A public discussion forum centered on new copyright proposals will go ahead without Australia's main Hollywood-affiliated studio. In an email just made public, Village Roadshow Co-CEO Graham Burke said his company would be boycotting the event due to it being dominated by "crazies" with a pro-piracy agenda.
New research reveals that BitTorrent swarms can be slowed down significantly by malicious peers. Depending on the number of seeders and the clients they use, download times can be increased by 1000%. The attacks are possible through an exploit of the BitTorrent protocol for which the researchers present a fix.
The defunct News-Service.com, once one of the leading Usenet providers with many prominent resellers, has scored a court victory against Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN. The appeals court overturned a previous verdict and ruled that the Usenet provider doesn't have to monitor and filter pirated content.
Several major torrent indexes have taken the unprecedented step of nuking all links to The Expendables 3, with sites including KickassTorrents now returning nil results for the leaked movie. Furthermore, straightforward searches for torrents using Google are proving initially unfruitful on a scale rarely seen before.
A U.S. federal court in Oregon has granted a broad injunction against several streaming sites that offer pirated content. Among other things, the copyright holder may order hosting companies to shut down the sites' servers, ask registrars to take away domain names, and have all search results removed from Google…
Following requests from a movie-focused anti-piracy outfit and the IFPI, Austria's largest ISPs were expected to block The Pirate Bay and other 'pirate' sites last week. But after deadlines passed without action, the entertainment groups are now preparing lawsuits to force the ISPs to cooperate.
Following leaks of both episode one and episode two of the brand new series of Doctor Who, another leak has appeared online. Running in sequence, episode three of season eight is now being made available on The Pirate Bay. Like those that came before it, the episode is an unfinished…
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Maleficent' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' 'Divergent' completes the top three.
A lot of this week in civil liberties has been about the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. Police troops fired tear gas on a television crew. This mirrors the ongoing web censorship efforts.
An anti-piracy company working on behalf of World Wrestling Entertainment has sent a rather unusual DMCA notice to Google. The takedown requested the removal of dozens of URLs related to a live event scheduled for two days after the notice. Which means, of course, it hadn't even aired yet.
TalkTalk has asked one of its resellers to forward a copyright infringement notice from Warner Bros. to a customer. This is a notable move from the UK Internet provider, as the company itself doesn't send any piracy warnings to its subscribers.
Piracy monetization service Rightscorp has provided investors with details of its end game with cooperative ISPs. Initially service providers are asked to forward notices to subscribers with requests for $20.00 settlements, but the eventual plan is to hijack the browsers of alleged pirates until they've actually paid up.