Cyberlocker Burden of Proof Should Be Reversed, Anti-Piracy Group Says

An anti-piracy group say they have monitored decreased usage of cyberlockers that withdrew their rewards programs in the wake of the Megaupload shutdown and increases for those that maintained them. What is required now, the Hollywood-backed group says, is a "burden of proof reversal" which would require hosts to prove…

Did The FBI Use Spyware To Get Evidence On Megaupload?

In their case against Megaupload the FBI detailed discussions that took place over Skype between company employees, prompting questions of whether the authorities had a backdoor to the communication system or access to its remote logs. However, the Skype company says it only holds remote records of IM conversations going…

Authorities Shut Down Ukraine’s Largest File-Sharing Site Ex.ua

Following a six month investigation initiated by international tech companies including Microsoft, Graphisoft and Adobe, Ukrainian authorities have shut down the popular file-hosting site Ex.ua. The police confiscated 200 servers on which more than 6,000 terabytes of data was stored. The Ex.ua raids follow less than two weeks after US…

EFF and Carpathia Hosting Help MegaUpload Users To Retrieve Their Data

Yesterday the news broke that personal files of MegaUpload’s users are at risk. Late Friday MegaUpload received a letter from the US Attorney stating the data of users could be deleted coming Thursday. While MegaUpload’s legal team is negotiating with the US authorities find a solution, the Electronic Frontier Foundation…

Justice Department Backs RIAA Against Pirating Student

The Department of Justice has filed a brief siding with the RIAA in its civil case against the file-sharing student Joel Tenenbaum.The RIAA is protesting a demand from the student's legal team, who want the court to reduce the massive $675,000 fine on due process grounds, to the minimum statutory…

Ubisoft-Owned Studio Denies Leaking Game To Pirate Bay

RedLynx, the Finnish video game developer acquired by Ubisoft late 2011, has denied leaking its own game to BitTorrent. When a copy of its upcoming Trials Evolution title recently appeared on The Pirate Bay, fingers were immediately pointed at RedLynx themselves due to their track record. In 2009, RedLynx CEO…

Dutch Pirate Bay Blockade Goes Live

Starting today Ziggo, the largest ISP in the Netherlands, and competitor XS4ALL are blocking The Pirate Bay website. The blockade is the outcome of a legal battle with the local anti-piracy group BREIN. Ziggo is currently redirecting users to an information page explaining why the site is no longer accesible.…

MegaUpload User Data Safe for 2 More Weeks

Yesterday we broke the news that MegaUpload’s user data was at risk. Late Friday MegaUpload received a letter from the US Attorney stating that data of their customers could be deleted coming Thursday. In an update a few hours ago, MegaUpload lawyer Ira Rothken told TorrentFreak that after talks with…