KickassTorrents Must Be Blocked in Finland, Court Rules

KickassTorrents, the world's most popular torrent index, will soon become more difficult to access in Finland. An order handed down by a specialist court following a 2015 change in the law now compels the country's seven largest ISPs to block the site. Limitations on the instruction has left rightsholders disappointed,…

National Assembly ‘Kills’ French Three-Strikes Anti Piracy Law

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The French three-strikes anti-piracy law "Hadopi" is heralded by copyright holders as an effective way to curb piracy. However, in France the legislation has often been criticized and in a surprise move against the will of the Government, the National Assembly has now voted to dismantle it in a few…

Swedish Police Want to Block The Pirate Bay & Seize Domains

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Sweden's national coordinator for IP enforcement has advised the government that sites like The Pirate Bay should be blocked by ISPs without need for lengthy court battles. Furthermore, since their domains are effectively tools for committing crimes, they should be seized while preliminary investigations are underway.

Prince Fights Piracy From Beyond the Grave

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Prince may have gone forever but his music lives on, selling millions of copies in the days after his death. However, to ensure that life for those unwilling to pay isn't being made too easy, Google has been receiving thousands of requests to remove links to pirate Prince songs, takedowns…

Pirate Bay Gets a ‘Massive’ $9 in Donations, Per Day

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When The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites started accepting Bitcoin donations a few years ago, copyright holders voiced concerns about this new 'unseizable' revenue stream. Thus far, this fear seems unwarranted with TPB raking in an average of $9 per day in Bitcoin donations over the past year. While…

Hulu Tracks Pirates to Decide What to Buy

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With millions of paying subscribers in the United States, Hulu is one of the leading video streaming services. The company is battling with other services to license the best content, and as part of this quest it uses piracy data to see what is popular among potential viewers.

Portugal Blocks 330 Pirate Sites in Just Six Months

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After the signing of a memorandum of understanding between rightsholders and ISPs last summer, Portugal is already a pirate site block world leader. In a matter of months the country has blocked an astonishing 330 sites, a number that will increase in the months to come.