YouTube Doesn’t Have To Police Piracy Proactively, Court Rules

A court in Hamburg, Germany, has ruled that YouTube is not required to actively monitor user uploads for pirated content. The court found that YouTube is not liable for what users upload, but did stress that Google's video platform has to do more to combat copyright infringement.

Anti-Piracy Lawfirm Defrauded Rightsholders Out of Millions

A lawfirm well known for its anti-piracy activities defrauded its entertainment industry clients out of millions, an investigation has found. Following an independent study by auditing company Deloitte, it's been revealed that an owner of the Johan Schlüter Law Firm illegally pocketed at least $15m. A police investigation is now…

Kim Dotcom Appeals to Reclaim ‘Mega Millions’ from U.S.

In an effort to reclaim an estimated $67 million in assets, Megaupload's legal team has appealed the forfeiture the U.S. Government won earlier this year. The filing refutes the claim that Kim Dotcom and his former colleagues are fugitives, and warns of the dangerous precedent the District Court ruling will…

VPN Providers Respond To Allegations of Data Leakage

A team of researchers from universities in London and Rome have published a paper in which they claim that many of the world's top VPN providers leak IPv6 traffic. TorrentFreak has spoken to several companies highlighted in the report and today we publish their responses.

Google Scolds MPAA’s “Cozy” Anti-Piracy Lobby in Court

In a new filing at a Washington District Court, Google has called out the MPAA for its "cozy" relationship with the Mississippi General Attorney. In addition to helping him draft anti-piracy measures, Google highlights that the Hollywood group organized fundraisers, donated money, and sent rather jovial emails to the Attorney…

Organized Crime Police Raid ‘Pirate’ Android TV Box Sellers

Officers from a UK-based Regional Organized Crime Unit (ROCU), the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN) and the Federation Against Copyright Theft have carried out more raids in pursuit of 'pirate' Android TV boxes. More than a thousand devices were seized in two locations this morning and at least two people…

French Magazine Fined €10,000 For Encouraging Piracy

The music industry has won a landmark ruling in France where a local magazine was fined €10,000 for showing readers how and where pirated films and music can be downloaded. The ruling is the first of its kind and serves as a warning to other publications that write about online…

Court Orders Namecheap to Identify Pirate Site Operator

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Domain name registrar Namecheap has been ordered to hand over the personal and financial details of one of its customers who's suspected of operating the new Grooveshark website. The order comes after a request from the RIAA and is also directed at Cloudflare, Dynadot and Nodisto.

Cloudflare Reveals Pirate Site Locations in an Instant

In recent times its become common for 'pirate' sites to use U.S.-based Cloudflare as a 'shield' from the outside world and copyright holders in particular. However, as yet another torrent site learned this past week, Cloudflare is not only ineffective in this respect, but it will also lead anti-piracy companies…