Anti-Piracy Boss Jailed Two Years for Drug Trafficking

One of the most prolific anti-piracy advocates received a two-year jail sentence for drug trafficking from a Lithuanian court this week. The then President of the Lithuanian Anti-Piracy Association LANVA, Vytas Simanavicius, was caught following a sting operation in 2012. As a result of his incarceration, the former anti-piracy boss…

BBC Fights TV Piracy By Rushing Sherlock Holmes to the East

Unavailability of content is one of the key drivers for online piracy so it's of great interest that the BBC has made a pioneering move with one of its current hottest properties. In an attempt to reign in what some describe as rampant infringement, the UK national broadcaster has struck…

Pirated DVD Screener Linked to Oscars Host Ellen DeGeneres

Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres has been embarrassed by a pirated DVD screener of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty that was just released onto the Internet. The pirated film has Ellen's name watermarked all over it, suggesting that the leak came from a DVD that was sent to her. It's…

Registrars Can’t Hold ‘Pirate’ Domains Hostage Without Court Order

As part of a collaboration between City of London Police and the entertainment industries, last year several file-sharing related sites had their domains seized by their registrar. Now, a prolonged process initiated by registrar EasyDNS has come to a conclusion, one which found that site domains cannot be seized on…

Demonoid Returns, BitTorrent Tracker is Now Online

After more than a year of downtime the Demonoid tracker came back online today. The tracker is linked to nearly 400,000 torrent files and more than a million peers, which makes it one of the largest working BitTorrent trackers on the Internet. There is no word yet on when the…

Viewing Pirated Streams is Not Illegal, German Govt Says

The controversial RedTube case in Germany has provoked an interesting response from the Ministry of Justice. Although it says the question will ultimately be answered by the European Court, the Ministry says that it believes the mere viewing of copyright infringing streams is not illegal under current law.

Court: ISP Subscribers Not Liable For Pirating Family Members

Germany's Supreme Court has just handed down a landmark ruling on the liability of Internet subscribers in copyright disputes. Overturning an earlier decision by a lower court the Federal Court of Justice said that an account holder could not be held liable for piracy carried out by an adult family…

50,000 Call to Free Pirate Bay Founder as Court Extends Custody

Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm appeared in court today and had his custody extended to February 5. Meanwhile, a petition to free the Pirate Bay founder, or at minimum improve his current conditions, swelled to more than 50,000 signatories. Svartholm is suspected of several hacking-related crimes in Denmark, where he…

Pirate Party Turns the Tables and Spies On Intelligence Agency

In an attempt to turn the tables on a local intelligence agency, several members of the Swedish Pirate Party's youth division set up shop yesterday outside the headquarters of the Swedish NSA. Armed with a surveillance van the Pirates planned to listen in on one of the country's most secretive…

Court Orders Labels to Stop “Pirate” Advert Meddling

A leading member of the IFPI in Germany has suffered a setback with its new strategy for dealing with allegedly infringing sites. Following an attempt to pressure advertisers into abandoning popular YouTube ripping service YouTube-MP3, the site has obtained a court injunction which orders the 300-label group to cease and…

Why MPAA’s Senior Executive Vice President Framed isoHunt

The MPAA's new Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel, Steve Fabrizio, sees the BitTorrent ecosystem as one of the major threats against the movie industry. The MPAA believes it took an important step to counter this threat by defeating isoHunt in court last year. To illustrate the significance…

Russia Orders Pirate Party to Drop ‘Pirate’ From Its Name

A long-running battle between the Pirate Party of Russia and the Russian Government has concluded with disappointment for the Pirates. In an announcement yesterday that finally brings an end to a number of appeals, the Ministry of Justice declared that since piracy - sea piracy - is a crime under…