Library of Congress Might Become a Piracy Hub, RIAA Warns

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The U.S. Copyright Office is considering expanding the mandatory deposit requirement for publishers, so that record labels would also have to submit their online-only music to the Library of Congress. The Library would then allow the public to access the music. The RIAA, however, warns that this plan introduces some serious piracy concerns.

WebTorrent: 250K Downloads & Strong With Zero Revenue

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The desktop variant of innovative torrent client WebTorrent has now clocked up an impressive 250,000 downloads, its founder reports. In a market where competing clients are often closed source or commercial ventures, WebTorrent promises to be transparent and non-commercial, forever. And that's despite Netflix knocking at the door.

Steal This Show S02E01: Zeronet

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Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the latest file-sharing and copyright trends and news. In this episode we interview Tamas Kocsis, founder and developer of the potentially revolutionary P2P platform Zeronet.

Who Are The Alleged Top Men Behind KickassTorrents?

Since its shutdown in July, much has been written about the demise of KickassTorrents. But who were the men at the very top of the operation? So far, the U.S. Government has revealed three names - Artem Vaulin, Alexander Radostin, and Ievgen Kutsenko. Today we can put faces to two of those names.

FBI-Controlled Megaupload Domain Now Features Soft Porn

As part of its criminal case against Megaupload, the U.S. Government seized several domain names belonging to Kim Dotcom's file-hosting service. Nearly five years later the authorities still control the domains but they haven't done a very good job of securing them. Megaupload.org now links to a soft porn portal.

Dotcom Wants Extradition Hearing Live-Streamed, U.S. Does Not

Kim Dotcom is hoping to have his fight with the U.S. government pushed further into the public consciousness by having his extradition appeal streamed live on the Internet. U.S. authorities are already objecting to Dotcom's application but they could be up against stiff opposition since New Zealand is proud of its courtroom transparency.

U.S. Government Indicts Three Alleged KickassTorrents Operators

The U.S. Government has followed up its criminal complaint against KickassTorrents with the indictment of three alleged operators of the site. In addition to their involvement with the popular torrent site, they are also linked to other 'pirate' sites including Leechmonster.com, Solarmovie, iWatchfilm.com, Hippomovies.com and Torcache.

Cloudflare Fights RIAA’s Piracy Blocking Demands in Court

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Cloudflare has made it clear that the company isn't going to block piracy sites without a proper court order. In addition, it now opposes an injunction requested by the RIAA, under which it would have to disconnect alleged MP3Skull accounts based on a keyword and IP-address.

Denuvo Weakens After ‘Inside’ Gets Cracked in Record Time

Denuvo is one of the most famous anti-piracy systems in use today. Earlier this month the protection was properly cracked for the first time on Rise of the Tomb Raider, but that was after the game had been out for 193 days. Now, similar protection on the game 'Inside' has been defeated in just six weeks.