Australian ISPs Refuse to Pay For Pirate Site Blocking

Australian ISPs hit with demands to block several 'pirate' sites including The Pirate Bay and Torrentz say they don't want to bear the costs. One ISP says it could block for around AUS$50 per domain, but another put the bill as high as $AUS800. With dozens of domains involved, costs could get out of control.

Pirate Bay & KickassTorrents Uploader Stung For €7,500

Another uploader to torrent sites including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents has agreed to pay a cash settlement to Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN. After other members of his group were identified the man apparently stopped uploading torrents and lay low, but that didn't stop BREIN from catching up with him.

Elsevier Complaint Shuts Down Sci-Hub Domain Name

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Sci-Hub is facing millions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers. As a result of the legal battle the site just lost one of its latest domain names. However, the site has no intentions of backing down, and will continue its…

Popcorn Time Could End Up on New Set-Top Boxes, Lawmakers Warn

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Promises by the FCC to open up the set-top box market had the MPAA spooked last month, with warnings that pirate sites would take advantage of a more open format. Now lawmakers appear to be taking notice, with leaders of the House Judiciary Committee warning that Popcorn Time or worse…

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…