Mr. Robot ‘Plugs’ uTorrent and Pirate Release Groups

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The latest episode of award-winning TV show Mr. Robot includes a nod to online pirates. The main character Elliot is shown pirating a movie using uTorrent, while his movie folder lists movies from various pirate groups including YIFY. The group in question appreciates the "bad ass" mention, while another group casts doubt on the hacker's choice of BitTorrent client.

Movie Studios ‘Take Down’ Popular KAT Mirror

One of the most popular KAT mirrors has had its domain name taken down following pressure from the major Hollywood studios. The Armenian .AM registry was quick to disable the KAT.am domain, but that doesn't mean that the mirror site operator is throwing in the towel just yet.

Sony Sued For Not Protecting Leaked Movie From Pirates

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In 2014, Sony was subjected to a massive cyberattack which resulted in the leak of huge quantities of data. The trove contained several movies, all of which appeared online for anyone to download for free. Now the owner of one of the titles is suing Sony, claiming that company failed in its obligation to protect the movie from Internet pirates.

KickassTorrents’ Alleged Owner Retains Kim Dotcom’s Lawyer

The alleged owner of KickassTorrents has retained lawyer Ira Rothken, who also handles the defense of Kim Dotcom and his indicted Megaupload colleagues. Rothken believes that Vaulin has a strong case against the U.S. Government and hopes to have the Ukrainian released from his Warsaw jail soon, so he can mount a spirited defense.

Photographer Files $1bn Copyright Claim Against Getty Images

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When Getty Images sent photographer Carol Highsmith a $120 settlement demand for using one of 'their' images without permission, things were about to get messy. The image in question was actually Highsmith's own work, displayed on her own website. Highsmith has now responded with a $1bn lawsuit.

Streaming Sites Dominate Movie and TV-Show Piracy

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For many years torrent sites were the go-to destination for most movie and TV-show pirates. However, new data shows that this is no longer the case. The vast majority of unauthorized videos are now consumed through pirate streaming sites, good for more than 57 billion visits during last year alone.

James Cameron: Theater Experience Key to Containing Piracy

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James Cameron says that the key to containing movie piracy is preserving the theater experience as something special but his wife, Gale Anne Hurd, is a little more militant. The producer of The Terminator and Aliens says torrent site sharing is not as it seems, with operators making "billions".

Pirate Bay Founder: The ‘Piracy’ Scene Needs Innovation

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Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde says that the "piracy" scene needs more innovation if it wants to sustain itself. In the wake of the KickassTorrents shutdown, he argues that the current ecosystem relies too heavily on a few large sites. More decentralization is the key to solve this vulnerability.

Steal This Show S01E14: KickassTorrents Down!

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Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing the shutdown of KickassTorrent following a criminal complaint from the United States Government. Our guests are Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde, isoHunt founder Gary Fung and U.S. Pirate Party chairman Andrew Norton.