BREIN Hits 128 Sites Plus BitTorrent Uploaders & Moderator

News

Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has published details of its operations in the first half of 2015. In addition to pressuring local web hosts to take down 128 file-sharing sites, BREIN says it has obtained a dozen injunctions against those offering digital content without permission, four relating to major BitTorrent uploaders and another against a moderator of one of the largest torrent sites.

MPAA Emails Expose Dirty Media Attack Against Google

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New emails have revealed how the MPAA and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood orchestrated a PR smear campaign against Google in order to push through their anti-piracy measures. Among other things, they planned to get mainstream media outlets including the Today Show and The Wall Street Journal to carry their…

WordPress Rejects 43% Of All ‘Piracy’ Takedown Notices

WordPress has published new data on the number of piracy takedown notices the company receives. During the first half of the year copyright holders sent close to 5,000 requests to the blogging platform. Of these takedown notices a surprisingly high percentage was rejected due to inaccuracies or plain abuse.

Geo-Blocking Caused Massive TV Piracy 20 Years Ago

Opinion

This week several Hollywood studios and pay TV giant Sky found themselves on the wrong end of an EU antitrust investigation for blocking cross-border access to TV shows and movies. Yet twenty years ago Sky was doing the same thing, a stubbornness that sparked a huge wave of piracy right…

MPAA Sues MovieTube Sites Over Mass Piracy

The MPAA has revived its legal campaign against piracy sites with a new lawsuit against movie streaming platform MovieTube. The people behind MovieTube allegedly operate a group of infringing sites and the studios are demanding millions of dollars in damages. The first success may have already been booked, as all…

Massive Piracy Case Ends in Disappointment for Hollywood

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A five year-old case billed by prosecutors as the largest of its kind to go trial in Sweden has ended in disappointment for Hollywood. Accused of administering an infamous 'Scene' topsite known as 'Devil', the defendant faced copyright infringement charges on more than 2,200 movies. He's just received probation and…

Pirate Bay Led Hollywood The Way, Co-Founder Says

During his stay in prison, Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij was deprived of the Internet and forced to view broadcast TV. A grueling experience, but not as bad as it used to be, something the Pirate Bay can take credit for in part. Still, Fredrik believes that there's plenty of…

Project Free TV Streaming Site Shuts Down

In a crowded marketplace Project Free TV grew to become one of the most visited streaming indexes around, gaining popularity with fans worldwide through its TV scheduling and discovery features. But after many years' loyal service Project Free TV now displays just one word on its homepage: Goodbye.