Miramax Demands Payment From Kill Bill Pirates

Movie distributor Miramax is demanding cash from users of The Pirate Bay said to have downloaded movies including Tarantino's Kill Bill. The initiative is part of a partnership with anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp, who will be hoping the effort helps to reverse a collapsing stock price.

Google Adds Custom Search Box For The Pirate Bay, and Others

Google's new and improved sitelinks section has introduced a novel feature that could prove unintentionally popular with Pirate Bay fans. Alongside the same feature for other sites, the search engine now displays a custom Pirate Bay search box complete with related AutoComplete suggestions. Needless to say, copyright holders are not…

Revealed: Warner Bros. Uses “Sophisticated Robots” to Fight Piracy

Unsealed court records reveal that Warner Bros. uses "sophisticated robots" to track down pirated content online. The movie studio tried to keep knowledge of its robots a secret fearing that it would hurt their anti-piracy efforts. However, based on information revealed thus far the impact appears to be rather minimal.

NetNames Anti-Piracy Chief Moves to IFPI

The former Director of Piracy and Counterfeit Analysis at NetNames has left the company to join the music industry. Dr David Price, who has overseen major studies on Internet piracy including a recent one covering the cyberlocker market, has become the major labels' chief piracy researcher and analyst.

Research Warns Against Overestimated Movie Piracy Losses

New research published by the independent research outfit APAS Laboratory reveals that downloading of movie CAM copies is mostly discovery based. There is no link between the number of illegal downloads and box office revenues. Instead, pirates appear to consume the camcorded movies that are most visible on torrent sites.

Firedrive Mystery Deepens, iOS and Android Apps Disappear

Popular video and cloud-hosting site Firedrive (previously Putlocker) appears to have lost all useful functionality. For almost a week the site has faced issues, and now most if not all videos have been replaced by movie studio intro titles. Only adding to the confusion, Firedrive's new iOS and Android apps…

BPI Set to Privately Prosecute ‘Pre-Release Music Pirates’

An investigation carried out by the UK music industry with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security will culminate in a Crown Court trial this month. The case, against members of a now-defunct UK-based Internet forum with a reputation for pre-release leaks, will be privately prosecuted by the BPI.

IMAGiNE BitTorrent Group Sysop Speaks Out From Prison

Two years ago Gregory Cherwonik was sent to prison for his role as sysop of the famous movie piracy group IMAGiNE. After having served more than half of his sentence he now publishes an open letter on TorrentFreak which contains heavy criticism of the MPAA and Department of Justice, among…

Kim Dotcom Breaks Post Election Media Silence

Since his hectic election campaign came to a close last month, Kim Dotcom hasn't given a single interview. On TorrentFreak today he breaks his silence, opening up on his fight with two governments, his departure from Baboom, and what he views as almost "religious extremism" employed by the labels and…

Police Seize Domain of Frombar Sports Streaming Site

The popular sports streaming 'franchise' Sportlemon has lost Frombar.com, one of its main domain names, following a request from the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Whether the intervention will prove effective has yet to be seen, as the site is continuing its operations from various alternate domains.