Mega Goes Legal, Issues Ultimatum Over Cyberlocker Report

Last week NetNames produced a report on "shadowy" file-hosting sites which surprisingly included Mega.co.nz. The file-hosting company responded by threatening "further action" unless it was removed from the "defamatory" report. Now, as promised, the New Zealand-based company is taking things to the next level.

UK Govt Hopes to ‘Profit’ From Anti-Piracy Measures

The UK Government is working with copyright holders and Internet providers to roll out a piracy education and warning system. Information obtained by TF shows that the Government has no marketing budget left to spend on the measures, and that it will justify the spending with an expected increase in…

Alleged Topsite Operator Charged With Mass Movie Piracy

It's taken almost four years but a man alleged to be the former operator of a so-called piracy 'topsite' has now been charged. The man from Sweden is accused of making available 2,250 movies between 2009 and 2010. Rights Alliance is representing six major movie studios in the case.

The Art of Unblocking Websites Without Committing Crimes

Last month UK police took down several torrent site proxies and arrested their owner. Now a UK developer has created a new & free service that not only silently unblocks any website without falling foul of the law, but one that will eventually become available to all under a GPL…

Why Record Labels Want Kim Dotcom’s Album Taken Down

In recent weeks various music industry groups have sent takedown requests targeting Kim Dotcom's album Good Times. IFPI and others claim that Dotcom's music infringes the rights of their artists, but it appears that they fell victim to a DMCA prankster.

Giganews Resorts to DMCA to Quieten FBI Allegations

From tiny seeds, allegations that Usenet provider Giganews is actually an FBI-run operation spread far and wide last week. Now, in an attempt to quieten the wild claims and maintain privacy, Giganews sister company Data Foundry has sent a DMCA notice to the Internet Archive to have a several stored…

BPI Hits Record Breaking 100 Million Google Takedowns

The BPI has reached a new milestone in its ongoing efforts to have pirated content removed from the Internet. This week the music industry group reported its 100 millionth URL to Google. Although the takedown notices are processed quickly, the music industry group believes that Google should do more to…

The Pirate Bay Runs on 21 “Raid-Proof” Virtual Machines

With several million daily visitors The Pirate Bay is one of the 100 most-visited websites on the Internet. Despite its massive presence the website does not have a giant server park. Instead, it operates from the cloud, on 21 virtual machines that can be quickly moved if needed.

Anti-Piracy Police Begin Targeting eBook Pirates

After very publicly taking down a number of sites offering music, movies and TV shows without permission, City of London Police appear to have taken down their first ebook-related domain. OnRead is now under police investigation but according to its operators the site operated legally. That seems unlikely, however.

Dotcom’s Internet Party Fails to Enter New Zealand Parliament

Kim Dotcom's Internet Party has scored just over 1.2% of the vote in New Zealand's parliamentary elections. It's a disappointing result that doesn't come close to the 5% required for a seat in Parliament. Dotcom takes full responsibility for the failure which he attributes to his "poisoned brand."