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Supreme Court Opens Door for Pirate Site Blockades in Germany

The German Supreme Court has today opened the door for ISP blockades of copyright infringing sites. In a landmark decision the court ruled that ISPs can be required to block websites if copyright holders fail to identify their operators or hosting providers. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Judge Worries That Piracy Lawsuits Will Flood Courts

The chief judge of an IP court in Finland has expressed concern that 'copyright-troll' piracy lawsuits will cause chaos if a law firm follows through with threats to sue hundreds of Internet users. Using the courts is the ultimate weapon to make alleged pirates settle but experts believe that copyright owners could have an uphill battle. Show More Summary

Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine

A software pirate is facing the most unusual punishment ever seen in a copyright infringement action. The man lost a case brought by an anti-piracy group but couldn't pay damages, so instead agreed to star in PSA showcasing his life as a pirate. Show More Summary

MPAA Wins $10.5 Million Piracy Damages From MovieTube

A group of major Hollywood studios have won a default judgment against the operators of MovieTube and several associated websites. The movie studios have been awarded a total of $10.5 million in statutory damages and control over a few dozen MovieTube domains, which were taken offline earlier this year. Show More Summary

Insurer Refuses to Cover Cox in Massive Piracy Lawsuit

Trouble continues for one of the largest Internet providers in the United States, with a Lloyds underwriter now suing Cox Communications over an insurance dispute. The insurer is refusing to cover legal fees and potential piracy damages in Cox's case against BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music. Show More Summary

Cox Has No DMCA Safe Harbor Protection, Judge Rules

Internet provider Cox Communications may be held liable for the copyright infringements of its subscribers, a Virginia District Court has ruled. According to the court, Cox failed to properly implement a repeat infringer policy and is not entitled to DMCA safe-harbor protection. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom Slams U.S. “Bullies” as Extradition Hearing Ends

Kim Dotcom says he retains hope as his all-important extradition hearing wrapped up in New Zealand today. The fate of the Megaupload founder, who just slammed the U.S. as "bullies", now lies in the hands of the judge who gave him bail almost four years ago. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Hulu Accidentally Leaks Upcoming Fargo Episode

The upcoming episode of Fargo has leaked online after video streaming service Hulu made it public by accident. The error was swiftly fixed this weekend, but not before the new episode had spread across dozens of torrent sites. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

BREIN Stops and Settles With Popcorn Time Developers

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has tracked down two Popcorn Time developers who shared news of their work via Reddit. In response the devs have agreed to stop working on the popular streaming application and now risk a €2,000 per day fine if they violate their settlement agreement. Show More Summary

Dotcom’s Extradition Hearing ‘Ambushed’ With New Evidence

After being scheduled for no more than a month, Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing has dragged on for almost 10 weeks. Expected to wrap up during the next two days, there's yet more uncertainty after the prosecution attempted to introduce new evidence at the 11th hour. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Google Asked to Remove 1,500 “Pirate Links” Per Minute

Google is facing a never-ending flood of takedown requests from copyright holders, breaking record after record. The company currently processes a record breaking 1,500 links to "pirate" pages from its search results every minute, which is a 100% increase compared to last year. Show More Summary

Perfect 10 Owes Giganews $5.6m But Won’t Pay Up

Adult publisher and copyright troll Perfect 10 bit off more than it could chew when it took on Usenet provider Giganews. After mounting an aggressive copyright lawsuit, Giganews fought back, won its case, and the court landed Perfect 10 with a $5.6m bill. Show More Summary

Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen Resurface After Being Shut Down

A few days ago several large online repositories of free books and academic articles were pulled offline. Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen had their domain names taken away after Elsevier beat them in court. However, the site's operators are...Show More Summary

TorrentFreak Presents: Steal This Show

For more than a decade TorrentFreak has covered the latest copyright and file-sharing news in written text. Today we're trying something new with the first episode of the Steal This Show podcast, which will discuss recent news events and feature in-depth interviews with leading innovators. Show More Summary

Google Counsel Sees Problems With ‘Take Down, Stay Down’

When content is taken down in response to a DMCA notice, should service providers be required to stop the same content from reappearing? Major copyright holders believe they should but the issue is complex. Speaking at a copyright conference...Show More Summary

Movie Studios Shut Down New Popcorn Time Alternative, But Not For Long

The popularity of Popcorn Time has triggered the release of several streaming websites that mimic the features of the popular application in a web browser. This is a cause of great concern for the major movie studios, resulting in what appears to be a never-ending game of whack-a-mole. Show More Summary

YouTube Pays Users’ Legal Bills to Defend Fair Use

Google has strengthened its stance towards wrongful DMCA notices that serve to intimidate YouTube users. Drawing a symbolic line in the sand, Google says it will cover legal costs associated with defending four videos which all use copyrighted content but are protected under 'fair use' legislation, should they be targeted by rightsholders. Show More Summary

Australian ISP Rejects ‘Pirate Site’ Blocking Attempt

A small Australian Internet provider is refusing to block a website that allegedly infringes on the copyrights of a local construction company. Lawyers demanded a blockade citing Australia's new anti-piracy legislation, but the ISP believes that it's an attempt to bypass a law which is already flawed. Show More Summary

Blizzard ‘Stole’ Our Source Code, Bot Maker Says

Blizzard Entertainment has obtained the source code of the popular Heroes of Storm cheating bot Stormbuddy. Facing a million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit, a freelance developer reportedly struck a deal with Blizzard. The German company behind the bot now accuses Blizzard of stealing its code and says it will stop all sales and development. Show More Summary

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