The Expendables 3, featuring every action hero known to man, was set for an August 15 debut but has appeared online in near DVD quality. In just 12 hours, more than 100,000 copies have been downloaded. It's worth bearing in mind, however, that production company Nu Image sued those who downloaded the original movie. Show More Summary
There are many ways to tackle the issue of online piracy and Louisiana State University has decided on its approach. At the bottom end, offenders will experience a temporary Internet disconnection, with repeat offenders receiving fines and potentially career-damaging notes on their education records. Show More Summary
The Pirate Bay just launched a mobile version of the site, the first major design overhaul in nearly a decade. The "Mobile Bay" is the first in a series of expansions which will include separate TV, music and movie sites plus a dedicated RSS portal. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
A Dutch movie producer asked people to upload a copy of one of his older films onto The Pirate Bay. The filmmaker became fed up with the fact that copyright issues made his work completely unavailable through legal channels. To his surprise, pirates were quick to deliver. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
A Dutch marketplace for second hand eBooks is being allowed to continue operating after the Amsterdam Court dismissed complaints from book publishers. The Court ruled that "Tom Kabinet" operates in a legal gray area which requires further investigation. Show More Summary
All it took yesterday was a single article to trigger off a tidal wave of copycat reports across dozens of sites including the mainstream RT.com. Just to be absolutely clear - Britain HAS NOT decriminalized file-sharing and to suggest otherwise only puts people at unnecessary risk. Show More Summary
The makers of the popular file-sharing software Vuze have released a brand new BitTorrent client. Vuze Leap is a dummy-proof application with a simple interface, which uses minimal resources. According to the company there is a massive demand for a clean and straightforward BitTorrent client. Show More Summary
Megaupload's legal team has asked the federal court of Virginia to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold till April next year. The request comes after the extradition hearings of Kim Dotcom and his colleagues were postponed in New Zealand. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Legal action taken against hundreds of torrent, streaming and other file-sharing sites has far exceeded its stated aims. After blacking out the sites across several ISPs, FIFA affiliates hoped that piracy of the World Cup would be reduced. Show More Summary
Three federal indictments have been unsealed in Georgia revealing charges against six former members of three Android piracy groups. The United States Department of Justice says that the men are charged with intellectual property offenses related to the illegal distribution of millions of copyrighted apps. Show More Summary
Google is promoting legal movie services to people who search using piracy related keywords such as torrent, BitTorrent, DVDrip and Putlocker. In what appears to be a bid to steer pirates on a straight course, prominent ad banners are placed above search results, pointing people to Google Play, Netflix, Hulu and other video platforms. Show More Summary
Mail.ru, Russia's fifth most popular domain, has blasted Italy for the blockade of its site on copyright grounds. The Internet giant says that it wasn't informed of any problems and was given no opportunity to engage. The censorship shows that some countries lack a "clear, transparent process for resolving conflicts", Mail.ru said. Show More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Need For Speed‘ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Other Woman.' 'Transcendence' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
One of the most common (and false) arguments against sharing culture is that "the artist has a right to get paid when you enjoy something". This is totally false. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The Holy Grail of takedown tools is one that not only removes content, but keeps it down. Interestingly, 4shared, one of the world's most complained-about sites, offers a service provided by a Spotify-owned company to do just that. So why doesn't the BPI, who sent 6.7m 4shared complaints to Google, use it? PR reasons, 4shared believes. Show More Summary
Earlier this week it was reported how the RIAA had decided to turn the licensing thumbscrews on a site offering decades-old radio archives for download. Now another archival site, one that pays thousands of dollars in license fees to BMI, ASCAP and SoundExchange yet makes not a cent, is now in the RIAA spotlight. Show More Summary
Earlier this year news broke that UK ISPs are set to team up with copyright holders to notify subscribers found sharing pirated material. Today the initiative has been announced officially, receiving praise from all parties involved....Show More Summary
The Court of Rome has issued a nation-wide block of two dozen sites that facilitated the distribution of pirated movies. Among the blocked domains is Kim Dotcom's cloud hosting service Mega, Firedrive (formerly known as Putlocker), and even Russia's largest email provider Mail.ru. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Los Angeles based anti-piracy firm CEG TEK has expanded its piracy monetization services to Japan, with Australia and Canada next on the list. The company is currently conducting ISP compliance tests in both countries to see if sending out automated piracy fines can bring in substantial extra revenue. Show More Summary
French anti-piracy authority Hadopi has revealed that in the first four years of its operations it sent initial file-sharing warnings to 9% of French Internet subscribers. Just over 10% of those subscriber accounts went on to receive a second warning, with just 0.4% getting a third. Show More Summary