Leaked Paper Reveals Aussie Anti-Piracy Crackdown Musings

A leaked discussion paper has revealed Australian government musings surrounding a potential online piracy crackdown. Among them, changing the law to undermine a landmark 2012 court ruling which protected ISP iiNet from the infringements of its users, and new legislation to allow for ISP-level blocking of 'pirate' sites.

Expendables 3 Leaks Online, 100K+ Copies Down in Hours

The Expendables 3, featuring every action hero known to man, was set for an August 15 debut but has appeared online in near DVD quality. In just 12 hours, more than 100,000 copies have been downloaded. It's worth bearing in mind, however, that production company Nu Image sued those who…

University Sets Fines & Worse For Pirating Students

There are many ways to tackle the issue of online piracy and Louisiana State University has decided on its approach. At the bottom end, offenders will experience a temporary Internet disconnection, with repeat offenders receiving fines and potentially career-damaging notes on their education records.

Pirate Bay Launches Mobile Site, Teases More Expansions

The Pirate Bay just launched a mobile version of the site, the first major design overhaul in nearly a decade. The "Mobile Bay" is the first in a series of expansions which will include separate TV, music and movie sites plus a dedicated RSS portal.

Director Wants His Film on The Pirate Bay, Pirates Deliver…

A few days ago a Dutch movie director asked people to upload a copy of one of his older films onto The Pirate Bay. The filmmaker had become fed up with the fact that copyright issues made his work completely unavailable through legal channels. To his surprise, pirates were quick…

Online Store Can Sell ‘Used’ Ebooks, Court Rules

A Dutch marketplace for second hand eBooks is being allowed to continue operating after the Amsterdam Court dismissed complaints from book publishers. The Court ruled that "Tom Kabinet" operates in a legal gray area which requires further investigation. Meanwhile the used eBook business is booming.

The UK Did *NOT* Just Decriminalize File-Sharing

All it took yesterday was a single article to trigger off a tidal wave of copycat reports across dozens of sites including the mainstream RT.com. Just to be absolutely clear - Britain HAS NOT decriminalized file-sharing and to suggest otherwise only puts people at unnecessary risk. File-sharing remains ILLEGAL in…

Vuze Releases Leap, a Simple and Lightweight Torrent Client

The makers of the popular file-sharing software Vuze have released a brand new BitTorrent client. Vuze Leap is a dummy-proof application with a simple interface, which uses minimal resources. According to the company there is a massive demand for a clean and straightforward BitTorrent client.

Megaupload Wants to Freeze MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits Until 2015

Megaupload's legal team has asked the federal court of Virginia to place the cases filed by the music and movie companies on hold till April next year. The request comes after the extradition hearings of Kim Dotcom and his colleagues were postponed in New Zealand.

Torrent Sites Stay Blocked Long After World Cup Ends

Legal action taken against hundreds of torrent, streaming and other file-sharing sites has far exceeded its stated aims. After blacking out the sites across several ISPs, FIFA affiliates hoped that piracy of the World Cup would be reduced. But weeks after the tournament ended the sites remain blocked with no…

Six Android Piracy Group Members Charged, Two Arrested

Three federal indictments have been unsealed in Georgia revealing charges against six former members of three Android piracy groups. The United States Department of Justice says that the men are charged with intellectual property offenses related to the illegal distribution of millions of copyrighted apps.

Google Targets ‘Pirate’ Searches to Promote Legal Content

Google is promoting legal movie services to people who search using piracy related keywords such as torrent, BitTorrent, DVDrip and Putlocker. In what appears to be a bid to steer pirates on a straight course, prominent ad banners are placed above search results, pointing people to Google Play, Netflix, Hulu…