Game of Thrones Piracy Surges to New High

The fifth season of Game of Thrones began with a bang. The first episode of the season broke ratings records but at the same time piracy surged to new highs. During the first week 32 million people pirated GoT episodes through torrent sites, with most downloaders coming from the US,…

Fate of Pirate Bay Domains Hang in the Balance

Should The Pirate Bay be allowed to carry on business as usual while using domain names under Swedish control? That's the argument the Stockholm District Court will consider next week following a demand from the prosecutor that the two .SE domains be disabled or placed under government control.

Dotcom Appeals Extradition Delay Ruling, Colleague Lawyerless

As the battle over Kim Dotcom's fate continues, the entrepreneur was back in court today appealing the decision not to delay a June extradition hearing. But while Dotcom enjoyed support from a reported 10-strong legal team, former Megaupload colleague Finn Batato appeared lawyerless amid an application for legal aid.

Major Record Labels Sue MP3Skull Over Mass Piracy

A group of major record labels including Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records and Universal Music Group have filed a lawsuit against the operators of the popular MP3 download site MP3Skull. The labels accuse the site's owners of copyright infringement and demand millions in damages.

HBO Cracks Down on Paying VPN “Pirates”

HBO has started to crack down on paying customers who access the HBO Now service from outside the United States. Subscribers from countries including Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia who use VPNs and other unblocking tools are now being threatened with account terminations.

VPN and Site Blocking Attacked By Consumer Group

In a submission to the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network has addressed site blocking and potential threats to VPN use. While the former could descend into an expensive consumer-funded game of whac-a-mole, clarification is required to remove potential threats to VPNs.