Research: Movie Piracy Hurts Sales, But Not Always

New research published by economists from the European Commission shows that online movie piracy significantly hurts sales. However, the effects differ greatly between countries. And in some cases piracy may actually increase revenue due to a sampling effect.

UK IP Crime Report 2016 Reveals IPTV/Kodi Piracy as Growing Threat

The UK's IP Crime Report 2015/16 has just been published, revealing infringement trends gathered from both governmental and private anti-piracy groups. This year in the online piracy sector IPTV/Kodi, torrent sites and stream ripping are seen as the main threats. Meanwhile, the report reveals that pirating Internet subscribers will be…

Kim Dotcom’s Extradition Appeal Concludes, Will He Get a “Fair Go”?

After more than four weeks the extradition appeal hearings of Kim Dotcom and his former Megaupload colleagues have concluded. In his closing arguments, Dotcom's lawyer urged the court to carefully weigh the facts and give his client a "fair go," which he says the District Court failed to do. However,…

uTorrent’s New Altruistic Mode Ensures You Give More Than You Take

BitTorrent Inc. has introduced a brand new feature for its uTorrent and BitTorrent clients. 'Altruistic Mode' is aimed at people who always want to share more than they download. While this is normal behavior for many users, Altruistic Mode has a strange quirk. Once enabled, downloads using the feature may…

Cloudflare: We Can’t Shut Down Pirate Sites

Cloudflare has asked a California federal court to dismiss a broad copyright complaint lodged against the service by adult entertainment publisher ALS Scan. The CDN provider says that it can't shut down pirate sites, even if it wanted to, adding that it's not inducing piracy either.

Dotcom Petitions Appeals Court For Rehearing Over Seized Millions

Last month, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected efforts by Kim Dotcom to regain control over millions of dollars in assets seized by the US Government. Yesterday, Dotcom's legal team petitioned the Court for a rehearing and rehearing en banc on the issues of forfeiture of assets and fugitive…

YouTube-MP3 Ripping Site Sued By IFPI, RIAA and BPI

A huge coalition of recording labels has sued the world's leading YouTube ripping site. The IFPI, RIAA, and BPI in the UK say they are taking legal action against YouTube-MP3 to protect the rights of artists and labels. The site has a reported 60 million monthly visitors and is said…

Game Maker Thanks Reddit Pirates for Attention, Offers Discounts

PM Studios, the developers behind the popular PlayStation Vita game SUPERBEAT XONiC, made quite a few new friends over the weekend. After finding out that links to cracked versions of their game were widely shared on Reddit they 'thanked' the pirates for their interest, offering a discount on top.

MacOS Sierra Breaks Popular Keygens, Pirate Finds Fix

Apple is currently rolling out macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. However, for those with pirate tendencies, the revision brings an unwelcome surprise. Some popular 'keygens', which help many pirate releases run, have been broken by the update. But of course, persistent pirates aren't far behind…

Man Likely to Sacrifice Himself Testing Streaming Piracy Limits

A man is preparing a legal battle to find out where the boundaries lie when it comes to offering "fully loaded" Kodi TV devices in the UK. Brian Thompson, who is being taken to court by his local council, says he expects to lose the case. And barring a miracle…

Court: Uploaded Can’t Ignore ‘Spam’ Copyright Notices

Popular file-hosting service Uploaded.net has lost another legal battle in Germany. The Higher Regional Court of Hamburg ruled that Uploaded can be liable for pirated content shared by its users, even when the copyright takedown notices are buried by its spam filters.