Losing Weight, Pirate Bay Founder Requests Security Downgrade

After being arrested just over a month ago, Peter Sunde has sent a plea to the authorities over his detention. The Pirate Bay co-founder says that his prison conditions don't match the nature of his crime and that his health is deteriorating as a result. In addition to psychological issues,…

Dotcom Encryption Keys Can’t Be Given to FBI, Court Rules

In 2012, New Zealand police seized computer drives belonging to Kim Dotcom, copies of which were unlawfully given to the FBI. Dotcom wants access to the seized content but the drives are encrypted. A judge has now ruled that even if the Megaupload founder supplies the passwords, they cannot subsequently…

Millions Watch World Cup Through Pirated Live Streams

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Millions of people have tuned in to pirated World Cup streams thus far, with some games getting nearly half a million unauthorized viewers. TorrentFreak spoke with the French-Israeli content protection firm Viaccess-Orca, who sent roughly 2,000 takedown notices to content platforms that host or link to illegally streamed World Cup…

Hackers Turn Music Industry Site into The Pirate Bay

During the past 24 hours a brand new Pirate Bay blockade was put in place in Argentina following a complaint from the IFPI-affiliated music industry group CAPIF. Now, just hours later, the tables have been turned after hackers transformed CAPIF's website into a fully functioning and blockade-circumventing Pirate Bay proxy.

The Pirate Bay Now Blocked in Argentina

Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to block The Pirate Bay on copyright grounds. A court order obtained by the country's leading recording labels compels eleven ISPs to block 256 Pirate Bay IP addresses and 12 domains. According to early reports from the region, some ISPs have…

Swiss Won’t Ban Downloading But Will Block Sites

A draft bill for the modernization of Swiss copyright law will be presented for public consultation in the coming months. While downloading for personal use will remain legal, uploading infringing content via BitTorrent will not. In addition to infringement warnings for Internet subscribers, the blocking of "obviously illegal" sites is…

UK Cinemas Ban Google Glass Over Piracy Fears

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Just a few days after the first Google Glasses went over the counter in the UK, the gadget is already being banned from local cinemas. Fearing that pirates will use the technology to illegally record the latest Hollywood blockbusters, Google Glass wearers will now be asked to take them off.