Australian Pirate Site Blocks Actually Block Pirate Sites


New research, promoted by copyright holders, concludes that Australia's pirate site-blocking efforts are paying off. The court-ordered blockades have effectively limited the number of direct visits to blocked sites. Whether the effect is as pronounced as claimed is unclear though, in part because VPN usage is not accounted for.

TVAddons Suffers Big Setback as Court Completely Overturns Earlier Ruling

In 2017, Kodi add-on site TVAddons was taken offline following a copyright complaint from Canada's largest telecoms companies. TVAddons' owner was subjected to a no-notice search, something which caused outrage at the time. Soon after a judge found serious errors in the execution of the search order and vacated it. Now, in a major setback for TVAddons, an appeals court has overturned that ruling.

SkyTorrents Dumps Massive Torrent Database and Shuts Down

The ad-free and privacy-focused torrent site "SkyTorrents" has become a victim of its own success. With millions of pageviews per day, the site was too expensive to manage, leaving the operator no other option than to shut it down. People who are interested in the site's 15 million torrent database can now grab a copy before it disappears for good.

Pirate Site Admin Sentenced to Two Years Prison & €83.6 Million Damages


A man said to be the brains behind one of France's most popular streaming sites has been sentenced in his absence by a court in the suburbs of Paris. Currently on the run, the 41-year-old was sentenced to two years in prison and a shocking 83 million euros in damages after infringing the rights of companies including Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.

BitTorrent Client uTorrent Suffers Security Vulnerability (Updated)

BitTorrent client uTorrent is suffering from an as yet undisclosed vulnerability. The security flaw was discovered by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who previously said he would reveal a series of "remote code execution flaws" in torrent clients. BitTorrent Inc. has rolled out a 'patch' in the latest Beta release and hopes to fix the stable uTorrent client later this week.

Steal This Show S03E13: The Tao of The DAO

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Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest decentralization and file-sharing news. In this episode, we talk to Chris Beams, founder of the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Bisq.

Copyright Trolls Target Up to 22,000 Norwegians for Movie Piracy


The Oslo District Court has effectively given a Danish law firm the go-ahead to target up to 21,804 potential pirates with cash settlement demands. Njord Law ran into trouble at the Supreme Court last year when it was found that its evidence against alleged pirates failed to show serious levels of infringement. This time around it has clearly learned from its earlier experiences.

Canadian Pirate Site Blocks Could Spread to VPNs, Professor Warns


A group of prominent Canadian ISPs and movie industry companies are determined to bring pirate site blocking efforts to North America. This plan has triggered a fair amount of opposition, including cautioning analyses from law professor Michael Geist, who warns of potential overblocking and fears that VPN services could become the next target.

Flight Sim Company Embeds Malware to Steal Pirates’ Passwords


Flight sim company FlightSimLabs has found itself in trouble after installing malware onto users' machines as an anti-piracy measure. Code embedded in its A320-X module contained a mechanism for detecting 'pirate' serial numbers distributed on The Pirate Bay, which then triggered a process through which the company stole usernames and passwords from users' web browsers.