Rapid Pirate Site Blocking Mechanism Introduced By Portugal

In concert with rightsholders and Internet service providers, Portugal has just introduced a mechanism which enables the streamlined blocking of 'pirate' sites. Set to go into effect during mid-August, the system will target sites with more than 500 allegedly infringing links and those whose indexes contain more than 66% infringing content.

Kim Dotcom & Mega Trade Barbs Over Hostile Takeover Claims

In a Q&A session with users of Slashdot this week, Kim Dotcom advised surprised readers not use Mega amid claims of a hostile takeover. Intrigued, TorrentFreak caught up with both Dotcom and his former colleagues at the cloud storage site. Both had plenty to say and it's now clear that…

U.S. Reports Progress in Antigua Legal “Pirate Site” Dispute

In 2013, the World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized Antigua's request to suspend U.S. copyrights after a trade dispute over gambling boiled over. In response, Antigua threatened to open a free download portal offering U.S. movies, TV shows and music to the world. Two years later the USTR is reporting progress…

Google Publishes Chrome Fix For Serious VPN Security Hole

Google has published an extension for its Chrome browser that fixes a serious security hole that can reveal a user's real IP address even though they're using a VPN. The vulnerability was made headlines in early 2015 and caused a wave of panic but Chrome users can now mitigate the…

Twitter Sued for Failing to Remove Copyrighted Photo

Award-winning photographer Kristin Pierson has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the social network failed to remove one of her photos. In a complaint filed at a federal court in California, Pierson demands a restraining order and compensation for the damage she suffered.

Sweden’s Largest Streaming Site Will Close After Raid

Sweden's most visited pirate streaming site will close this week, forever. The administrator of the site, whose identity is now public, has revealed that police carried out a raid against him earlier this month and detained him for almost four days. This Friday, five years of pirate activity will come…

RIAA Wants Domain Registrar to Expose ‘Pirate Site’ Owner

The RIAA has obtained subpoenas from a federal court in Columbia ordering domain name registrar Dynadot to hand over the IP and email addresses and all other identifying information related to the operator of the unauthorized music service Soundpiff. In addition, the RIAA notes that the registrar may want to…

Sony Settles Piracy Lawsuit With Russia’s Facebook

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Sony Music has settled its lawsuit against Russian social networking site VKontakte, which it accused of facilitating mass-piracy. No further details of the agreement were revealed, but according to sources the social network will soon start to monetize its own music service.