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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

Court Lifts Overbroad “Piracy” Blockade of Mega and Other Sites

Mega and several other file-hosting services are accessible in Italy once again after a negotiated settlement with local law enforcement. Another unnamed site had to appeal its blockade in court but won its case after the court ruled that partial blocking of a specific URL is preferred over site-wide bans. Show More Summary

Finland Wants to Kill Crowdsourced Copyright Law

The future of copyright amendments crowdsourced by the Finnish public appear to be in doubt. The citizen-drafted proposals, which received 50,000 signatures, seek to decriminalize file-sharing, but Finland's Education and Culture Committee now wants to reject the historic initiative. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Miramax Demands Payment From Kill Bill Pirates

Movie distributor Miramax is demanding cash from users of The Pirate Bay said to have downloaded movies including Tarantino's Kill Bill. The initiative is part of a partnership with anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, who will be hoping the effort helps to reverse a collapsing stock price. Show More Summary

Google Adds Custom Pirate Bay Search With Autocomplete

Google's new and improved sitelinks section has introduced a novel feature for Pirate Bay fans. The search engine now displays a custom Pirate Bay search box complete with pirate-themed AutoComplete suggestions. Needless to say, copyright holders are not going to be happy with these latest improvements. Show More Summary

Revealed: Warner Bros. Uses “Sophisticated Robots” to Fight Piracy

Unsealed court records reveal that Warner Bros. uses "sophisticated robots" to track down pirated content online. The movie studio tried to keep knowledge of its robots a secret fearing that it would hurt their anti-piracy efforts. However, based on information revealed thus far the impact appears to be rather minimal. Show More Summary

NetNames Anti-Piracy Chief Moves to IFPI

The former Director of Piracy and Counterfeit Analysis at NetNames has left the company to join the music industry. Dr David Price, who has overseen major studies on Internet piracy including a recent one covering the cyberlocker market, has become the major labels' chief piracy researcher and analyst. Show More Summary

Research Warns Against Overestimated Movie Piracy Losses

New research published by the independent research outfit APAS Laboratory reveals that downloading of movie CAM copies is mostly discovery based. There is no link between the number of illegal downloads and box office revenues. Instead, pirates appear to consume the camcorded movies that are most visible on torrent sites. Show More Summary

Firedrive Mystery Deepens, iOS and Android Apps Disappear

Popular video and cloud-hosting site Firedrive (previously Putlocker) appears to have lost all useful functionality. For almost a week the site has faced issues, and now most if not all videos have been replaced by movie studio intro titles. Show More Summary

Why Are We Letting Critical Infrastructure Get Regulated By A Cartoon Industry?

We're letting a cartoon industry regulate the internet - the single most important infrastructure we have, which builds growth, jobs, civil liberties, and all future entrepreneurship. Why hasn't this been called out for its absurdity? Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

BPI Set to Privately Prosecute ‘Pre-Release Music Pirates’

An investigation carried out by the UK music industry with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security will culminate in a Crown Court trial this month. The case, against members of a now-defunct UK-based Internet forum with a reputation for pre-release leaks, will be privately prosecuted by the BPI. Show More Summary

IMAGiNE BitTorrent Group Sysop Speaks Out From Prison

Two years ago Gregory Cherwonik was sent to prison for his role as sysop of the famous movie piracy group IMAGiNE. After having served more than half of his sentence he now publishes an open letter on TorrentFreak which contains heavy criticism of the MPAA and Department of Justice, among others. Show More Summary

Kim Dotcom Breaks Post Election Media Silence

Since his hectic election campaign came to a close last month, Kim Dotcom hasn't given a single interview. On TorrentFreak today he breaks his silence, opening up on his fight with two governments, his departure from Baboom, and what he views as almost "religious extremism" employed by the labels and Hollywood to destroy him. Show More Summary

Police Seize Domain of Frombar Sports Streaming Site

The popular sports streaming 'franchise' Sportlemon has lost Frombar.com, one of its main domain names, following a request from the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Whether the intervention will prove effective has yet to be seen, as the site is continuing its operations from various alternate domains. Show More Summary

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