Anti-Piracy Police PIPCU Secure Govt. Funding Until 2017

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has received substantial new funding which secures its future until at least 2017. The £3 million cash boost, announced this morning by Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe, will come from public funds. It's being billed as good news for the…

Photographer Who Sued Imgur Now Has a Pirate Bay Problem

Last month Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli sued Imgur claiming the popular image hosting site had failed to remove a few dozen of his photos. Before the case gets well underway the photographer is facing a much bigger problem, as 20,754 of his photos are now being shared on The Pirate…

U.S. Government Shuts Down Music Sharing Sites

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appear to be continuing with Operation in Our Sites. In recent days two large music sharing sites, RockDizFile.com and RockDizMusic.com, were taken offline. Their domain names are now pointing to a prominent seizure banner.

Australians Face ‘Fines’ For Downloading Pirate Movies

The studio behind the Oscar-winning movie Dallas Buyers Club has initiated legal action to extract cash payments from Australian pirates who obtained the movie using BitTorrent. Perhaps surprisingly one of the ISPs targeted is iiNet, a company that takes a particularly dim view of this kind of activity and one…

Retired Scene Groups Return to Honor Fallen Member

Several Warez Scene groups have come out of retirement to honor a fallen friend. ZENiTH, SLT, Lz0 and MiDNiGHT all made a unique release over the weekend to pay homage to Goolum, an active and highly valued member of the Scene.

Microsoft: We’ve Always Had Freemium, It’s Called Piracy

New comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella suggest that luring people in with zero-cost products is of great interest to the company. However, while services such as OneDrive are free with premium options by design, Nadella says Microsoft has long had a freemium business model, but one that was forced…

4shared Demands Retraction Over Misleading Piracy Report

Popular file-hosting service 4shared has criticized a "defamatory" report in which it was branded a "shadowy cyberlocker." 4shared explains that it takes extensive measures to deter pirates and is now demanding a public retraction of the damaging report.

Kim Dotcom Must Reveal Everything He Owns to Hollywood

Kim Dotcom has failed in a bid to keep his personal finances a secret from Hollywood. They will now be revealed to the studios, but the public will remain in the dark. In a separate High Court ruling, Dotcom was refused a judicial review after being denied access to documents…

The Soaring Financial Cost of Blocking Pirate Sites

How much does it cost copyright holders and ISPs when pirate sites are blocked in the UK? Until now the sums involved have remained largely in the dark but a High Court order has shone some unexpected light on the process. The figures make uncomfortable reading, and could be about…