Megaupload's legal team has asked the federal court of Virginia to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold till April next year. The request comes after the extradition hearings of Kim Dotcom and his colleagues were postponed in New Zealand. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Legal action taken against hundreds of torrent, streaming and other file-sharing sites has far exceeded its stated aims. After blacking out the sites across several ISPs, FIFA affiliates hoped that piracy of the World Cup would be reduced. Show More Summary
Three federal indictments have been unsealed in Georgia revealing charges against six former members of three Android piracy groups. The United States Department of Justice says that the men are charged with intellectual property offenses related to the illegal distribution of millions of copyrighted apps. Show More Summary
Google is promoting legal movie services to people who search using piracy related keywords such as torrent, BitTorrent, DVDrip and Putlocker. In what appears to be a bid to steer pirates on a straight course, prominent ad banners are placed above search results, pointing people to Google Play, Netflix, Hulu and other video platforms. Show More Summary
Mail.ru, Russia's fifth most popular domain, has blasted Italy for the blockade of its site on copyright grounds. The Internet giant says that it wasn't informed of any problems and was given no opportunity to engage. The censorship shows that some countries lack a "clear, transparent process for resolving conflicts", Mail.ru said. Show More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Need For Speed‘ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Other Woman.' 'Transcendence' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
One of the most common (and false) arguments against sharing culture is that "the artist has a right to get paid when you enjoy something". This is totally false. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The Holy Grail of takedown tools is one that not only removes content, but keeps it down. Interestingly, 4shared, one of the world's most complained-about sites, offers a service provided by a Spotify-owned company to do just that. So why doesn't the BPI, who sent 6.7m 4shared complaints to Google, use it? PR reasons, 4shared believes. Show More Summary
Earlier this week it was reported how the RIAA had decided to turn the licensing thumbscrews on a site offering decades-old radio archives for download. Now another archival site, one that pays thousands of dollars in license fees to BMI, ASCAP and SoundExchange yet makes not a cent, is now in the RIAA spotlight. Show More Summary
Earlier this year news broke that UK ISPs are set to team up with copyright holders to notify subscribers found sharing pirated material. Today the initiative has been announced officially, receiving praise from all parties involved....Show More Summary
The Court of Rome has issued a nation-wide block of two dozen sites that facilitated the distribution of pirated movies. Among the blocked domains is Kim Dotcom's cloud hosting service Mega, Firedrive (formerly known as Putlocker), and even Russia's largest email provider Mail.ru. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Los Angeles based anti-piracy firm CEG TEK has expanded its piracy monetization services to Japan, with Australia and Canada next on the list. The company is currently conducting ISP compliance tests in both countries to see if sending out automated piracy fines can bring in substantial extra revenue. Show More Summary
French anti-piracy authority Hadopi has revealed that in the first four years of its operations it sent initial file-sharing warnings to 9% of French Internet subscribers. Just over 10% of those subscriber accounts went on to receive a second warning, with just 0.4% getting a third. Show More Summary
In recent years the entertainment industries have pushed hard to get The Pirate Bay blocked in various countries. Despite these efforts the notorious torrent site has managed to double its visitors. The United States remains the most popular traffic source while roughly 9% of all users access the site through a proxy. Show More Summary
Solarmovie, one of the largest video streaming indexes in the Internet, lost control of its domain name yesterday. A mysterious 'hacker' managed to access the name.com registrar and transferred the domain name elsewhere. The hijack appears to come from the same person who previously stole 1channel.ch. Show More Summary
As Spain struggles with its continuing online piracy problems, a local court has issued an order for several file-sharing sites to be unblocked by ISPs. The decision overturns a ruling in May which required the service providers to censor torrent and download sites on copyright infringement grounds. Show More Summary
Google's Chrome browser has started to block downloads of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent. Those who attempt to download the software are told that it's malicious and harmful, hinting that the website might have been hacked. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
ReelRadio, a site that streams an archive of often decades-old historical radio shows, has been forced to take down much of its library after the RIAA complained that the site was operating outside the terms of its license. The letter of the law is tight, and the RIAA is insisting that the near 20-year-old site now meets all of its requirements. Show More Summary
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