Oscar Nominee Won’t Sue Pirates, Accepts Donations Instead

The crew behind the Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated movie Leviathan say they won't sue pirates who download a screener copy of their movie. Instead they're supporting a donation drive, with all proceeds to charity. Intriguingly, however, a pirate copy might be better than the real thing.

MPAA Links Online Piracy to Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan

Hoping to deter and stop the ongoing threat of 'cyber' attacks President Obama unveiled new cybersecurity plans yesterday. While the plans don't reference copyright infringement, the MPAA notes that Congress should keep online piracy in mind as it drafts its new cybersecurity bill.

Student “Not Guilty” in First 3D Movie Piracy Case

In a first of its kind case a student accused of attempting to pirate the 3D movie Gravity has been completely cleared by a court in the UK. The presiding judge said there was absolutely "no legal basis" for the case and instructed the jury to find the 28-year-old not…

Piracy Notices Boost Demand For Anonymous VPNs in Canada

The mandatory piracy notifications that were implemented to deter copyright infringement in Canada have boosted the interest in anonymous file-sharing tools. Data from Google reveals a massive increase in searches for VPNs over the past two weeks, while VPN providers see a surge in traffic and sales.

Record Labels Try to Force ISP to Disconnect Pirates

A long running legal battle between the world's largest record labels and an Irish-based ISP has resumed today. Sony, Universal and Warner want UPC to warn and disconnect subscribers found sharing infringing content online but the ISP doesn't want to foot the bill.

Aussie ISPs Rushing Ahead With Anti-Piracy Proposals

Australian ISPs are working hard to present an anti-piracy code of conduct following intense pressure from the government. iiNet, the country's second largest ISP, reports confidence in meeting an April 8 deadline but whether the proposals will meet expectations remains to be seen.

IFPI Targets ‘Pirate’ Domains With New Site Blocking Law

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says it is preparing to have several "infringing sites" blocked at the ISP level in Singapore. The move, which will target The Pirate Bay should it come back online, follows new legislation introduced last year aimed at smoothing the way for High Court…

Falsely Accused ‘Pirate’ Wins $101,000 in Attorney Fees

In a landmark victory a man falsely accused of pirating the B-movie Elf Man has won more than $100,000 in attorney fees. The makers of the movie pulled out of the lawsuit after their evidence gathering technique was criticized, but couldn't escape a hefty bill.

Canadian Govt. Outlaws Bogus Piracy Notices

Rightscorp has attracted the attention of the Canadian government just days after a new law was passed requiring ISPs to pass infringement notices to customers. The U.S.-based anti-piracy outfit made false claims in an effort to scare users into cash payments but that practice is now being outlawed by authorities.

ExtraTorrent Down After Huge DDoS Attack

ExtraTorrent, one of the largest torrent sites on the Internet, remains down following a huge DDoS attack. The site's operators are working hard to mitigate the assault and hope to have the site back online soon.

Pirate Bay’s Mystery AES Code Finally Decrypted

After more than a month and several hints from the Pirate Bay team, the AES string posted on the sites homepage is finally solved. Instead of a secret message linking to a backup hidden in the deep web, it links to a YouTube video featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger's catchphrase "I'll be…