Game of Thrones Premiere Triggers Piracy Craze

With more than a million downloads in half a day, the premiere of Game of Thrones' fourth season has set a new piracy record. People from all over the world grabbed a copy, and at its height this morning over 300,000 BitTorrent users were sharing the episode simultaneously.

Document Reveals When Copyright Trolls Drop Piracy Cases

A submission to an Illinois court that was supposed to remain under seal has revealed when a leading BitTorrent troll will dismiss cases against alleged pirates. In a surprise twist the comprehensive report also reveals that Internet account holders who pass a lie detector test will be left alone.

The Next Five Years Could Determine Our Liberties

Opinion

There's a European Election coming up. Voting starts in about one month, with the main election days on May 22-25. We've had many victories as activists and concerned citizens in the past five years to defend the net and its liberty, but the main showdown looks like it'll come down…

Sony Blocks Creative Commons Movie With Bogus DMCA Takedown

It's pretty hard to enrage free software advocates, the Creative Commons movement, and anti-overreaching copyright and anti-censorship camps with a single move, so 'congratulations' to Sony for managing that today. Thanks to a bogus DMCA takedown, the Blender Institute's open movie 'Sintel' is now blocked on YouTube.

Rightscorp Finds Scary Shortcut to Expose Alleged BitTorrent Pirates

News

An anti-piracy firm has found a shortcut to obtaining the personal details of account holders connected to pirating IP-addresses. Instead of having a judge decide, Rightscorp obtains so-called DMCA subpoenas which only a court clerk has to sign off on. A worrying development that could lift the copyright troll business…

Torrent Site Operators Face Jail For Sharing Warner, Disney Movies

After almost three years the suspected operators of a private BitTorrent tracker have finally been prosecuted for their alleged crimes. Said to be one of Sweden's biggest file-sharing cases in terms of content shared, the pair face accusations they spread at least 1,000 movies, some which belonged to Warner Bros.…

Google Patents Method of Keeping Pirate Apps at Bay

Google has secured a patent to help keep pirated applications off its Google Play store. By performing analysis on apps submitted by users, the company hopes to discover whether they contain significant sections of other apps' code while at the same time filtering out open source and free license-related false…