BitTorrent Inc. Demands $5.8 Million From Trademark “Scammer”

BitTorrent Inc, the parent company of the popular file-sharing applications uTorrent and BitTorrent, is demanding $5.8 million in damages from its German namesake. The San Francisco company accuses Bittorrent Marketing GMBH of misleading prospective users and intercepting sensitive company email.

UK IP Chief: Google Should Blacklist Pirate Sites

The UK's top IP advisor has published recommendations on how search engines should deal with online piracy. The document envisions demoting sites based on numbers of copyright notices received, removal of others entirely after acknowledging ISP blocking orders, and warning consumers away from sites without industry certification.

Spotify: We Make Revenue From Pirates Who Never Pay

Spotify's chief in Australia has hit back at suggestions that reasonably priced streaming services have done little to reduce piracy. “If you look at the main audience that is on Spotify, a lot of them are former pirates," Kate Vale said. "There are teenagers who have potentially never paid for…

Aussie Attorney General Pressured on Three-Strikes Secrecy

Attorney General George Brandis has been put under pressure over behind-the-scenes discussions on the introduction of a three strikes regime to Australia. A largely awkward exchange with the Green Party in the Senate this week only fueled growing feelings that being transparent on negotiations is not high on the Government's…

“Six Strikes” Results Show High Number of Persistent Pirates

The MPAA, RIAA and five major U.S. Internet providers launched their six-strikes Copyright Alert System last year, and today they revealed details on the magnitude of the anti-piracy measures. Thus far more than 1.3 million anti-piracy alerts have been sent out, and roughly 30% of all warned subscribers were caught…

Movie Studios Seek to Freeze Kim Dotcom’s Assets

Last month, the major Hollywood studios demanded millions from Megupload and its former employees in a brand new lawsuit. With the prospect that Kim Dotcom's seized assets may soon be released in both New Zealand and Hong Kong, 20th Century Fox and friends have moved to freeze his assets pending…

Comcast, Verizon and Co. Stop Mass Piracy Lawsuits on Appeal

Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner and Cox have successfully appealed a district court decision ordering them to reveal the identities of 1,058 subscribers accused of pirating movies via BitTorrent. The verdict is a significant blow for the extortion-like mass-lawsuits many copyright trolls have filed in recent years.

Sex Cams at NASA & Library of Congress, Anti-Piracy Outfit Says

An adult media company's hiring of an anti-piracy outfit to blitz the Internet for content infringing on its webcam copyrights has produced ridiculous results. Takedowns have been issued for content hosted at NASA, eBay, The Daily Mail and coding site Github. The 'best' target? A 'pirate' newspaper from 1871 published…

Torrentz.eu Domain Unsuspended and Back In Action

A day after the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in the UK got the domain name of Torrentz.eu suspended, the leading torrent search engine is back in action. The site's Polish registrar restored the domain name's DNS entries after Torrentz' legal team pointed out that the suspension was unlawful.

Huge Wolfenstein Download Infuriates But Doesn’t Deter Pirates

When the PC version of Wolfenstein: The New Order dropped onto file-sharing sites last week, eager pirates had a surprise in store. Not only a great game but a staggeringly humongous 43.65 gb download. But while tempers frayed for some Wolfenstein still achieved the biggest game swarm of the week,…

Torrentz.eu Domain Suspended After UK Police Request

Torrentz.eu, the largest torrent search engine on the Internet, has had its domain name suspended following a request from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in the UK. The site continues to operate under two alternative domains, and is hoping to move the .eu domain to a new registrar.