Google Removes FrostWire BitTorrent App From Play Store

With nearly three million active users FrostWire is one of the most popular Android apps but a few hours ago the BitTorrent client and media downloader disappeared from the Play store. Google cites a YouTube related violation of the Developer Distribution Agreement.

Aussies Set For 200,000 Piracy Notices Per Year Under New Code

The country's biggest telecoms companies have submitted their final online anti-piracy code to the Australian Communications and Media Authority for approval by the regulator. Up to 200,000 warnings will be sent to subscribers each year but an appeal fee for the wrongly accused has been waived.

ISP Pulls VPN Service After Geo-Unblocking Legal Threats

Following copyright threats from large media companies a Kiwi ISP has taken down its VPN service. Lightbox, MediaWorks, SKY, and TVNZ had threatened legal action against services that bypass geo-restrictions on sites such as Netflix and Hulu. Other ISPs offering similar products are currently standing firm.

Popcorn Time Releases iOS App Tomorrow, No Jailbreak Needed

One of the most-used Popcorn Time forks will release an iOS app for non-jailbroken devices tomorrow. The new release opens up a whole new audience of hundreds of millions of devices. In addition, the Popcorn Time team suggests that other developers will soon be able to use the custom installer…

Spanish Court Orders First Pirate Music Site Block

Spain's National Court has ordered ISPs to block Goear.com, a comprehensive unlicensed music streaming site popular with locals. The order, the first of its type against a dedicated music site, follows the instruction to block The Pirate Bay last month on copyright grounds.

iiNet loses Dallas Buyers Club Piracy Case

File-sharers have been dealt a blow in Australia today after a Federal court ruled in favor of the company behind the movie Dallas Buyers Club in its highly anticipated case with local ISP iiNet. However, letters to the 4726 consumers involved must first pass judicial scrutiny.

Top Torrent Tracker Knocked Offline Over “Infringing Hashes”

Coppersurfer, one of the largest BitTorrent trackers on the Internet, has been taken offline after it refused to block 'infringing' hashes. Hosting provider LeaseWeb pulled the plug on the site after a tip-off from Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, who also demanded that the site operator should step out of anonymity.

ISP Teksavvy Appeals in Hurt Locker Piracy Case

Last month Voltage Pictures, the company behind the movie Hurt Locker, was told to pay Internet provider Teksavvy $21,557 to cover costs in exposing 2,000 alleged pirates. The ruling was a huge blow to Teksavvy which has now appealed, demanding $346,480 in costs. Meanwhile, Voltage is warning that 'pirate fines'…

Research: Piracy Increases Literacy and Access to Knowledge

New research published by the African Governance and Development Institute shows that piracy increases literacy and the spread of knowledge. The researchers warn against the adoption of strict anti-piracy policies, but note that not all copyright protection is bad.

‘Halo Online’ Modders Won’t Stop For Microsoft

With a DMCA notice sent to Github this week, Microsoft aimed to stop widespread access to its Russia-only version of Halo Online. But speaking with TF, the team leading the modding charge says that it will continue in its quest to provide a free version of the game without geo-restrictions.