Pirate Bay’s Oldest Torrents Are ‘Teenagers’ Now

Opinion

The oldest torrents on The Pirate Bay are turning thirteen years old, which means that they're 'teenagers' now. While it's not unprecedented for a website to be online for this long, keeping a torrent 'alive' through all these years is a rather impressive accomplishment.

Rightscorp Boss Signs Deal That Could Be Bad News For Pirates

News

The new CEO of failing anti-piracy Rightscorp has signed a deal that will see him being paid large sums of money if he can turn the company around. How that will be achieved remains to be seen, but with the pool of file-sharers getting smaller and ever-harder to track, a more aggressive approach may help the company reach its goals.

Lawyers & Academics Warn UK Against Criminalizing File-Sharers

News

A group of campaigners, copyright scholars and lawyers have sent a letter to the UK Government, urging it to narrow the definition of online criminal copyright infringement in the Digital Economy Bill. The signees warn that the current definition of criminal copyright infringement is too broad and could be used to target casual file-sharers with sentences of up to ten years.

Netflix Gets Serious About Its Anti-Piracy Efforts

News

Since Netflix's priorities are shifting more to the production of original content, piracy is also turning into a more serious problem. The company wasn't very concerned about copyright infringement in the past, but today it has its own "Global Copyright Protection Group" and an anti-piracy focus that's on par with many major Hollywood studios.

20th Century Fox & Dreamworks Blackmailed Over The Boss Baby Leak

News

A man extorted cash from 20th Century Fox & Dreamworks after he obtained a leaked copy of their upcoming movie The Boss Baby. The studios were told to pay a bitcoin ransom to avoid the animated comedy leaking onto the Internet before its March 31 premiere. After an amount was paid by 20th Century Fox, a man was arrested and is now in custody.

US Ambassador Asks Vietnam to Target 123movies, Putlocker and Kisscartoon

While copyright industry groups frequently call on governments to take action against pirate sites, it's not often that we see such requests on the highest diplomatic level. That's exactly what happened this week, when the US Ambassador to Vietnam called on the local Government to criminally prosecute the movie streaming sites 123movies, Putlocker and Kisscartoon.

Australia Shelves Copyright Safe Harbor For Google, Facebook, et al

News

In a surprise setback for companies such as Google and Facebook that leverage user-generated content, Australia has dropped plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions. The move follows intense pressure from copyright holders, who said that a change in the law would hurt artists' ability to get fairly paid for their work.

Studios Mull New Movies at Home, 30 Days After Release For $30

News

If a plan by six major studios comes to fruition, consumers could be enjoying new movies in the home as early as 30 days after theatrical release for as little as $30. While that could slash the current delay by more than a third, negotiations are said to be at an early stage, with studios in disagreement over time-scales and compensation payments to theater chains.