U.S. ‘Strikes’ Scheme Fails to Impact Piracy Landscape

According to leaked MPAA documents the U.S. "six strikes" ISP warning scheme has thus far failed to impact the overall piracy landscape. The movie group currently has no idea whether pirates are becoming customers or simply more cunning, but will send out more and more notices in future.

Huh? Google Crowns a New Pirate Bay

The official Pirate Bay website hasn't served any torrents for more than a month. While many users of the site are desperately waiting for its return, Google has already picked a new winner. Those who search for "Pirate Bay" will be directed to one of its copycats. Bing meanwhile, rightfully…

Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself

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The much-praised Chilling Effects DMCA archive has taken an unprecedented step by censoring its own website. Facing criticism from copyright holders, the organization decided to wipe its presence from all popular search engines. A telling example of how pressure from rightsholders causes a chilling effect on free speech.

Pirate Bay Investigation “Will Take Months” to Complete

Anyone expecting a swift conclusion to the current investigation into The Pirate Bay should stop holding their breath. According to prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad the process involves processing lots of evidence and will take many months to complete. But who else is on the prosecutor's radar?

MPAA Wants to Sue ‘Pirate’ Site Hosting Providers

The major movie studios are considering lawsuits against hosting providers in the U.S, and abroad. The MPAA specifically mentions the Dutch hoster LeaseWeb as a potential target, claiming that it frequently does business with pirate sites. LeaseWeb is surprised to be mentioned as a potential target and is not aware…

Canadian Piracy Notices: From Benign to Ridiculous

Canada's new piracy warning notice scheme is young but already controversial. With one relatively small ISP sending more than 3,000 notices every day, copyright trolls have quickly jumped on the bandwagon with their own brand of crazy. Other notices are much more benign - and users know it.

Leaked Oscar Movie Screeners Flood Torrent Sites

An unprecedented fast flood of leaked 'screener' copies of movies has hit torrent sites ahead of the official Oscar nominations announcement later this month. The latest Hobbit installment is proving most popular with over 500K downloads in the first 24 hours. None of the movies comes from a traditional 'scene'…