Google Processes Millions of Useless DMCA Notices

The world's biggest copyright holders send Google millions of DMCA notices each week, many of them sent by the most notable anti-piracy companies around. But for reasons best known to themselves, hundreds of thousands being processed by Google are completely useless and a waste of time and money.

File-Sharing Doesn’t Hurt Box Office Revenue, Research Finds

New research by economist Koleman Strumpf shows that there is no significant effect of movie piracy on box office revenues. This conclusion is based on data from 150 blockbuster movies that were released over a period of six years, using the popular Hollywood exchange as an indication for the revenue…

Dotcom’s Baboom “Overwhelmed” By Indie Music Support

Kim Dotcom's emerging music service Baboom is inviting would-be investors to grab a piece of what should be an intriguing startup. Speaking with TorrentFreak the senior advisor handling the offer says that not only is it tracking "exceptionally well" but the company is being "overwhelmed" with support from the global…

Leaked Doctor Who Episode Appears on The Pirate Bay

Footage from the brand new and yet-to-air series of Doctor Who has leaked onto the Internet. Clearly unfinished, the heavily watermarked video carries markers which suggests that the copy was destined for a subtitling company in Brazil.

BitTorrent to Crowdfund TV-Show Through New Paywall

BitTorrent Inc, the company behind the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, will allow artists to charge for their content starting in September. The paywall option aims to generate a healthy revenue stream for artists and film producer Marco Weber will be one of the first to try it out. Weber will…

Suing File-Sharers Doesn’t Work, Lawyers Warn

The American Bar Association has released a detailed white paper advising the Government on how to tackle online piracy. The lawyers recommend several SOPA-like anti-piracy measures including injunctions against companies hosting pirate sites. At the same time, however, they advise against suing file-sharers as that would be ineffective or even…

When Guided by Google, Legal Music is Quicker Than Piracy

Google is often admonished by music companies for not making pirate music harder to find, but does it deserve that criticism? Tests carried out by TorrentFreak on the Billboard Top 10 reveal that in the majority of cases finding authorized content is quicker and easier than finding pirate downloads.

Pirate Bay Requests Support For Its Imprisoned Founders

The Pirate Bay has updated its familiar home page logo with a banner asking people to support two of the site's founders who are currently in prison. The site lists the addresses of Gottfrid Svartholm and Peter Sunde and encourages visitors to send letters, books, and vegan candy.

News Corp Wants to Hold ISPs Responsible For Piracy

With its significant entertainment business interests, media giant News Corp has been making its feelings known in the ongoing piracy debate. After targeting Google last month the company says it wants the government to tighten up the law in order to hold Australian ISPs responsible for the actions of their…

MPAA Pulls “Popcorn Time” Repositories Off GitHub

GitHub has just removed the repositories of several popular Popcorn Time applications. The action was taken in response to a takedown request sent by the MPAA. Whether this will do anything to stop people from using the "Netflix for pirates" has yet to be seen.

Warner Bros. Censorship of Greenpeace LEGO Video Backfires (Updated)

Warner Bros. have removed a Greenpeace campaign video from YouTube in which the group criticizes LEGO for partnering with Shell. Greenpeace is outraged, describing the takedown request as an attack on free speech. The environmental group informs TF it will challenge the removal while encouraging its supporters to upload the…