Secure Pirate Bay ‘Unblocked’ By Most UK ISPs

After The Pirate Bay switched to CloudFlare's SSL service it is no longer being blocked by most UK Internet providers. Subscribers of BT, EE, Virgin and TalkTalk can reach the site without problems via the default https address. The "bug" also affects secure versions of other blocked sites, but not…

Piracy Is Just Another Copyright Industry Scapegoat

History repeats itself. Unlicensed home manufacturing of copies was never the cause of the copyright industry's business problems; they created those all on their own. It's not the first time they've appointed a scapegoat for their own failures to get public funding, either.

U.S. Net Neutrality Has a Massive Copyright Loophole

After years of debating U.S. Internet subscribers now have Government regulated Net Neutrality. A huge step forward according to some, but the full order released a few days ago reveals some worrying caveats. While the rules prevent paid prioritization, they do very little to prevent BitTorrent blocking, the very issue…

Granny Pirate Busted For Torrents at 63 Years Young

You're never too old to learn something new and that certainly applies to a woman currently in hot water with European authorities. In what could be the arrest of the oldest file-sharer anywhere on the planet, a 63-year-old has just been prosecuted by Romanian police for the crime of making…

Virgin Customers Targeted in New Porn Piracy Shakedown

Virgin Media subscribers in the UK are being shaken down over alleged porn downloads by a Cyprus-based company. Worryingly, letter recipients are invited to ring a premium rate number for advice and the website operated by the company is not only non-functional but also has improper registration information.

EZTV.it Domain Compromised By ‘Scammers’

The popular TV-torrent site EZTV has suffered several days of downtime over the past week, and the trouble doesn't stop there. The site's former .it domain name has been taken over by "scammers," causing all sorts of trouble for unsuspecting users.

UK Police and PRS Shutdown Karaoke Torrent Site

The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and copyright and royalty group PRS for Music have teamed up for what appears to be a first-of-its-kind action. Arresting a 46-year-old man, this week police shutdown one of the Internet's few karaoke-focused BitTorrent trackers.

Mega Ponders Legal Action in Response to Damaging Paypal Ban

Two weeks ago PayPal closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega, citing pressure from Visa and MasterCard. The ban has undoubtedly hurt Mega's business, and CEO Graham Gaylard is in Europe to discuss possible legal repercussions against a report that's partly responsible for the ban

France’s New Online Piracy Battle Prepares For Launch

French Minister of Culture Fleur Pellerin has presented the country's new framework for dealing with online piracy. In addition to the graduated response system and site blocking, draining the financial resources of pirate sites will become a priority through greater cooperation with advertisers and payment processors.

Music Industry Demands Action Against “Pirate” Domain Names

Pressure is mounting on companies that provide domain name services to alleged pirate sites. Following in the footsteps of Hollywood and the U.S. Government, the music industry is now demanding strict anti-piracy measures. The EFF, however, notes that companies are not obliged to take action without a valid court order.