Spanish Authorities Launch New Campaign to Block Pirate Websites

The Civil Guard, Spain's oldest law enforcement agency, has announced a new anti-piracy campaign. Targeting websites promoting content on P2P networks such as BitTorrent, the agency says it has just blocked 23 websites dealing in movies, TV shows, music, and videogames. This is claimed to be just the beginning but the pirates are already fighting back.

Chrome and Firefox Block Torrentz2 Over “Harmful Programs”

Chrome and Firefox are blocking direct access to the popular torrent meta-search engine Torrentz2.eu. According to Google's safe browsing program, some pages on Torrentz2 contain harmful programs. The site's operator contradicts this and notes that the only ad they have promotes a VPN service.

Bell Asks Employees to Back Pirate Site Blocking Plan

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Bell, Canada's largest telecommunications company, is asking its employees to support the company's calls to have pirate sites blocked. Through an internal message, employees are encouraged to share their thoughts with the local telecom regulator CRTC, However, this effort may just backfire.

Dutch Continue to Curb Illegal Downloading But What About Streaming?

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After previously being legal for personal use, in 2014 the Netherlands banned downloading of copyrighted content. In 2013, 41% of people engaged in the practice but according to a new study, just 24% admitted to having downloaded pirate media within the previous 12 months. While that sounds like good news, unauthorized streaming is absent from the stats.

Australian Pirate Site Blocks Actually Block Pirate Sites

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New research, promoted by copyright holders, concludes that Australia's pirate site-blocking efforts are paying off. The court-ordered blockades have effectively limited the number of direct visits to blocked sites. Whether the effect is as pronounced as claimed is unclear though, in part because VPN usage is not accounted for.

TVAddons Suffers Big Setback as Court Completely Overturns Earlier Ruling

In 2017, Kodi add-on site TVAddons was taken offline following a copyright complaint from Canada's largest telecoms companies. TVAddons' owner was subjected to a no-notice search, something which caused outrage at the time. Soon after a judge found serious errors in the execution of the search order and vacated it. Now, in a major setback for TVAddons, an appeals court has overturned that ruling.

SkyTorrents Dumps Massive Torrent Database and Shuts Down

The ad-free and privacy-focused torrent site "SkyTorrents" has become a victim of its own success. With millions of pageviews per day, the site was too expensive to manage, leaving the operator no other option than to shut it down. People who are interested in the site's 15 million torrent database can now grab a copy before it disappears for good.

Pirate Site Admin Sentenced to Two Years Prison & €83.6 Million Damages

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A man said to be the brains behind one of France's most popular streaming sites has been sentenced in his absence by a court in the suburbs of Paris. Currently on the run, the 41-year-old was sentenced to two years in prison and a shocking 83 million euros in damages after infringing the rights of companies including Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros.

BitTorrent Client uTorrent Suffers Security Vulnerability (Updated)

BitTorrent client uTorrent is suffering from an as yet undisclosed vulnerability. The security flaw was discovered by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who previously said he would reveal a series of "remote code execution flaws" in torrent clients. BitTorrent Inc. has rolled out a 'patch' in the latest Beta release and hopes to fix the stable uTorrent client later this week.