The U.S. Remains Top Traffic Source For Pirate Sites, Research Shows

A new report from piracy tracking outfit MUSO shows that visits to pirate sites dipped slightly last year. The company recorded a total of 190 billion visits in 2018. TV and movie streaming portals are by far the most popular, while the United States remains the top source for these…

Google Unlocked Aims to ‘Uncensor’ Google Search Results

Google Unlocked is a new extension for Chrome and Opera that attempts to 'uncensor' Google search results affected by DMCA notices. While it tends to work as advertised overall, it suffers from - surprise, surprise - an inability to distinguish between infringing and non-infringing URLs.

Anti Article 13 Petition Signed by Five Million People

The popular "Save The Internet!" petition, which urges lawmakers to vote against Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive, reached a new milestone of five million signatories today. The petition is part of an intensifying campaign which also features offline demonstrations and Wikipedia blackouts. Meanwhile, supporters of Article 13 are…

Three Pirate TV Device Sellers Jailed For a Total of 17 Years

Three men from the UK have been jailed for a total of 17 years for running a pirate streaming operation. The sentences were handed down after a four-week trial during which they stood accused of defrauding the Premier League while generating more than £5 million in revenues over a decade…

Privacy-Focused Search Engine Wants Copyright Directive to Pass

Rising privacy-focused search engine Qwant is calling for the Copyright Directive to be passed by the EU Parliament. Founder Eric Léandri says his platform is ready to pay creators for use of their works but is calling for an external database of copyrighted works as a reference point. Last year,…

YouTuber “Golden Modz” Settles Lawsuit Over Fortnite Cheats

The popular game YouTuber “Golden Modz” has admitted to posting copyright-infringing videos that displayed Fortnite cheats and hacks. Brandon Lucas, owner of the channel, agreed to an undisclosed settlement and a permanent injunction that prevents him from promoting Fortnite cheats going forward. The “Golden Modz” channel remains online and appears…

Four Men Sentenced For Running Torrent Site That Leaked The Expendables 3

Four men in the UK have received sentences of up to four-and-half years for running a torrent site that leaked movies online, sometimes in advance of their theatrical release. Most notably, the quartet shared The Expendables 3. All four pleaded guilty to defrauding Lionsgate Films and members of the MPAA…

Reddit Admins Issue Formal Warning to /r/piracy, Totally Out of the Blue

After never directing a single complaint to the popular /r/piracy discussion forum, Reddit Legal has now issued its moderators with an official warning concerning its future. Almost no evidence has been provided but apparently 74 complaints in recent months triggered the warning. Reddit has a quarter of a billion monthly…