Cloudflare Reveals Pirate Site Locations in an Instant

In recent times its become common for 'pirate' sites to use U.S.-based Cloudflare as a 'shield' from the outside world and copyright holders in particular. However, as yet another torrent site learned this past week, Cloudflare is not only ineffective in this respect, but it will also lead anti-piracy companies…

Malwarebytes Offers Pirates Free “Amnesty” Keys

The widely used anti-malware application Malwarebytes is offering pirates a free 12 month upgrade under the newly launched "amnesty" program. The goal of the free upgrade is to replace the older key generation algorithm which could easily be abused.

Anti-Piracy Outfits Boost Numbers With Bogus Takedown Notices

Every day Google processes more than a million takedown requests, sent in by dozens of specialized anti-piracy outfits. While most of these companies play by the rules, some insiders believe that a few intentionally submit bogus notices to boost their numbers.

Pirate Bay Founder Still Wants to Clear His Name

Last week Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm lost his appeal against his hacking conviction in Denmark. With an August release potentially on the horizon but an unexpected situation still to be resolved in Sweden, Gottfrid is longing to get in front of a computer and back into the world of…

Sci-Hub Tears Down Academia’s “Illegal” Copyright Paywalls

In a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers, Sci-Hub.org is facing millions of dollars in damages. However, the site has no intentions of backing down and will continue its fight to keep access to scientific knowledge free and open. "I think Elsevier's business model is itself…

Can BitTorrent Be Better With Bitcoin?

BitTorrent has built solid reputation with the masses as being an instrument for 'free' but could it perform better and prove more popular with prices attached to downloads? That question could soon be answered following the debut of a new torrent client that allows leechers to pay seeders using Bitcoin.

Played.to Operator Admits Guilt in Expendables 3 Leak

Movie studio LionsGate has reached a settlement with the operator of video hosting service Played.to. The operator of the video hosting platform admits that he willfully infringed on the studios rights by allowing users to stream a leaked copy of Expendables 3. The exact details of the settlement remain confidential…

Warning ‘Strikes’ Don’t Work On Me, Movie Boss Admits

A key strategy of the entertainment industries is to repeatedly warn pirating Internet users of their illegal behavior in the belief they will change their ways. However, co-chief of movie company Village Roadshow has just admitted that he's been caught breaking the law numerous times - and he still hasn't…

Piracy Concerns May Soon Kill Domain Name Privacy

Several organizations including domain name registrar Namecheap are asking the public to protest a new ICANN proposal that will ban private domain name registrations. The proposal was heavily lobbied for by various copyright holder groups, who want to make it easier to expose pirate site operators.

UK Authorities Launch Facebook Piracy Crackdown

Trading standards officers and police are carrying out a crackdown across England, Wales and Northern Ireland against those who offer pirate and counterfeit products via Facebook. Interestingly, 'pirate' Android boxes have been targeted again, not only for streaming content illegally, but also for having "dangerous" chargers.

Cox Wants Rightscorp’s Piracy Tracking Source Code

Cox Communications, one of the largest Internet providers in the United States, has asked the court to order anti-piracy firm Rightscorp to hand over its tracking source code. The ISP describes the company's settlement scheme as extortion and hopes to punch a hole in its evidence gathering techniques.