Pirate Sites Remain Popular in the UK, Despite Website Blockades

By now, most UK Internet users have gotten used to pirate sites being blocked by their ISPs. However, instead of 'going legal' it turns out that many people simply move on to unblocked sites, or find other tricks to circumvent the restrictions. Today, we take a look at the most…

Android Pirate App Store Case Ends in Mistrial, Jury Undecided

Four years ago a unique FBI operation took down several pirate Android app 'stores' and arrested their operators. One of the defendants went to trial last week but after careful deliberation the jury failed to reach a decision, with a mistrial declared instead. The Department of Justice could move for…

Cisco Develops System To Automatically Cut-Off Pirate Video Streams

Cisco says it has developed a system to disable live pirate streams . The network equipment company says its Streaming Piracy Prevention platform utilizes third-party forensic watermarking to shut down pirate streams in real-time, without any need to send takedown notices to hosts or receive cooperation from third parties.

UK Movie Pirates Lose Appeal, Prison Time Stands

Two UK men, who released thousands of movies onto popular torrent sites, lost their appeal this week. The Appeal Court upheld their sentences of more than four years each, arguing that the punishments are "stiff" but not "manifestly excessive".

KSI Buys His Own Movie 62 Times to Atone For Piracy Sins

Last week, massively popular YouTuber KSI went crazy at fans who pirated his movie Laid in America. However, those with long memories remembered that KSI himself has a history of pirating software. In a new video, KSI admits he's a hypocrite and sets about atoning for his sins - by…

Police Confirm Arrests of BlackCats-Games Operators

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has confirmed the arrests of two individuals connected to private torrent site BlackCats-Games. The men, aged 47 and 44, are both from the UK. They were arrested on suspicion of copyright infringement and money laundering offences.

Megaupload User Fears Complete Data Loss, Asks Court For Help

Millions of users lost access to their personal files when Megaupload was raided, and after nearly half a decade they are still stashed away in a Virginia warehouse. Former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin has been trying to get his files back for years. This week he urged the court to…

Blackcat Games Domain Seized by UK Anti-Piracy Police

Long-standing private torrent site Blackcat-Games appears to be in legal trouble. The gaming-focused site has been non-operational all day and during the past few hours its domain began redirecting to a server operated by the UK's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.

‘Bowl of Skittles’ Photographer Sues Trump for Copyright Infringement

A UK-based photographer has filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Illinois, accusing Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Mike Pence of copyright infringement. The dispute centers around the controversial "bowl of skittles" campaign advertisement. The photographer, who happens to be a refugee himself, claims that he hasn't authorized…

Spanish Police Arrest Their First Ever eBook Pirate

Spain's Ministry of the Interior has announced the first ever arrest of an eBook pirate. The suspect is said to have uploaded more than 11,000 literary works online, many on the same day as their official release. More than 400 subsequent sites are said to have utilized his releases.

Man Uses His Own Name For Pirate Streaming Sites, Gets Arrested

The operator of streaming sites detailed in a UK High Court order obtained by the MPA has been arrested. Rainier Tamayo was reportedly arrested while uploading movies to his site but tracking him down probably wasn't that hard. The computer graduate included his own name in his site's URLs.