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UK’s Piracy Blocklist Now Exceeds 3,800 URLs

By now, most UK Internet users have gotten used to pirate sites being blocked by their ISPs. Internet providers have been ordered to block a wide variety of torrent, direct download and streaming portals that offer copyright-infringing content. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom’s Historical Speeding Conviction Still a Deportation Danger

Could a historical speeding conviction see Kim Dotcom kicked out of New Zealand if the case to extradite him to the United States fails? That's the situation faced by the Megaupload founder, as an investigation into how he became a resident...Show More Summary

Getty Images Slams Google For Seeking Copyright Safe Harbor

The proposed introduction of a 'safe harbor' provision to Australian copyright law is producing yet more conflict today, with Getty Images accusing Google of promoting piracy. The image library says providers like Google "do nothing"...Show More Summary

Demonoid Returns After Two Months Downtime

After nearly two months of downtime, the semi-private BitTorrent tracker Demonoid resurfaced online this weekend. The site was pulled offline due to hosting problems and had to endure some internal struggles as well, but barring a few bugs, it's now back in action. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 03/20/17

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Rogue One tops the chart this week, followed by ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage''. 'Assassin's Creed' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Google Gets More Takedown Requests Than WordPress Itself

WordPress has published new data on the number of piracy takedown notices the company receives. Of all the DMCA requests copyright holders sent, roughly 40% were rejected due to inaccuracies or abuse. Most interesting, perhaps, is that...Show More Summary

Streaming ‘Pirate’ Video is Illegal, High Court Judge Says

When users stream illegal content from an illegal source, rightsholders insist that's copyright infringement. However, the EU Commission notes that it's probably not an offense, a stance recently supported by Trading Standards in the UK. Show More Summary

SXSW 2017 on BitTorrent: 7.86 GB of Free Music

The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States and for the thirteenth year in a row, SXSW is sharing DRM-free tracks of the performing artists. This year's release features 1,201...Show More Summary

Huge Scandal Engulfs Greek Anti-Piracy & Royalties Group

Greek anti-piracy and royalties group AEPI is in crisis after a government-commissioned investigation found huge irregularities in its accounts. Following an audit by Ernst & Young, it was discovered the group had failed to pay more than 42 million euros owed to artists. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde Doesn’t Plan to Pay Hollywood ‘Back’… Ever

Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde has served his prison sentence, but that doesn't mean that the TPB-case is completely over. With many millions of euros in damages, there is still a massive debt to repay. However, Peter isn't particularly...Show More Summary

Steal This Show S02E12: ‘How The Internet Broke Politics’

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode, we talk to Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

MPAA’s Anti-Piracy Injunction Targets Wrong IP-Address Due to a Typo….

Going after alleged pirate sites through third-party service providers such as domain registrars and hosting companies is a sensitive issue. With the SOPA pushback fresh in mind, the MPAA is now carefully testing this approach in court. Show More Summary

Police Investigate Former BPI Anti-Piracy Chief & PIPCU Board Member

The BPI's former head of anti-piracy is under police investigation, TorrentFreak has learned. Former policeman David Wood was an important stakeholder figure at the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit but was dismissed from the BPI for gross misconduct in 2015. Show More Summary

Piracy? RIAA Labels Asked Us to Promote Their Music, Spinrilla Says

Popular hip-hop mixtape site and app Spinrilla has responded to the piracy lawsuit filed by several RIAA labels last month. The company reveals that it uses a piracy filter the labels themselves suggested, and adds that many of the allegedly...Show More Summary

eBook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds

A new study has found that people who illegally download eBooks are older and wealthier than most people's perception of the average pirate. Commissioned by anti-piracy company Digiscan, the study suggests that people aged between 30...Show More Summary

MPAA and RIAA Present Plan to Recover Megaupload’s Failing Hard Drives

The MPAA and RIAA have asked a Virginia federal court for a preservation order to recover and secure stored Megaupload data. Last year, Megaupload's former hosting company Cogent had warned that several drives, which are preserved as evidence, have become unreadable. Show More Summary

BREIN Takes Usenet Provider to Supreme Court Over “Piracy Liability”

The legal dispute between Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group BREIN and Usenet provider will go all the way to the Supreme Court. Last year the Court of Appeal ruled that the company was not liable for pirating users,...Show More Summary

Court Orders ISP to Hand Identities Behind 5,300 IP Addresses to Copyright Trolls

From almost a standing start, Sweden has a copyright troll crisis on its hands. Following a ruling by the Patent and Market Court, ISP Telia must hand over the personal details of individuals behind 5,300 IP addresses to companies known to make a business out of settlement fees. Show More Summary

KAT happily celebrates the Torrents Day this month

We all remember how back in the last summer KickassTorrents got taken down by US authorities. While the founder of KAT is in jail waiting for the trial, a group of administrators continue running the torrent site in its original glory. This month will be the celebration of Torrents Day. When KickassTorrents got taken down... Read more...

Blizzard Wants $8.5 Milion Copyright Damages From “Cheat” Maker

Blizzard Entertainment has filed a motion for default judgment against Bossland, the maker of several popular game cheats and hacks. The game developer requests the minimum statutory copyright damages of $200 per infringement, arguing...Show More Summary

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