After police raided an alleged movie cammer in 2013, a few months later they were back, to arrest him again, plus his sister. Now, after expending a huge amount of resources, the police have informed the man that all charges against him will soon be dropped. Show More Summary
SeriesGuide, a new extension for the Chrome browser, allows users to keep track of when their favorite TV-shows are airing. Perhaps a bit more controversially, it also provides users with an overview of the latest torrents of interest, which they can download at their leisure. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and VPN services.
XtremeTV and other UK BitTorrent trackers disappeared recently after being forced offline by the Hollywood-backed Federation Against Copyright Theft. It apparently wasn't that difficult either. A simple but threatening email to Usenet site NZB Royalty appears to have done the trick. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and VPN services.
The makers of independent movie American Cowslip have won their case against file-hosting service FileServe. District Court Judge Audrey Collins issued a default judgment against FileServe on Thursday, ordering the company to pay $869,500 in piracy damages. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and VPN services.
Law professor, Creative Commons co-founder and advocate for copyright reform Lawrence Lessig has agreed to receive damages from an Australian music label. Without considering fair use Liberation wrongly had some of Lessig's work removed from YouTube and threatened to sue - it didn't go well. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and VPN services.
The dream of a simple mechanism to allow BitTorrent content consumers to support creators financially has been around for some time, and now it's here. Speaking with TorrentFreak the folks at FrostWire explain why they have integrated Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin and PayPal donations into their new client build. Show More Summary
Copyright holders have hired piracy monitoring firm Rightscorp to send out 'fines' to downloaders of Hot 100 tracks. The settlement requests are being delivered via 100 U.S. ISPs, including universities, and Rightscorp says it has closed more than 50,000 piracy cases already. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and VPN services.
The two largest BitTorrent trackers on the Internet have been down for a few days, and will remain offline for another week. The tracker owners are performing maintenance and replacing hardware to cope with the billions of connection requests they get each day. Show More Summary
Music collecting society and anti-piracy group GEMA has scored a big victory in its long-running battle with Google-owned YouTube. A court has ordered the video giant to remove blocking messages which claim GEMA is to blame for thousands of videos being unavailable in Germany on copyright grounds. Show More Summary
Today marks the one year anniversary of the six-strikes anti-piracy scheme, a good time to reflect on its efficacy. While no official numbers have yet been released, it appears that copyright alerts haven't changed a whole lot. BitTorrent piracy hasn't dropped, nor have we seen a massive revenue increase for the music and movie industries. Show More Summary
For a month a Twitter account has been tweeting the movie Top Gun to the masses, frame-by-frame, in a project that could take months to complete. Determined to shoot down this patient pirate, Paramount Pictures has just launched the first of what could be many heat-seeking DMCA notices. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and VPN services.
The Pirate Bay has teamed up with the Cybernorms research group at Sweden’s Lund University to carry out the latest round of the largest file-sharing survey in history. Through the survey the researchers examine the norms of file-sharers, and how they respond to increased censorship, online monitoring and tougher laws. Show More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. ‘12 Years A Slave’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ 'Frozen' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and VPN services.
Google is downranking The Pirate Bay's website in its search results for a wide variety of queries, some of which are not linked to copyright-infringing content. Interestingly, the change mostly seems to affect TPB results via the Google.com domain, not other variants such as Google.ca and Google.co.uk. Show More Summary
With reported backing from an infamous anti-piracy group, the datacenter of one of Sweden's largest torrent sites was raided last week. The operators of Tankafetast were well prepared and the site was quickly back online delivering movies and TV shows from an international location. Show More Summary
The copyright industry is amazing at pretending the copyright monopoly has always been there in its current form. But international copyright monopolies didn't exist in practice across the Western world before 1989. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and VPN services.
YIFY-Torrents, or YTS as it's now formally known, is one of the world's most popular torrent sites. But how does it handle so many visitors without collapsing and how is all that arranged behind the scenes? TorrentFreak caught up with...Show More Summary
For some, getting a copyright claim on their YouTube video might be an inconvenience. For others, it’s a massive headache that ignores copyright law… in the name of enforcing copyright law. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and VPN services.
With Radiohead's Thom Yorke as frontman, numerous artists have complained about Spotify, saying it doesn't earn them enough money. Fellow artist The Flashbulb, aka Benn Jordan, disagrees, as Spotify is one of his main and growing sources of income. Show More Summary
A Dutch anti-piracy group says that its battle with two local Internet service providers over a blockade of The Pirate Bay is not over yet. Despite having its censorship demands thrown out by The Court of The Hague, BREIN says it will take its case to the Supreme Court, a process that could take as long as 18 months to complete. Show More Summary