UK Pirate Site Blocking Whack-A-Mole Continues

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UK Internet providers have added more than 140 URLs to the national pirate site blocklist. The expansion follows a request from copyright holders who frequently add new proxies for sites that have previously been barred. One of the main targets in the latest round is Unblocked.re, but the operators inform TorrentFreak that they have already switched to a new home.

U.S. Labels Switzerland an Internet Piracy Haven

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has published its annual Special 301 Report calling out other nations for failing to live up to U.S. IP enforcement standards. This year European ally Switzerland has been placed on the Watch List for protecting file-sharers and playing host to many pirate…

Judge: RIAA and MPAA Can’t Copy Megaupload’s Servers, Yet

The legal battles between the RIAA, MPAA and Kim Dotcom's Megaupload have been put on hold for another six months. Virginia District Court Judge Liam O'Grady agreed to stay the cases, but did not grant a request from the industry groups to allow them to copy Megaupload's data which remains…

Getty Files Google Image Piracy Complaint With EU

American stock photography giant Getty Images says it will file a complaint with the European Union’s antitrust commission this morning claiming that Google is engaged in piracy of its content. The complaint targets Google's full-screen slideshow previews of high-resolution copyrighted images.

MPAA Says Pirate Sites Will Take Advantage of Set-Top Box Proposals

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Earlier this year the Federal Communications Commission promised to "tear down anti-competitive barriers" by opening up the set-top box market in the United States and freeing consumers from $20 billion a year in rental charges. The proposals have spooked content owners, not least the MPAA who fear that pirate sites…

Pirates Switch From Torrents to Streaming and Download Sites

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A new report from piracy tracking firm MUSO reveals that the piracy landscape continues to evolve. Pirate sites received a staggering 140 billion visits last year, but there's a clear shift from torrents to direct download and streaming sites. Interestingly, traffic to private trackers remains relatively stable.