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Aussie Gov Agency Endorses VPN Use to Reduce Piracy

The Australian Government's Productivity Commission has endorsed the use of VPNs and similar unblocking tools to give consumers greater choice. The agency says that new anti-piracy legislation has had only a "modest impact" on infringement...Show More Summary

Canadian Movie Pirates Targeted in Reverse Class Action

U.S.-based movie company Voltage Pictures has initiated fresh legal action in Canada aimed at forcing settlements from alleged pirates. Unusually, Voltage is seeking remedy via a reverse class action, demanding an injunction, damages...Show More Summary

UK Pirate Site Blocking Whack-A-Mole Continues

UK Internet providers have added more than 140 URLs to the national pirate site blocklist. The expansion follows a request from copyright holders who frequently add new proxies for sites that have previously been barred. One of the main...Show More Summary

Language Creation Society Backs Star Trek Spin-off in Klingon Copyright Battle

The lawsuit between Paramount Pictures and the crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off "Prelude to Axanar" is turning into a copyright battle over the Klingon language. This week the Language Creation Society submitted an amicus brief in support...Show More Summary

U.S. Labels Switzerland an Internet Piracy Haven

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published its annual Special 301 Report calling out other nations for failing to live up to U.S. IP enforcement standards. This year European ally Switzerland has been placed on...Show More Summary

Steal This Show S01E09: Fairtade For Music – Can The Blockchain Fix Copyright?

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this special episode we talk with Benji Rogers of the direct-to-fan music platform Pledge Music. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Judge: RIAA and MPAA Can’t Copy Megaupload’s Servers, Yet

The legal battles between the RIAA, MPAA and Kim Dotcom's Megaupload have been put on hold for another six months. Virginia District Court Judge Liam O'Grady agreed to stay the cases, but did not grant a request from the industry groups...Show More Summary

Getty Files Google Image Piracy Complaint With EU

American stock photography giant Getty Images says it will file a complaint with the European Union’s antitrust commission this morning claiming that Google is engaged in piracy of its content. The complaint targets Google's full-screen...Show More Summary

MPAA Says Pirate Sites Will Take Advantage of Set-Top Box Proposals

Earlier this year the Federal Communications Commission promised to "tear down anti-competitive barriers" by opening up the set-top box market in the United States and freeing consumers from $20 billion a year in rental charges. TheShow More Summary

Pirates Switch From Torrents to Streaming and Download Sites

A new report from piracy tracking firm MUSO reveals that the piracy landscape continues to evolve. Pirate sites received a staggering 140 billion visits last year, but there's a clear shift from torrents to direct download and streaming sites. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay’s Image Hosting Site ‘Bayimg’ Returns, For a Bit

After one-and-a-half years of downtime, Pirate Bay's image hosting service Bayimg has suddenly reappeared. The site was pulled offline after a TPB server was compromised in 2014, but now it's back. However, according to the TPB team the site's revival will only be short-lived. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Game Of Thrones Season 6 Premiere Triggers Piracy Craze

With more than a million downloads in half a day, the premiere of Game of Thrones' sixth season has once again ignited a piracy craze. People from all over the world grabbed a copy, and this morning over 200,000 BitTorrent users areShow More Summary

Kim Dotcom and MEGA Ratchet Up War of Words

Kim Dotcom and the site he founded, MEGA, appear to be at war. After Dotcom warned users to back up their files last week, MEGA hit back with an attack on the entrepreneur's business plans, noting that his MegaNet project has failed to materialize. Show More Summary

YIFY Speaks: Confessions Of A Movie Piracy Icon

For several years YTS/YIFY was one of Hollywood's biggest arch-rivals, but that suddenly ended late last year after its founder was threatened with a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Today, YIFY speaks for the first time after the shutdown. Show More Summary

Does ‘Piracy’ Make Copyright Infringers Sound Cool?

According to the IFPI's head of anti-piracy, calling illegal downloading "piracy" has become somewhat of a hindrance. Those confronted with the term are more likely to romanticize the topic, Graeme Grant suggests, but can simply changing...Show More Summary

Free Textra SMS App Threatens To Report Android Pirates

A free Android SMS app that has been downloaded millions of times is spooking people using cracked versions. In a threatening message Textra SMS tells pirate users it has a policy of reporting repeat violators unless they install a legitimate copy in three days. Show More Summary

RuTracker and Sci-Hub Nominated for Free Knowledge Award

The Russian Wikimedia chapter has nominated the popular torrent tracker RuTracker and Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan for their annual "Free Knowledge" award. Both sites are praised for their efforts to freely distribute media and...Show More Summary

Prince’s Death Prompts ‘Awkward’ Piracy Surge

With Prince's unexpected passing the world lost a legend yesterday. The shocking news has dominated the news over the past 24-hours and many people have honored the icon by listening to his music. Ironically, his death also triggered...Show More Summary

Prince Gave a File-Hosting Site a Personal 30 Min Piracy Lecture

After the sad passing of Prince yesterday, people have been paying tribute to the superstar musician. According to the operator of a file-hosting site that was hosting unauthorized copies of his tracks, Prince once personally calledShow More Summary

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