Even Fake Leaks Can Help in Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Wars

Opinion

Disney chief Bob Iger recently announced that hackers had obtained one of the company's movies and were holding it to ransom. This Wednesday, TorrentFreak concluded it was a hoax, and on Thursday, Disney admitted that was indeed the case. When the 'hack' had so little credibility from the beginning almost a month ago, why debunk it so late?

Sean Parker’s ‘Screening Room’ Patents Anti-Piracy Technologies

If Napster co-founder Sean Parker has his way, people will soon be able to watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters in their living room as soon as they premiere at the box office. New details laid out in a series of patent applications reveal that the platform will likely be equipped with advanced anti-piracy technologies, including a "P2P polluter."

Copyright Troll Piracy ‘Witness’ Went Back to the Future – and Lost

News

A witness for the world's most notorious copyright trolls appears to have time-traveling abilities. Guardaley's "expert" sent a declaration to the court claiming to have witnessed BitTorrent infringement more than a week before the offenses allegedly took place. Marty McFly's colleagues subsequently dropped the case.

Facebook Bans Sale of Piracy-Enabling Products & Devices

News

Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to include a ban on "products or items" that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media. The new rule has almost certainly been put in place to stop the further spread of "fully loaded" set-top devices running modified Kodi and similar software.

Was The Disney Movie ‘Hacking Ransom’ a Giant Hoax?

Opinion

Last week, Disney boss Bog Iger revealed that one of his company's movies had been stolen and was being held hostage for a bitcoin ransom. With press speculation that it might be the latest 'Pirates' movie, TF has spent more than a week trying to find out more. The whole thing seems highly questionable.

No, ExtraTorrent Has Not Been Resurrected

Opinion

Just days after ExtraTorrent closed its doors, various sites popped up claiming to be the popular torrent site resurrected. Some even go as far as stating they're operated by former staffers, which was quickly picked up by the press. In reality, however, the widely covered copycat appears to be a Pirate Bay mirror with an ExtraTorrent skin.

Alleged KickassTorrents Founder Released on Bail

Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, has been released from prison on bail. The Ukrainian will be able to await the extradition procedure as a relatively free man. He currently lives in a rented apartment where he was reunited with his wife and young son.