Music Industry Demands Pirate Bay Blockade in France

The major record labels continue their efforts to drive The Pirate Bay underground with France being the next in line. A local music industry group has informed several ISPs that it has requested a court blocking injunction against the popular torrent site. In addition, more than a hundred Pirate Bay…

Updated: Canadian Police Raid BitTorrent Tracker, Confiscate Server

In somewhat of a surprise move, Canadian police have raided a local torrent site and confiscated its server. With around 10,000 members, Spavar.org was a relatively small site. However, any police action against a Canada-based site is likely to cause wider concern since the country is home to countless torrent…

Encrypted Internet Traffic Surges in a Year, Research Shows

Encrypted Internet traffic is surging worldwide according to data published by Canadian broadband management company Sandvine. After the Snowden revelations the bandwidth consumed by encrypted traffic doubled in North America, and in Europe and Latin America the share of encrypted traffic quadrupled.

Nintendo Nukes Hugely Popular iOS Game Boy Emulator

After months of trouble free operations the inevitable has finally caught up with the teenage developer of a hugely popular iOS Game Boy emulator. With no jailbreak needed and millions of downloads, GBA4iOS was riding a wave of popularity, but copyright action by Nintendo of America has now taken the…

“U.S. Prisons Play Pirated Movies to Inmates”

The former operator of USAWarez.com and USATorrents.com, who has served more than two years in prison for copyright infringement, has outed several prisons for showing pirated movies to their inmates. One of the prisons mentioned says that the matter is still under investigation.

US Expelled Saudi Students For Using Pirate Software, Official Says

The head of copyright issues in the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture and Information says that U.S. authorities expelled 34 Saudi students from the United States after they were found using pirated software. Forty other citizens were denied entry into the U.S. on the same grounds, the source claims.

Hadopi Recommends Super Injunctions to Keep Pirate Content Down

Today, French anti-piracy agency HADOPI handed the government a long-awaited report on the development of "operational tools" for dealing with online piracy. Several key areas are outlined, including the creation of a new type of takedown notice designed not only to take content offline, but keep it offline for up…

Megaupload Asks Court to Freeze MPAA and RIAA Cases

Megaupload's legal team has asked the federal court of Virginia to freeze the cases filed by the movie and music industries last month. According to Dotcom's lawyers, this is needed pending the criminal case against the defendants, in order to protect their Fifth Amendment rights.

Music Distributor Claims Right to Monetize JFK Speech

After uploading part of a JFK speech to YouTube, a TorrentFreak reader had a surprise when a music distribution company filed a complaint, claiming full monetization rights on the clip. Why would they do that to material in the public domain ? With the company involved refusing to respond, TF…

These Pirate Parties Plan to Enter The European Parliament

Almost five years ago, the Swedish Pirate Party blew people away worldwide when it received more than 7% of the vote in the European elections, giving it one seat, and the option for another if the Lisbon Treaty was approved. Now it's time for another election, and there are Pirates…

How VPN Services Responded to Heartbleed

VPN services operate in an industry that has security and trust as its hallmarks. So when a major security threat such as Heartbleed is revealed, they should be among the first to address the issue. TorrentFreak reached out to several popular VPN services to find out how they responded to…