After RIAA Targets DJ & Producer Site Mixstep, Site Shuts Down

A site created to allow DJs and producers to upload their work has shut itself down after being targeted by the RIAA. The operator of Mixstep informs TorrentFreak that despite banning errant users, tackling allegedly-infringing uploads is too much for the no-profit service.

‘Pirating’ Cox Business Subscriber Can Remain Anonymous, Court Rules


ISP Cox Communications recently agreed to identify thousands of business subscribers accused of sharing pirated material. The disclosure, part of the piracy liability lawsuit filed by several music labels, was protested with success by a lone business subscriber. The identities of thousands of other subscribers who didn't object will be revealed nonetheless.

‘Copyright Troll’ Lawyer Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison


Paul Hansmeier, one of the lead attorneys behind the controversial law firm Prenda, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. In addition, he must pay his victims $1.5 million in restitution. The attorney was one of the masterminds behind the fraudulent scheme in which Prenda created and uploaded porn movies to extract settlements from alleged pirates. The Pirate Bay played a crucial role in the case.

BREIN Criticizes Bullet-Proof Hosts, Forces Pirate Webcasters to Get Licenses


In a relatively unusual action, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN says it has forced three unlicensed Internet radio broadcasters to obtain licensing. A fourth has shut down. Other stations targeted by BREIN state that they're owned by their streaming platform, a matter that is complicated by its status as a so-called bullet-proof host set up to protect its customers' privacy.

Red-Hot Vetements Fashion Brand is Selling an $845 Pirate Bay Hoodie

According to the latest Lyst Index report of the world's hottest fashion brands, Switzerland-based Vetements is a Top 10 player, just behind Versace. Bizarrely, one of its latest 'creations' is a Pirate Bay hoodie, on sale for the bargain price of just $845. Ladies and gentlemen are advised to form an orderly queue, credit cards in hand please.