Alphareign: DHT Search Engine Takes Public Torrents Private

AlphaReign is a relatively new torrent site that populates its index through BitTorrent's 'trackerless' Distributed Hash Table. Unlike other sites with public torrents, people need an account to try it out. The operator hopes that this will limit the number of DMCA takedown requests served on the platform, among other things.

Ten Years in Jail For UK Internet Pirates: How the New Bill Reads

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The Digital Economy Bill is currently at the report stage. It hasn't yet become law and could still be amended. However, as things stand those who upload any amount of infringing content to the Internet could face up to 10 years in jail. With the latest bill now published, we take a look at how file-sharers could be affected.

SACEM Provides Details on Recent Torrent Site Raids in France

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In recent weeks, French police targeted two huge pirate sites, What.cd followed by the even larger Zone-Telechargement. In an interview, the general secretary of anti-piracy outfit SACEM reveals further information about the latter, including arrests, seizure of overseas servers, real estate, and luxury cars.

Mandatory Piracy Filters May Violate EU Law, Scholars Warn

A group of prominent legal scholars has warned that the EU Commission's plans to modernize copyright law in Europe appear to be incompatible with EU law. One of the main problems is the mandatory piracy filter Internet services are required to use, which largely ignore existing case law and human rights.

What.cd is Dead, But The Torrent Hydra Lives on

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With the demise of What.cd, the world's most comprehensive library of digital music disappeared overnight. However, music aficionados aren't easily defeated. Within a matter of days several new trackers appeared online. Some of these alternatives already have close to 200,000 torrents in their collection, and that's just the start.

Court Overturns ‘Pirate’ Site Blockade Based on EU Ruling

A site that was outlawed following mass court action against more than 150 domains has been cleared on appeal. Kisstube embeds movies, some of them infringing, hosted on other platforms such as YouTube. However, the Rome Court of Appeal found that according to an EU ruling, merely embedding pirated content is not illegal.

Free TV-Show Streaming Hurts Online Sales, Research Finds

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New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that online piracy is not the only worry for TV distributors. Based on Downton Abbey streaming and sales data provided by PBS, the researchers find that free legal streams can significantly reduce download sales. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that free streaming options should be banned.

Spain Announces New Campaign to Fight Internet Piracy

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Spain's Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport has announced a new initiative for tackling piracy, especially online. Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo said a special prosecutor's office will be developed alongside enhanced technological and human resources. An educational campaign targeting children is also on the agenda.