MPAA Pushes For ICANN Policy Changes to Target “Pirate” Domains

The MPAA is one of the ICANN partners shaping future policy for the domain name system. With Hollywood being the driving force behind the group the MPAA is particularly interested in making it harder for pirate sites to register and keep their domains, as recent efforts show.

EU Commissioner Wants to Abolish Netflix-Style Geoblocking

Andrus Ansip, Europe's Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, wants to abolish geoblocking. Restricting user access to content based on their location, which Netflix, YouTube and others do, is discrimination, he says. "I want to pay – but I am not allowed to. I lose out, they lose out," Ansip…

Under U.S. Pressure, PayPal Nukes Mega For Encrypting Files

After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.

Pre-Release Movie ‘Hacker’ Indicted By The Feds

The U.S Department of Justice has accused a 28-year-old Dutchman of stealing pre-release digital copies of the Hollywood blockbusters “How Do You Know,” "Rango" and “Megamind.” The indictment comes on the heels of the Sony hack, which prompted Hollywood to demand tougher cybersecurity laws.

‘Destitute’ Kim Dotcom Begs High Court For Millions

Kim Dotcom was in court today pleading for access to his seized assets. A reportedly "destitute" Dotcom asked for the release of US$152,000 a month for living expenses and as much as US$3m for legal fees. The Megaupload founder said if funds aren't forthcoming, living in a mansion may no…

Aussie Telecoms Minister Receives Downloading Warning Notice

Proposals for dealing with Australia's online piracy issue have not been well received by a leading local consumer group. Describing the scheme as a grave risk to consumers and a gateway to unlimited fines, Choice has sent Communications Minister his first ever piracy warning.

Popcorn Time “Fan Pages” Nuked By Anti-Piracy Outfit

Six websites setup as "fan pages" to the popular Popcorn Time software have been shut down by anti-piracy group BREIN. All reportedly reached a financial settlement with the Dutch group and currently display a notice advising against the use of the so-called "Netflix for Pirates".

Pirate Bay Goes Down And Redirects to Mobile Bay (Update)

The Pirate Bay is having trouble keeping the ship afloat and is suffering downtime and displaying odd error messages. Over the past weeks the notorious torrent site has struggled to find a good hosting location and this morning it started to redirect to themobilebay.org domain name.