Unknown Sites Dominate Google ‘Pirate’ Search Results

Google's downranking of the most complained-about pirate sites last month certainly shook things up, but there have been unintended consequences too. A search for this week's most popular movie reveals relatively unknown sites dominating results and pulling record traffic. However, there are also some dangerous side-effects.

AVG Monitors Torrenting Habits to Advise Heavy Downloaders


Anti-virus software can be a great help to keep viruses and malware at bay, but AVG takes its responsibilities a bit further. Avid BitTorrent users who download files at near-maximum speeds get a friendly reminder from AVG explaining that they may want to pause their downloads to improve web browsing.

Night Time Eiffel Tower Photos Are a Copyright Violation


Every day thousands of tourists in Paris snap a picture of the Eiffel Tower's famous light show. However, using those pictures in public may lead to unintended consequences, as pictures of France's most famous building taken at night are protected by copyright.

Google Pressured to Push Proper Porn Over Piracy

Google's attempts at pacifying the movie and music industries over piracy has piqued the interest of other content creators. Irate members of the adult industry are now calling for similar actions to promote porn, but despite taking their grievances to the BBC, Google doesn't even want to comment on the…

Movie Chief: Obama is Scared to Push Google, ISPs on Piracy

Avi Lerner, CEO of the company behind The Expendables 3, says that the online leak of the movie cost his business $250 million. “Within five years, we’re not going to have a business," the Nu Image CEO said, adding that President Obama doesn't want to pass "simple" anti-piracy laws because…

BitTorrent Wins $2.2 Million Damages From “Scammer”

BitTorrent Inc, the parent company of the popular file-sharing applications uTorrent and BitTorrent, has won $2.3 million in damages from its German namesake Bittorrent Marketing GMBH. A federal court in California branded the German company a cybersquatter and ruled that it misled BitTorrent users for financial gain.

Court Orders Cloudflare to Expose Pirate Site Operators


Cloudflare has received a subpoena asking it to reveal the people behind two alleged pirate sites. The request comes from a Japanese magazine publisher who warned Cloudflare that it may lose its safe harbor protection for failing to comply with previous takedown requests.