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Operator of U.S. Music Piracy Sites Jailed For Three Years

The former operator of two large music sharing sites has been jailed in the United States. Rocky P. Ouprasith, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., ran RockDizMusic and RockDizFile before they were shut down by the U.S. Government in 2014. He now faces a 36-month prison term, two years of supervised release, and more than $95,000 in forfeits and restitution. Show More Summary

Popcorn Time’s Alive, Full Comeback In the Works

Last month the most used Popcorn Time fork shut down, with several key developers facing legal action in Canada. The MPAA claimed one of the biggest successes in recent history but the victory may only be temporary. There are already several fixes that make the app work again and one of the original developers is currently working on a full comeback. Show More Summary

Rightscorp Burns $4 For Every Dollar Pirates Pay in Fines

Piracy monetization firm Rightscorp has just turned in another set of disappointing results for the third quarter of 2015. After losing $424K during the three months ended September 30, the company has recorded a net loss of $3.1m for 2015 thus far. Show More Summary

MPAA Wants $10 Million Piracy Damages From MovieTube

The MPAA is asking a New York federal court to issue a default judgment against the operators of MovieTube and several associated websites. The movie studios demand a total of $10.5 million in statutory damages, arguing that the persons behind the sites made significant profits from their copyright-infringing activities. Show More Summary

Sky Warns Subscribers of More Piracy Threats Incoming

Sky Broadband is warning customers in the UK that they are likely to receive new correspondence from a porn company regarding alleged illegal downloads. The ISP has sent out letters to subscribers in the past few days advising that Golden Eye International is likely to contact them with demands for cash. Show More Summary

Demonii Torrent Tracker Shuts Down For Good

The popular torrent tracker Demonii has permanently closed following the MPAA's legal action against its operator. In just a few years Demonii had become the largest BitTorrent tracker online, coordinating the downloads of dozens of millions of people at any given point in time. Show More Summary

Anne Frank Scandal: An Underreported Copyright Monopoly Abuse

The seminal Anne Frank's Diary is elevated to public domain in a month and a half. But the foundation holding the copyright is trying legal trickery to extend its monopoly by decades, and almost nobody reports it as the fraud it is. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

BitTorrent Usage Doesn’t Equal Piracy, Cox Tells Court

U.S. Internet provider Cox Communications is scheduled to go to trial soon, defending itself against copyright infringement claims from two music companies. In a new motion Cox asks the court to prohibit the use of any material claiming that BitTorrent equals piracy. Show More Summary

Google Must Take Blame For Spreading Bizarre Piracy News

If Google is to blame for piracy sites appearing in its search results, it must also be held to account over the bizarre piracy 'news' articles dominating its news section. Today we're demanding that Google demotes 'rogue' news outlets from dominating the search results, or we're off to the U.S. Show More Summary

U.S. and MPAA Protest Return of Megaupload’s Servers

A possible release of Megaupload's servers, containing millions of files of former users as well as critical evidence for Kim Dotcom's defense, is still far away. Responding to questions from the federal court, the MPAA says that it's gravely concerned about the copyrighted works stored on there. Show More Summary

Pirate Bay Censorship Marks the End of Open Internet, ISP Warns

The ISP under legal pressure to block The Pirate Bay in Sweden has criticized efforts to make the provider an accomplice in other people's crimes. In a joint statement two key executives of Telenor / Bredbandsbolaget warn that folding to the wishes of private copyright holder interests could mark the beginning of the end for the open Internet. Show More Summary

Popular Torrent Sites Block and YIFY Impostors

The original YTS site and YIFY release group have shut down following legal pressure and won't be returning. This has left room for others to fill the gap, with leading the way. The site, which is linked to the EZTV hijack earlier this year, has asked several popular torrent sites if they can be the new YTS/YIFY. Show More Summary

EU Court of Justice to Decide on Legality of Pirate Bay Blockades

The Pirate Bay remains freely accessible in the Netherlands pending the outcome of a landmark lawsuit. Before making a final decision, the Dutch Supreme Court wants clarification from the EU Court of Justice on several issues. Among other things, the EU Court must decide whether The Pirate Bay communicates illegal content to the public. Show More Summary

UK ‘Pirate’ Blacklist Silently Expands With 170+ Domains

The 'pirate' blocklist operated by the UK's leading Internet service providers has been massively expanded during the past few days. With no public announcement around 170 domains and sub-domains were added to the unofficial register, targeting The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and dozens of other allegedly infringing sites. Show More Summary

Filmmakers Sue Dutch State Over Lost Piracy Revenue

A coalition of Dutch film producers and distributors has today announced a lawsuit against the local Government. The filmmakers argue that the authorities are not doing enough to combat piracy and want pirate website operators and their users to face serious legal consequences. Show More Summary

Swedish Pirates are More Likely to Buy Legal Content

As the entertainment industries catch up, fewer and fewer Swedish citizens are using unauthorized file-sharing networks. That's according to a new study which has found that just 18% of the population now engages in the hobby. Nevertheless, those that do pirate are dramatically more likely to buy legal content than those who don't. Show More Summary

TorrentFreak Turns Ten Today

TorrentFreak turned ten years old today, but even after 8,477 articles and nearly a million comments we're really just getting started. A special thanks goes out to everyone who's helped to make this such an enjoyable ride so far. Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Blizzard Sues Bot Maker For Copyright Infringement

Blizzard Entertainment is taking a stand against popular cheating bots for World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 and Heroes of the Storm. The game company is suing the creators behind a series of popular bots for copyright infringement and accuses them of ruining the gaming experience for legitimate players. Show More Summary

MPAA Plans For Site Blocking in the U.S. Dealt a Blow

While the opportunity for US-based copyright holders to easily block foreign 'pirate' sites was temporarily thwarted with the death of SOPA, the MPAA has been busy making other plans to achieve the same goals. However, following a Court of Appeals ruling handed down yesterday, one of those options now appears to be off the table. Show More Summary

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