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?

uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner, Users Complain

Many users of the popular BitTorrent client uTorrent are complaining about it silently installing a cryptocurrency miner with a recent update. The Epic Scale tool, which slows down host computers, is reportedly being installed without consent and for some is particularly hard to remove.

U.S. Government Lists Top Torrent Sites as Piracy Havens

A new report published by the United States Trade Representative has listed the world's largest BitTorrent sites and cyberlockers as some of the most problematic copyright infringers in the world. Popcorn Time and its derivatives are mentioned too, with the former's creation blamed on YIFY/YTS. Domain name registrars are also…

WordPress Wins $25,000 From DMCA Takedown Abuser

WordPress has scored an important victory in court against a man who abused the DMCA to censor an article of a critical journalist. The court agreed that the takedown request was illegitimate and awarded WordPress roughly $25,000 in damages and attorneys fees.

World’s Most Beautiful Pirate Movie Site Killed in Infancy

A site to rival the beauty of any pirate movie service on the planet has been shutdown almost before anyone had even heard of it. Named after the infamous Popcorn Time, NachoTime flourished for about a week, with glorious presentation, instant in-browser streaming plus mobile device support. Dutch anti-piracy group…

.SO Registry Bans More “KickassTorrents” Domains

The registry behind the Somalian .SO TLD has banned more "Kickass" related domain names, citing illegal activities. The actions target Kickas.so, Kickasstorrents.so, Kickassmovie.so and several others domains, even a parked one. The owners, who are not affiliated with the popular torrent site, lost their domain names without prior notice.

EZTV Suffers Extended Downtime (Updated)

Due to technical problems the popular TV-torrent site EZTV has been unreachable for the greater part of the day. While there's currently no ETA for when the site will return, the group's torrents are still spreading through other sites.