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Google’s New Search Downranking Hits Torrent Sites Hard

Google's previously announced anti-piracy measures have now kicked in and as a result popular "pirate" sites are noticing a massive drop in search traffic. Search results now show less popular torrent sites but not all site owners see this as a problem. Show More Summary

Record Labels Obtain Order to Block 21 Torrent Sites

Several record labels in the UK have today obtained a High Court order to have local ISPs block yet more torrent sites. Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin, BT and EE are now instructed to block a total of 21 sites including LimeTorrents, Seedpeer and Torlock. Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Police PIPCU Secure Govt. Funding Until 2017

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has received substantial new funding which secures its future until at least 2017. The £3 million cash boost, announced this morning by Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe, will come from public funds. Show More Summary

Photographer Who Sued Imgur Now Has a Pirate Bay Problem

Last month Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli sued Imgur claiming the popular image hosting site had failed to remove a few dozen of his photos. Before the case gets well underway the photographer is facing a much bigger problem, as 20,754 of his photos are now being shared on The Pirate Bay. Show More Summary

U.S. Government Shuts Down Music Sharing Sites

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appear to be continuing with Operation in Our Sites. In recent days two large music sharing sites, RockDizFile.com and RockDizMusic.com, were taken offline. Show More Summary

Australians Face ‘Fines’ For Downloading Pirate Movies

The studio behind the Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club has initiated legal action to extract cash payments from Australian pirates who obtained the movie using BitTorrent. Perhaps surprisingly one of the ISPs targeted is iiNet,...Show More Summary

Anti-Piracy Group Plans to Block In Excess of 100 Sites

An anti-piracy outfit 'blockaded' by the Pirate Party last week in Austria has revealed its expanded plans for website blocking. The Hollywood-affiliated group says it will strive for blocks of sites numbering "in the low three digits" while applying to the court for more effective blocking technical solutions. Show More Summary

TVMC Battles Popcorn Time Via Google Play

While Popcorn Time continues to have its ups and downs, a new release aiming to muscle in on the famous app's patch has hit the Google Play marketplace. The team behind TVMC is billing the XBMC/Kodi based app as a safer alternative to Popcorn Time, but its availability via Google Play could be a short-lived affair. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Under “Legal Investigation,” Switches Domain

The Popcorn Time fork formally known as Time4Popcorn has permanently moved to a new domain name. The EURid registry told the developers that the original is under legal investigation, a matter that will take weeks to resolve. As a result of the domain troubles other forks have picked up in popularity. Show More Summary

“Megaupload’s Imaginary Copyright Crimes Should be Dismissed”

The U.S. Government is trying to get their hands on the assets of Kim Dotcom and his fellow defendants through a civil lawsuit, claiming that they are the proceeds of crime. Megaupload's legal team is striking back against these allegations and informs the court that the Government's case is built on nonexistent crimes. Show More Summary

Police Drop Charges Against Industrial-Scale ‘Pirate’

A raid and subsequent arrest hailed by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit as one of their most significant yet has taken an unexpected twist. After being accused of masterminding an "industrial scale" sports streaming operation, a UK man has had all of the charges against him dropped. Show More Summary

Twin Peaks Piracy Surges In Anticipation of Comeback

This week news broke that legendary TV-series Twin Peaks is set to make a comeback after 25 years. The news has TV-fans all over the world excited and also resulted in a piracy craze. In less than a week 75,000 people downloaded the show's first two seasons from various torrent sites. Show More Summary

Gottfrid Svartholm Hacking Trial Nears Conclusion

The hacking trial of Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm has concluded in Denmark. The prosecution insists that by finding crumbs all over the Swede, it must have been him with his hands in the cookie jar. The defense, on the other hand, maintain that Gottfrid is being blamed for the actions of others. Show More Summary

ISPs Agree Voluntary Pirate Site Blocks

Danish ISPs have reached a ground-breaking agreement with the country's leading anti-piracy group. In future, Rights Alliance will only need to obtain a single pirate site blocking order against one ISP and all the rest will voluntarily block the same domains. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

UK IP Chief Wants Schools to Teach Copyright Ethics and Morals

The UK's top IP advisor has published recommendations on how today's youth should learn to respect copyright. The document envisions a mandatory copyright curriculum for all ages, online awareness campaigns, and a copyright education program run by the BBC. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Hollywood Studios Willingly Advertise on Notorious ‘Pirate’ Site

This week the International Intellectual Property Alliance informed the U.S. Government on Russia's lack of anti-piracy enforcement. The group which represents MPAA and RIAA, among others, called out VKontakte as one of the worst piracy havens. Show More Summary

FBI Screens Interns On Their Piracy Habits

Applicants to the FBI's internship program will have to answer potentially tricky questions if they want to be accepted by the investigative and intelligence agency. In addition to questions relating to drug use, potential interns are required to reveal their historic downloading habits. Show More Summary

Pirates Prepare to ‘Blockade’ Anti-Piracy Outfit

An anti-piracy group that has spent years trying to have sites blocked online will today get a small taste of its own medicine. In response to blocks against popular streaming sites, supporters of the Pirate Party will carry out a symbolic 'blockade' of a Hollywood-affiliated anti-piracy group's headquarters. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Stops Working After Domain Suspension

One of the most-used Popcorn Time forks has lost control of its domain name. Time4popcorn.eu was suspended by the EURid registry this afternoon and as a result millions of users can no longer use the application. The developers have already relocated to a new domain and hope to resolve the issue quickly. Show More Summary

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