallen to the same fate? According to a source familiar with the situation the site should get back on its feet soon. Show More Summary
In its response to a lawsuit filed by rightsholders last month a Swedish ISP has refused to block The Pirate Bay and streaming portal Swefilmer. Several major music and movie companies initiated legal action against Bredbandsbolaget in November, but the ISP says there is no legal basis for a web blockade. Show More Summary
The Pirate Bay raid is still sending shock-waves through the BitTorrent 'community' but despite the prolonged downtime people haven't stopped sharing. Statistics provided by one of the largest trackers used by TPB show that the number of continuous file-sharers remains pretty much unaffected. Show More Summary
One of the alleged Pirate Bay crew members arrested a week ago has been released from custody. The man remains a suspect in a new Pirate Bay investigation, and prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad believes that this could eventually lead to new hearings. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
A long-running case in Sweden has concluded with a determination on how pirates should be sentenced for each movie downloaded illegally. The case, which involved the downloading of 60 movies, went all the way to the Supreme Court. The jail sentence demanded by the prosecution was rejected but stiff fines were handed down. Show More Summary
The Pirate Bay crew has broken its silence for the first time since the site was knocked down hard by a raid in Sweden last week. The people behind the site are still considering their options and have no concrete comeback plans yet....Show More Summary
Following last week's raid on The Pirate Bay many sites appeared claiming to have brought the site back to life. While that was to be expected, the site that has gained the most traction is now deliberately lying to the press and faking user uploads to give the impression that leading uploaders support them. Show More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Equalizer' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Maze Runner.' 'Horrible Bosses 2' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The Pirate Bay was shut down this week. Whether or not it resurfaces, that event has already triggered a wave of innovation that will spawn exciting new sharing technologies over the coming years, just like when Napster was shut down fifteen years ago Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Over the years anti-piracy PSAs haven't enjoyed a great reception, with many ending up as objects of ridicule. Nevertheless, next year it appears Hollywood will have another shot. Who knows whether the PSAs will be successful but leaked scripts seen by TorrentFreak are both hilarious and controversial. Show More Summary
For the first time since UK ISPs were ordered to bar pirate websites, a domain has been taken off the blocklist. Following a change in its business model last week, FilesTube is no longer viewed as a "pirate" site. With an okay from music industry group BPI, FilesTube will soon be accessible again to UK visitors. Show More Summary