New data shows that the Emmy's award ceremony resulted in a piracy surge for many of the nominated shows. For Emmy winner Breaking Bad the number of file-sharers increased more than 400% overnight due to the increased exposure, and most other nominated shows saw a spike in pirate interest too.
After doing without an element needed for safe harbor protection, 4chan has just introduced an official DMCA policy. The decision comes in the wake of the celebrity photo leak known as The Fappening and 4chan users' connections to it. In the meantime, the leaked image library has clocked a million…
UK Culture Secretary Sajid Javid says that the government has warned Google, Microsoft and Yahoo over the issue of online piracy. In an address to the BPI’s AGM in London yesterday, Javid said that if the search engines don't stop referring people to pirate sites, the government will take a…
Researchers at Delft University of Technology have released the first public test of their anonymous BitTorrent client. With the new Tribler release users can share files more securely, without exposing their IP-address to the rest of the world.
The UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit arrested a man yesterday believed to have operated streaming sites that provided illegal access to subscription-only sports TV services. The arrest marks the third carried out by PIPCU in the streaming sector.
One of the most-used Popcorn Time forks has revealed the global popularity of the "Netflix for pirates." The application has the largest user base in the United States, with 1.4 million installs and 100,000 active users. The Netherlands and Brazil follow in second and third place respectively.
Dozens of adult companies are using "copyright trolling" tactics to supplement their income, and Larry Flynt's Hustler is one of them. The company recently demanded a 600 euros settlement from a Finnish Tor exit-node operator, who also happens to be the Vice-President of a local Pirate Party branch.
Australian ISPs say that the government should employ a UK-style "follow the money" approach to deal with pirate sites. Site blocking and warnings might also be entertained, as long as throttling and disconnecting users is taken off the table. Rightsholders will have to pick up the tab, however.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Maleficent' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Godzilla.' 'The Fault Is In Our Stars' completes the top three.
We've been manufacturing without a license in our homes for 30 years now. It's about to go physical. Maybe that will wake legislators up to the bigger picture. If not, we're in for something much worse.
The company behind the movie watermarking system known as Cinavia has been awarded a new anti-piracy patent. Among other things, the Verance invention seeks to track digital media as it's being distributed by adding identifying watermarks to encrypted content, without having to decrypt it first.
KickassTorrents is the first large torrent site to bump up its security and force SSL encryption for all visitors. This makes it impossible for outsiders, Internet providers included, to monitor page visits or snoop on data being sent.