Court Orders News Site Blocked Following Article Piracy

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Blocking torrent and streaming sites is a regular occurrence in many countries but the practice is now extending to other areas. Following a complaint by Russian news site Gazeta, the Moscow City Court has ordered a news portal to be blocked by ISPs after it 'pirated' a tourism article.

KickassTorrents Community Resurrects, Without Torrents

KickassTorrents may be down, but the KAT 'family' is still very much alive. A group of site admins and moderators have started a new community, bringing back many users of the site under the same roof. The new home doesn't offer any torrents, however, and it's still doubtful if the…

KAT Takedown Triggers Traffic Spike at Torrent Sites

Earlier this week KickassTorrents was taken down following a criminal investigation into the site's alleged owner. Since then, millions of frequent users have taken refuge elsewhere. The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent are among the major beneficiaries, with the latter reporting an instant traffic spike of more than 300%.

VKontakte CEO: Time to Remove Us From ‘Pirate’ Blacklists

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After years of legal disputes, leading Russian social networking site vKontakte has struck a deal with Universal Music to license content uploaded to the platform by its users. TorrentFreak caught up with vKontakte CEO Boris Dobrodeyev to discover how the deal will help end accusations of piracy and remove vKontakte…

KickassTorrents’ Connections to the US Doomed the Site

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Following the shutdown of KickassTorrents, the next pretenders to the torrent throne will be weighing up the pros and cons of pirate life. There are lessons to be learned for those willing to take the risk, but can any setup be truly bullet-proof when challenged by the US Government?

Digital Citizens Slam Cloudflare For Enabling Piracy & Malware

Consumer interest group Digital Citizens Alliance has published a new report highlighting the connection between pirate sites and malware delivery. The group says that as many as one in three pirate sites are engaged in the practice, assisted by US-based companies including Cloudflare.