Gottfrid Svartholm Trial Starts & Ends Week in Controversy

The hacking trial of Gottfrid Svartholm has ended its first week, but not without controversy. Today TF catches up with Kristina Svartholm on the past few days' developments and we also reveal criticism of Danish police after information provided by a man "with a grudge" against Gottfrid was used in…

MPAA and RIAA Teach Copyright in Elementary Schools, Now With Fair Use

In an effort to educate American kids on copyright, the MPAA and RIAA are backing a new copyright curriculum titled "Be a Creator." Starting at kindergarten, children are educated on the value of copyright, and after a public outcry last year, the final materials now include fair use principles too.

Police Throw the Book at Alleged Pirate Site Admin

The alleged operator of a sports streaming site who was arrested on behalf of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been charged with numerous offenses including copyright infringement, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. TorrentFreak can today reveal the names of the sites involved.

Touche: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

There's an interesting mouse ear battle unfolding between Disney and DJ Deadmau5. Earlier this week the media empire objected to a trademark application the musician filed because of the resemblance with its own logo. In a retaliatory move, Deadmau5 now accuses Disney of pirating his music on their website.

Google, Facebook & Microsoft Reject Anti-Piracy Proposals

Global tech firms including Google, Facebook & Microsoft have rejected calls for a graduated response to online piracy in Australia. Slamming bogus piracy stats and describing copyright as a "moral hazard" that can stifle innovation, the group says that offering easy access to content at a fair price is the…

U.S. Government Wants Kim Dotcom’s Cash and Cars

The U.S. Government is going after Kim Dotcom's bank accounts, cars, art and other property. In a complaint filed at a Virginia federal court the Department of Justice argues that the property of the Megaupload and its founder should be forfeited as it was obtained through criminal means.

Anti-Piracy Outfit Denies DDoS’ing Anime Sites

The effects of a DDoS attack that crippled NYAA, one of the largest anime torrent sites, continue today with fingers being pointed at everyone from the Japanese government to an anti-piracy group working with anime distributors. Subtitling site HorribleSubs, which was also affected, has its own ideas.

Record Labels Take Down Kim Dotcom’s Official Album… From Mega

In what could be one of the most ironic anti-piracy mistakes this year, music industry group IFPI has asked Mega to take down Kim Dotcom's very own music album Good Times. Mega was asked to remove its founder's music twice, casting doubt over the accuracy of the record labels' takedown…

Breaking Bad Piracy Surges After Emmy Win, Research Finds

New data shows that the Emmy's award ceremony resulted in a piracy surge for many of the nominated shows. For Emmy winner Breaking Bad the number of file-sharers increased more than 400% overnight due to the increased exposure, and most other nominated shows saw a spike in pirate interest too.

In The Fappening’s Wake, 4chan Intros DMCA Policy

After doing without an element needed for safe harbor protection, 4chan has just introduced an official DMCA policy. The decision comes in the wake of the celebrity photo leak known as The Fappening and 4chan users' connections to it. In the meantime, the leaked image library has clocked a million…

UK Govt. Warns Google, Microsoft & Yahoo Over Piracy

UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid says that the government has warned Google, Microsoft and Yahoo over the issue of online piracy. In an address to the BPI’s AGM in London yesterday, Javid said that if the search engines don't stop referring people to pirate sites, the government will take a…