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Aussie ISPs Advocate “Three Strikes” Solution to Piracy

Under pressure from the Australian government, local ISPs have now published proposals on how to deal with the issue of online piracy. Drafted together with entertainment companies, the draft sees subscribers warned three times before further action is taken. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Oscar Nominations Massively Boosted Pirate Downloads

While Oscar buzz is great for movie sales, not everyone prefers to pay for their content. According to stats just released by piracy tracking firm Irdeto, illegal downloads of nominated movies increased by 385% following the Academy announcements of January 15. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

AT&T Patents “Fast Lane” For File-Sharing Traffic

Internet provider AT&T has obtained a patent to speed up BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic, while reducing the impact of these transfers on its network. Whether the invention will ever be implemented is doubtful though, as net...Show More Summary

YouTube Blocks Game Of Thrones Trailer on Copyright Grounds

There's no doubt that Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV-show in history, with copyright holders doing all they can to remove infringing copies from the web. However, these efforts can also go too far, something just witnessed by Australian pay TV company Foxtel. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Media Companies Track Pirated Downloads For Marketing Purposes

A new report released by Tru Optik shows that there are hundreds of millions of active BitTorrent users who together shared 18 billion files last year. The data is being used to show media companies the scale of the "unmonetized" demand for their products while offering a tool to target pirates with the right offerings. Show More Summary

Voltage Pics: Suing Disabled Kids For Piracy is Bad PR

Defending its decision to target Australians for piracy of its movie Dallas Buyers Club, Voltage Pictures has told a court it has limits on who it will sue. Autistic kids, the disabled, the poor and those with mental issues won't be 'fined' by the studio. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Caught Up In a Hosting Whac-A-Mole

The Pirate Bay has been back online for more than two weeks but thus far it's been rough sailing. The notorious torrent site has had to jump from hosting service to hosting service just to stay online and is still looking for a safe haven. Show More Summary

UK Police Raid Movie & TV Show Site, Three Arrested

UK police have arrested three men in London following a raid on what is being described as a popular movie and TV show piracy site. Following a FACT investigation the men, all in their 20s, were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and copyright offenses. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Dumb and Dumber Downloaders Face Legal Action

Internet users who downloaded the Jim Carrey movie Dumb and Dumber To are now facing the prospect of legal action. The company has filed several lawsuits in Oregon calling for Comcast to reveal subscriber identities so that defendants can be pursued for damages. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Tumblr Panics as Site Gets Tough on Music Piracy

Tumblr users say they are witnessing a tougher response to music piracy by the blogging platform. A wave of complaints suggest that increased anti-piracy activity by the music industry is resulting in Tumblr more readily banning users as part of a "three strikes" policy. Show More Summary

How a Private ‘Anime’ Torrent Tracker Became an Essential Tool For Facebook

For more than half a decade Facebook has used BitTorrent to deploy code across its thousands of servers. What only few people know, however, is that Facebook's current setup uses an open source tracker that was initially developed to assist members of a private anime tracker to share animated Japanese characters. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 02/16/15

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Big Hero 6' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Birdman.' 'Horrible Bosses 2' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

The War Over Control Of The Net Is A War Over Information Advantage

Throughout history, you can observe that many groups have fought over the information advantage - to know more about other people than those others know in return. Whoever has held the information advantage has usually risen to power. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Android Piracy News Gives App a Sales Boost

Early February an Android dev revealed how his popular calendar app was suffering from 85% piracy rates. The news was echoed in dozens of headlines, but how did things turn out? TorrentFreak is informed that sales are dramatically up and piracy has been slashed by a third. Show More Summary

Remove uTorrent Ads in One Click With “Pimp My uTorrent”

Hoping to increase its revenues, BitTorrent Inc. added advertisements to the popular uTorrent client two years ago. What many people don't know though, is that these ads can be disabled by diving into the advanced settings. "Pimp my uTorrent" now comes with a one click solution to make this process less cumbersome. Show More Summary

Steam Censors Kickass.to Mentions in Chat Client

Steam users who want to discuss the latest news about the torrent site KickassTorrents may notice that their chats are censored. The popular instant messaging service is sending all mentions of the Kickass.to domain into a black hole, while warning that other torrent sites are potentially malicious. Show More Summary

ISP’s “Three Strikes” Scheme is Weird and Broken

Eircom was one of the first ISPs in Europe to implement a voluntary "three strikes" anti-piracy program but strangely it's now hiding the prospect of disconnections from customers. Together with music group IFPI, they also fail heavily on the piracy education front. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Megaupload Programmer Sentenced to a Year in Prison

Andrus Nomm, one of the Megaupload employees indicted by the United States, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to a year in prison. Nomm signed a plea deal and admitted that he personally downloaded copyright-infringing files from Mega's sites. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Pirate Bay Goes Down Again

The Pirate Bay is down at the moment, causing a mild panic among many BitTorrent users. With the raid of last December fresh in mind some fear the worst, but as of yet there is no indication that the site was hit again. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

EURid Suspends TorrentShack Domain Name After Complaint

The popular private BitTorrent tracker TorrentShack has lost its.eu domain. The EURid registry suspended the domain following a complaint from a third-party over invalid WHOIS details. The complainnt most likely came from an entertainment industry group, but this hasn't yet been officially confirmed. Show More Summary

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