Bad Google DMCA Takedown is Hurting Us, Hosting Site Says

Copyright notices are designed to take down infringing content, but in some cases they do much more than that. The operator of a file-hosting service says that an abuse of the DMCA means that his site has been disappeared by Google, and as a result thousands of members are being…

Demonoid Returns, Website Now Back Online

After 20 months of downtime the infamous Demonoid BitTorrent tracker has made a comeback. The tracker returned a few weeks ago, but the now the website is accessible again too. Former users are still able to use their login details, and most of the old torrents are still listed on…

Pirate Bay’s Longest Surviving Torrents Turn 10 Years Old

Exactly ten years ago a Pirate Bay user uploaded a torrent linking to "Top Secret Recipes" ebooks. Today, this torrent is the oldest surviving torrent file on the notorious torrent index. The book torrent beats an Italian teen's homevideo and the Linux documentary "Revolution OS" which were uploaded one and…

Early iTunes Release Boosted Movie Piracy, Anti-Piracy Group Says

Lars von Trier's sex drama 'Nymphomaniac' is now causing even more controversy due to its high online piracy rates. According to an MPA-affiliated anti-piracy group, releasing the movie on iTunes first in the U.S. only resulted in even more illegal downloads. However, the full picture seems somewhat less cut-and-dried.

UK Govt: DVD and CD Ripping Will Be Legalized This Summer

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The UK Government has published a guide informing consumers about an upcoming revision of copyright law which will legalize CD and DVD copying for personal use. The changes go into effect in June, and will also broaden other forms of fair use, including parody and quotation rights.

RIAA Demands Personal Details of Pirating YouTube Users

After focusing on P2P file-sharers in the past, the RIAA is now going after pirating YouTube users. This month the music group obtained a subpoena at a federal court in California and has asked YouTube to hand over the IP-address, email and all other identifying information related to user(s) who…

EU Court: ISPs Can Be Forced to Block Pirate Sites

In a verdict handed down today the Court of Justice of the European Union confirmed that EU Internet service providers can be required to block access to sites engaged in copyright infringement. The decision follows the advice of the Advocate General in a case involving the now-defunct streaming site Kino.to.