Pirate Sites Must Pay Legal Costs of Own Blockade, Court Rules

Several major pirate sites including The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent must pay legal costs incurred by Hollywood when the studios applied to have the sites blocked in Norway. The decision is part of an order handed down by a local court today which will see the country's leading ISPs block pirate sites for the very first time.

US Govt. Denies Responsibility for Megaupload’s Servers

The U.S. Government says it's in no way responsible for the fate of Megaupload's servers, which were raided and seized as part of the criminal proceedings against the file-sharing site. The authorities reject the proposal that they should buy the servers to preserve user data and other evidence.

Movie Studios and Record Labels Target Pirate Bay in New Lawsuit

Disney, Warner Bros. and Sony are among several movie giants taking legal action to have the world's largest pirate sites blocked in Norway. In a lawsuit targeting 11 local ISPs and eight pirate site operators - including Pirate Bay founder Fredrik Neij - the studios are demanding a nationwide subscriber…

Yandex Demands Takedown of ‘Illegal’ Music Downloader

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Russian search giant Yandex has ordered U.S-based Github to take down a tool that allows downloading of MP3s from its music streaming service. Yandex, which has 60% of the local search market and has deals with Universal, Sony and Warner to offer a Spotify-like platform, says that the music downloader…

Court Orders Italian ISPs to Block Popcorn Time

Italian Internet providers must block access to Popcorn Time, the Criminal Court of Genoa ordered today. The order affects three domain names including those of the most used forks. Whether the blockade will be very effective is doubtful as the applications themselves will still work.