VKontakte CEO: Time to Remove Us From ‘Pirate’ Blacklists

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After years of legal disputes, leading Russian social networking site vKontakte has struck a deal with Universal Music to license content uploaded to the platform by its users. TorrentFreak caught up with vKontakte CEO Boris Dobrodeyev to discover how the deal will help end accusations of piracy and remove vKontakte from US trade blacklists.

KickassTorrents’ Connections to the US Doomed the Site

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Following the shutdown of KickassTorrents, the next pretenders to the torrent throne will be weighing up the pros and cons of pirate life. There are lessons to be learned for those willing to take the risk, but can any setup be truly bullet-proof when challenged by the US Government?

Digital Citizens Slam Cloudflare For Enabling Piracy & Malware

Consumer interest group Digital Citizens Alliance has published a new report highlighting the connection between pirate sites and malware delivery. The group says that as many as one in three pirate sites are engaged in the practice, assisted by US-based companies including Cloudflare.

KickassTorrents Mirrors and Imposters Spring into Action

It has been just over a day since KickassTorrents (KAT) was shut down by the U.S. Government, following the arrest of the site's alleged owner. While the official site is still offline mirrors and copies are being launched left and right, with some misleadingly claiming to be an "official" resurrection…

Solarmovie Disappears Following KAT Shutdown

Following the news that KickassTorrents (KAT) has been shut down and its alleged owner arrested, another big site has disappeared from the Internet. Popular streaming portal Solarmovie went offline overnight without explanation and it seems possible that connections to KAT are to blame.

Can KickassTorrents Make a Comeback?

Yesterday the U.S. Government delivered a massive blow to KickassTorrents. With its alleged founder arrested and pretty much the entire site's operation compromised, it's not obvious that there will be a Pirate Bay style comeback anytime soon.

Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains, Arrest Alleged Owner (Updated)

The U.S. Government has arrested the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the world's largest torrent site. The 30-year-old Ukrainian was arrested in Poland today and is charged with criminal copyright infringement and money laundering. In addition, a federal court in Chicago has ordered the seizure of several KAT domain names.

Megavideo Lawyer Slams TV Piracy Court Ruling

A ruling handed down by a court in Italy which found Kim Dotcom's Megavideo liable for TV piracy has been slammed by the entrepreneur's lawyer. Speaking with TorrentFreak, Ira Rothken says that the notion that a service provider needs to take down content without knowing its URL is fraught with…