A series of interesting piracy maps are making headlines this week. According to the data, "Cuban Fury" is the most downloaded film in Florida while "Awkward" beats Game of Thrones as most-shared TV-show in Texas. Amusing results, but are they accurate? Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The UK's Premier League has put fans on notice that it's preparing a crackdown against those who post match GIFs and Vines online. The short clips might only be a few seconds, but the football giant says they are illegal and will be dealt with. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
A major fork of the popular Popcorn Time project is currently being subjected to a massive DDoS attack. The whole project has been hit, from the site hosting its source through to its CDN, API and DNS servers. The team tells TorrentFreak that the attack amounts to 10Gbps across their entire network. Show More Summary
Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party, will be visiting Peter Sunde in prison later today. According to Reda the Pirate Bay founder's imprisonment is a failure of a justice system that lost touch with digital culture. Show More Summary
The Expendables 3 leak has claimed a prominent casualty. Cloud hosting provider Hulkfile has ceased its operations in the United States and will soon shut down its service worldwide. The company says it has no other option than to throw in the towel after its business was severely damaged by a Lionsgate lawsuit. Show More Summary
The Federation Against Copyright Theft may have forced the closure of private torrent site TorrentShack, but any celebrations will be short-lived. As servers close and the old domain is signed over to the Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group, a clone site is already online and ready for business. Show More Summary
As the world mourns the loss of one of its greatest comedians and actors, Internet users from around the globe have been revisiting the genius of Robin Williams. Ever since news broke of the stars untimely death, classics including Dead...Show More Summary
New data obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveals that the UK's 'piracy police' are hijacking the ads of 74 suspected pirate sites. The police are refusing to reveal the domain names as that would "raise the profile of these sites." Fearing cyber-attacks, the names of participating advertising agencies are also being withheld. Show More Summary
Last month news broke that the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who had leaked online. Reports that the second episode was also available faltered with no full copy publicly circulating online. That has now changed, with an unfinished workprint copy of 'Into the Dalek' now doing the rounds. Show More Summary
Less than a week after the UK 'piracy police' shut down the proxy service Immunicity and arrested its owner, clones of the service have started to appear online. The services allow people to access The Pirate Bay and other blocked sites. Show More Summary
A prominent studio boss has responded to suggestions by Australia's Communications Minister that copyright holders need to sue to get their message across. Rejecting such a path as "ineffective", Village Roadshow co-CEO Graham BurkeShow More Summary
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Divergent.' 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' completes the top three. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
Ever since the inception of the App Store, Apple has notoriously banned all BitTorrent related apps. However, this week a native BitTorrent client managed to get approval, albeit not without sacrifice. Hoping to prevent trouble, the developer only allows users to download from a small selection of known legal sources. Show More Summary
Anyone can publish any digital content they like using BitTorrent and over the years that has led to all kinds of weird and wonderful curiosities ending up on the Internet. Movie fans might be interested to learn that there are plenty of unfinished versions movies, plus others with additional footage that was never officially released. Show More Summary
A California federal court has granted Lionsgate's request for a preliminary injunction against six file-sharing sites that distributed the Expendables 3 leak. As a result, all bank accounts and other financial assets will be frozen....Show More Summary
This week, police took unprecedented action by shutting down proxies facilitating access to torrent sites blocked in the UK. With the surprise arrest of the sites' alleged operator leaving people scratching heads, TorrentFreak decided to find out what emboldened police to go after sites that neither carry nor link to any infringing content. Show More Summary
The CEO of the IFPI in Austria has been defending his group's attempts to have The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites blocked by local ISPs. Franz Medwenitsch says that using the word "blocking" in these situations is wrong and defending copyright by disabling access to websites does not amount to censorship. Show More Summary
Domain name suspension requests sent by City of London Police to registrars are not being met with cooperation in a majority of cases. New information obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveals that a total of 70 requests were denied, with just five being granted. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.
The newly launched torrent search engine BTindex crawls BitTorrent's DHT network for new files. It's a handy service, but one that comes with a controversial twist. In addition to listing hundreds of thousands of magnet links, it also exposes the IP-addresses of BitTorrent users to the rest of the world. Show More Summary
The MPAA recently fired shots across the bows of Popcorn Time forks by having their projects removed from Github. But what if a bigger and more advanced project existed, one with impressive extra features and impossible to monitor downloads? Following a $668m investment last year, it seems Hollywood is leaving well alone. Show More Summary