Bitdefender Blocks Anti-Piracy Website as Malware

Rightscorp, the piracy monetization company that works with Warner Bros and other prominent copyright holders, has had to deal with its fair share of setbacks recently. The company is publicly condemned for its "extortionist" practices and now anti-virus vendor Bitdefender has started to brand the company's website as malware.

BitTorrent Inventor Granted P2P Live Streaming Patent

BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen has earned a spot in the Internet hall of fame already, but he is not yet done with disruptive peer-to-peer technologies. This week Cohen was granted a patent for his BitTorrent-based streaming technology, which may be the start of a new breakthrough.

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…

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.