Major Book Publishers Sue Hotfile For Copyright Infringement

Following in the footsteps of Hollywood, several of the world’s largest book publishers are now going after Hotfile. The publishers have filed a complaint with a Florida District Court, demanding up to $7.5 million from the defunct file-hosting service. Whether Hotfile still has money left in the bank remains to…

Court Orders Spanish ISP to Disconnect Music Pirate

In a first-of-its-kind case, a Spanish court has ordered a local ISP to sever the Internet connection of a copyright infringer. The case, brought by Universal, Sony, Warner and EMI, involved the unauthorized sharing of thousands of music tracks on a P2P network. An earlier decision found that no copyright…

Dotcom’s Baboom Launches With Good Times For Free

Marking the second anniversary of the raid on his New Zealand home, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is today enjoying the release of his brand new album, the launch of a brand new music service, the one-year anniversary of Mega.co.nz, and the eve of his 40th birthday. There's certainly a lot…

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’. ‘Frozen’ completes the top three.

Capture That Movie Piracy Fail Moment With Bandai Toys

Japanese culture can often prove bewildering to many Westerners but at the same provoke wonder and fascination. So, it may come as no surprise that the unique moment when a movie pirate gets caught camming in a theater by the police is now a novelty to the Japanese. So much…

Irish Internet Providers Roll Out KickassTorrents Blockade

Several Irish ISPs have started blocking access to KickassTorrents, the country's most-visited torrent site. Following legal action taken by Sony, Warner and Universal the High Court ordered several providers to block the site, and others including Eircom followed suit voluntarily. Whether the new measures will put a dent in local…

Thirty Years Since Betamax, and Movies Are Still Being Made

Thirty years ago yesterday the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that time-shifting of TV shows using video recorders was legal. The ‘Betamax’ case, or Universal v Sony for its real name, has proven one thing for certain. When it came to the level of damages the industry predicted would be…

ABC’s 7 Day Streaming Delay Triggers Piracy Surge

Two weeks ago ABC stopped offering free access to its TV-shows the day after they air on television. The TV-studio took this drastic step in the hope of getting more people to pay for their content, but this idea just backfired. TV viewers are outraged by the decision and have…

Pirate Bay Founder Can’t Shut Down Russian Pirate Sites

Two months ago a Moscow court entered a verdict against Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm after he was found to be listed as contact for some of the largest Russian pirate sites. The authorities ordered him to shut down these sites and pay the legal fees. Talking to TorrentFreak, a…

And The Most Downloaded Torrent of 2013 is…. Completely Legal

For many people BitTorrent is synonymous with piracy, but the popular file-sharing technology has much more to offer. Over the past year BitTorrent Inc. has intensified its efforts to help artists reach millions of new fans, and not without result. A bundle of tracks from Moby's latest album Innocents, which…