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Research: Movie Piracy Hurts Sales, But Not Always

New research published by economists from the European Commission shows that online movie piracy significantly hurts sales. However, the effects differ greatly between countries. And in some cases piracy may actually increase revenue due to a sampling effect. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

UK IP Crime Report 2016 Reveals IPTV/Kodi Piracy as Growing Threat

The UK's IP Crime Report 2015/16 has just been published, revealing infringement trends gathered from both governmental and private anti-piracy groups. This year in the online piracy sector IPTV/Kodi, torrent sites and stream ripping are seen as the main threats. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom’s Extradition Appeal Concludes, Will He Get a “Fair Go”?

After more than four weeks the extradition appeal hearings of Kim Dotcom and his former Megaupload colleagues have concluded. In his closing arguments, Dotcom's lawyer urged the court to carefully weigh the facts and give his client a "fair go," which he says the District Court failed to do. Show More Summary

uTorrent’s New Altruistic Mode Ensures You Give More Than You Take

BitTorrent Inc. has introduced a brand new feature for its uTorrent and BitTorrent clients. 'Altruistic Mode' is aimed at people who always want to share more than they download. While this is normal behavior for many users, Altruistic Mode has a strange quirk. Show More Summary

Announcing the uTorrent Altruistic Mode

We’re in the process of rolling out a new feature of uTorrent, Altruistic Mode. This is a feature for users who want to make sure that they upload more than they download and are okay with the tradeoff that their download might never complete. Because this feature has some subtle and confusing behaviors, in the...

An Epic, Gem-Dropping Interview With Fool’s Gold Founder Nick Catchdubs

Speaking to Nick Barat is like speaking to the yourself you wish you were. The Fool’s Gold founder and modern renaissance man better known as Nick Catchdubs is almost impossibly awake and relaxed considering he’s just hours away from the label’s DAY OFF festival show in L.A. I’m developing a stress contact high just thinking about the massive undertaking...

Cloudflare: We Can’t Shut Down Pirate Sites

Cloudflare has asked a California federal court to dismiss a broad copyright complaint lodged against the service by adult entertainment publisher ALS Scan. The CDN provider says that it can't shut down pirate sites, even if it wanted...Show More Summary

Dotcom Petitions Appeals Court For Rehearing Over Seized Millions

Last month, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected efforts by Kim Dotcom to regain control over millions of dollars in assets seized by the US Government. Yesterday, Dotcom's legal team petitioned the Court for a rehearing and rehearing...Show More Summary

Kaytranada & Canada’s Rising New Music Scene

At this point even Amish people living under rocks have heard of Drake. The Toronto deity has made the leap from famous rapper to famous musician to the kind of uber-celebrity even my grandmother knows about, and in the process Drake has place an unprecedentedly bright spotlight on Canadian artists. From Neil Young to Justin...

YouTube-MP3 Ripping Site Sued By IFPI, RIAA and BPI

A huge coalition of recording labels has sued the world's leading YouTube ripping site. The IFPI, RIAA, and BPI in the UK say they are taking legal action against YouTube-MP3 to protect the rights of artists and labels. The site hasShow More Summary

Game Maker Thanks Reddit Pirates for Attention, Offers Discounts

PM Studios, the developers behind the popular PlayStation Vita game SUPERBEAT XONiC, made quite a few new friends over the weekend. After finding out that links to cracked versions of their game were widely shared on Reddit they 'thanked'...Show More Summary

BitTorrent Launches The Discovery Fund

Last December, we asked independent artists to weigh in on the present and future of creative sustainability. Not surprising, creators identified direct-to-fan distribution as most significant digitally-driven change. 59% of artists said getting their work discovered is the biggest challenge they face in their own career, followed by fan outreach. Show More Summary

MacOS Sierra Breaks Popular Keygens, Pirate Finds Fix

Apple is currently rolling out macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. However, for those with pirate tendencies, the revision brings an unwelcome surprise. Some popular 'keygens', which help many pirate releases run, have been broken by the update. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 09/26/16

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Ghostbusters' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Captain America: Civil War'. 'I.T.' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Man Likely to Sacrifice Himself Testing Streaming Piracy Limits

A man is preparing a legal battle to find out where the boundaries lie when it comes to offering "fully loaded" Kodi TV devices in the UK. Brian Thompson, who is being taken to court by his local council, says he expects to lose the case. Show More Summary

Court: Uploaded Can’t Ignore ‘Spam’ Copyright Notices

Popular file-hosting service Uploaded.net has lost another legal battle in Germany. The Higher Regional Court of Hamburg ruled that Uploaded can be liable for pirated content shared by its users, even when the copyright takedown notices are buried by its spam filters. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

TPBClean: A ‘Safe for Work’ Pirate Bay Without Porn

For many torrent sites the porn category is one of the most popular sections. However, there is also a group of people who prefer not to be confronted with 'adult entertainment' torrents or ads. TPBClean is a Pirate Bay proxy that's designed with this group in mind. Show More Summary

ISPs Offered Service to “Protect Safe Harbor” Under DMCA

A company which helps telecoms outfits meet their law enforcement assistance obligations is offering a new service to ISPs in the United States. Subsentio says that following the $25m ruling against Cox Communications in the BMG/Rightscorp...Show More Summary

German Library Claims Copyright on “Nazi Anthem,” Censors Documentary on YouTube

YouTube has faced its fair share of copyright controversies, one even more absurd than the others. In what appears to be an indirect censorship effort, the German National Library is now claiming copyright on the 87-year-old Nazi anthem,...Show More Summary

8ky’s Long Road From Chaos To Consciousness

From Chaos Before he was 8ky, the solo artist driven to change the world, before he was Sky Blu, the international party rock superstar, he was Skyler Austen Gordy, a a kid with Los Angeles’ vast horizons and melting pot of cultures streaming through his veins. It was Skyler who bounced around L.A. with his...

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