The movie industry is trying a different approach towards piracy, recognizing that the people they tried to criminalize are actually their best customers. "We know that the people that infringe content are the most valuable audience group," Liz Bales of The Industry Trust says.
Perhaps it's not much of a surprise, but the day after the Oscar award ceremony the winning films are in high demand among pirates. The number of people sharing "12 Years A Slave" via BitTorrent tripled, and the number of "Gravity" downloads more than doubled.
Over the past eight years Germany has earned a reputation as a leader when it comes to file-sharing settlement demands and last year was no different. New stats reveal 446 rightsholders sent 109,000 threat letters in 2013, seeking a cool 90.3 million euros ($124m) in compensation.
When Hotfile settled with the MPAA last year, the file-hosting service also agreed to drop its DMCA abuse case against Warner Bros, keeping crucial records hidden from the public. The EFF doesn't believe the movie studio should get off the hook that easily, so has asked a federal court in…
In another sporadic show of force against file-sharers in Japan, police have arrested 19 people said to have illegally shared popular anime shows and movies without permission from rightsholders.
TV networks in Australia are expressing fresh concern that local viewers are 'pirating' Netflix with help from VPN services. Officially unavailable Down Under, Netflix reportedly has up to 200,000 Aussie subscribers who evade geo-blocking mechanisms to happily pay for the service.
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. ‘Frozen’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘American Hustle’ '12 Years A Slave' completes the top three.
The makers of the Oscar-nominated movie Dallas Buyers Club are doing all they can to prevent their work from being pirated online. In some instances, however, their anti-piracy work is counterproductive. In addition to suing file-sharers, the company has recently asked Google to censor the film's listing on Comcast's XFINITY…