Facebook Bans Sale of Piracy-Enabling Products & Devices

News

Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to include a ban on "products or items" that facilitate or encourage unauthorized access to digital media. The new rule has almost certainly been put in place to stop the further spread of "fully loaded" set-top devices running modified Kodi and similar software.

Was The Disney Movie ‘Hacking Ransom’ a Giant Hoax?

Opinion

Last week, Disney boss Bog Iger revealed that one of his company's movies had been stolen and was being held hostage for a bitcoin ransom. With press speculation that it might be the latest 'Pirates' movie, TF has spent more than a week trying to find out more. The whole thing seems highly questionable.

No, ExtraTorrent Has Not Been Resurrected

Opinion

Just days after ExtraTorrent closed its doors, various sites popped up claiming to be the popular torrent site resurrected. Some even go as far as stating they're operated by former staffers, which was quickly picked up by the press. In reality, however, the widely covered copycat appears to be a Pirate Bay mirror with an ExtraTorrent skin.

Alleged KickassTorrents Founder Released on Bail

Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, has been released from prison on bail. The Ukrainian will be able to await the extradition procedure as a relatively free man. He currently lives in a rented apartment where he was reunited with his wife and young son.

Reddit’s Piracy Sub-Reddit Reopens After Mutiny Shutdown

A popular section of Reddit devoted to piracy discussion was shut down last night following a dispute that boiled over into mutiny. After being helped by Reddit's admins, the people now in charge of /r/piracy say that a former moderator went rogue, promoting his own 'fake' websites, while holding threads hostage and censoring critique.

Now Anyone Can Embed a Pirate Movie in a Website

News

Vodlocker.to is offering an interesting service that not only provides streaming movies and TV shows in the browser but also allows them to be published anywhere on the web. After entering the movie's IMDb number, users get an embed code which can be entered into any web page, where the movie will play in a YouTube-like window. There's even support for Chromecast.

Copyright Troll Attorney John Steele Disbarred by Illinois Supreme Court

After admitting to several criminal acts, including the operation of a piracy honeypot, Prenda Law attorney John Steele has now been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court. As a result, the troubled attorney will no longer be allowed to practice law in the state. While the decision doesn't come as a surprise, several victims of the trolling operation will welcome it with a smile.