BREIN Takes Down 231 Pirate Sites in Six Months, But That’s Not All

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has published a report on its activities for the first six months of 2017. The headline figures are the takedown of more than 230 'pirate' sites alongside the targeting of more than a dozen major uploaders, but it was BREIN's successes in key legal battles that will have the broadest implications.

FossHub Forced to Pull Google Ads From qBitTorrent Downloads

FossHub, a download site that hosts free and open-source software, has pulled Google advertising from the whole of its file-sharing software section. The difficult decision was taken after Google persistently flagged the download page of the popular qBitTorrent client as "unauthorized file sharing" and went on to ban the entire FossHub site.

The KickassTorrents Shutdown, One Year Later

Opinion

Exactly one year ago, KickassTorrents was shut down following a criminal investigation by the United States. While the site no longer exists in its former glory, the name is still around. Several original staffers remain dedicated to carrying the torch, for example. Today we take a look at KAT's past, present, and the future.

BREIN Wants to Speed Up Dutch Pirate Bay Blockade

News

Anti-piracy group BREIN is determined to have The Pirate Bay blocked in the Netherlands, preferably as soon as possible. The group no longer wants to wait for a local Supreme Court hearing on the matter and hopes to speed up the issue with a preliminary injunction.

Kim Dotcom Denied Access to Illegally Obtained Spy Recordings

Between December 2011 and March 2012, New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau illegally intercepted the private conversations of Kim and Mona Dotcom, and Megaupload co-defendant Bram van der Kolk. A new ruling handed down by the High Court means that Dotcom will be denied access to the recordings.

IPTV Service Raided By Police & Shutdown, Operator Arrested

A UK-based IPTV service appears to have shut down as a result of police action. After doing business for two years, BulkyIPTV's service went dark yesterday. Shortly after the service's owner sent out an email saying that the ride was over. "Today I was arrested. Everything has been shut down," he said.

Several TVAddons Domains Transferred to Canadian Lawfirm

Last month, leading Kodi addon repository TVAddons shut down in the wake of a lawsuit filed in the US by satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network. Just over a month later and with no other news surfacing, TF has now discovered that several recent and historical TVAddons' domains have been transferred to a Canadian law firm.