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…

Off US Blacklist, Italy Begins Torrent Site Blackout, No Trials Needed

Last December, Italy announced new regulations that would allow a telecoms administrative body to decide whether Internet sites should remain accessible in the country. With several sites such as The Pirate Bay previously blocked by court order, the AGCOM regulator has just ordered the blocking of its first four torrent…

Anti-Piracy Law Boosted Music Sales , Plunged Internet Traffic

A new study on the effects of the IPRED anti-piracy law in Sweden shows that the legislation increased music sales by 36 percent. At the same time, Internet traffic in the country dropped significantly. The results suggest that the law initially had the desired effect, but the researchers also note…

Quentin Tarantino Dumps Gawker Script-Leak Lawsuit

In a surprise move Quentin Tarantino has withdrawn his lawsuit against online media company Gawker. The sides had been in dispute over the leak of his potential movie script 'The Hateful Eight', with Tarantino accusing Gawker of both contributory and direct infringement. The lawsuit can be refiled, however, so a…

UK ISPs Agree to Send Out Music & Movie Piracy Warnings

The music and movie industries and several of the UK's leading ISPs have reached terms on a deal to tackle Internet piracy. The arrangement will see the BPI and MPA monitoring people sharing files illegally and the ISPs sending them "escalating" warning letters.

Google Blocks Demonoid for Spreading Malicious Software

In one of the harshest moves a search engine can take against a site, during the past few hours Google flagged torrent site Demonoid as likely to harm users' computers. After arriving at the conclusion that malicious third-party ads had caused the problem, Demonoid responded by disabling every single advert…