Libgen Goes Down As Legal Pressure Mounts

Libgen, the largest online repository of free books and academic articles, has pretty much vanished from the Internet. Earlier this month the site's operators were sued by academic publishing company Elsevier, who asked a New York federal court for a preliminary injunction hoping to keep the site down for good.

Australia Passes ‘Pirate’ Site Blocking Law

A few minutes ago Australia passed controversial new legislation which allows for overseas 'pirate' sites to be blocked at the ISP level. Despite opposition from the Greens, ISPs and consumer groups, the Senate passed the bill into law with a vote of 37 in favor and 13 against. Expect The…

TorrentTags: A Database of ‘Risky’ Torrents

Downloading torrents can be a game of Russian roulette, with copyright holders monitoring networks for infringement and some demanding cash to make lawsuits go away. In its early days of development, TorrentTags aims to help people torrent safely while assisting copyright holders to reduce piracy.

Popcorn Time Tops Google Search Results for “Popcorn”

Popcorn is without a doubt the hallmark snack of the movie industry. Increasingly, however, top movie industry executives cringe when they hear the word as it's linked to the "Popcorn Time" app. Making matter worse, the popular pirate tool now tops the snack in Google's search results.

The Dawn of Online Music Piracy

Today, downloading a pirated music track just takes a few seconds. How different was this twenty years ago, when a single MP3 was stored on four 1.44 MB floppy disks. Journalist and book author Stephen Witt takes us back in time, with a brief history of how it all started.

When Piracy Gets Too Easy, Expect a Big Response

Apps such as Popcorn Time and Android devices pre-configured for piracy allow complete novices to pirate movies, TV shows and live sports with ease. This hasn't gone unnoticed by anti-piracy outfits included FACT and BREIN, who inform TorrentFreak they plan to tackle the threat.

Popular Torrents Being Sabotaged by IPv6 Peer Flood

Unknown attackers are sabotaging popular TV and movie torrents by flooding swarms with IPv6 peers. The vulnerability, which affects the popular uTorrent client, makes it nearly impossible for torrent users to download files. It's unclear who's orchestrating the attacks but it could be a guerrilla anti-piracy move.

UK’s Legalization of CD Ripping is Unlawful, Court Rules

Several music industry organizations in the UK have won a judicial review which renders the Government's decision to allow copying for personal use unlawful. According to the High Court, there's insufficient evidence to prove that the legislation doesn't hurt musicians and the industry at large.

Porn Time For Android Debuts After Huge Desktop Success

This month witnessed the debut of Porn Time, a variant of Popcorn Time specializing in adult videos. In less than a week the software clocked almost 450,000 downloads but it's not stopping there. Ensuring that mobile users aren't left empty handed, Porn Time has just made its Android debut.