Anti-Piracy Lawyer Wants Domain Registrars to Silence Critics

A lawyer who described piracy settlement demands as "extortion" changed his mind in 2011 and began suing BitTorrent users. In an attempt to erase the past he's just sent DMCA notices to the domain registrars of two anti-troll websites. Sadly for him, they remain online and history remains intact.

Music Group DMCA Notices Reveal Coffee Hatred

A German-based music group's month-long DMCA notice-sending spree has seen it trying to censor leading music stores and news outlets for no good reason. The outfit also took a bizarre dislike to the word "coffee" and issued takedowns against Walmart, Ikea, Fair Trade USA and Dunkin Donuts.

Police Freeze Mega Shares in Money Laundering Investigation

New Zealand authorities have placed 18.8% of the Kim Dotcom-founded cloud hosting service Mega under restraining order. The actions involve multi-millionaire William Yan, one of Mega's largest shareholders, who is alleged to be involved in money laundering. Mega itself is not suspected of wrong-doing.

Witness Offered $3.50/Hr to Testify Against Pirate Bay Founder

Witnesses are being summoned to appear in the trial of Gottfrid Svartholm set to take place in September. A Cambodia-based former colleague of the Pirate Bay founder has been offered $3.50 per hour to attend, but heated emails with Danish authorities indicate he will not be traveling.

Police: Finding Pirate Bay Documents is Too Expensive

City of London Police have denied a Freedom of Information request for access to correspondence relating to The Pirate Bay. According to the police it would take more than 18 hours to locate the requested information and would therefore cost too much money.

Backup Service Kicks Customer Over “Infringing” Torrent Files

Cloud storage and backup service Zoolz has terminated the account of a customer who stored a few .torrent files on his computer. While the company boasts of handling customer data with "zero knowledge," the provider frequently scans customer files for infringing titles and metadata.

Russian Govt. Plans Tougher Anti-Piracy Legislation

Russia's lower house of parliament is currently considering amendments to the country's controversial anti-piracy law. The changes, which include tougher penalties for both sites and individuals plus protection for products other than just movies, could be in place as early as December.

BBC & FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

On the eve of the brand new season of Doctor Who, yesterday the BBC and Federation Against Copyright Theft teamed up to close a long-standing fansite. Following an in-person visit, Doctor Who Media shut down immediately. Its domain name will soon be taken over by the BBC.

No VPN on Earth Can Protect Careless Pirates

Many people believe that by simply firing up a VPN their entire real-life identity can be instantly masked from outsiders. The truth is, however, that no amount of encryption or IP address obfuscation can save those who leave huge trails in their regular Internet activities.