Research Warns Against Overestimated Movie Piracy Losses

News

New research published by the independent research outfit APAS Laboratory reveals that downloading of movie CAM copies is mostly discovery based. There is no link between the number of illegal downloads and box office revenues. Instead, pirates appear to consume the camcorded movies that are most visible on torrent sites.

Firedrive Mystery Deepens, iOS and Android Apps Disappear

Popular video and cloud-hosting site Firedrive (previously Putlocker) appears to have lost all useful functionality. For almost a week the site has faced issues, and now most if not all videos have been replaced by movie studio intro titles. Only adding to the confusion, Firedrive's new iOS and Android apps…

BPI Set to Privately Prosecute ‘Pre-Release Music Pirates’

An investigation carried out by the UK music industry with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security will culminate in a Crown Court trial this month. The case, against members of a now-defunct UK-based Internet forum with a reputation for pre-release leaks, will be privately prosecuted by the BPI.

IMAGiNE BitTorrent Group Sysop Speaks Out From Prison

Opinion

Two years ago Gregory Cherwonik was sent to prison for his role as sysop of the famous movie piracy group IMAGiNE. After having served more than half of his sentence he now publishes an open letter on TorrentFreak which contains heavy criticism of the MPAA and Department of Justice, among…

Kim Dotcom Breaks Post Election Media Silence

Since his hectic election campaign came to a close last month, Kim Dotcom hasn't given a single interview. On TorrentFreak today he breaks his silence, opening up on his fight with two governments, his departure from Baboom, and what he views as almost "religious extremism" employed by the labels and…

Police Seize Domain of Frombar Sports Streaming Site

News

The popular sports streaming 'franchise' Sportlemon has lost Frombar.com, one of its main domain names, following a request from the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Whether the intervention will prove effective has yet to be seen, as the site is continuing its operations from various alternate domains.