Why Game Of Thrones Will Be The Most Pirated TV-Show, Again

Opinion

In two weeks the fifth season of Game of Thrones will debut in a record-breaking 170 countries. HBO is making the new series available wherever it can to give pirates no excuse, but it's doubtful that this strategy will have much of an effect on the piracy numbers.

After Eliminating Music Piracy, Norway Hits ‘First’ Movie Site

Rights Alliance chief Willy Johansen says that his anti-piracy group has shut down its first Norway-based movie piracy site. Police raided the operator of the Norskfilm portal and the man subsequently confessed, but with music piracy all but eliminated in the country, isn't this just a return to force over…

Court Orders ISP to Disconnect Internet Pirates

The High Court in Ireland has told ISP UPC that it must introduce a "three strikes" scheme to deal with subscribers who pirate music online. The ruling is a major victory for Sony, Universal and Warner who will only be required to pay 20% of the installation and running costs,…

Block Pirate Bay in 72 Hours, Spanish Court Tells ISPs

Infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay has a new European block to contend with after a judge in Spain handed down a ruling against the site today. Local ISPs now have 72 hours in which to block the site, the first instruction of its type under the country's so-called Sinde…

DHS / ICE and City of London Police Make Piracy Fight Official

City of London Police and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations underlined their relationship this week with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. Focusing on IP crime, the agencies collaborate to suspend domains, shut down file-sharing sites, and arrest uploaders.

Popular Torrent and Streaming Sites Blocked in Denmark

News

Following a complaint from Rights Alliance, a Danish court has ordered ISPs to block 12 pirate sites including KickassTorrents, RARBG and TubePlus. With these blockades rightsholders hope to steer people towards legal content. One of the affected site owners, however, believe it serves as free advertising.

“VPN Friendly” Aussie Pirate Site Blocking Draft Unveiled

A draft of new legislation aimed at stopping Aussie consumers accessing 'pirate' sites has been made available this morning. The amendments, which contain criteria that could see hundreds of sites blocked by ISPs, is believed to have been reworded to ensure that VPN services don't become caught in the dragnet.

U.S. Government Wins Dozens of Millions From Kim Dotcom

The U.S. Government has won its civil forfeiture case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom. As a result, the U.S. now owns Kim Dotcom's bank accounts, cars, art and other property worth dozens of millions of dollars. Megaupload's founder describes the ruling as unjust and says his team will file an…

Netflix Wants to Make VPN Piracy Obsolete

News

In recent months Hollywood has pushed Netflix to ensure that VPN users can't access their services. Netflix honors these requests, but according to CEO Reed Hastings there's a better way to deal with the issue. The company would like to get rid of Hollywood's geographical restrictions entirely and render 'VPN…