Domain Registrars Face Piracy Liability After Court Ruling

In a case brought by Universal Music over the album Blurred Lines, a Court of Appeal decision in Germany has determined that domain registrars can be held liable for the infringements of their customers. Universal's lawfirm informs TorrentFreak that the decision gives rightsholders new tools in their fight against online…

Popcorn Time Now “Impossible” to Shut Down

The Popcorn Time fork formally known as Time4Popcorn has released a new version of its client which they say is "impossible" to take down. The change is a direct response to the EURid domain suspension last month. In addition, the fork promises to enable seeding support so its users have…

VKontakte Asks U.S. To Remove “Pirate Site” Stamp

VKontakte has sent a letter to the office of the United States Trade Representative asking it to remove the "pirate" stamp it received in recent years. Responding to reports from the RIAA and MPAA, Russia's equivalent of Facebook explains that it has taken far-reaching measures to combat copyright infringement.

Swedish Police in Bangkok to Detain Pirate Bay Founder

Following his arrest in Thailand on Monday, local authorities are already preparing Fredrik Neij's deportation from the country. The Pirate Bay founder is currently en route to the Thai capital Bangkok where he will be met by Swedish police who will escort him back to Scandinavia. A 10 month prison…

German Police Raid 121 Homes in Massive Pirate Site Crackdown

Four hundred police officers raided 121 homes today in a crackdown on the popular linking site Boerse.bz. The homes are believed to be connected to active uploaders of the site but no arrests have been made. The Boerse.bz website itself switched to a new provider but remains online.

Dutch Parliament Wants Popup Warnings on Pirate Sites

A majority of the Dutch Parliament has backed a proposal to target online piracy through warning popups on "pirate" sites. The warnings should inform Internet users that they're breaking the law, while pointing out what the legal alternatives are. The opposition characterizes the plan as "stupid" and notes there are…

Android Pirate Pleads Guilty to Criminal Copyright Infringement

A first-of-its-kind FBI operation carried out in 2012 targeted several unauthorized Android marketplaces, seizing their domains and arresting their operators. Together they're accused of pirating close to $19 million dollars in illicit apps. Yesterday another member pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.

Updated: Pirate Bay Founder Fredrik Neij Arrested in Asia

Pirate Bay founder Fredrik Neij has been arrested in Asia. Neij had moved to Laos to avoid the jail sentence handed down for his involvement in The Pirate Bay. But, after driving across the border from Laos into Thailand more than two dozen times, the Swede was arrested yesterday by…

Make Thousands of Dollars From Piracy, The Timothy Sykes Way

Stock trader and penny stock expert Timothy Sykes has added a new way to make money to his already impressive repertoire. With the assistance of an anti-piracy tracking firm he will attempt to turn 'bits' into thousands of dollars, by suing BitTorrent users who shared his secrets on The Pirate…

UK Museums and Libraries Protest Outdated Copyright Laws

This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, but the general public in the UK still doesn't have access to original unpublished works such as diaries and letters from the Great War. Current UK copyright laws prevent many British institutions from showing such important historical works.…

BitShare Hits Back at Police ‘Kinox’ Allegations

Police in Germany are closely connecting BitShare with the on-the-run admins of streaming portal Kinox, but the site's CEO informs TF that police haven't even spoken with him. As U.S. authorities are called upon to start shutting down BitShare and Freakshare servers, the lawyer for the 'Kinox' fugitives says he's…