TRON: Our BitTorrent Plan Might Take Two Decades

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Ever since BitTorrent Inc. was acquired by the TRON foundation, people have been asking what the cryptocurrency outfit intends to do with the file-sharing giant. A new announcement by TRON founder Justin Sun shines a little more light on the end game - democratizing and decentralizing the Internet - but like Rome, Sun's baby won't be built in a day. Or a decade.

Europeans Take “Upload Filter” Protests to The Streets

Following massive protests, the EU copyright reform plans were sent back to the drawing board last month. This means that the proposal will be opened up for changes, also to the controversial "upload filter" text. In support of this effort and to show critics that the opposition is real, the protests will soon move beyond the web, to the streets of several European cities.

Top 10 Torrent Site iDope Goes Down With Domain Issues

One of the Internet's most popular torrent sites has disappeared offline. iDope took the number 10 spot in our annual list of most-visited torrent sites but has been missing in action for a number of days. The site’s operator informs TF that domain issues are behind the downtime and normal service should be resumed in the coming days.

PUBG: NetEase Masks Its Copyright Infringement With Game Updates

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PUBG has told a federal court in California that there are no grounds to dismiss its lawsuit against the Chinese developer NetEase. According to the company, the "Rules of Survival" and "Knives Out" games are blatantly copied from PUBG, accusing NetEase of hiding the similarities with new game updates.

SevenTorrents Shuts Down, Transfers Database to New Torrent Site

SevenTorrents, a torrent index that has serviced more than 40 million unique users over the past 10 years, has announced its retirement. While a site throwing in the towel is pretty common, SevenTorrents says it has transferred its user database to a brand new torrent site so its community can live on.

Facebook Bans The Sale of All Kodi Boxes, Legal or Not

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Facebook has expanded its ban on the sale of piracy-enabling streaming devices. According to the company's latest commerce policies, all streaming devices that use Kodi software are now outlawed, which logically also applies to the many legal streaming boxes that are available.

KickassTorrents Karaoke Pirate Handed Suspended Jail Sentence

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A 63-year-old man from Lancashire, UK, has been handed an eight-month suspended sentence for karaoke track piracy. Steve Mather was raided by City of London Police's Intellectual Property Crime Unit in 2015, after making available unlicensed karaoke content on sites including KickassTorrents.