The KickassTorrents Shutdown, One Year Later

Opinion

Exactly one year ago, KickassTorrents was shut down following a criminal investigation by the United States. While the site no longer exists in its former glory, the name is still around. Several original staffers remain dedicated to carrying the torch, for example. Today we take a look at KAT's past, present, and the future.

BREIN Wants to Speed Up Dutch Pirate Bay Blockade

News

Anti-piracy group BREIN is determined to have The Pirate Bay blocked in the Netherlands, preferably as soon as possible. The group no longer wants to wait for a local Supreme Court hearing on the matter and hopes to speed up the issue with a preliminary injunction.

Kim Dotcom Denied Access to Illegally Obtained Spy Recordings

Between December 2011 and March 2012, New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau illegally intercepted the private conversations of Kim and Mona Dotcom, and Megaupload co-defendant Bram van der Kolk. A new ruling handed down by the High Court means that Dotcom will be denied access to the recordings.

IPTV Service Raided By Police & Shutdown, Operator Arrested

A UK-based IPTV service appears to have shut down as a result of police action. After doing business for two years, BulkyIPTV's service went dark yesterday. Shortly after the service's owner sent out an email saying that the ride was over. "Today I was arrested. Everything has been shut down," he said.

Several TVAddons Domains Transferred to Canadian Lawfirm

Last month, leading Kodi addon repository TVAddons shut down in the wake of a lawsuit filed in the US by satellite and broadcast provider Dish Network. Just over a month later and with no other news surfacing, TF has now discovered that several recent and historical TVAddons' domains have been transferred to a Canadian law firm.

Game of Thrones Premiere Ignites Annual Piracy Bonanza

With hundreds of thousands of people jumping on the latest torrents for the season seven premiere, Game of Thrones remains the most-shared TV show on BitTorrent. However, the piracy landscape is much broader than that, and the yearly piracy bonanza is clearly noticeable on streaming sites as well.