Popcorn Time, the torrent-enabled Netflix-style streaming app all over the news this week, is currently unavailable for download. Previously hosted by Kim Dotcom's Mega, the company has now removed the controversial software. Is a rumored MPAA lawsuit really on the way, or will Popcorn Time live to see another day?
A week after it won two Oscars at the Academy Awards, the makers of Dallas Buyers Club have sued more than 100 alleged BitTorrent pirates in a U.S. federal court. The complaint cites the film's success, and the filmmakers hope to extract some additional revenue from the unauthorized downloaders.
A US-based anti-piracy company is preparing to send cash settlement demands to Canadian file-sharers via their ISPs, all without a need for complicated court orders. Speaking with TF, law professor Michael Geist says that it might not all be plain sailing.
The UK website blocking bonanza continues with the High Court adding four major movie streaming sites to the country’s unofficial ban list. Six major ISPs are required to block access to Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie, which all have millions of regular visitors.
A New York federal court has granted the seizure of several domain names, bank funds and social media accounts belonging to DVD ripping software company DVDFab. Judge Broderick ruled in favor of AACS, the licensing outfit founder by Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft, Intel and others.
To draw attention to "broken" copyright law, the editor of a popular news site turned the tables on a leading German political party. Finding the government's Social Democratic Party using a Creative Commons work without permission, he sent them a troll-style settlement demand - and got paid.
In a recommendation to the Australian Government, Google warns that draconian anti-piracy measures could prove counterproductive. Instead, the Government should promote new business models. "There is significant, credible evidence emerging that online piracy is primarily an availability and pricing problem," Google states.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. ‘12 Years A Slave’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Frozen’ 'Delivery Man' completes the top three.
VPN services are often advertised as tools to get uncensored access to the Internet, but this is not always the case. Ironically, many VPN providers ban BitTorrent traffic on U.S. and U.K. servers over piracy concerns.