ATM-Style Kiosk Pumps Out Pirate Movies to USB Sticks


Services like RedBox have been delivering movies to the masses for more than 15 years but hiring out discs via a vending machine is always bound to cause problems. So how about a nice touchscreen shopping mall kiosk that dumps the latest movies to a USB stick for a few cents each?

Skytorrents: A Refreshing Ad-free and Privacy Focused Torrent Site


More than a decade ago most torrent sites were started as hobby projects. Gradually, however, outsiders started to recognize that these sites could be used to turn a profit, which resulted in an avalanche of smaller ad-ridden torrent farms. In this era, the ad-free and privacy-focused "Skytorrents" is a breath of fresh air.

Premier League Asks Google to Take Down Facebook’s Homepage


The Premier League has sent a rather unfortunate takedown notice to Google. The football organization wants the search engine to take down Facebook's homepage, claiming that it distributes copyright infringing content. Google has investigated the unusual censorship effort and decided not to take any action in response.

What Now For ‘Pirate’ Boxes & Streaming Following the ECJ Ruling?


This week the European Court of Justice found that set-top boxes and similar devices can infringe copyright if they are sold pre-configured for piracy. The Court also clarified that when users stream content from an illegal source, they too fall foul of the law. So with these issues in mind, how is the market likely to respond?

Hackers Leak Netflix’s Orange is The New Black Season 5 (Updated)

A hacking group calling itself TheDarkOverlord is threatening to leak a trove of unreleased TV shows and movies. The group has already backed up its warning by uploading the season five premiere of Netflix's Orange is The New Black. The group says it obtained the content from a post-production studio and after the company failed to pay a ransom, spilled it onto torrent sites.

Cloudflare Ordered to Expose Gay-Torrents Operator, Or Else…

A new DMCA subpoena has ordered Cloudflare to expose the person who manages the account of private torrent community The request comes from adult company Flava Works, who warned Cloudflare that it might also face a potential lawsuit of its own if it fails to take action against the website in question.

Swefilmer Piracy Trial Ends, Operators Face Years in Jail


The trial of the operators of defunct streaming site Swefilmer ended this week with the prosecutor likening the operation to organized crime and seeking lengthy custodial sentences for the men involved. On top, they face potential damages of more than $1m.

Kodi Counters Scaremongerers and Clarifies Its Stance on DRM


Facing a constant stream of rumors and inaccurate news reports, the Kodi team has felt the need to clarify its stance on DRM. The Kodi software will never prohibit users from accessing content, legal or not, they stress. Compatibility with low-level DRM is an option, but only so that external parties can offer their content securely.

Australia Readies New Copyright Safe Harbor Consultation


Last month Australia dropped plans to extend its copyright safe harbor provisions to include platforms such as Google, Facebook and YouTube. A little over a month later and the topic is back on the agenda, with the government announcing a new consultation aimed at encouraging the growth of the digital economy while protecting copyright holders.