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Torrents Good For a Third of all Internet Traffic in Asia-Pacific

New data published by the Canadian broadband management company Sandvine reveals that BitTorrent can be credited for one-third of all Internet traffic in the Asia-Pacific region during peak hours. That's an increase of more than 50% compared to the previous year. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

BitTorrent Preps Sync Pro to Take on the Cloud

BitTorrent Inc. has signaled the release of a new version of its popular Sync software. Aimed at rival services offered by companies such as Dropbox but with enhanced privacy, 'free' and 'pro' versions of Sync 2.0 will have no limits on performance or folder-size and allow users to maintain control over their own data. Show More Summary

U.S. Brands Kim Dotcom a Fugitive, ‘Spies’ on Others

The U.S. Government is trying to get its hands on the assets of Kim Dotcom and his fellow defendants through a civil lawsuit, with the DoJ branding them fugitives and asking the court to dismiss their claims. The new filing further reveals that law enforcement continued to tap conversations of some defendants months after the raids. Show More Summary

Court: $30,000 for Sharing a Pirated Movie is Excessive Punishment

A federal court in Washington has rejected a $30,000 damages award against several Internet subscribers accused of downloading a pirated movie via BitTorrent. Judge Thomas Rice doubted that filmmakers were hurt much by the pirates and...Show More Summary

Artists and Labels Now Sue Chrysler Over CD-Ripping Cars

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies has launched a new lawsuit targeting Chrysler for allowing car owners to rip CDs without paying royalties. The lawsuit follows a similar class action suit against Ford and General Motors, which is still ongoing. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

If Illegal Sites Get Blocked Accidentally, Hard Luck Says Court

In a case before the High Court, UK ISPs have raised concerns that 'innocent' sites might be taken offline due to them sharing IP addresses with other sites detailed in blocking orders. While sites will get a chance to complain, sites operating illegally will get no sympathy from the High Court. Show More Summary

MPAA Pays University $1,000,000 For Piracy Research

The MPAA has donated over a million dollars Carnegie Mellon University in support of its piracy research program. The movie industry group sees academic research as a valuable tool to steer future copyright policies and uses the program's results to further its cause. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Why Hollywood Director Lexi Alexander Sides With “Pirates”

Lexi Alexander is one of a few Hollywood directors to have come out in support of file-sharers. While her opinions may not help her career, she believes that certain four letter acronyms are a bigger threat to the movie industry than the young brights minds previously jailed for file-sharing. Show More Summary

BitTorrent Inc. Now Allows All Artists to Get Paid

After the huge success enjoyed by Thom York and his Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes release, BitTorrent Inc. has opened up its paygate to content creators everywhere. Upon application, sellers of music, video and even software can now get paid via the San Francisco company's 'Bundle' project. Show More Summary

Movie Chief Describes University Piracy Fines as “Terrific”

An Australian university's policy of fining students up to $1,000 when they get caught pirating on campus has been described as "terrific" by a movie boss. Village Roadshow chief Graham Burke made the comments despite the university paying none of the fines back to rightsholders. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Giganews Not Liable for Pirating Usenet Customers, Court Rules

A federal court in California has ruled that Usenet service provider Giganews is not guilty of copyright infringement, nor can it be held responsible for customers who do pirate content. The case in question was brought by adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 which previously lodged similar complaints against Amazon, Google and RapidShare. Show More Summary

KickassTorrents Moves to Kickass.so Domain Name

KickassTorrents, one of the largest torrent sites, relocated to a new domain name today. As part of their "annual domain rotation" the site traded in its Kickass.to address for the Somalian Kickass.so. The site's operators aren't commenting on the move but it could be instrumental in circumventing various anti-piracy measures, at least temporarily. Show More Summary

ISP Provides Free VPN to Protect Customer Privacy

A leading Swedish Internet service provider is taking a novel approach to protect customer privacy. Faced with a legal requirement to log subscriber activities, from next week ISP Bahnhof will give all of its customers a free, no-logging VPN service. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Dotcom Faces Jail Following Application to Revoke Bail

Kim Dotcom's predicament worsened today when a prosecutor revealed that a bail revocation application is underway which could put back behind bars as early as next week. In the meantime Dotcom is being restricted on land, sea and air. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Hollywood Demands Tougher Penalties for Aussie Pirates

The MPAA is urging the U.S. Government to defeat online piracy and has identified several countries where change is required. Australia is a priority according to Hollywood, so to change this situation better enforcement, improved legislation and stiffer penalties are required. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Columbia Pictures Wants Anti-Piracy Policies Kept Secret, Indefinitely

Columbia Pictures has asked a Florida federal court to keep its anti-piracy policies secret forever. The records in question are part of the now closed case between Hotfile and the MPAA. Previously, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams ruled that the information should be unsealed in the public's interest. Show More Summary

Dotcom Loses Lawyers – Then They Erase All History of Him

Kim Dotcom is looking for a new legal team in New Zealand after a high-profile lawfirm withdrew its services. However, what's especially unusual is that Simpson Grierson has not only pulled out, but is also removing all references to Dotcom and Mega from its corporate site. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Dallas Buyers Club Pirate Agrees to Pay $14,000, But Why?

The people behind the Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club have won a $14,000 consent judgment against an Oregon BitTorrent user. Why the defendant agreed to pay the unusually high figure is unclear, but it may have something to do with the sword that was hanging over his head. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

Spotify Reminded of uTorrent Past After Branding Grooveshark ‘Pirates’

Spotify's Daniel Ek has poured fuel onto the raging Taylor Swift controversy. While explaining how less availability of Swift's music will lead some to obtain it without paying, Ek labeled rival Grooveshark a 'pirate' service. Now Grooveshark is biting back by reminding Ek that he was once the CEO of uTorrent. Show More Summary

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