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Pirate Movie Group Members Set to Face FACT in Court

Five men suspected of being involved in the release of first run movies will go to court later in the year. The Federation Against Copyright Theft, who are prosecuting the case, are keeping the precise details close to their chests for legal reasons, but TorrentFreak has identified those involved. Show More Summary

Google Refuses to Remove Links to Kate Upton’s “Fappening” Photos

In an attempt to remove Kate Upton's leaked nudes from Google's search results, her boyfriend Jason Verlander instructed his lawyers to send a DMCA takedown request. Interestingly, Google has rejected nearly half of the links in the Detroit Tigers pitcher's copyright complaint. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Cinema Staff Rewarded For Spotting Movie Cammers

Nine cinema staff in the UK have been rewarded by the movie industry after disrupting the activities of so-called movie "cammers". The cash payments are part of an ongoing scheme which offers incentives to those who help to prevent the unauthorized distribution of first-run content. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

MPAA: We’re Not Going to Arrest 14 Year Olds, We Educate Them

In yet more signs that Hollywood is trying to repair its battered image over piracy, the head of the MPAA has indicated that fresh legislation will not solve the problem. "Arresting 14-year-olds" isn't going to work, Chris Dodd says, but making content widely available at a fair price is. Show More Summary

UK Police Shut Down MP3 Search Engine MP3Juices

The popular MP3 search engine MP3Juices has lost its domain name following a request from the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. After yet another suspension, operators of other "pirate" sites are prepping for the worst and looking for new safe havens. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Largest Pirate Bay Proxy & More Blocked By UK ISPs

In yet another round of silent actions against torrent sites, UK Internet service providers have initiated blocks following court orders against several major proxies. Among them is PirateProxy, a hugely popular Pirate Bay proxy that is currently the UK's 125th most-visited site. Show More Summary

Spotify: Aussie Music Piracy Down 20% Since Our Launch

New research from Spotify shows that music piracy via BitTorrent dropped 20% in Australia during the first year the streaming platform was operational. The drop was mostly driven by casual file-sharers, and the number of hard-core pirates remains stable. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

RIAA Complaint Kills Grooveshark Chromecast Support

After existing for less than a month, Grooveshark's Chromecast app on the Play Store has been killed by a copyright complaint. Perhaps unsurprisingly the objections came from the RIAA, who say that Grooveshark's service infringes on their artists' copyrights. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

U.S. Internet Provider Refuses to Expose Alleged Pirates

Rightscorp, a prominent piracy monitoring firm that works with Warner Bros. and other copyright holders, wants Grande Communications to reveal the identities alleged pirates linked to 30,000 IP-addresses/timestamp combinations. Unlike other providers the Texas ISP refused to give in easily, instead deciding to fight the request in court. Show More Summary

BBC: ISPs Should Assume Heavy VPN Users are Pirates

In a submission to the Australian Government on the issue of online piracy, the BBC indicates that ISPs should be obliged to monitor their customers' activities. Service providers should become suspicious that customers could be pirating if they use VPN-style services and consume a lot of bandwidth, the BBC says. Show More Summary

Police Ordered to Return Clones of Dotcom’s Seized Data

The New Zealand Court of Appeal has ruled that local police must return clones of the devices that were seized from Kim Dotcom during the 2012 raid. The Court argues that Dotcom and his colleagues should be able to have access to the information in preparation for the extradition hearings. Show More Summary

Dutch Movie Industry Wants to Monitor and Warn Pirates

The Dutch movie industry has put forward a proposal for more active anti-piracy measures to be taken to curb unauthorized file-sharing. The local trade organization wants to monitor movie pirates, and have their Internet providers send them educational warning letters. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 09/08/14

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Maleficent.' 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Oh No! Web Sheriff Targets ‘Pirating’ Reddit Users

Reddit users beware, the Web Sheriff is back in town, and he's coming after your submissions. In recent months copyright holders have increasingly targeted "infringing" Reddit links and the Web Sheriff is one of the most active senders. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Gottfrid Svartholm Trial Starts & Ends Week in Controversy

The hacking trial of Gottfrid Svartholm has ended its first week, but not without controversy. Today TF catches up with Kristina Svartholm on the past few days' developments and we also reveal criticism of Danish police after information provided by a man "with a grudge" against Gottfrid was used in court. Show More Summary

MPAA and RIAA Teach Copyright in Elementary Schools, Now With Fair Use

In an effort to educate American kids on copyright, the MPAA and RIAA are backing a new copyright curriculum titled "Be a Creator." Starting at kindergarten, children are educated on the value of copyright, and after a public outcry last year, the final materials now include fair use principles too. Show More Summary

Police Throw the Book at Alleged Pirate Site Admin

The alleged operator of a sports streaming site who was arrested on behalf of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been charged with numerous offenses including copyright infringement, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. Show More Summary

Touche: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

There's an interesting mouse ear battle unfolding between Disney and DJ Deadmau5. Earlier this week the media empire objected to a trademark application the musician filed because of the resemblance with its own logo. In a retaliatory move, Deadmau5 now accuses Disney of pirating his music on their website. Show More Summary

Google, Facebook & Microsoft Reject Anti-Piracy Proposals

Global tech firms including Google, Facebook & Microsoft have rejected calls for a graduated response to online piracy in Australia. Slamming bogus piracy stats and describing copyright as a "moral hazard" that can stifle innovation, the group says that offering easy access to content at a fair price is the only solution. Show More Summary

U.S. Government Wants Kim Dotcom’s Cash and Cars

The U.S. Government is going after Kim Dotcom's bank accounts, cars, art and other property. In a complaint filed at a Virginia federal court the Department of Justice argues that the property of the Megaupload and its founder should be forfeited as it was obtained through criminal means. Show More Summary

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