A survey commission by the Australian government has found that more than a quarter of all local Internet users consume content illegally online. Interestingly, while 7% of the population were found to be hardcore pirates who spend nothing on legitimate content, those who pirate and also buy legally are the industry's best customers. Show More Summary
Several anti-virus vendors have begun blocking uTorrent after identifying the software as malicious or potentially dangerous. In addition, Google Chrome is currently blocking several pages on uTorrent's official website. According to the reports the popular file-sharing application is linked to riskware and trojans. Show More Summary
Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg has been found dead at the home he shared with his girlfriend in Florida. He was 28. A medical examiner’s autopsy found no explanation for the cause of death and police said there was no evidence of injuries or drugs. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.
The famous French "graduated response" initiative for dealing with online piracy has now sent out more than five million warnings to alleged infringers. The latest figures published by the Hadopi agency also reveal that 169 people were referred to the public prosecutor in the first half of 2015, up from 46 in the same period last year. Show More Summary
This summer will see the long-awaited start of "Creative Content UK," a broad anti-piracy effort from ISPs and copyright holders. The UK Government-funded program aims to warn and educate illegal file-sharers in the hope of decreasing piracy rates over time. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Insurgent' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Jurassic World.' 'Ted 2' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.
Users of MalwareBytes can no longer access at least two leading torrent sites. Isohunt.to and LimeTorrents are not considered a direct threat but the IP ranges used by the sites are reportedly linked to malicious activity. Additionally, MalwareBytes is also blocking suspect torrent peers due to links to malicious behavior. Show More Summary
An artist invited by One Direction to remix one of their tracks as part of a competition has been hit with copyright infringement complaints. Lee Adams' remix of Steal My Girl was uploaded to Soundcloud as required but the track was taken down not once but twice. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.
The UK Government has announced a new proposal to increase the maximum jail term for online piracy from two to ten years. According to the authorities longer prison sentences are needed to deter large-scale and commercial copyright infringement on the Internet. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.
Following what appears to be a severe penalty, popular torrent site KickassTorrents has become pretty much unfindable in Google. Meanwhile, the top search result in many locations points to a scam site that's serving malware to its visitors. Show More Summary
More than 11,000 people are protesting a proposal which may ban private domain name registrations for millions of websites. The changes would make it easier to identify owners of pirate sites, but the commenters warn that this may have disastrous consequences. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.
Following an extended period of controversy, Reddit has just rolled out a list of rules for the site. One of those rules bans the posting of illegal content such as copyrighted material. While the posting of such content has never been explicitly permitted, it's going to prove impossible to stop moving forward. Show More Summary
The most popular Popcorn Time fork has lost control of its domain name. Popcorntime.io was seized by the registry and the domain name is now listed as "reserved". At first sight the application itself appears not to be affected by the domain name problems. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.
Kim Dotcom's battle to stop more of his seized data being sent to the U.S. has suffered a setback. Three Court of Appeal judges today set aside earlier High Court rulings meaning that the Attorney-General can now issue new directions to police enabling the devices to be shipped to the United States. Show More Summary
A researcher who exposed security flaws in tools used to monitor the Internet usage of UK students has been hit with a copyright complaint. 'Slipstream' discovered flaws in Impero Education Pro which could reveal the personal details of thousands of pupils but in response Impero has sent in its legal team. Show More Summary
The Pirate Bay has lost another domain name this morning. ThePirateBay.am, which has been one of the default Pirate Bay domains for two months, was put on hold by the Armenian registry. The domain name "hydra" still remains strong though, as there are still plenty of alternatives available. Show More Summary
Mega.co.nz has lodged legal threats against a New Zealand based search engine. MegaSearch.co.nz allows users to search Mega.co.nz for content but has attracted the attention of the file-hosting company after using its logos and trademarks without permission. Show More Summary
Romanian authorities and the FBI have reportedly coordinated to shut down three sites involved in the unauthorized distribution of movies and TV shows. Several men were detained and various domains were seized amid allegations of criminal copyright infringement, tax evasion and money laundering. Show More Summary
Last weekend major UK Internet providers added several domain names to the piracy blocklist. The new entries are proxies and mirrors of previously blocked sites including Torrentz and ExtraTorrent. Countering the new measures, ExtraTorrent has already launched a brand new mirror site. Show More Summary
The Authors Guild has sent a letter to the U.S. Congress asking lawmakers to strengthen current copyright law. To stop dozens of millions in claimed losses, the authors want to increase liability for Internet service providers and make it mandatory for the companies to monitor and filter pirated content. Show More Summary