It's been five years since the launch of Apple's iPad but how was the device initially received by the Hollywood studios? A leaked analysis reveals the MPAA's hopes and fears for the ground-breaking tablet, with a few spot on predictions and a notable shift in the piracy landscape it simply didn't envisage. Show More Summary
HBO has sent thousands of warnings to Internet subscribers whose connections were used to share leaked Game of Thrones episodes. While there are no legal strings attached for the affected subscribers, HBO hopes that some will think twice before downloading future episodes. Show More Summary
The superb Grand Theft Auto V was finally released this week on PC, setting off a wave of desperation in those looking to obtain the game for free. After the first cracks appeared downloads mounted quickly, with GTA V pirates gobbling up more bandwidth in the first few hours than last weekend's initial wave of Game of Thrones pirates. Show More Summary
For the first time since the raid late last year, The Pirate Bay is allowing users to open new accounts again. Registrations have been closed for months due to security issues and to avoid the site from being flooded with fakes and spam. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.
Emails from the Sony hack reveal that the MPAA asked its member studios to pay $165,000 each to upgrade the screening rooms of several U.S. embassies. American ambassadors could then utilize these private theaters as indirect lobbying tools by showing off Hollywood content to high level officials. Show More Summary
A pair of Internet providers who defied TV company demands to switch off their VPN services will be sued in the coming days. CallPlus and Bypass Network Services face legal action from media giants including Sky and TVNZ for allowing their customers to use a VPN to buy geo-restricted content. Show More Summary
Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij can't play games on his Nintendo 8-bit console in prison. The prison denied the request because there's no way to open the box to check it for concealed items, a decision the Pirate Bay operator is now appealing before the administrative court. Show More Summary
Netflix says that the company is pushing down piracy in countries where illegal sharing is prevalent. Part of its strategy is to determine the price of its service based on local piracy rates, so it can better compete in places where piracy is rampant. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.
Even as Kim Dotcom spends millions fighting extradition to the U.S., a relatively minor issue could see him kicked out of New Zealand in a matter of weeks. When applying for residency in 2010, Dotcom failed to declare a dangerous driving speeding conviction, a matter that could now escalate into deportation from the country. Show More Summary
The popular TV-torrent distribution group EZTV is going on a hiatus to perform a thorough security audit of its servers. The EZTV team informs TF that new shows won't appear online for a few days, until the team is assured that everything is functioning optimally. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.
After episodes of Game of Thrones leaked online this weekend, millions of unauthorized BitTorrent downloads ensued. However, for some reason HBO seems more concerned about "dozens" of people who streamed the show via the Twitter-owned Periscope app. Show More Summary
Windows NT 4.0 may be nearly two decades old but that doesn't mean that Microsoft wants its sensitive source code out in public. After ignoring a copy of the partially leaked code for several years, the company recently asked GitHub to take an unauthorized copy offline, with success. Show More Summary
Music industry group IFPI released its latest Digital Music Report today. Documenting the latest developments in the ongoing piracy battle, the report suggests that pirate site blockades are hugely effective. According to the music group it's now time for blocking orders to have a cross border effect. Show More Summary
When Megaupload was raided in 2012, more than 1,100 servers were seized in the United States. However, an additional 32 were also locked down in Canada, the contents of which still remain a mystery. More than three years on and the U.S. Show More Summary
After a careful investigation, the Ohio inspector general has concluded that more than a dozen prison staffers shared pirated music on a local network. No concrete evidence was found regarding a separate claim that employees also showed pirated film to inmates. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.
The Motion Picture Association has written to Brazil's Justice Minister seeking exceptions to the country's fledgling “Internet Constitution". In a submission to the government the MPA says that the Marco Civil's current wording on net neutrality deprives courts of the opportunity to order the blocking of 'pirate' sites. Show More Summary
BitTorrent Inc. released a new version the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent this week. The release aims to make it easier for users to avoid a highly criticized Bitcoin miner which was bundled with the previous 3.4.2 version. The company understands that the controversy "eroded" the trust of some users, but hopes to keep them on board. Show More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Furious 7' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Taken 3.' 'Interstellar' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.
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 has been hit again. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.
The four Game of Thrones episodes that leaked earlier today have been downloaded millions of times already. A snapshot of the download locations reveals that most downloaders currently come from the UK and the US, followed by India, Canada and France. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.