Pirate Bay Founders’ File-Hosting Site Wiped From Google

Google has removed all links to Bayfiles, the file-hosting service created by the Pirate Bay's founders. For reasons unknown, people searching for the site can no longer reach it through the search engine. The site's operators are puzzled, but say that the change has very little impact on visitor numbers.

Parents of Pirate Site Admin Sentenced For Money Laundering

The former admin of a pair of file-sharing sites that had their domains seized in 2012 has this week been handed a 22 month suspended jail sentence. Also punished were the man's parents, who were sentenced to 10 months after using their bank account to accept site advertising revenue.

“Rogue” Video Site Refuses to Pay Record $42m Piracy Fine

A video service labeled a "rogue site" by the United States Trade Representative was formally presented with a $42m copyright fine yesterday, but already a face-off has begun. China-based QVOD is allowed to appeal the record-breaking decision by local authorities but in the meantime must pay the fine anyway, something…

Spotify Wants to Convert More Music Pirates

The popularity of music streaming services has grown explosively in recent years. There are many competing services around, but there's also a huge untapped market of people who pirate music. In the years to come Spotify hopes to convert a large chunk of the latter group into paying consumers.

Hundreds of Paid Informants Help to Rat Out Software Pirates

The paid informants program of the Business Software Alliance, a trade group representing Adobe, Apple and Microsoft, is a great success. The group recruits informants through Facebook and other venues, offering them hard cash in return for a successful tip. According to a BSA executive, this approach has put a…

Movie Boss Loses the Plot Over ISP Piracy Liability

The fight between a movie studio and an Australian ISP has today taken another odd turn. Village Roadshow's co-CEO now suggests that iiNet must take responsibility for piracy in the same way a car manufacturer apparently would if one of its vehicles killed someone while being driven by a customer.…

‘Failed’ Piracy Letters Should Escalate to Fines & Jail, MP Says

UK ISPs have agreed to send their customers warning letters when they pirate movies, music and TV shows, but before the scheme starts thoughts are turning to its potential failure. The Prime Minister's IP advisor says 'VCAP' needs to be followed by something more enforceable, including disconnections, fines and jail…

Dotcom’s Internet Party Wants to Abolish “Geo Blocking” Restrictions

Kim Dotcom's Internet Party has proposed drastic changes to New Zealand's "outdated" copyright law. One of the key proposals is to legalize the circumvention of geo-blocking restrictions, so that Hollywood has an incentive to release content globally. In addition, the party also wants to get rid of Internet disconnections under…

Respect for File-Sharers’ Privacy Keeps Swiss on US Watch List

A 2010 decision by Switzerland's highest court to acknowledge the privacy rights of file-sharers effectively outlawed the tracking of BitTorrent users. That position means that the country occupies the new 2014 Watch List of the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus on Capitol Hill along with other problem nations China, Russia…

MPAA Targets Reddit Community Over Movie Piracy

The MPAA has asked Google to remove a Reddit community from its search results over piracy concerns. The movie industry group lists the "FullLengthFilms" subreddit in a recent takedown request, alongside several notorious pirate sites. Thus far Google has refused to take the page down, and Reddit hasn't taken any…

YouTube Terminates Top Indian News Network For Infringement

ZeeNews, which claims to be India’s largest news network with 140 million viewers, has this morning received the ultimate punishment from YouTube. The network's account has been terminated following "multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement" and that could mean there's no hope of a recovery.