Lionsgate has filed a lawsuit against six file-sharing sites that allegedly distributed leaked copies of The Expendables 3 film. The movie studio claims that the sites in question failed to respond to takedown requests. Lionsgate demands...Show More Summary
Government communication obtained through a Freedom of Information inquiry reveals that several people have asked the authorities to shut down The Pirate Bay. The requests were originally sent to the FBI, who were also contacted by a mother looking for advice on how to deal with the pirating father of her son. Show More Summary
Just as discussion moves away from the punitive measures that did little to curtail piracy in the last decade, an Australian minister has urged a return. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that in order to send a clear message,...Show More Summary
One musician thinks she has the ultimate solution to killing off music piracy. By employing a unique type of graduated response - amputating a finger at a time for each offense - music pirates might think again about their actions. Even if they don't, it won't matter, she says, as they won't have fingers to pirate anymore. Show More Summary
Following a complaint from Microsoft, GitHub has removed the code repository of an app that provides access to unprotected Xbox Music tracks. The developer of the software is surprised by Microsoft's move, stating that the company itself is offering access to DRM-free music through its API. Show More Summary
Content owners need to up their game if they want to be taken seriously in the battle to reduce online piracy, a leading Australian minister said this morning. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said making content universally and at a fair price is a key "obligation" if copyright owners are to be taken seriously in their piracy fight. Show More Summary
BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, unveiled its serverless chat client today. BitTorrent Bleep allows users to communicate via text or voice, fully encrypted and without the need for central servers. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Kim Dotcom is dealing with a multi-pronged attack on his assets. While the governments of both the U.S. and New Zealand work to keep already seized assets frozen, a High Court judge has just ordered the millionaire to reveal where all of his remaining assets are. Show More Summary
When the Popcorn Time app brought BitTorrent streaming to the masses this year the "Netflix for pirates" gained the hearts of millions. Today, one of the most popular Popcorn Time forks continues to innovate by adding Airplay support, and a native iOS app is coming soon. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
New tax records reveal that the Center for Copyright Information, the outfit overseeing the “six strikes” copyright alert system in the US, cost $3 million last year. This figure is quite substantial as it translates to roughly $2 per individual piracy warning. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Austrian ISPs have been told they have just days to block not only The Pirate Bay but also Movie4K, one of the world's most famous streaming sites. The blockades, which were demanded by Hollywood-backed anti-piracy outfit VAP, are supported by recent decisions from both the Supreme Court in Austria and the European Court of Justice. Show More Summary
Police in the UK have begun placing ads to warn visitors that the 'pirate' site they're viewing has been reported to authorities. Ironically, tests carried out by TF reveal that on the site illustrated by the police, ads are also being run by a music service that previously struck a deal with the major music labels. Show More Summary
The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies has launched a class action lawsuit against Ford and General Motors over the CD-ripping capability of their cars. The music industry group claims that the car companies violate federal law and demand millions of dollars in damages. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
A leaked copy of Expendables 3 was made available to 'pirate' release groups mid-July, TF has learned. Concerned at the nature of the leak, a release was shied away from, but a small public torrent uploaded by a fairly low profile Pirate Bay user changed all that. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The Japanese government alongside 15 leading producers and distributors of anime and manga are set to begin a huge anti-piracy campaign against 580 sites. To complement the initiative the group will also launch a brand new portal directing pirates to official content being targeted by the scheme. Show More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'The Expendables 3‘ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Divergent.' 'The Other Woman' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Chilling Effects is the largest public repository of DMCA notices on the planet, providing a unique insight into the Internet's copyright battles. However, each month people try to de-index pages of the site but Google has Chilling Effects' back and routinely rejects copyright claims. Show More Summary
TorrenTV is a cross-platform movie streaming app that allows people to stream torrents directly to Apple TV. The open source application has a simple drag and drop torrent interface and also supports streaming of previously downloaded videos. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
For the first time, Los Angeles based anti-piracy firm CEG TEK has revealed the scope of their piracy monetization efforts. The company currently sends 1.1 million notices to U.S. ISPs per week. A massive number, but only a small percentage reaches the alleged downloaders. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Peter Sunde might be sitting in a Swedish prison for the next few months but he's still making his voice heard. Following a recent dispute with authorities over food, the Pirate Bay founder has filed a new complaint after he was denied a meeting with a representative from the 'pirate' Church of Kopimism. Show More Summary