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Solarmovie Disappears Following KAT Shutdown

Following the news that KickassTorrents (KAT) has been shut down and its alleged owner arrested, another big site has disappeared from the Internet. Popular streaming portal Solarmovie went offline overnight without explanation and it...Show More Summary

Can KickassTorrents Make a Comeback?

Yesterday the U.S. Government delivered a massive blow to KickassTorrents. With its alleged founder arrested and pretty much the entire site's operation compromised, it's not obvious that there will be a Pirate Bay style comeback anytime soon. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains, Arrest Owner

The U.S. Government has arrested the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the world's largest torrent site. The 30-year-old Ukrainian was arrested in Poland today and is charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering....Show More Summary

Megavideo Lawyer Slams TV Piracy Court Ruling

A ruling handed down by a court in Italy which found Kim Dotcom's Megavideo liable for TV piracy has been slammed by the entrepreneur's lawyer. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Ira Rothken says that the notion that a service provider needs...Show More Summary

U.S. Government Sued for Software Piracy, Maker Claims $600m

The U.S. military is being accused of installing 'pirated' copies of 3D virtual reality software onto hundreds of thousands of computers without permission. Bitmanagement, the makers of the software, accuse the Navy of willful copyright...Show More Summary

Court: Google and Bing Don’t Have to Censor “Torrent” Searches

Google and Bing are not required to automatically filter "torrent" related searches to prevent piracy, the High Court of Paris has decided. The filter, requested by the local music industry group SNEP, would be too broad, ineffective, and target legitimate content as well. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Court Orders Dotcom’s Megavideo to Pay $13.4m For TV Show Piracy

An Italian court has ordered Kim Dotcom's Megavideo to pay $13.4m in damages after making TV shows available without permission. The roots of the case date back to 2010 when TV company RTI sent Megavideo takedown notices, without specifying any URLs. Show More Summary

Accused “Pirate” Questions Dallas Buyers Club’s Copyright Claim

Several companies behind the Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club are fighting over the movie's proceeds, as well as the profits from copyright trolling endeavors. This confusing situation has prompted an accused pirate to question...Show More Summary

VKontakt & Universal Sign Anti-Piracy & Licensing Deal

As predicted last week, the company which owns vKontakte and Russia's two other major social networking sites has signed a music licensing deal with Universal Music to end piracy on the platforms. As a result, all outstanding copyright...Show More Summary

The Google Piracy Blame Game is Headache Inducing

Google published an update to its anti-piracy practices report this week and it was immediately discredited by the record labels who say the company needs to do much more. That's no surprise, but one has to wonder how much patience Google...Show More Summary

Google Wipes Record Breaking Half Billion Pirate Links in 2016

Copyright holders asked Google to remove more than 500,000,000 allegedly infringing links from its search engine in 2016 thus far. This nearly equals the number of takedown notices it received for the whole of 2015. Rightsholders see...Show More Summary

Photographers Take “Pirating” News Outlets to Court

Major news outlets don't always stick to the rules when it comes to licensing photos for their articles. Photographers often see their work featured by prominent publishers, without credit or compensation. Increasingly, they are standing up for their rights in court. Show More Summary

BitTorrent Users Present a Goldmine of Marketing Opportunities

Most file-sharers are aware they're being watched but that doesn't always have to be as bad as it sounds. Speaking with TorrentFreak, analytics company Peerlogix says it monitors millions of "well educated and tech-savvy" torrent users...Show More Summary

‘Tor and Bitcoin Hinder Anti-Piracy Efforts’

A new report published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office identifies a wide range of 'business models' that are used by pirate sites. The organization, which announced a new collaboration with Europol this week, signals...Show More Summary

Steal This Show S01E13: Save P2P, Save The Internet!

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode we discuss how proposed legislation threatens unrestricted VPN and BitTorrent use. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

VKontakte & Universal Music Close to Anti-Piracy Deal

Social networking giant vKontakte is reportedly close to doing a licensing deal with Universal Music. 'Russia's Facebook' has been embroiled in legal action with the label after failing to tackle rampant piracy on its platform, but according...Show More Summary

Nintendo Cracks Down on Pokémon Go ‘Piracy’

Millions of people around the world are totally caught up in the Pokémon Go craze. Interestingly, many of these are playing "pirated" copies of the game. Nintendo is now trying to address this issue by sending takedown requests, hoping to make at least make some pirate sources harder to find. Show More Summary

Expanding Pirate Site Blocks Spark Censorship Fears

A Norwegian court has ordered ISPs to block subscriber access to eight pirate streaming sites, including WatchSeries, TUBE+, and CouchTuner. The new blockades are welcomed by Hollywood's major studios, but the local Pirate Party fears...Show More Summary

Google Ends Lawsuit Against Mississippi AG Over Piracy Practices

Google has dropped its lawsuit against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. The search giant had been attempting to defend itself against an investigation into its anti-piracy practices but according to court papers filed Wednesday,...Show More Summary

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