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When You’re Calling Culture Content, You’re Reinforcing The Idea Of A Container

The metaphors we use determine how we see the world. When we're calling all stories, songs, news, gossip, and bedtime stories the bland "content", we reinforce that they're contained by something. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

MPAA Demands Extraordinary Measures to Prevent Piracy

Companies wishing to process, handle or distribute video content for the MPAA have to go to extraordinary lengths to become accredited by the Hollywood group. From background checks on all personnel and the banning of certain types of clothing, to food restrictions and personal searches, the MPAA hopes to keep content leakage to a minimum. Show More Summary

Offcloud Downloads Torrents to Google Drive and Dropbox

For people who are constantly on the go, it can be quite convenient to download torrents remotely. With Offcloud this is an option. The service enables users to download torrents directly to their Dropbox or Google Drive account, automatically syncing the files across all devices. Show More Summary

The Pirate Bay Is Down…

The Pirate Bay is down at the moment, causing a mild panic among many BitTorrent users. While some fear the worst, the site probably won't be offline for very long. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Universal: Smart Pirate Site Owners Get Round Restrictions

The managing director of Universal Music in Sweden has hinted at the futility of trying to block and shut down pirate sites. Per Sundin, a key figure in the prosecution of The Pirate Bay, says that site operators will always find a way to adapt, so making legitimate services such as Spotify better is the key to beating piracy. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Blames Hollywood For Its Popularity

Popcorn Time and its users continue to face pressure from copyright holders but the application's developers don't plan to cave in anytime soon. Instead, they're turning the tables, blaming Hollywood's lack of affordable legal options for Popcorn Time's success. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

First Netflix 4K Content Leaks to Torrent Sites

Pirates have found a way to circumvent the 4K copy protection on Netflix, resulting in the first ultra high-definition leak. A copy of the first episode of Breaking Bad worth nearly 18 gigabytes is currently being traded on various torrent sites and more leaks are expected to appear in the future. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Founder Released From Jail But Immediately Re-Arrested

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm was released from a Danish prison yesterday, only to be immediately re-arrested by police. The Swede is now expected to be extradited back to his home country where he will be returned to prison, but not before appearing in court today to appeal the decision. Show More Summary

Tech Giants Want to Punish DMCA Takedown Abusers

The CCIA, which represents global tech firms including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, has published an extensive research paper on the future of copyright in the digital landscape. One of the main suggestions is to extent current copyright law, so that senders of wrongful DMCA takedown notices face serious legal consequences. Show More Summary

Piracy: Hollywood’s Losing a Few Pounds, Who Cares?

Following news this week that a man is facing a custodial sentence after potentially defrauding the movie industry out of £120m, FACT Director General Kieron Sharp has been confronted with an uncomfortable truth. According to listeners contacting the BBC, the public has little sympathy with Hollywood. Show More Summary

T-Mobile Refuses to Block The Pirate Bay

The Austrian branch of T-Mobile is refusing to block access to The Pirate Bay and several other popular torrent sites. T-Mobile was asked to do so by a local music rights group, who want the ISP to voluntarily follow a court order that was issued against rival Internet provider A1. Show More Summary

Aussie Piracy Notices Delayed But Lawsuits Are Coming

As ISPs and rightsholders continue to fight over who will pay for Australia's "three strikes" anti-piracy regime, there is still no sign of when the program will begin. Nevertheless, Village Roadshow co-founder Graham Burke is already looking ahead - to the day when his company starts suing Aussie downloaders. Show More Summary

Streaming Site Operator Accused of £120m ‘Piracy Fraud’

A man from Northern Ireland has been accused of being part of an operation which could have defrauded the film industry out of £120m. Paul Mahoney, 30, who has pleaded guilty, allegedly made £300,000 from advertising revenue on several sites, including the now-defunct streaming portal FastPassTV. Show More Summary

Megaupload Wants U.S. Govt to Buy and Store its Servers

Megaupload's legal team is asking the court to preserve essential evidence hosted on its seized servers. The data is at risk of being destroyed and Kim Dotcom's lawyers argue that the authorities should buy the servers and transfer them to a safe facility where they can be preserved at the Government's cost. Show More Summary

UK Police ‘Hijack’ Ads on 251 Pirate Sites

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveals that City of London Police have targeted the ad revenue of 251 suspected pirate sites, replacing their banners with anti-piracy messaging. The police won't reveal the domain names as that would raise their profiles, but the most prominent pirate sites are believed to be included. Show More Summary

75,000 Popcorn Time Users in Crosshairs of Anti-Piracy Group

The Norwegian division of Rights Alliance says it has gathered data on tens of thousands of Popcorn Time users and is now considering its next steps. A change in the law allows the Hollywood affiliated anti-piracy group to monitor suspected Internet users and it is now warning of "a surprise in the mail" this fall. Show More Summary

Former Megaupload User Asks Court to Return His Files

Millions of users lost access to their personal files when Megaupload was raided, and after nearly four years their files are still stashed away in a Virginia warehouse. The company that owns the servers wants to get rid of them, so former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin has once again asked the court if he can have his files back. Show More Summary

Pirate Music Site Op Pleads Guilty, Faces Five Years in Prison

A man who operated websites offering unauthorized copies of music has pleaded guilty to several copyright infringement offenses. Rocky P. Ouprasith, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., operated the popular sites RockDizMusic and RockDizFile. He now faces up to five years in federal prison when he is sentenced later this year. Show More Summary

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