Anti-Piracy Outfit Targets ‘Troll’ Defense Sites With DMCA Takedowns

News

An anti-piracy company working for movie outfit Lionsgate has filed several wrongful and embarrassing DMCA notices with Google. IP Arrow was supposed to be making the move Mechanic: Resurrection harder to find on pirate platforms but also hit sites - including a law firm - set up to help people being targeted by copyright trolls 'protecting' the same content.

Spammers Populate Google Maps With Pirate Links

Opinion

Spammers are using Google Maps to promote pirated content. Thousands of links to pirate sites have appeared on the platform in recent months. Copyright holders are not happy with this unintended use and are targeting the pages with various takedown notices. Whether Google Maps search results will be downranked is doubtful though.

uTorrent Will Move to The Web Browser

BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen has unveiled plans to move the popular client uTorrent to the web browser. The next revision of the application will run in users' default browser, complete with a revamped interface and a significantly improved streaming experience.

Unauthorized Subtitles For Movies & TV Shows Are Illegal, Court Rules

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A group of fansubbers who turned the tables on BREIN by taking the anti-piracy group to court have lost their legal battle. The Free Subtitles Foundation sought a legal ruling determining that fansubbers act within the law, but this week the Amsterdam District Court sided with BREIN on all counts.

Russia Plans To Ban VPNs & Proxies That Unblock Blocked Sites

The Russian government is preparing to scale-up its war on blocked sites by hitting services that provide workarounds. A new bill developed by the government requires VPNs and other anonymizing services to stop providing access to blocked domains. If they do not, they themselves will also be blocked. Search engines also face sanctions for linking to banned sites.

Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service

Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has a new privacy-oriented startup. Today he launches the domain registration service Njalla, which offers site owners full anonymity, shielding them from the prying eyes of outsiders. "Think of us as your friendly drunk (but responsibly so) straw person that takes the blame for your expressions."