Accused Movie Pirate Wins Extortion Case Against Copyright Trolls

Law firm Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver, pioneers of the BitTorrent copyright troll cases in the United States, have thrown in the towel. The law firm conceded defeat in a fraud and abuse case that was brought against them by an alleged pirate, and were ordered to pay nearly $40,000.

VKontakte Signs Memo to Combat Movie Piracy

VKontake, Russia's answer to Facebook, has agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the country's telecoms watchdog. The anti-piracy move is being seen as a step towards being removed from the United States Trade Representative's 'notorious market' Special 301 Report.

Police Raid “Miniature Pirate Bay” Run on Home Connection

A tiny torrent site, that didn't actually store torrents and was run from a home Internet connection, has received some serious attention from the police. Acting on information supplied by Rights Alliance on behalf of the movie studios, eight police raided a home address last week. When the site's operator…

Danish Police “Threaten” Former Colleague of Pirate Bay Founder in Cambodia

As Gottfrid Svartholm languishes in a Danish prison cell, unusual things are happening on the other side of the world. Speaking with TorrentFreak, a former work colleague of the Pirate Bay founder says that after receiving threats from an anonymous Swedish policeman, Danish police and the Copenhagen Deputy District Attorney…

UK Police Suspend 2,500 “Counterfeit” Domain Names

City of London Police continues its crackdown on websites that facilitate piracy and sales of counterfeit products. In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, the police announced that to date they have suspended 2,500 domain names linked to counterfeit material. So far, the efforts to shut down pirate sites have…

House of Cards Popular in India ‘Thanks’ to Piracy

At the International Indian Film Academy Awards in Tampa this weekend, Kevin Spacey highlighted one of the core problems of media distribution in the Internet age. The star actor of the popular Netflix series House of Cards noted that the show is immensely popular in India, which is a problem…

Buy a Fully Loaded Movie and TV Show Piracy Site for Just $200

Putting together a file-sharing site or service used to involve dozens to hundreds of hours of effort, and that's without adding content or dealing with ongoing maintenance. Now a new service has appeared promising to make setting up a fully-loaded streaming portal a breeze. All that's required is a server,…

How To Make Pirate Bay Users Pay For Content

Pirate Bay users are generally not known to pay cash for the content they grab from the site. However, a recent promo for a bundle of Indie sci-fi games, books and videos raked in more than $5,000. So what's needed to make these people pay for content?

Netflix Considers P2P-Powered Streaming Technology

Video streaming giant Netflix is considering a move to peer-to-peer assisted streaming. The company has put up a job posting for a Senior Software Engineer tasked with integrating P2P technology into its streaming services. Could a BitTorrent-powered Netflix be coming soon?

Zona is a Popcorn Time Beater and a Pirate’s Dream

If Popcorn Time shook things up, Zona is going to shake them apart. Not only does Zona look as good, if not better than Popcorn TIme, it streams tens of thousands of movies and TV shows plus millions of music tracks. Did we mention switchable audio languages, subtitles and permanent…

New Download Ban Won’t Work, Politicians Say

A Dutch ban on the downloading of copyrighted material from unauthorized sources was cheered by the entertainment industries recently, but will fall short of achieving its aims. That's the opinion of several politicians who believe that only by providing better legal options will the situation improve. As they call for…