Men Tried for Extortion After Porn Download Threats

Six men went on trial this week accused of blackmail and extortion after thousands were sent threats demanding cash payments for alleged adult video downloads. Former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde hopes for a conviction, but wonders if Hollywood content would've been handled differently.

Apple Patents Technology to Legalize P2P Sharing

Apple has obtained a patent for a technology that allows people to legally share music and videos with friends. Instead of downloading files from iTunes or another store, customers can get them from friends or family and obtain a license separately. According to Apple, their invention will save bandwidth costs…

Police Seized 50 Servers in Pirate Bay Raid

Since the raid in December not much information has been released by authorities in Sweden, but the size of the operation to shut down The Pirate Bay is now becoming evident. According to a source present at the time, police seized at least 50 servers and left no hardware unturned.

Cox: We’re Not Responsible For Pirating Customers

Cox Communications, one of the largest Internet providers in the United States, says that it's not liable for pirating customers. The ISP is being sued by two music publishers for failing to disconnect copyright infringers. According to Cox, however, these claims don't hold.

Bomber Tries Copyright Troll Argument to Unmask Critic

A man jailed for 50 years in the United States for multiple bombings, drug smuggling and felony perjury, is attempting to leverage copyright troll cases to his advantage. Brett Kimberlin says that since a court has already revealed the identities of BitTorrent users, it should also unmask his critics.

Netflix Sees Popcorn Time As a Serious Competitor

Video streaming giant Netflix sees piracy as its biggest competitor. The rise of Popcorn Time, often branded as the Netflix for Pirates, is particularly problematic for the company as it's packed with the latest blockbusters and easier to use than traditional torrent sites.

Torrent Site Blockades Are Disproportional, Greek Court Rules

A Greek anti-piracy group has lost its bid to have various torrent sites blocked by local Internet providers. The Athens Court ruled that barring access to torrent sites such as KickassTorrents and The Pirate Bay is disproportionate and unconstitutional, while hindering the ISPs' entrepreneurial freedoms.

Pirate Bay Shows Most Significant Signs of Return Yet

After being offline for more than six weeks the crew of The Pirate Bay has provided a new teaser suggesting the site's return. With just 10 days of a countdown left, ThePirateBay.se now shows the site's familiar and iconic homepage with active links to PirateBrowser and PromoBay.

How Hollywood Plans to Seize Pirate Site Domain Names

Hoping to put a dent in ever-growing piracy rates, the MPAA will try to convince domain names registries to stop doing business with pirate sites. In addition, Hollywood's anti-piracy group plans civil action to force registries to seize domain names of illicit torrent and streaming sites.

Failed MPAA / Xunlei Anti-Piracy Deal is Shocking

After signing an anti-piracy deal with Xunlei last year the MPAA is already suing the Chinese file-sharing giant. What went wrong is unclear but documents obtained by TorrentFreak reveal the toughest and most shocking set of anti-piracy demands to be found anywhere on the planet.

Pirate MEP Proposes Major Reform of EU Copyright

Julia Reda, a politician for the German Pirate Party and member of the European Parliament, has this morning released her draft report for the overhaul of EU copyright. In her role as rapporteur, Reda says that EU copyright rules are "maladapted" to the increase of cross-border cultural exchange facilitated by…