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RIAA Cuts More Jobs, Awards Bonuses to Execs

The RIAA continues to reduce its workforce, which has been slashed in half in just five years. According to the organization's latest tax return the RIAA now employs 55 people. The group's top three executives account for a quarter of all salaries paid, including several sizable bonuses. Show More Summary

MPAA Complained So We Seized Your Funds, PayPal Says

Developers considering adding a torrent search engine to their portfolio should proceed with caution, especially if they value their income streams. Following a complaint from the MPAA one developer is now facing a six month wait for PayPal to unfreeze thousands in funds, the vast majority related to other projects. Show More Summary

Comcast Users Sued After Ignoring Piracy Notices

Ignoring copyright infringement warnings is something thousands of Internet users do every month but for two alleged music pirates things are about to get heavy. After ignoring hundreds of notices from anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, both are being sued by a record label over a pair of 20+ year-old albums. Show More Summary

Facebook Shuts Down ExtraTorrent’s Official Page

Facebook has removed the official page of ExtraTorrent after complaints from copyright holders. With more than 350,000 fans ExtraTorrent had one of the largest fan pages of all torrent sites on the social network. But despite the setback, ExtraTorrent's operator are not giving up on Facebook just yet. Show More Summary

Top BitTorrent Tracker Pressured to Ban Infringing Hashes

Demonii, the largest standalone BitTorrent tracker on the Internet, has been forced to ban more than 10,000 'copyright-infringing' torrent hashes. The blocking measures follow pressure from a music industry lawfirm applied to both the tracker and its hosting company. Show More Summary

Record Labels Sue ‘New’ Grooveshark, Seize Domains

A few days after music streaming service Grooveshark shut down and settled with the major record labels, the site was 'resurrected' by unknown people. While the reincarnation bears more resemblance to a traditional MP3 search engine than Grooveshark, the labels are determined to bring it down. Show More Summary

Mega Rolls Out Legal Heavyweights to Refute Piracy Claims

Mega.co.nz has today published an independent report which refutes claims that the site is a piracy haven. The analysis, carried out by Olswang, an international law firm that previously worked with the UK government on copyright issues,...Show More Summary

Shutting Down Pirate Sites is Ineffective, European Commission Finds

Shutting down pirate websites such as The Pirate Bay is high on the agenda of the entertainment industries. However, according to research published by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, these raids are relatively ineffective and potentially counterproductive. Show More Summary

MPAA & RIAA Demand DNS Action Against ‘Pirate’ Domains

Following their SOPA defeat three years ago, the MPAA, RIAA and ESA are again arguing that registrars need to take action against domains being used for infringing purposes. The groups told the House Judiciary Committee’s Internet subcommittee that dealing with anonymous domain registrations is also an urgent matter. Show More Summary

YouTuber Sues Google, Viacom Over Content ID Takedowns

An angry YouTuber says he has had enough of the way YouTube handles the DMCA and allegations of copyright infringement. In a lawsuit filed against Google, Viacom and Lionsgate, Benjamin Ligeri complains of restrictive practices which favor copyright holders using YouTube's Content ID system, even when claims are invalid. Show More Summary

“Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Is a Sham, Filmmakers Say

The Internet Security Task Force, an anti-piracy initiative launched by several independent movies studios, is calling for an end to the "six strikes" Copyright Alert System. According to the group the voluntary agreement does nothing to stop piracy. Show More Summary

Copyright Holders Want Cox to Expose “Most Egregious” Pirates

BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music want Cox to reveal the identities of hundreds of subscribers whose accounts were frequently used to pirate music. The request is part of an ongoing lawsuit where the ISP is accused of failing to disconnect repeat copyright infringers. Show More Summary

“Well Organized” TV Show Piracy Group Shut Down

Customs authorities in Hong Kong say they have shut down a "well organized" TV show piracy operation. Two men aged 25 and 46 were placed under arrest and a third key member is said to be at large. At this stage the group remains unnamed as their United States-based site is still online and proving difficult to shut down. Show More Summary

Netload Resurfaces At New Home After Court Order

Without prior warning the popular file-hosting service Netload.in disappeared about a week ago. The sudden shutdown came after a German court issued an injunction against the site's operators. While this appeared to be a victory for the copyright holders, Netload has now made a comeback under a new domain name. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time Traffic Doesn’t Rival Traditional Torrents Just Yet

Thanks to its slick and easy-to-use interface, Popcorn Time has gained an impressive user base since it launched early last year. However, fresh data now shows that the application still has some ground to cover if it wants to rival uTorrent, which remains the king of BitTorrent traffic. Show More Summary

Rightscorp Fails in Bid to Unmask Pirates Using DMCA

Anti-piracy monetization firm Rightscorp has failed in its bid to unmask alleged Internet pirates. The company attempted to use the DMCA to force ISP Birch Communications to expose its customers' identities but the company stood strong. Show More Summary

Google, Microsoft, Mastercard & ISPs Sign Anti-Piracy Agreement

A broad coalition including Google, Mastercard, Microsoft, ISPs and anti-piracy organization Rights Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the issue of online infringement. The agreement, which is the result of efforts...Show More Summary

You Can’t Defend Public Libraries and Oppose File-Sharing

The purpose of public libraries is exactly the same as the effect of file-sharing. You cannot defend one while opposing the other. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

Killing Spotify’s Free Version Will Boost Piracy

Spotify is generally hailed as a piracy killer, with music file-sharing traffic dropping in virtually every country where the service launches. However, much of this effect may be lost if recent calls to end Spotify's free tier are honored. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and anonymous VPN services.

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