The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Tomorrowland' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Minions.' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.
Last year Philip Danks was sentenced to almost three years in jail for recording Fast and Furious 6 and uploading it to the Internet. After a Ministry of Justice appeal Danks is now on home detention. Speaking with TorrentFreak, the former pirate gets a lot of things off his chest while advising others not to make the same mistakes. Show More Summary
The Austrian Pirate Party is running a rather unusual advertising campaign on one of the largest Internet porn sites. Using an image of the Minister of the Interior the Pirates warn unsuspecting visitors that they might soon be being watched, a reference to a new mass surveillance proposal in Austria. Show More Summary
This week copyright holders applauded a 'groundbreaking' anti-piracy commitment from GroupM, the world's largest advertising media company. The announcement is the result of increasing efforts to ban advertisements on pirate sites. However, don't expect to see ads to disappear from The Pirate Bay and co. Show More Summary
The popularity of streaming movie app Popcorn Time is being leveraged once again, with several hundred users now being targeted for downloading a Michael Douglas movie. Unlucky users are receiving letters containing demands for several hundred dollars but as always the threat of greater punishment looms in the background. Show More Summary
Taylor Swift is cracking down on fans who share live footage of her concerts through Twitter's Periscope app. The singer has a dedicated online police force available to report pirated footage and take it down. Whether the strategy will have any effect is up for debate. Show More Summary
Copyright holders celebrated a landmark victory early September when a Norwegian court ordered local ISPs to block the Pirate Bay. A breakthrough verdict perhaps, but one with a major flaw as the rightsholder forgot to list one of the site's main domain names. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.
Access to more than 280 'pirate' websites has been restricted in Russia since the introduction of an amended copyright law in 2013. In addition to The Pirate Bay and giant Ukrainian file-hosting site EX.ua, streaming sites including Primewire are also affected. Show More Summary
Internet provider Cox Communications has hit back at anti-piracy company Rightscorp. While denying responsibility for the alleged copyright infringements of its subscribers, Cox turns the tables, accusing Rightscorp of sharing thousands of copyrighted works without permission. Show More Summary
The CEO and chairman of the RIAA says that the current notice and takedown anti-piracy process is both costly and increasingly pointless. Cary Sherman says the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA have forced labels into a "never-ending game" of whack-a-mole while sites under its protection effectively obtain a discount music licensing system. Show More Summary
After several years' delay the extradition hearing of Kim Dotcom finally got moving this morning in the Auckland District Court. Characterizing the case as one of straightforward fraud, Crown lawyer Christine Gordon QC likened Megaupload to a post office shipping drugs, one in which its owners were well aware of their cargo. Show More Summary
The Pirate Bay's official SuprBay forum has gone dark after experiencing domain name problems. The forum's domain name registrar eNom suspended the site following an ICANN complaint over inaccurate Whois information, and the site remains offline for now. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.
The launch of new James Bond film 'Spectre' next month will be met with a nationwide security effort to stop the movie from being pirated. Night vision goggles will be used to track down 'cammers' in the UK before they can record the...Show More Summary
A group of artists have won a landmark victory over the Happy Birthday song. A California judge ruled that the copyrights to one of the world's most popular melodies is invalid. As a result, Happy Birthday enters the public domain while a multi-million dollar licensing business is destroyed. Show More Summary
Last year Adobe reported progress in the piracy fight, claiming that its new cloud-based subscription model was chipping away at the phenomenon by "hard to measure" amounts. In an earnings call with investors Adobe has again reported progress, but despite the effort Photoshop and Illustrator are still massively popular with pirates. Show More Summary
A judge has denied a bid by Kim Dotcom to suspend his long-awaited extradition hearing. The hearing began yesterday but was met with immediate calls by the Megaupload founder's legal team to postpone to a later date. The decision handed down today by Judge Nevin Dawson means that evidence will be heard when the court resumes on Thursday. Show More Summary
Police in the UK have arrested a man believed to have recorded newly-released movies in cinemas and then uploaded them to the Internet. The 33-year-old, who was arrested under the Fraud Act following a FACT investigation, is thought to be responsible for leaks of American Ultra and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Show More Summary
Following a recent trend in U.S. courts the makers of Dallas Buyers Club have singled out Popcorn Time users in a new lawsuit. The case only differs from traditional BitTorrent sharing cases by naming the application which frequently makes mainstream headlines. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.
Late last year The Pirate Bay was pulled offline after Swedish police raided a datacenter near Stockholm. The police confiscated dozens of servers which many believed to belong to the notorious torrent site. Today, the TPB team reveals that this is not the case. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.
After more than 3.5 years of legal argument and ten delays in proceedings, Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing finally got underway this morning. The United States government wants Dotcom and his co-accused to be tried overseas for their role in Megaupload, but the larger-than-life entrepreneur intends to turn this into a dogfight. Show More Summary