Pirate Bay Lights Up With Robin Williams Downloads

As the world mourns the loss of one of its greatest comedians and actors, Internet users from around the globe have been revisiting the genius of Robin Williams. Ever since news broke of the stars untimely death, classics including Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs Doubtfire have seen…

UK Police Hijack Ads of 74 Pirate Websites, Refuse to Name Them

New data obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveals that the UK's 'piracy police' are hijacking the ads of 74 suspected pirate sites. The police are refusing to reveal the domain names as that would "raise the profile of these sites." Fearing cyber-attacks, the names of participating advertising agencies…

Doctor Who “Into the Dalek” Workprint Fully Leaks Online

Last month news broke that the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who had leaked online. Reports that the second episode was also available faltered with no full copy publicly circulating online. That has now changed, with an unfinished workprint copy of 'Into the Dalek' now doing the…

Immunicity Resurrected by Anti-Censorship Supporters

Less than a week after the UK 'piracy police' shut down the proxy service Immunicity and arrested its owner, clones of the service have started to appear online. The services allow people to access The Pirate Bay and other blocked sites. Just like the original site they are completely free…

Movie Chief: We Won’t Sue Kids, Moms or Dads Over Piracy

A prominent studio boss has responded to suggestions by Australia's Communications Minister that copyright holders need to sue to get their message across. Rejecting such a path as "ineffective", Village Roadshow co-CEO Graham Burke says his company does not want to "sue 16 year olds or mums and dads."

Apple Approves Self-Censoring BitTorrent App

Ever since the inception of the App Store, Apple has notoriously banned all BitTorrent related apps. However, this week a native BitTorrent client managed to get approval, albeit not without sacrifice. Hoping to prevent trouble, the developer only allows users to download from a small selection of known legal sources.

Movie Curiosities Lurking on BitTorrent Networks

Anyone can publish any digital content they like using BitTorrent and over the years that has led to all kinds of weird and wonderful curiosities ending up on the Internet. Movie fans might be interested to learn that there are plenty of unfinished versions movies, plus others with additional footage…

Lionsgate Can Seize Assets of File-Sharing Sites, Court Rules

A California federal court has granted Lionsgate's request for a preliminary injunction against six file-sharing sites that distributed the Expendables 3 leak. As a result, all bank accounts and other financial assets will be frozen. In addition, the sites' domain names are also at risk.

Exploring the Legal Basis for the New ‘Pirate’ Proxy War

This week, police took unprecedented action by shutting down proxies facilitating access to torrent sites blocked in the UK. With the surprise arrest of the sites' alleged operator leaving people scratching heads, TorrentFreak decided to find out what emboldened police to go after sites that neither carry nor link to…

Blocking Pirate Bay is Not Censorship, IFPI Chief Says

The CEO of the IFPI in Austria has been defending his group's attempts to have The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites blocked by local ISPs. Franz Medwenitsch says that using the word "blocking" in these situations is wrong and defending copyright by disabling access to websites does not amount…

Domain Registrars Deny Police Requests to Suspend Pirate Sites

Domain name suspension requests sent by City of London Police to registrars are not being met with cooperation in a majority of cases. New information obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveals that a total of 70 requests were denied, with just five being granted.