Pirate Bay Founder: The ‘Piracy’ Scene Needs Innovation

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Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde says that the "piracy" scene needs more innovation if it wants to sustain itself. In the wake of the KickassTorrents shutdown, he argues that the current ecosystem relies too heavily on a few large sites. More decentralization is the key to solve this vulnerability.

Steal This Show S01E14: KickassTorrents Down!

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Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the shutdown of KickassTorrent following a criminal complaint from the United States Government. Our guests are Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde, isoHunt founder Gary Fung and U.S. Pirate Party chairman Andrew Norton.

Openload Domain Suspended By Namecheap

Openload, one of the largest file-hosting sites on the Internet, has had its domain suspended. According to the site's operator, domain registrar Namecheap took action last evening after receiving "too many DMCA complaints". Openload says all complaints are actioned within 24 hours.

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 site will ever be restored to its full glory.

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 from US trade blacklists.