ICANN Refuses to Play Piracy Police

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In recent months copyright lobby groups have pressured the domain name system oversight body ICANN to take action against pirate sites. The organization is not happy with these calls and wants them to stop, making it crystal clear that they are not the Internet's piracy police.

Google Fails to Overturn Worldwide Site-Blocking Order

Google has failed in its efforts to overturn a worldwide site-blocking order handed down by a Canadian court in 2014. The British Columbia Court of Appeal found that despite not being a party to the case, Google must block a range of websites from its worldwide search results due to…

‘Pirate’ Android TV Box Sellers Raided By Police

Sellers of Android boxes loaded with software enabling the free viewing of movies, TV shows and live sports have been raided this week by UK authorities. Trading Standards officers, police and representatives from Sky TV carried out raids in several locations, causing other sellers to quickly reconsider the tone of…

EZTV Disappears From Google After Hostile Takeover

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Despite being run by 'scammers' the EZTV website is still drawing millions of visitors per week. However, the site is getting little love from Google. The search engine has completely wiped the domain from its top search results, pointing out the hostile takeover instead.

Aussie ‘Pirate’ Site-Blocking Bill Given the Green Light

The Australian parliamentary committee investigating the government's 'pirate' site-blocking Bill has given the legislation the green light. In a report published this morning the committee recommends that following several amendments the Bill should be passed. As a result, sites such as The Pirate Bay will soon by off-limits to Aussie…

Pirate Party Adopts Torrent Tracker to Fight Legal Pressure

Coppersurfer, one of the largest torrent trackers on the Internet, has been targeted by copyright holders throughout Europe. Most recently, a German court ordered a local hosting provider to hand over the personal details of its operator. In response the Greek Pirate Party has decided to adopt the tracker, providing…

Kim Dotcom’s MegaNet Preps Jan 2016 Crowdfunding Campaign

Kim Dotcom's dream of a people-powered, censorship-resistant Internet will rely on the goodwill of supporters to get off the ground. In an announcement this morning, the entrepreneur confirmed that his MegaNet project will seek equity via a crowd-funding campaign set to launch on the January 2016 anniversary of the raid…

Elsevier Cracks Down on Pirated Scientific Articles

Academic publishing company Elsevier has filed a complaint at a New York District Court, hoping to shut down the Library Genesis project and the Sci-Hub.org search engine. The sites, which are particularly popular in developing nations where access to academic works is relatively expensive, are accused of pirating millions of…