UK “Porn Filter” Triggers Widespread Internet Censorship

A new tool released by the Open Rights Group today reveals that 20% of the 100,000 most-visited websites on the Internet are blocked by the parental filters of UK ISPs. With the newly launched website the group makes it easier to expose false positives and show that the blocking efforts…

Dotcom Encryption Keys Can’t Be Given to FBI, Court Rules

In 2012, New Zealand police seized computer drives belonging to Kim Dotcom, copies of which were unlawfully given to the FBI. Dotcom wants access to the seized content but the drives are encrypted. A judge has now ruled that even if the Megaupload founder supplies the passwords, they cannot subsequently…

Millions Watch World Cup Through Pirated Live Streams

Millions of people have tuned in to pirated World Cup streams thus far, with some games getting nearly half a million unauthorized viewers. TorrentFreak spoke with the French-Israeli content protection firm Viaccess-Orca, who sent roughly 2,000 takedown notices to content platforms that host or link to illegally streamed World Cup…

Hackers Turn Music Industry Site into The Pirate Bay

During the past 24 hours a brand new Pirate Bay blockade was put in place in Argentina following a complaint from the IFPI-affiliated music industry group CAPIF. Now, just hours later, the tables have been turned after hackers transformed CAPIF's website into a fully functioning and blockade-circumventing Pirate Bay proxy.

The Pirate Bay Now Blocked in Argentina

Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to block The Pirate Bay on copyright grounds. A court order obtained by the country's leading recording labels compels eleven ISPs to block 256 Pirate Bay IP addresses and 12 domains. According to early reports from the region, some ISPs have…

Swiss Won’t Ban Downloading But Will Block Sites

A draft bill for the modernization of Swiss copyright law will be presented for public consultation in the coming months. While downloading for personal use will remain legal, uploading infringing content via BitTorrent will not. In addition to infringement warnings for Internet subscribers, the blocking of "obviously illegal" sites is…

UK Cinemas Ban Google Glass Over Piracy Fears

Just a few days after the first Google Glasses went over the counter in the UK, the gadget is already being banned from local cinemas. Fearing that pirates will use the technology to illegally record the latest Hollywood blockbusters, Google Glass wearers will now be asked to take them off.

The File-Sharing Wars Are Anything But Over

The past year, the copyright industry appears to have calmed down a bit, thinking it won the file-sharing wars. At the same time, people sharing culture and knowledge have done the same thing. This conflict is far from over.

Bing TV Show Search Flies Under the Pirate-Hunter Radar

At every available opportunity copyright holders criticize Google for not doing enough to stop online piracy and every step taken by the search engine only results in more demands. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Bing flies largely under the radar, providing a video and TV show search tool that Google would not dare…

uTorrent Makes Advertisement Optional Again

The latest stable version of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent has reinstated an advanced feature that allows users to disable a prominently displayed banner ad. The shortcut in the options menu is still absent, but those who know where to look can enjoy an ad-free experience once again.

Pirate Bay Founders’ File-Hosting Site Wiped From Google

Google has removed all links to Bayfiles, the file-hosting service created by the Pirate Bay's founders. For reasons unknown, people searching for the site can no longer reach it through the search engine. The site's operators are puzzled, but say that the change has very little impact on visitor numbers.