Inspector General Exposes Pirating Prison Staffers

After a careful investigation, the Ohio inspector general has concluded that more than a dozen prison staffers shared pirated music on a local network. No concrete evidence was found regarding a separate claim that employees also showed pirated film to inmates.

Hollywood Seeks Net Neutrality Exceptions to Block Pirates

The Motion Picture Association has written to Brazil's Justice Minister seeking exceptions to the country's fledgling “Internet Constitution". In a submission to the government the MPA says that the Marco Civil's current wording on net neutrality deprives courts of the opportunity to order the blocking of 'pirate' sites.

uTorrent Hopes to Regain Trust After Bitcoin Mining Controversy

BitTorrent Inc. released a new version the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent this week. The release aims to make it easier for users to avoid a highly criticized Bitcoin miner which was bundled with the previous 3.4.2 version. The company understands that the controversy "eroded" the trust of some users, but…

The Pirate Bay Suffers Downtime (Updated)

The Pirate Bay is down at the moment, causing a mild panic among many BitTorrent users. With the raid of last December fresh in mind some fear the worst, but as of yet there is no indication that the site has been hit again.

Leaked Game of Thrones Episodes Trigger Piracy Craze

The four Game of Thrones episodes that leaked earlier today have been downloaded millions of times already. A snapshot of the download locations reveals that most downloaders currently come from the UK and the US, followed by India, Canada and France.

Media Must Protect Dallas Buyers Club’s Innocent Victims

Don't expect the Federal Court to protect Australians from the claws of Dallas Buyers Club's Voltage Pictures. Sure, Justice Perram will cast an eye over their initial scare letter to alleged pirates, but then the gloves will come off. While defense lawyers have their place, the only people with the…

First Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5 Leak Online

The first four episodes of the new Game of Thrones season have leaked online a day before the official premiere. The leaked episodes, which appear to come from review copies sent to the press, have been downloaded more than 100,000 times in just three hours.

Anti-Piracy Threats Trigger Massive Surge in VPN Usage

Piracy is a hot topic around the world and in Australia the issue has made mainstream headlines over the past week. After the announcement of a new anti-piracy scheme and the news of copyright trolls coming Down Under this week, VPN usage has surged to unprecedented levels.

Sentenced to Jail, Warez Operator Faces $30m Damages Claim

A two million member warez site that featured on the RIAA's latest "rogue site" list is to shut down after its owner was sentenced in absentia to a year in jail. Currently domiciled in Asia, the French national is now making preparations for his return to France where he faces…

Judge: IP-Address Doesn’t Identify a Movie Pirate

The filmmakers behind the action movie "Manny" have filed hundreds of lawsuits against BitTorrent pirates this year, but not all have been successful. In a prominent ruling Florida District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro refused to issue a subpoena, arguing that IP-address evidence is not enough to show who has downloaded…

Stallone Thanks Piracy Police For New Expendables 3 Arrest

Sylvester Stallone has given thanks to the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit following the arrest of a man in the UK yesterday. The unnamed 26-year-old is believed to be responsible for leaking several movies including Expendables 3. "It is important to protect the rights of creatives around the world from…