Why People Pirate Game of Thrones, a Global Cost Breakdown

Millions of people pirate Game of Thrones instead of paying for it. One of the prime reasons is the hefty price tag that comes with a premium subscription, which isn't really a surprise if you look at the costs in some countries. Honestly, would you pay $500 to follow the…

Why Are Porn Perfomers Scared to Talk About Internet Piracy?

Most people affected by piracy are very happy to point the finger at sites like The Pirate Bay, but what if people were too scared to talk about the sites where their content is being made available illegally? What if, in some strange world, the sites hosting the pirated videos…

Raging Anti-Piracy Boss Goes on a Tirade Against BitTorrent

Robert Steele, one of the bosses at anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, has expressed outrage with BitTorrent Inc. In an often incomprehensible rant he accuses the company and its founder of profiting from piracy. To become a good citizen, BitTorrent should add a blacklist of pirate torrent hashes to their leading file-sharing…

39% of Film Industry Professionals are Movie & TV Show Pirates

Every month, reports condemn the general public for downloading movies and TV shows without permission, but perhaps those industries need to look a little closer to home. A new survey among film industry professionals suggests that almost 40% have downloaded movies and TV shows illegally.

American Express Accuses Pirate Sites of ‘Stealing’ Their Ads

Major brands frequently have their advertising banners displayed on pirate sites without their knowledge. In most cases this is a result of ad re-targeting and nested placements, but American Express has come out with a rather unusual finding. According to the payment processor, pirate sites are 'stealing' their ads to…

Kim Dotcom Goes Head to Head With The MPAA’s Top Lawyer

Following the announcement that the MPAA had filed a lawsuit against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom, the movie studios' General Counsel Steven Fabrizio made several appearances in the media. Most memorable was an interview with Radio New Zealand, where he was surprised to hear Kim Dotcom on the other end of…

Record Labels Lose Big as Court Declares File-Sharing Tools Legal

An epic battle between the world's largest record companies and the creator of software known as the "Spanish Napster" has concluded with defeat for the labels. Veteran developer Pablo Soto informs TorrentFreak that the decision clears the way for even more development, starting today with a brand new, BitTorrent-powered release…

The Netherlands Must Outlaw Downloading, EU Court Rules (Update)

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the Netherlands can no longer permit its citizens to freely download copyrighted movies and music without paying for them. In its judgment the Court rules that the current system of a "piracy levy" to compensate rightsholders is unlawful.

YouTube Hurts Music Album Sales, Research Finds

The music industry has often cited piracy as the main reason for the decline in music sales over the past decade, but new research suggests that YouTube may have played a role as well. Based on Warner Music's YouTube blackout, researchers conclude that the video streaming portal cost the label…

Police Arrest Streaming Site Admin, Several Domains Suspended

City of London Police's anti-piracy campaign Operation Creative is pushing ahead with the disruption of copyright-infringing sites. On Monday, detectives arrested a man in his mid-20s on suspicion of operating several streaming links sites. The unit also suspended several domains, which now show a familiar warning banner.

Popcorn Time ‘Rivals’ Prep TV, Android and ChromeCast Support

After Popcorn Time's original creators abandoned the successful project, what kind of future does it have? To find out, TorrentFreak caught up with the groups behind today's two main versions. Both sound pretty dedicated and each has exciting news, including an imminent Android version and upcoming Chromecast support.