Canadian Court Slaps Restrictions on Copyright Trolling

When a copyright holder says that people have infringed their rights online, delicate issues hang in the balance. Should courts absolutely protect the privacy of alleged infringers and help them stay anonymous, or do the legitimate rights of entertainment companies need to come first. These are just some of the…

Twitter Blocks Kickass.to Links, Says They’re Unsafe

Twitter is refusing to link users to Kickass.to, the second largest torrent index on the Internet. People who attempt to access the site through Twitter get a warning that the site may be unsafe and potentially harmful. Questions to Twitter about the reason for this unusual blockade remain unanswered.

RIAA Accuses Grooveshark of Making Piracy a Job Requirement

In the long-running case of the RIAA versus music-streaming service Grooveshark, the major labels have this week asked the court for summary judgment in their favor. They claim that Grooveshark's founders instructed employees to upload as much infringing content as possible, even making that a job requirement. Evidence proving greater…

uTorrent Speeds Up Downloads and Counters DDoS Attacks

The uTorrent development team officially released the long-awaited version 3.4 release of their popular BitTorrent client a few hours ago. The new release completely changes the way uTorrent chooses peers in a swarm, which ultimately improves download speeds while preventing DDoS attacks.

“Pirate Sites Generate $227 Million In Ad Revenue a Year”

A new report published by the Digital Citizens Alliance estimates that the top "pirate sites" generate $227 million in annual ad revenue. The major torrent sites have the highest profit margins and earn over $6 million each per year, partly funded by major brands such as Amazon, McDonalds and Xfinity.

Anti-Piracy Group Agrees to Lift Pirate Bay Blockade

Starting today subscribers of the second largest ISP in the Netherlands will be able to freely access The Pirate Bay once again. According to UPC, anti-piracy group BREIN agreed to a lifting of the ban pending the outcome of a possible appeal in a case against two other Dutch Internet…

Kim Dotcom Raid Warrants Legal, Court of Appeal Rules

The New Zealand Court of Appeal has this morning ruled that the search warrants used by police during the raid on Kim Dotcom's mansion contained errors, but were valid. The decision, which found that a "reasonable" person would understand what the warrants related to, overturns an earlier ruling that found…

Piracy Monitoring Firm Asks ISPs to Disconnect Repeat Infringers

Rightscorp, a prominent piracy monitoring firm that works with Warner Bros. and other copyright holders, claims to send lists of repeat infringers to various Internet providers on a weekly basis. The company asks the providers to terminate the associated accounts and claims that some ISPs gladly comply. But is that…

NSA Authorized Monitoring of Pirate Bay and Proxy Users

New leaked documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA authorized the monitoring of torrent sites including "malicious foreign actor" The Pirate Bay. The internal discussions further indicate that tracking people through multiple proxies is possible and suggest that once a release is made on Pirate Bay it's possible…

De La Soul Gave Away Pirated Copies of Their Own Music

Legendary hip-hop group De La Soul celebrated the 25th anniversary of their landmark album 3 Feet High and Rising by giving most of their music away for free this past weekend. Since you can't legally obtain most of the act's music online it was a great gesture, made especially intriguing…

LeaseWeb Sued For Hosting Megaupload and Other “Pirate” Websites

Megaupload's former hosting provider LeaseWeb has been sued for copyright infringement at a federal court in California. A complaint filed by adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 accuses the hosting provider of servicing several "pirate" websites. The publisher also holds LeaseWeb liable for the infringements of Megaupload, demanding up to $188…