LimeTorrents Fights Blocking Efforts With New Domain and Homepage


Torrent site LimeTorrents has changed its domain name and updated its homepage in response to various blocking efforts. The site hopes to bypass ISP blockades, at least temporarily, but also to counter a Google ban. While the site is determined to stay online, its operator says that running a torrent site is not getting any easier.

Russia Has Permanently Blocked 3,400 Pirate Resources


Site-blocking is the in-vogue anti-piracy mechanism and in this respect, Russia is taking matters to extremes. According to an announcement from the authority tasked with managing Internet restrictions, more than 3,400 online resources are now subject to permanent blocking after being sanctioned by either the Moscow City Court or Ministry of Communications.

‘Piracy Audiences Are Untapped Pools of Wealth’


This week UK telecoms regulator Ofcom announced that streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon are now more popular than traditional pay-TV. It's a sign that the Internet plays a crucial role in today's distribution of video entertainment. However, according to research and analytics firm MUSO, pirate audiences remain a great untapped pool of wealth.

Copyright Troll Law Firm Broke Copyright Law, Disciplinary Board Finds


A law firm deeply entrenched in so-called copyright troll activities in Finland broke copyright law itself, a disciplinary board has found. Hedman Partners sent out letters demanding large sums to make supposed lawsuits disappear but according to the Finnish Bar Association, it committed an offense when it obtained private subscriber data for one client but then used it with others.

Two Years On, Alleged KAT Founder Continues to Fight Extradition


Exactly two years ago, on July 20th 2016, KickassTorrents was shut down following a criminal investigation by the United States. The enforcement action also led to the arrest of several men, including an alleged operator, who is still waiting for a final extradition decision after two years.

Steal This Show S04E02: Crypto & The Beyond

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Today we bring you the next episode of the Steal This Show podcast, discussing renegade media and the latest decentralization and file-sharing news. In this episode we talk about the crypto revolution with Primavera De Filippi, blockchain researcher at Harvard University and CNRS.

NetEase Refutes PUBG’s Copyright Infringement Claims in Court


NetEase, the Chinese developer of the popular mobile games 'Rules of Survival' and 'Knives Out', has responded to PUBG's copyright infringement claims. The company asked the California federal court to dismiss PUBG's lawsuit, describing it as an attempt to monopolize the popular “battle royale” genre.