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The petition website has more than 100 million users and is used for causes big and small. However, in recent times it's been put to a more unusual use. Pirates have been creating petitions containing links to infringing movies and people have been joining up to vote. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Google Drive Uses Hash Matching to Detect Pirated Content

Google Drive allows users to store any files they want but the cloud hosting service actively prevents users from sharing or distributing copyrighted files. While Google doesn't go into the finer details of its detection methods, it uses file-hashes to detect infringing content. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Russia Orders Public Tracker to Block Itself, Site Refuses

A popular stand-alone public BitTorrent tracker has effectively been ordered to block itself by Russia's telecoms watchdog. In a complaint, Rozcomnadzor orders the site to take action against its main URL, but the site neither carries...Show More Summary

BitTorrent Expert Report Slams Movie Piracy Evidence

In California, a copyright case between adult movie studio Malibu Media and a John Doe is heating up in court. The alleged downloader discredits the actions and technical evidence provided by the makers of the "X-Art" series, using a very detailed expert opinion from a former BitTorrent Inc. Show More Summary

UK Piracy Alerts: The First Look Inside the Warning System

Last month it was revealed that UK ISPs were ready to begin sending out piracy warnings to their customers. Today we can reveal what an actual warning looks like and how the GetItRight website dovetails with ISP systems in order to handle...Show More Summary

Spanish Police Shut Down ISP’s IPTV Piracy Business

Following a complaint from the UK Premier League, Spanish police raided an ISP in Malaga which offered unlicensed IPTV subscriptions. The Internet provider serves many local customers and is reportedly owned by two UK citizens, who remotely...Show More Summary

Internet Backbone Provider Cogent Blocks Pirate Bay and other “Pirate” Sites

Several Pirate Bay users from ISPs all over the world have been unable to access their favorite torrent site for more than a week. Their requests are being stopped in the Internet backbone network of Cogent Communications, which hasShow More Summary

Rojadirecta Ordered to Shut Down By Spanish Court

A court has ordered famous sports streaming site Rojadirecta to shut down. The ruling, which was handed down following a complaint from broadcaster Movistar+, requires Rojadirecta parent company Puerto 80 to pay damages. Broadcasters...Show More Summary

Police Bust ‘Pirate’ Kodi Box Sellers on Behalf of Sky, Virgin, BT, Premier League

Police have arrested five people on suspicion of selling 'pirate' set-top boxes configured to receive pay TV. The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit teamed up with FACT, Sky, Virgin, BT, and The Premier League to arrest the sellers,...Show More Summary

Blocking The Pirate Bay is Allowed Under EU Law, AG Concludes

Internet providers in Europe can be ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay, even though the site itself doesn't store any infringing material. This is the advice Advocate General Szpunar has sent to the EU Court of Justice in what may turn out to be a landmark case. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Search Engines & Copyright Holders Ready Voluntary Anti-Piracy Code

Google and other search companies are close to striking a voluntary agreement with entertainment companies to tackle the appearance of infringing content links in search results. Following roundtable discussions chaired by the UK's Intellectual...Show More Summary

Steal This Show S02E10: In Surveillance Valley

Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest file-sharing and copyright news. In this episode, we talk to journalist and writer Yasha Levine. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Accused File-Sharer Beats ‘Copyright Trolls’ in Finnish Court

The wave of so-called 'copyright-trolling' piracy lawsuits in Finland has resulted in the first win for an accused file-sharer, totaling €28,000 in legal fees. A local court ruled that the copyright holders lacked sufficient evidence...Show More Summary

Movie Cammer & Prolific Uploader Receives Community Sentence

A man from the UK who admitted recording movies in a cinema then uploading them to the Internet has been handed a community sentence. Shaun Forry was charged with fraud and copyright infringement offenses, but despite recording two movies...Show More Summary

Movie Industry Wants Irish ISPs to Block Pirate Movie Streaming Portals

The Motion Picture Association is trying to have three popular streaming portals blocked by Irish Internet providers. In a new court case, the movie studios describe, and as massive copyrightShow More Summary

RIAA Labels Sue Hip-Hop Mixtape Download Site Spinrilla

A group of major record labels including Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records, and Universal Music Group has filed a lawsuit against Spinrilla, a popular hip-hop mixtape site and app. Helped by the RIAA, the labels accuse the...Show More Summary

Music, Movie & Gaming Industries Seek Piracy Blockades in Belgium

An entertainment organization comprising companies from the music, movie, and videogame industries is targeting several pirate sites for blocking in Belgium. The Belgian Entertainment Association informs TorrentFreak that it wants local...Show More Summary

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 02/06/17

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Arrival' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Passengers'. 'Doctor Strange' completes the top three. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Hosting Provider Steadfast Denies Liability for ‘Pirate’ Site

Chicago-based hosting company Steadfast has asked a federal court to dismiss a broad copyright complaint filed by adult publisher ALS Scan. The hosting provider denies responsibility for the actions of its client ImageBam, arguing that it's protected by the DMCA's safe harbor. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Denuvo Website Leaks Secret Information, Crackers Swarm

While the folks at Denuvo are leaders in the field of video game protection, the same cannot be said about their website. In an embarrassing blunder, the company has left some directories and files open to the public and right now members...Show More Summary

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