Civil Rights Lawyer To Fight U.S. Govt. in Internet Piracy Case

Two individuals accused of millions of dollars worth of Android piracy signed plea agreements with the U.S. Government last week, but at least one other defendant has different things in mind. With the hiring of a "much-feared civil rights lawyer", the former operator of Applanet is going on the offensive…

Pirate Bay Partners With Neuroscientists to Launch “Virtual Bay”

The Pirate Bay is known to surprise the world around this time of year, but a new plan announced today goes far beyond what we've seen in the past. The notorious torrent site has partnered with Russian, Israeli and Japanese neuroscientists to launch a new virtual reality initiative, The Virtual…

UK Police Launch Pirate Site Blacklist for Advertisers

City of London Police is continuing its crackdown on piracy with the launch of an official blacklist that advertising agencies can use to disrupt cash flow to allegedly infringing sites. The "Infringing Website List" is maintained by the the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in collaboration with entertainment industry groups.

Microsoft Censors TorrentFreak For Security Reasons

Tech giant Microsoft is blocking access to TorrentFreak on its internal network. According to the notice employees see, our news site is censored because it violates the company's security policy. Another fine example of overblocking.

Bad Google DMCA Takedown is Hurting Us, Hosting Site Says

Copyright notices are designed to take down infringing content, but in some cases they do much more than that. The operator of a file-hosting service says that an abuse of the DMCA means that his site has been disappeared by Google, and as a result thousands of members are being…

Demonoid Returns, Website Now Back Online

After 20 months of downtime the infamous Demonoid BitTorrent tracker has made a comeback. The tracker returned a few weeks ago, but the now the website is accessible again too. Former users are still able to use their login details, and most of the old torrents are still listed on…

Pirate Bay’s Longest Surviving Torrents Turn 10 Years Old

Exactly ten years ago a Pirate Bay user uploaded a torrent linking to "Top Secret Recipes" ebooks. Today, this torrent is the oldest surviving torrent file on the notorious torrent index. The book torrent beats an Italian teen's homevideo and the Linux documentary "Revolution OS" which were uploaded one and…

Putin: Pirate Site Blocking Has Failed to End Piracy

It was supposed to be the world's toughest anti-piracy regime but Russia's site blocking legislation just isn't working. That's not just the opinion of irate movie and music companies either, but comments from Vladimir Putin himself.

Early iTunes Release Boosted Movie Piracy, Anti-Piracy Group Says

Lars von Trier's sex drama 'Nymphomaniac' is now causing even more controversy due to its high online piracy rates. According to an MPA-affiliated anti-piracy group, releasing the movie on iTunes first in the U.S. only resulted in even more illegal downloads. However, the full picture seems somewhat less cut-and-dried.

UK Govt: DVD and CD Ripping Will Be Legalized This Summer

The UK Government has published a guide informing consumers about an upcoming revision of copyright law which will legalize CD and DVD copying for personal use. The changes go into effect in June, and will also broaden other forms of fair use, including parody and quotation rights.

RIAA Demands Personal Details of Pirating YouTube Users

After focusing on P2P file-sharers in the past, the RIAA is now going after pirating YouTube users. This month the music group obtained a subpoena at a federal court in California and has asked YouTube to hand over the IP-address, email and all other identifying information related to user(s) who…