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.

Ebook Library Punishes Anti-Piracy Outfit For Wrongful DMCA Notices

The Ultimate Ebook Library, TUEBL, is taking countermeasures against anti-piracy company MUSO for continued abuse of its DMCA takedown process. The ebook site is demanding the payment of a $150 fine, while threatening to ban MUSO's IP-addresses and restore previously removed books if the company fails to comply.

Rightscorp Hemorrhages Cash, Profit from Piracy Remains Elusive

The 'revolutionary' business model employed by the Internet pirate-chasers of Rightscorp Inc. is driving the company deeper into trouble with each passing year. Despite claims of protecting record copyrights and receiving settlements from record numbers of infringers, the company has just recorded a loss of $3.4 million for 2014.

UK ISPs Quietly Block Sites That List Pirate Bay Proxies

The UK website blocking bonanza has started to move in a dubious direction. Several Internet providers are now blocking access to websites that provide a list of Pirate Bay proxies. The sites in question do not host or link to any infringing material themselves and are purely informational.

Sky Will Hand Over Customer Data in Movie Piracy Case

The UK's second largest ISP is about to hand over the personal details of customers to a company known for demanding cash from alleged file-sharers. Sky Broadband says it will hand over the names and addresses of subscribers to TCYK LLC and warns customers that the movie company will probably…

Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Secrets Must Be Revealed, Court Rules

All records that are part of the now-closed case between Hotfile and the MPAA will be unsealed in the interests of the public. In a decision that will be a disappointment to the industry group, U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Williams declined a request from the MPAA who wanted to…

Movie Group To “Kill Piracy” By Not Releasing Movies For Months

There have been some radical solutions to online piracy in recent years but one coming out of India today is perhaps the most 'ambitious' so far. The Tamil Film Producer's Council says it is in discussion to stop releasing all films for at least three months which means that pirates…

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week – 03/09/15

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' completes the top three.

Aussie Anti-Piracy Plans Boost Demand for Anonymous VPNs

Australians' interest in VPN services has skyrocketed after local ISPs announced plans for a three-strikes anti-piracy system. With potential lawsuits against consumers on the table, many subscribers are now planning ahead to stay on the safe side.

Cyberlocker Traffic Plummets, But Not Mega

The past six months have not been good ones for some of the world's leading file-hosting sites. Many have seen their traffic plummet as a result of Google algorithm changes, but interestingly some are bucking the trend. Mega.co.nz, for example, is doing better than ever.

Google Keeps Rejecting Hollywood’s Broad Takedown Requests

It's no secret that Google and Hollywood have different views on the responsibilities of search engines. This is resulting in an interesting standoff where Google keeps rejecting requests to remove pirate sites from its search results. The MPAA apparently even tried to take down its own website as a test,…

Is 10 Years in Jail the Answer to Online Pirates?

Physical counterfeiters can receive up to 10 years in jail under UK copyright law but should online pirates receive the same maximum punishment? A new report commissioned by the government reveals that many major rightsholders believe they should, but will that have the desired effect?