Landmark Case Sees Pirate Bay User Hit With 5 Year Sentence

A man who uploaded a single movie to The Pirate Bay kickstarting South Africa's first online piracy case has been sentenced today. After striking a plea bargain with the state over what was unusually framed as a criminal rather than civil offense, the 29-year-old was handed an unprecedented five-year suspended jail sentence.

Android Pirate Agrees To Work Undercover For the Feds

Getting busted by the FBI can hardly be a pleasurable experience but for one former Android software pirate his debt to the authorities won't be over anytime soon. As part of a plea agreement with the Department of Justice, a former member of the SnappzMarket group has just agreed to…

Square Enix: DRM Boosts Profits and It’s Here to Stay

One of the world's largest games companies says that DRM is a necessary part of doing business and isn't going away anytime soon. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Square Enix says that while it understands that DRM shouldn't interfere with gaming and there is currently no perfect solution, profit dictates that the…

Game of Thrones Sets New Torrent Swarm Record

The latest episode of Game of Thrones has broken the record for the most people sharing a file simultaneously via BitTorrent. More than 193,000 people shared a single copy yesterday evening, and roughly 1.5 million people downloaded the episode during the first day.

Ryushare File-Host Owner Arrested – Cash, Cars, Motorcycles Seized

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Another file-hosting site popular with pirates has bitten the dust. According to the Vietnamese government the operators of Ryushare were arrested for distributing "depraved culture", a reference to adult-related material. Reports from authorities say the site, which at its peak last year got close to breaking into the Alexa 500,…