Hollywood Studios Willingly Advertise on Notorious ‘Pirate’ Site

This week the International Intellectual Property Alliance informed the U.S. Government on Russia's lack of anti-piracy enforcement. The group which represents MPAA and RIAA, among others, called out VKontakte as one of the worst piracy havens. At the same time, however, major Hollywood studios continue to use the site for…

FBI Screens Interns On Their Piracy Habits

Applicants to the FBI's internship program will have to answer potentially tricky questions if they want to be accepted by the investigative and intelligence agency. In addition to questions relating to drug use, potential interns are required to reveal their historic downloading habits.

Pirates Prepare to ‘Blockade’ Anti-Piracy Outfit

An anti-piracy group that has spent years trying to have sites blocked online will today get a small taste of its own medicine. In response to blocks against popular streaming sites, supporters of the Pirate Party will carry out a symbolic 'blockade' of a Hollywood-affiliated anti-piracy group's headquarters.

Popcorn Time Stops Working After Domain Suspension

One of the most-used Popcorn Time forks has lost control of its domain name. Time4popcorn.eu was suspended by the EURid registry this afternoon and as a result millions of users can no longer use the application. The developers have already relocated to a new domain and hope to resolve the…

Court Lifts Overbroad “Piracy” Blockade of Mega and Other Sites

Mega and several other file-hosting services are accessible in Italy once again after a negotiated settlement with local law enforcement. Another unnamed site had to appeal its blockade in court but won its case after the court ruled that partial blocking of a specific URL is preferred over site-wide bans.

Finland Wants to Kill Crowdsourced Copyright Law

The future of copyright amendments crowdsourced by the Finnish public appear to be in doubt. The citizen-drafted proposals, which received 50,000 signatures, seek to decriminalize file-sharing, but Finland's Education and Culture Committee now wants to reject the historic initiative.

Miramax Demands Payment From Kill Bill Pirates

Movie distributor Miramax is demanding cash from users of The Pirate Bay said to have downloaded movies including Tarantino's Kill Bill. The initiative is part of a partnership with anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, who will be hoping the effort helps to reverse a collapsing stock price.

Google Adds Custom Search Box For The Pirate Bay, and Others

Google's new and improved sitelinks section has introduced a novel feature that could prove unintentionally popular with Pirate Bay fans. Alongside the same feature for other sites, the search engine now displays a custom Pirate Bay search box complete with related AutoComplete suggestions. Needless to say, copyright holders are not…

Revealed: Warner Bros. Uses “Sophisticated Robots” to Fight Piracy

Unsealed court records reveal that Warner Bros. uses "sophisticated robots" to track down pirated content online. The movie studio tried to keep knowledge of its robots a secret fearing that it would hurt their anti-piracy efforts. However, based on information revealed thus far the impact appears to be rather minimal.

NetNames Anti-Piracy Chief Moves to IFPI

The former Director of Piracy and Counterfeit Analysis at NetNames has left the company to join the music industry. Dr David Price, who has overseen major studies on Internet piracy including a recent one covering the cyberlocker market, has become the major labels' chief piracy researcher and analyst.

Research Warns Against Overestimated Movie Piracy Losses

New research published by the independent research outfit APAS Laboratory reveals that downloading of movie CAM copies is mostly discovery based. There is no link between the number of illegal downloads and box office revenues. Instead, pirates appear to consume the camcorded movies that are most visible on torrent sites.