Anti-Piracy Threats Trigger Massive Surge in VPN Usage

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Piracy is a hot topic around the world and in Australia the issue has made mainstream headlines over the past week. After the announcement of a new anti-piracy scheme and the news of copyright trolls coming Down Under this week, VPN usage has surged to unprecedented levels.

Sentenced to Jail, Warez Operator Faces $30m Damages Claim

A two million member warez site that featured on the RIAA's latest "rogue site" list is to shut down after its owner was sentenced in absentia to a year in jail. Currently domiciled in Asia, the French national is now making preparations for his return to France where he faces…

Judge: IP-Address Doesn’t Identify a Movie Pirate

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The filmmakers behind the action movie "Manny" have filed hundreds of lawsuits against BitTorrent pirates this year, but not all have been successful. In a prominent ruling Florida District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro refused to issue a subpoena, arguing that IP-address evidence is not enough to show who has downloaded…

Stallone Thanks Piracy Police For New Expendables 3 Arrest

Sylvester Stallone has given thanks to the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit following the arrest of a man in the UK yesterday. The unnamed 26-year-old is believed to be responsible for leaking several movies including Expendables 3. "It is important to protect the rights of creatives around the world from…

EFF Seeks DMCA Exemption to Preserve Abandoned Games

The EFF and the Entertainment Software Alliance are going head-to-head over the need to preserve functionality in abandoned games. The EFF wants an exemption to the DMCA to keep games alive after its servers are closed down, but the ESA and its allies the MPAA and RIAA are vigorously opposing…

Pirate Bay’s Fredrik Neij Appeals Denial to Print In Prison

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Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij, currently the last person serving a site-related sentence, was recently granted access to a tablet to read the details of an ongoing investigation. However, the prison reportedly backpedaled on granting him the right to make printouts, a decision Neij is now appealing before the…

Major Labels Sue Music Leaker After FBI Investigation

Major labels including Sony, Warner and Universal are suing a man after he allegedly obtained unreleased music created by some of their biggest stars. Following an FBI investigation the man was traced to Sweden, where he will stand trial next month for leaks related to artists including Nicki Minaj, Chris…