Huge Coalition Protests EU Mandatory Piracy Filter Proposals

The EFF, Creative Commons, Wikimedia, Mozilla and sixty other groups are protesting proposals by the EU to force service providers to police copyrighted content. Article 13 would require sites to introduce piracy filters and content recognition systems but the groups describe the plans as backward looking, damaging, and ill thought through.

To Torrent or To Stream? That is The Big Piracy Question

Opinion

When movies and TV shows are so readily accessible via streaming platforms, why would anyone go to the trouble of using a torrent site anymore? It's an interesting question that raises issues not only for the future of consumer piracy but also for the health of the underlying content ecosystem.

Torrent Sites See Traffic Boost After ExtraTorrent Shutdown

News

ExtraTorrent's unexpected shutdown last week came as a shock to its users, who suddenly had to find a new home. Most users flocked to other popular sites, including The Pirate Bay, which suffered from "gateway errors" in response. Meanwhile, many copycats and mirrors are also trying to get a piece of the cake.

So You Want To Be An Internet Piracy Investigator?

Opinion

The Federation Against Copyright Theft, one of the UK's most prominent anti-piracy groups, is looking to expand its team by recruiting a new Internet Investigator. The job listing provides an interesting insight into what qualities the group is looking for but doesn't mention a salary. It better be good though, as the list of requirements is lengthy.

Google Has a Hard Time Keeping Streaming Pirates at Bay

News

In recent months, copyright holders have sent over a quarter million takedown requests targeting pirated videos on Google's servers. The notices point to a wide variety of infringing movies and TV-shows, all served from Googlevideo.com URLs. This recent surge shows that Google has a hard time stopping pirate streaming sites from exploiting its servers.

Even Fake Leaks Can Help in Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Wars

Opinion

Disney chief Bob Iger recently announced that hackers had obtained one of the company's movies and were holding it to ransom. This Wednesday, TorrentFreak concluded it was a hoax, and on Thursday, Disney admitted that was indeed the case. When the 'hack' had so little credibility from the beginning almost a month ago, why debunk it so late?