Anti-Piracy Company Explores New Ways to Convert Pirates

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While many anti-companies are consumed with simply taking down content or even suing end users, others are also exploring ways to be a little more creative. To that end London-based MUSO has just launched Retune, a platform which aims to engage potential customers during their efforts to obtain unauthorized content.

Pirate Group Suspends New Cracks to Measure Impact on Sales

The China-based cracking group that recently bemoaned Denuvo's anti-piracy system as all but unbreakable has delivered a second surprise announcement. 3DM says it will stop working on single-player games cracks for at least a year so it can assess whether genuine sales will be affected.

Pirate Bay Transforms into The World’s Biggest Streaming Site

Thanks to the brand new Torrents-Time browser plug-in The Pirate Bay has just transformed itself into the world's largest streaming video portal. The notorious torrent site now embeds 'Stream It!" links next to all video torrents enabling them to be played in a window without users ever having to leave…

Movie Industry Demands €1.2 Billion Piracy Damages from Dutch Govt

The Dutch movie industry is holding the local government responsible for the country's high piracy rates, claiming it tolerated and even encouraged unauthorized downloading for years. In response, a coalition of movie companies is demanding damages for the losses that they've suffered over the past decade, totaling more than a…

PayPal Starts Banning VPN and SmartDNS Services

After cutting off file-hosting sites and Usenet providers, PayPal is now taking aim at VPN and SmartDNS services. The payment processor states that services which can be used to bypass measures to prevent copyright infringement, such as geo-blockades, are violating its terms of service.

MPAA Takes Over Popcorn Time Domain

The MPAA is now the owner of Popcorntime.io, the domain name which was the home of the most used Popcorn Time fork up until last November. The change of ownership suggests that the Hollywood group reached a settlement with one of the key developers, but has yet to comment on…

Google Targets Fake ‘Download’ and ‘Play’ Buttons

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Google says it will go to war against the fake 'download' and 'play' buttons that attempt to deceive users on file-sharing and other popular sites. An extension of its 'Safe Browsing' initiative launched eight years ago and tweaked last November, the moves will see users increasingly warned when Google and…

66% of Aussie Downloaders Also Pay For Netflix-like Services

While people who obtain content from unofficial online sources are often painted as freeloaders, there is a growing understanding that they can also be some of the entertainment industry's best customers. A new report out of Australia has found that 66% of Aussie downloaders are also paying for streaming services…

Fansubbers Take Anti-Piracy Group BREIN to Court

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A group of fan-made subtitle creators are taking the Hollywood-backed anti-piracy group BREIN to court. The fansubbers want a Dutch court to decide whether their activities are protected by freedom of expression and if BREIN is permitted to crack down on their work.